Dorothy B. Mc­Cabe

The Washington Post Sunday - - LOCAL OPINIONS - CIA OF­FI­CER — Me­gan McDonough

Dorothy B. Mc­Cabe, 86, a maps spe­cial­ist and re­tired pub­lic in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer with the Cen­tral In­tel­li­gence Agency’s di­rec­torate of ad­min­is­tra­tion, died Jan. 21 at her home in Cabin John.

She had can­cer, said her daugh­ter, Joan New­comb.

Mrs. Mc­Cabe joined the CIA in 1985 and worked on in­for­ma­tion and pri­vacy is­sues un­til her re­tire­ment in 1997. She had pre­vi­ously worked at the old Earth Satel­lite Corp., an agri­cul­tural mon­i­tor­ing com­pany then based in Bethesda.

Dur­ing her CIA ca­reer, Mrs. Mc­Cabe re­ceived two ex­cep­tional per­for­mance awards and an out­stand­ing ser­vice award.

Dorothy Irene Beatty was born in Ann Ar­bor, Mich. She re­ceived a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in 1948 and a master’s de­gree in po­lit­i­cal ge­og­ra­phy in 1950, both from the Univer­sity of Michi­gan. She then worked for three years as a map in­tel­li­gence spe­cial­ist at the Army Map Ser­vice, the pre­cur­sor to the De­fense Map­ping Agency.

From the mid-1950s to the late 1970s, she ac­com­pa­nied her then­hus­band, a For­eign Ser­vice of­fi­cer, on overseas post­ings in Berlin, Lon­don, New Delhi, Ot­tawa and Stock­holm.

Mrs. Mc­Cabe was a mem­ber of As­so­ci­ates of the Amer­i­can For­eign Ser­vice World­wide and the As­so­ci­a­tion for Amer­i­can Ge­og­ra­phers.

Her mar­riage to Wal­ter Mc­Cabe ended in di­vorce.

Sur­vivors in­clude four chil­dren, Dave Mc­Cabe of Pottstown, Pa., Dwight Mc­Cabe and Joan New­comb, both of Vashon, Wash., and Matt Mc­Cabe of West­bury, N.Y.; a brother; and 10 grand­chil­dren.

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