Analouise Clissold Bolten

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BOLTEN ANALOUISE CLISSOLD BOLTEN "Stacy" Died peacefully on September 2, 2009, at the home of her daughter, surrounded by family and friends. Her family will observe the first anniversary of her death today with a private memorial at Arlington National Cemetery, where she is buried alongside her husband, Seymour Bolten, who died in 1985. She was born Analouise Clissold in 1923, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to William and Tina Diamondstone Clissold, and raised in Hollywood, Florida. She attended Barnard College in New York, leaving after her freshman year to marry Bob Price, an English professor. At the beginning of World War II, the couple moved to the Washington, DC area, where Stacy served as a courier for the OSS and her husband worked for the Library of Congress. Soon after the war''s end, Prof. Price fell ill and died, and as a young widow Stacy went to work as a writer for U.S. News and World Report. In 1948, she met Seymour Bolten, a U.S. Army World War II veteran who had served in military government in Germany, and who had come to Washington as one of the early recruits of the newly-formed Central Intelligence Agency. The couple married in 1950, and their two sons were born in 1952 and 1954. From 1955 to 1960, the Boltens lived in Bonn, Germany, where Seymour was the CIA''s Deputy Chief of Station, and Stacy took the opportunity to travel and ski with her sons. Soon after their return to Washington, their daughter was born. A few years later, Mrs. Bolten, whose love of learning was a lifelong passion, returned to college at George Washington University to study history. She earned bachelor''s and master''s degrees, also teaching at GWU, and received her Ph.D. in 1983. After Seymour Bolten''s death in 1985, Mrs. Bolten traveled extensively, especially in western and eastern Europe. An expert seamstress her entire life, she became a mainstay of the costume department at the Washington National Opera. An avid gardener, she became increasingly knowledgeable about the indigenous flowers and birds in the Washington area and in Key West, where she greatly enjoyed spending time. She is survived by her children, Randall Clissold Bolten, Joshua Brewster Bolten and Susanna Bolten Connaughton (James); and by her grandchildren, Rachel Heise Bolten, Elizabeth Clissold "Molly" Bolten, Spencer James Connaughton, and Grace Bolten Connaughton.

Published in The Washington Post on Sept. 2, 2010