Wal­lace E. Sei­del


The Washington Post Sunday - - OBITUARIES - — T. Rees Shapiro

Wal­lace E. Sei­del, 88, a CIA an­a­lyst who re­tired as a mem­ber of the in­tel­li­gence com­mu­nity staff in 1979, died Dec. 22 at his home in Char­lottesville af­ter a heart at­tack.

He was a long­time res­i­dent of Alexan­dria be­fore mov­ing to Char­lottesville in 1999.

Mr. Sei­del joined the CIA in 1955 af­ter serv­ing in mil­i­tary in­tel­li­gence dur­ing the Korean War.

His fam­ily said he be­came an ex­pert on Rus­sian mis­sile technology at the CIA and spent a year in Frank­furt, West Ger­many, in the early 1960s in­ter­view­ing de­fec­tors.

To­ward the end of his ca­reer, Mr. Sei­del worked as a bud­get an­a­lyst on the CIA’s in­tel­li­gence com­mu­nity staff.

Wal­lace Er­win Sei­del was born in New York and was a 1948 his­tory and po­lit­i­cal sci­ence grad­u­ate of Ho­bart Col­lege in Geneva, N.Y. He re­ceived a mas­ter’s de­gree in po­lit­i­cal sci­ence from Columbia Uni­ver­sity in 1951.

He served in the Army dur­ing World War II, and his dec­o­ra­tions in­cluded the Bronze Star Medal.

Sur­vivors in­clude his wife of 68 years, Anna An­der­son Sei­del of Char­lottesville; four chil­dren, Al­fred Sei­del of Boul­der, Colo., Wes­ley Sei­del of As­cot, Eng­land, San­dra Sei­del of Char­lottesville and Lisa Sali­nas of Viera, Fla.; and two grand­sons.

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