Hans V. Tofte, 76, a distinguished intelligence officer who had a colorful career that lasted more than 20 years before he was forced to retire from the Central Intelligence Agency in 1966, died Aug. 24 in Gilbertsville, N.Y. He lived in Gilbertsville.
Mr. Tofte worked in the anti-Nazi underground in his native Denmark in the early days of World War II. Later in the war, he served in the armies and intelligence services of Britain and the United States, and behind enemy lines in Europe and the Far East. During the Korean War, he was a leading CIA officer in the Far East, organizing covert operations against the Chinese communists and setting up "evasion and escape" routes for downed Allied fliers inside Korea.
He continued to serve in the CIA until he was dismissed because of a dispute over his use of classified agency documents. Mr. Tofte, whose job involved training covert agents, had taken government documents to his Washington home where he was writing an agency textbook.
The events leading to his leaving the CIA began when he listed the basement apartment of his home with a Washington realtor, who showed the property to a couple recently transferred to the Washington area. The husband was a CIA employe who somehow wandered into Mr. Tofte's upstairs study where he discovered a stack of classified CIA documents.
After informing the agency of the documents, the man returned to Mr. Tofte's home with another agency employe and confiscated the material. Although it was never suggested that any of the material left Mr. Tofte's hands, his having the material at home was apparently in violation of agency rules. Mr. Tofte maintained that many high-level officials took classifed documents home to work on and indicated to some reporters that he was dismissed because of unpopular views he had developed regarding some CIA personnel and operations policies.
Mr. Tofte was a native of Copenhagen and a 1929 graduate of Holbaek College. He began working for the East Asiatic Co., a Danish shipping concern, while still a teen-ager. At the age of 19, he was sent to China by the company for language training. He learned Japanese, Russian and Chinese. He also spoke English, German and Danish. He was working in the Far East when Denmark was occupied by German forces.
After returning to Denmark, he became active in the underground before fleeing the country by German plane to Spain. He traveled to New York, where he joined the British Secret Intelligence Service. That organization got him a commission as a British Army brevet major and sent him to the Far East. He later transferred to the American Office of Strategic Services.
He worked for the Allied cause first in Singapore, then in Burma, where he helped organize supply lines to China and worked with the famed Orde Wingate. Later in the war, he went to Yugoslavia where he organized clandestine supply runs in small vessels to the Yugoslav partisans. He also was stationed in Cairo and parachuted behind enemy lines into Germany. After the war, he remained in the U.S. Army reserves and worked in the furniture business in Iowa and as an airline representative in Denmark.
He was recalled to active duty as a lieutenant colonel during the Korean War and was sent to Japan. He helped expand agency operations in the Far East during that war. In addition to organizing pilot rescue lines, he helped set up guerrilla operations in areas controlled by the communist forces and directed highly successful propaganda programs against the Soviet Union in Japan.
He also organized the 1951 hijacking of a Norwegian ship, carrying a huge shipment of medical supplies from India to Communist China. Writer Joseph C. Goulden later reported that Mr. Tofte persuaded the Chinese nationalists to stop the ship on the high seas and confiscate the cargo (which the nationalists kept), allowing the ship to proceed.
After the Korean War, Mr. Tofte remained with the CIA and worked with it in Latin America. He also had been a special assistant to former director of central intelligence Gen. Walter Bedell Smith.
Survivors include a son, of Copenhagen, and a grandchild.
LOSSIE J. TUCKER, 63, a vice president and branch manager with the Sovran Bank, and a past president of the National Association of Bank Women, died of cancer Aug. 28 at Fairfax Hospital. She lived in Annandale.
Mrs. Tucker was born in Clinton, N.C. She graduated from Campbell College and the Virginia School of Bank Management. She also had attended the American Institute of Banking.
She moved to the Washington area in 1959 and joined the old Northern Virginia Bank, which became part of the Sovran Bank system in 1983. She was a vice president and the manager of Sovran's Columbia Pike branch in Annandale when she died.
Mrs. Tucker was a past president of the Annandale Chamber of Commerce, and was selected as the chamber's Woman of the Year in 1982. She was a member of the Annandale Business and Professional Women's Club, which named her Woman of the Year in 1986. In that same year, she was named Outstanding Woman of Fairfax County by the Fairfax County Commission of Women.
She was a past secretary of the Fairfax Salvation Army Advisory Board and had served on the Baileys Crossroads Shelter Advisory Council.
Her marriage to Robert Jones ended in divorce.
Survivors include her husband, Page Tucker of Annandale; two children by her first marriage, Robert Jones and Linda Parrish, both of Annandale; one stepdaughter, Kathy Ledford of Jacksonville, N.C.; two sisters; two brothers, and two grandchildren.
GRACE STEWART DAWSON, 94, a retired legal affairs officer with the Veterans Administration and a founding member of the Republican Women's Federal Forum, died of cardiac arrest Aug. 29 at her home in Washington.
Mrs. Dawson was born in Paducah, Ky. She moved to the Washington area in 1910. She received a law degree from George Washington University in 1933. She joined the Veterans Administration in 1934 and retired in 1947.
During the early 1940s, she was chairman of the Volunteer Motor Corps of the American Red Cross. She was a member of the D.C. League of Republican Women, the Capitol Hill Club and the Kappa Beta Pi legal sorority.
Her husband, Thomas Fitzhugh Dawson, died in the 1930s. Her son, Thomas Fitzhugh Dawson Jr., died in 1960. Survivors include two grandchildren.
DANIEL J. KING, 62, a Washington native who became a manager with the Victory Food Store chain in New York, died Aug. 24 in a hospital in Oswego, N.Y., after a heart attack.
Mr. King graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School. During World War II, he served in the Army in Europe and was a prisoner of war. He was recalled to active duty during the Korean War. He was a property manager with the Shannon & Luchs Co. before moving to New York in 1962.
Survivors include his wife, Margaret Korn King of Oswego; one daughter, Cheryl A. King of Rochester, N.Y.; two sons, Jeffrey D., and Alan K. King, both of Oswego; one brother, Robert M. King of Bethesda, and three grandchildren.
EDWARD L. LLOYD JR., 68, a retired Baltimore-Washington area wholesale floor-coverings representative with Congoleum Inc. for nearly 30 years before retiring in 1983, died Aug. 28 at his home in Catonsville, Md. He had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
He joined Congoleum in 1951. Mr. Lloyd was a 1942 graduate of Princeton University and served with the Army in Europe during World War II. Mr. Lloyd, a native of New Jersey, lived in Richmond for about a year before moving to Catonsville in 1954.
Survivors include his wife, Catherine, of Catonsville; two sons, Edward L. III, of Trenton, N.J., and Robert G., of Catonsville, and a daughter, Lillian Pamela Coulter of New York City.
ISABELLA WALKER JEFFERSON, 97, a retired elevator operator with the Department of Commerce, died of congestive heart failure Aug. 25 at a private nursing home in Arlington.
Mrs. Jefferson was born in Washington. She went to work for the Commerce Department in 1931 and retired in 1952.
She was a member of Metropolitan Baptist Church in Washington for 80 years, and was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.
Her husband, Ralph Jefferson, died in the early 1970s. She leaves no immediate survivors.