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November 17, 2012

Ward K. Greene

Ward K. Greene

TUCSON, Ariz. — Ward K. Greene, an internal security specialist, retired from the Central Intelligence Agency, died on Oct. 29, 2012, in Tucson, Ariz.

Ward was born in Batavia in 1932, was a 1950 graduate of Otego Central School and Hartwick College in 1954.

He served in the Army’s Counterintelligence Corps from 1954 to 1956 and joined the CIA in 1957.

Ward retired from full-time employment with the CIA in 1983 and then served both in the agency as an instructor and writer and as an investigator with a private investigative firm on a contract basis from 1983 to 1993.

Ward spent his formative years in the Otego/Oneonta area and married Jean M. (Foster) in 1954. After 1957, he and Jean lived in Sterling, Va., and Front Royal, Va. They had served in Bonn, Germany, Miami, Fla., and Washington, D.C., while with the agency.

Ward was an avid reader and book collector and had a large library of both books and records. He served as the emcee of the Lucketts Bluegrass Concerts until moving to Colorado, as well as carrying out a similar function at the Lucketts Fair.

In Colorado, he worked for the public radio station as an operations officer and as an on-the-air programmer, hosting a weekly bluegrass music show.

Ward was also a published author, having had several articles published in “Bluegrass Unlimited”, a monthly publication devoted to bluegrass and old time music, as well as an unclassified article published in the “Studies in Intelligence” an internal CIA publication.

Ward is survived by his wife Jean; two children, Steve (Debbie) of Janesville, Wis.; Trish (Brien) Christofferson of Henderson, Nev., two brothers, Barry (Barbara) of Franklin, N.C., Dennis (Carol) of Sidney.

Ward was cremated. Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society.

Arrangements are by Adair Funeral Home, Tucson, Ariz. 

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