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Joe L. Zaring, CIA intelligence officer

Joe L. Zaring, 91, a retired CIA intelligence officer, died of cardiac arrest Sept. 17 at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington.

The death was confirmed by his niece Arleen Bedingfield.

Mr. Zaring, a Washington resident, retired in 1981 after 30 years with the CIA. He worked in the Western Europe division of the agency’s Directorate of Intelligence. He was a past chairman of the National Intelligence Council and served on the CIA senior review panel.

He was awarded the National Intelligence Medal of Achievement.

Joe Leroy Zaring was born in American Falls, Idaho. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Idaho in 1942 and a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University in 1950.

He served in the Army in Europe during World War II.

After his retirement from the CIA, Mr. Zaring and his wife worked on restoring and preserving their 200-acre historic farm in Connecticut. In 2001, they donated substantial parts of their land trust to Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic.

His memberships included the Harvard Club of Washington and the National Press Club. He was an associate member of the Woman’s National Democratic Club in Washington.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Dorothy Church Zaring of Washington.

— Megan McDonough

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