Helene L. Boatner, 65, who died while scuba diving Jan. 12 near Little Cayman Island in the Caribbean, was a senior executive with the Central Intelligence Agency who retired in 1996.

According to Cayman Island police, Ms. Boatner was diving with a group when she became separated from the others. Her body was recovered about half an hour later. The specific cause of death is under investigation.

A veteran of more than 30 years with the CIA, Ms. Boatner retired after having served as special assistant to Madeleine K. Albright, who was then U.S. representative to the United Nations. Earlier she had been comptroller of the CIA.

Her CIA career also included management of units responsible for political analysis, economic research, Near East issues and foreign leadership trends. She directed an office that managed the agency's operations center, provided current intelligence support to the president and published all of the CIA's analytic products.

On retiring she was awarded the Distinguished Intelligence Medal.

Ms. Boatner, who lived in Arlington, was born in San Francisco into an Army family and grew up near several Army posts. She graduated from the University of Texas and received a master's degree in economics at American University. While serving with the CIA she attended the National War College.

In retirement she did consulting on national security matters and volunteer work at Ford's Theatre.

Survivors include her brother, retired Army Maj. Gen. James G. Boatner, of Mount Vernon.