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Joseph A. Colosi, CIA economist

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Monday, January 17, 2011; 6:18 PM

Joseph A. Colosi

CIA economist

Joseph A. Colosi, 70, a research economist who worked for the CIA's Directorate of Intelligence from 1978 to 2008, died Jan. 2 at Sunrise assisted-living facility in Reston. He had dementia.

Dr. Colosi, a Manassas resident, volunteered at Catholic churches in Northern Virginia.

Joseph Anthony Colosi was a native of Niagara Falls, N.Y., and a 1962 graduate of Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service.

He received a master's degree in international relations from the University of Chicago in 1964 and a doctorate in economics from the University of Wisconsin in 1977.

In the mid-1960s, he served with the Peace Corps teaching English in the West African country of Guinea.

His marriage to Nancy Woodcock Colosi ended in divorce. A son from that marriage, Anthony Colosi, died in 2006.

Survivors include his wife of two years, Synthia Vega Montalvo of Sterling; two sons from his first marriage, John Colosi of Dulles and Peter Colosi of San Francisco; a sister; and a brother.

- Adam Bernstein

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