Nor­man A. Jones


The Washington Post Sunday - - OBITUARIES - — Ti­mothy R. Smith

Nor­man A. Jones, 82, a ca­reer CIA of­fi­cer who spe­cial­ized in Soviet eco­nom­ics and later started a Falls Church hard­wood com­pany, died Jan. 6 of a brain aneurysm at his home in Irvine, Calif.

He had been a long­time Falls Church res­i­dent and moved to Irvine in 2004.

In 1960, Mr. Jones joined the CIA af­ter six years with the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Agency, where he was a cryp­tol­o­gist. At the CIA, he helped pre­pare the pres­i­dent’s daily in­tel­li­gence brief­ing.

Mr. Jones re­ceived the In­tel­li­gence Medal of Merit.

Nor­man An­der­son Jones was born in Bartlesville, Okla. He re­ceived bach­e­lor’s and mas­ter’s de­grees in his­tory from Kansas State Uni­ver­sity in 1950 and 1952, re­spec­tively. He re­ceived a doc­tor­ate in Rus­sian his­tory from Ge­orge­town Uni­ver­sity in 1959.

Mr. Jones served in the Air Force dur­ing the Korean War.

He was flu­ent in Rus­sian and taught the lan­guage part time at a Uni­ver­sity of Vir­ginia satel­lite school in North­ern Vir­ginia and at Ge­orge Ma­son Uni­ver­sity.

Af­ter he re­tired from the CIA in 1980, Mr. Jones started Colo­nial Hard­woods, a Spring­field wood sup­ply and man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pany, which he ran for 10 years.

Mr. Jones was a long­time pi­lot, hav­ing re­ceived his li­cense when he was 14.

Sur­vivors in­clude his wife of 59 years, Janet Messen­heimer Jones of Irvine; four chil­dren, Mark Jones of Bos­ton, Cherie Jones of Washington, Kevin Jones of Over­land Park, Kan., and Eric Jones of Irvine; a sis­ter; and six grand­chil­dren.

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