John Albert, 69, a retired executive and news analyst for the Voice of America who later was a correspondnet for Swiss and Austrian newspaper, died of heart attack Wednesday at a hopsital in Zurich, Switzerland, a VOA spokesman said.
Mr. Albert, who lived in Silver Spring, was vacationing with his wife, Hildegard, When he was stricken.
A native of Vienna, Austria, and a 1936 graduate of the university there, Mr. Albert was a journalist in Vienna before coming to the United States. He worked in New York City for Columbia Broadcasting System before joining the Voice of America, which was established in 1942.
After World War II, he served as an interpreter and legal specialist at the Nuremberg war crimes trials in Germany.
Wwhen the trials ended in 1949, he remained in Germany as head of the VOA's German Service, a post he held for 11 years. He then became chief of VOA broadcasts to northen and western Europe. He was head of the VOA's European Division before becoming director of VOA's broadcasting center in Munich, Germany.
In 1962, he came to Washington as chief of VOA's News and Current Affairs division. Four years later, he became an analytical writer. He retired in 1974.
He worked as a Washington correspondent for a group of Swiss and Austrian newspaper for several years before retiring a second time in 1980.
Mr. Albert received the United States Information Agency's award for superior service.
Besides his wife, survivors include a son, Larry, of Baltimore; a daughter, Carol Ann Flynn, of Oak Ridge, N.J., and four grandchildren.