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Norman A. Jones, CIA officer

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011; 11:28 PM

Norman A. Jones, 82, a career CIA officer who specialized in Soviet economics and later started a Falls Church hardwood company, died Jan. 6 of a brain aneurysm at his home in Irvine, Calif.

He had been a longtime Falls Church resident and moved to Irvine in 2004.

In 1960, Mr. Jones joined the CIA after six years with the National Security Agency, where he was a cryptologist. At the CIA, he helped prepare the president's daily intelligence briefing.

Mr. Jones received the Intelligence Medal of Merit.

Norman Anderson Jones was born in Bartlesville, Okla. He received bachelor's and master's degrees in history from Kansas State University in 1950 and 1952, respectively. He received a doctorate in Russian history from Georgetown University in 1959.

Mr. Jones served in the Air Force during the Korean War.

He was fluent in Russian and taught the language part time at a University of Virginia satellite school in Northern Virginia and at George Mason University.

After he retired from the CIA in 1980, Mr. Jones started Colonial Hardwoods, a Springfield wood supply and manufacturing company, which he ran for 10 years.

Mr. Jones was a longtime pilot, having received his license when he was 14.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Janet Messenheimer Jones of Irvine; four children, Mark Jones of Boston, Cherie Jones of Washington, Kevin Jones of Overland Park, Kan., and Eric Jones of Irvine; a sister; and six grandchildren.

- Timothy R. Smith

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