Earl L. Scott Jr.

CIA Senior Analyst

Earl Lynwood Scott Jr., 77, a retired senior Central Intelligence Agency analyst and Soviet specialist, died July 17 at Casey House hospice in Rockville. He had Alzheimer's disease and kidney failure.

Mr. Scott, a Rockville resident, joined the CIA in 1955 as a documents officer, scanning Soviet publications and translating and analyzing articles of political interest.

He later worked in the Office of Soviet Analysis, where he wrote current intelligence assessments for publications intended for top U.S. officials. He retired in 1991.

Mr. Scott, whose father was an Army officer, was born at Fort Sam Houston, Tex. He was a 1951 English literature graduate of Louisiana State University.

He served in the Army in the early 1950s, graduating from the Army's Language School in Monterey, Calif., where he learned to speak and read Russian. He was stationed in Berlin, monitoring East German and Soviet military communications, and then settled in the Washington area in 1954.

In retirement, he took courses on Civil War history at the University of Maryland and did genealogical research. He also wrote short stories and poems, joined literary clubs and was a member of Toastmasters International.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Helen D'Zmura Scott of Rockville; four children, Mary S. Wiecek of Pickerington, Ohio, John L. Scott of Damascus, Joseph M. Scott of Germantown and Andrew J. Scott of La Plata; a sister, Helen Nordberg of Reston; and six grandchildren.