Sidney H. Fine, 74, a retired official of the old U.S. Information Agency who had been president of the Map Store in Washington since 1972, died of cancer Saturday in George Washington University Hospital.
Mr. Fine began his government career in 1941 in Washington with the foreign broadcast intelligence service of the Federal Communications Commission. He served with the FCC in London from 1942 to 1944, then with the Office of War Information in Moscow in 1945 and 1946.
After a stint as an information officer with the Commerce Department, he went to Paris in 1948 with the Economic Cooperation Administration. He worked for the American Embassy in Paris until 1954 when he became chief of the public information staff or USIA, a post he held for three years.
In 1959, he was part of the government staff at the American Exhibition in Moscow. During the 1960s, he was first secretary in our embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria, a public information officer with the State Department's Bureau of African Affairs in Washington, and a member of the embassy staff in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. He retired from the government in 1969.
Since 1972, he has been president of the Map Store, an establishment selling maps and atlases, in Washington. He was a resident of Bethesda.
Mr. Fine was born in Yonkers, N.Y.He attended Columbia University and was a graduate of American University. Before coming to Washington and joining the government, he spent 15 years as a financial reporter, rewriteman, and editor in New York City. He worked for a number of organizations, including the old New York City News Association.
He was a member of the National Press Club.
Survivors include his wife, Margery, of Bethesda; a daughter, Barbara Fine of Washington; a son, David, of Germantown, Md., and two brothers, Maurice, of Chevy Chase, and Clarence, of Silver Spring.