Robert E. Brown

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Robert Elvin Brown 1939-2022

Bob died peacefully on Wednesday afternoon, July 13, 2022. He was born in Lindsay, California, and graduated from Lindsay High School in 1956. He attended the University of California (Berkeley), Fresno State, the University of Nevada, The Army Language School, and finally graduated from the University of Washington in 1966 with a double major in History and Chinese Language.

He worked as a dishwasher, a language lab technician, and a craps dealer. He had a 32 year (17 at foreign postings) career as a case officer with the CIA where he was a member of the Senior Intelligence Service. Bob was awarded the Intelligence Medal of Merit, the National Intelligence Medal of Achievement, and the Career Intelligence Medal, as well as twice receiving the CIA Director's HUMINT Collectors Award and the Studies in Intelligence Award.

Bob was predeceased in 2000 by his wife, Carolyn Heaster Brown, by his grandson, Alexander Keener, in 2015, and his longtime companion Betsy Schmidt in 2017.

He is survived by his daughter Heather Dale Brown, his friend and housekeeper Conchita (DeeDing) Alvior, and his son-in-law Dale Leidich.

An Army veteran, his interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on September 10, 2022 at 2:00pm at Money & King Funeral Home, 171 W. Maple Street, Vienna, VA 22180, In lieu of flowers or other condolences, please consider a donation to the JED Foundation, PO Box 412945, Boston, MA 02241 or online at

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