Theodore Alan Huntley, 93, a retired chief congressional correspondent of the U.S. Information Agency and a former newsman, died of arteriosclerosis Saturday at the Sleepy Hollow nursing home in Annandale. He lived in Washington.
Mr. Huntley, who was born in Greenville, Mich., grew up in Glenshaw, Pa. He began his career as a newspaperman with the Sheridan (Wyo.) Post in 1910. Subsequently, he worked for the Chicago Tribune and the Pittsburgh Post. In 1916, he came to Washington as the press secretary of representative Guy E. Campbell.
From 1918 to 1928, he was the Washington correspondent of the Pittsburgh Post and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He also wrote stories for several other papers. From 1929 to 1935, he was secretary to senator David A. Reed (R-Pa.). He was publicity director of the Republican National Committee during the 1936 presidential campaign.
Mr. Huntley then worked for the Washington Times, later the Washington Times-Herald. From 1939 to 1942, he was the Washington correspondent of the Pittsburgh Sun-Telegraph and the Detroit Times.
During World War II, Mr. Huntley served in the Army in the China-Burma-India theater. He remained on active duty after the war as a congressional liaison officer in the Pentagon. He retired in the late 1940s with the rank of colonel in the Air Force Reserve. His military decorations included the Air Force Commendation Medal.
Mr. Huntley joined the Office of International Information in the State Department, a predecessor of the USIA, in 1950. He was the USIA's chief congressional correspondent until he retired in 1961.
He was a past governor of the National Press Club and a member of the American Legion.
His marriage to Maude C. Huntley ended in divorce.
Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth Z. Huntley, of Washington; three children by his first marriage, Martha L. Huntley of Miami, Sterling G. Huntley of Silver Spring, and the Rev. Larry Huntley of Gainesville, Fla.; a sister, Grace H. Giles of Hawaii, and three grandchildren. Another son, Alan, was killed in action in World War II.