Michael Weyl, who served as an official with the U.S. Information Agency for 35 years, died March 19 of congestive heart failure at the Grand Oaks assisted living residence in Washington. He was 93.
Mr. Weyl joined the State Department in the aftermath of World War II and served as a cultural attache and public affairs officer at overseas posts including Copenhagen; Berlin; Brussels; New Delhi; Bonn, Germany; and Stockholm.
He also worked as chief policy officer for Voice of America and as head of the U.S. Information Agency’s book-translation program. During the 1980s, he served a stint at the Reagan White House as foreign affairs specialist for the Inter-Agency Committee for German-American contacts.
He retired to Bethesda in 1979 and became a leader and lecturer for Smithsonian study tours to Switzerland, Japan and Germany. He also served as a docent at the National Gallery of Art.
Michael Weyl was born in Zurich and moved to Germany when he was a boy. There, he met a Swedish-born exchange student whom he later married.
When Hitler rose to power in the early 1930s, the Weyl family moved to the United States, where Mr. Weyl’s father — mathematician Hermann Weyl — took a position at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J.
Mr. Weyl graduated from Princeton University with honors in 1937 and then headed to Hollywood, where he worked as an assistant on the production of “Blockade,” a 1938 drama about the Spanish Civil War starring Henry Fonda. Mr. Weyl then earned a master’s degree in German literature and art history from the University of Wisconsin.
He served in the Army during World War II and was stationed in Washington County, Md., at Camp Ritchie’s Military Intelligence Training Center. In 1944, he was sent overseas to interrogate German prisoners of war. He remained in Germany as the war drew to a close, heading library programs and six U.S. cultural centers.
His wife of 45 years, Margareta Granstrom Weyl, died in 1987. Survivors include three sons, Peter Weyl of Portland, Maine, Thomas Weyl of Fort Washington and John Andrew Weyl of Lafayette, Colo.; and two granddaughters.