WILLIAMSBURG - Richard F. Stolz Jr., of Williamsburg, Va., died on June 9, 2012, from complications following a fall at his home.
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Mr. Stolz and his wife of 62 years, Betty, moved to Williamsburg, in 1997, several years after retiring from a distinguished career as an intelligence officer. He joined the Central Intelligence Agency in 1950, and served throughout Europe including Italy, Turkey, Bulgaria, Russia, Yugoslavia, Germany and England. Mr. Stolz retired in 1981, but in 1987, was asked to return to the agency to lead the CIA's clandestine service as Deputy Director for Operations. He served in that capacity until his second retirement in 1990. He was twice awarded the Distinguished Intelligence Medal, the agency's highest honor. In 1991, President George H.W. Bush presented him, in the oval office, with the National Security Medal for distinguished achievement in the field of intelligence.
Mr. Stolz was born in 1925 in Dayton, Ohio, and moved to Summit, N.J., in 1929. He graduated from Summit High School in 1943. He was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Amherst College and served in the U.S. Army from 1944 to 1946, as an infantryman with the 398th Regiment of the100th Division in eastern France and the Rhineland.
Mr. Stolz is survived by his wife, Betty, nee Elder (raised in Hopewell, Va.); a daughter, Sarah Sullivan of Alexandria, Va.; sons, Richard Stolz III of Rockville, Md., and Robert Stolz of McLean, Va.; two daughters-in-law, a son-in-law, and seven grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 14, 2012, at Appomattox Cemetery, with Father Bill Taylor officiating.
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Published in Daily Press from June 12 to June 13, 2012