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William Egan Colby

director , consultant , lawyer

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.

Achievements

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

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