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William Egan Colby

William Egan Colby, American lawyer, international consultant, former Central Intelligence Agency director. Bar: New York 1947, District of Columbia 1976. Major Army of the United States, 1941-1945. Member Council Foreign Relations, Washington Institute Foreign Affairs, Cosmos Club, Princeton Club New York City, Special Forces Club (London), Linge Klubben (Oslo), Phi Beta Kappa.

Background

  • COLBY, William was born on January 4, 1920 in St. Paul, Minnesota, United States. Son of Elbridge and Margaret Colby (nee Egan).

  • Education

    • Bachelor, Princeton University, 1940. Bachelor of Laws, Columbia University, 1947. Doctor in Public Service (honorary), Norwich University, 1992.

    Career

    • Served to rank of Maj., United States Army 1941-1945. Admitted to New York State Bar 1947, District of Colombia Bar 1976. Attorney Donovan, Leisure, Newton & Irvine 1947-1949, Counsel since 1987.

      Attorney National Labor Relations Board 1949-1950. Attache, American Embassy, Stockholm 1951-1953, Rome 1953-1958, First Secretary, Saigon 1959-1962. Head, Far East Division, Central Intelligence Agency 1963-1967.

      Ambassador, Director Civil Operations and Rural Development Support, Saigon 1968-1971. Executive Director CIA 1972-1973, Director September 1973-1976. Law and consultancy practice, Washington, D.C. 1976-1986.

      Silver Star National Security.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: New York 1947, District of Columbia 1976.

    Works

    • The Lost Victory
    • Who is to control South Africa; the British imperialists or the Boer farmers? Neither will compromise.
    • Author: Honorable Men-My Life in the Central Intelligence Agency, 1978, Lost Victory, 1989.

    Membership

    Major Army of the United States, 1941-1945. Member Council Foreign Relations, Washington Institute Foreign Affairs, Cosmos Club, Princeton Club New York City, Special Forces Club (London), Linge Klubben (Oslo), Phi Beta Kappa.

    Connections

    • Married Barbara Heinzen, September 15, 1945 (divorced November 1984). Children: Jonathan, Catherine (deceased), Carl, Paul, Christine. Married Sally Shelton, November 20, 1984.
    • father: Elbridge Colby
    • mother: Margaret (Egan) Colby
    • spouses: Barbara Heinzen
    • Sally Shelton
    • children: Jonathan Colby
    • Catherine Colby (deceased)
    • Carl Colby
    • Paul Colby
    • Christine Colby
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    Born January 4, 1920
    Died April 27, 1996
    (aged 76)
    Nationality
    • 1940
      Princeton University
    • 1947
      Columbia University
    • 1992
      Norwich University
    • 1947 - 1949
      Attorney, Donovan Leisure Newton & Irvine
    • 1949 - 1950
      with National Labor Relations Board
    • 1951 - 1953
      attach+? American Embassy
      Stockholm, Stockholms Lan, Sweden
    • 1953 - 1958
      attach+? American Embassy
      Rome, New York, United States
    • 1963 - 1968
      chief Far East division Central Intelligence Agency
      Washington, United States
    • 1978 - 1996
      private practice, legal and international consultant
    • 1994 - 1996
      editor Colby Report for Intern, ational Business
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