Retired Brig. Gen. Thomas Jeffries Betts, 82, an Army intelligence officer who also served with the Central Intelligence Agency, died Monday at Georgetown University Hospital.
Born in Baltimore, he grew up in China and Japan, where his father was an insurance salesman.
Gen. Betts returned to this country to attend the University of Virginia and became a Coast Artillery officer in the Army after graduating in 1917. He was sent to France just as World War I ended.
From 1924 to 1929, he was attached to the American Legation in Peking, where he furthered his studies of the Chinese language.
Gen. Betts transferred to Army intelligence in Washington in the late 1930s. During World War II, he was sent to London as Gen. Eisenhower's second senior intelligence officer at Supreme Headquarters, Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF).
After the recapture of France, he served in Paris. From 1947 to 1949, he was military attache at the American Embassy in Poland.
In the 1950s, Gen. Betts was detailed by the Army to the CIA. He retired from military service in 1956, but remained with the CIA for another two years. He lived in Washington.
His decorations included the Distinguished Service Medal and the Legion of Honor.
He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. W. Stratton Andersn Jr. and Elizabeth Hill Betts, both of Washington, and two grandchildren.