Whitney E. Reed, NSA Official

Wednesday, September 22, 2010; 5:47 PM

Whitney E. Reed, 80, who retired in 1993 as deputy director for education and training at the National Security Agency and commandant of its National Cryptologic School, died Sept. 4 at his home in Bowie. He had brain cancer.

Mr. Reed started his NSA career in 1952 as a linguist. He was a past vice president and board member of the National Museum of Language, a small College Park museum that teaches the history of the world's languages.

Whitney Edward Reed was born in Glens Falls, N.Y. He received a bachelor's and a master's degree in Germanic languages from Boston University, in 1950 and 1952, respectively. He received a master's degree in international affairs from George Washington University in 1956 and a master's in national security strategy from the National War College at the National Defense University in 1970.

His wife of 26 years, Lilymae Wright Reed, died in 1979.

Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Frances Clark Reed of Bowie; three children from his first marriage, Thomas Reed of Hanover, Pa., and Melinda Formento and Jonathan Reed, both of Cape May Court House, N.J.; two brothers; and four grandchildren.

- Lauren Wiseman

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