Peter Belin, 69, a retired Navy captain and the president for many years of the Citizens Association of Georgetown, died Feb. 23 at George Washington University Hospital. He had a liver ailment.
Capt. Belin was born in Scranton, Pa., and spent part of his boyhood in Istanbul and Peking, where his father was a Foreign Service officer. He was educated at schools in Switzerland and the United States and graduated from Yale University in 1936.
He was a passenger aboard the zeppelin Hindenberg when it burned and crashed at Lakehurst, N.J., in 1937.
Capt. Belin began his naval career in World War II and spent most of it in intelligence. His overseas posts included Paris, London and the Mediterranean. He retired in 1960.
He lived at "Evermay," a historic house in Georgetown, and was interested in historical preservation.
Capt. Belin was a founder of the City Tavern Club and a member of the Metropolitan, Chevy Chase, Alibi and International clubs in Washington and the Savile Club in London. He also was a governor of St. Albans School and a trustee of the Salisbury School in Connecticut.
Survivors include his wife, the former Mary Dickson Cootes, of Washington; two sons, Harry, of Washington, and Graham, of New York City, and three grandchildren.