Edward J. George, an operations officer in the Central Intelligence Agency from 1950 until his retirement in 1975, died March 2 at a hospital in Berkeley Springs, W.Va. He was 88.

The cause was complications related to emphysema and congestive heart failure, said his son, Nicholas George.

Mr. George specialized in Southeast Asia and served overseas in Japan, Singapore, the Philippines and Vietnam. After his retirement, he moved to Berkeley Springs, where he became involved with restoring, owning and managing vacation rentals of historic log homes.

Edward Joseph George was born in Brockton, Mass., to Lebanese immigrants. He was a 1950 journalism graduate of Boston University. During World War II, he served as an Army paratrooper.

He received several CIA service awards.

His first wife, M. Elizabeth “Libby” Pound George, died in 1983 after 31 years of marriage. His second marriage, to Marcia Ann Hurt, ended in divorce. Survivors include two sons from his first marriage, Nicholas George of Blairsville, Ga., and Edward George Jr. of North Potomac, Md.; a stepson, Arthur Bement of Bellport, N.Y., a sister; and seven grandchildren.

— Megan McDonough