Samuel F. Clabaugh, 89, a retired Army colonel and Central Intelligence Agency official, died Friday at the Carriage Hill nursing home in Bethesda. He had Parkinson's disease.
Col. Clabaugh was called to active duty from the reserves in 1940. A year later he went to London as an assistant military attache and liaison officer with the British ministry of economic warfare. He also served with the U.S. Army in Italy, the Middle East and China.
After the war he served on the faculty of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces before retiring from active duty in 1949. He then joined the CIA and rose to division chief before retiring a second time in 1953.
For the next 10 years he and his wife, the former Maitland Thompson Linney, traveled extensively while he was a business consultant.
From 1963 until the mid-1970s, Col Clabaugh had been a research associate with Georgetown University's Center for Strategic and International Studies. He also had contributed to the Encyclopedia Britannica.
He was a member of Metropolital Memorial United Methodist Church in Washington, and belonged to the Cosmos and the Army and Navy clubs.
Col Clabaugh was a native of Birmingham, Ala. He earned a bachelor's, master's, and law degrees at the University of Alabama where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He also had been president of the university's Alumni Association.
He began working at the Birmingham News-Age Herald at the age of 11, eventually become a police reporter. At the age of 20, he founded the daily Tuscaloosa (ala.) News. Col. Clabaugh also became an officer of banking and insurance companies and helped found the Birmingham public zoo before entering the Army.
In addition to his wife of 32 years, of Washington, Col. Clabaugh is survived by three daughters of a previous marriage, Jean Hiles of Pensacola, Fla., Doris Jadan of the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Elizabeth Johnson of Winston-Salem, N.C.; a stepson, Romulus Z. Linney of New York City, eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.