Wallace E. Seidel
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.