Services for George E. Sterling, who started the U.S. radio intelligence operations during World War II, will be held at 10 a.m. today at the Jones, Rich & Hutchins Funeral Home in Portland, Maine.
Mr. Sterling, who was 96 and lived in Portland, died Wednesday at a nursing home there after a short illness.
He worked for the Federal Communications Commission for many years before retiring as a member of the commission in 1954.
In the 1920s, he wrote a radio manual that came to be used as a textbook by radio engineers.
In the ensuring years, he saw the need for improved communications intelligence and won White House approval to form the Radio Intelligence Division in 1940. In a little more than a year, it established more than 100 monitoring stations. After the war, its work was taken over by the National Security Agency and a section of the Central Intelligence Agency.
Born in Portland, Mr. Sterling attended the Johns Hopkins University.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, the former Margaret Farray; a daughter, Patricia Sterling Jabine of Baltimore; a sister, Emily Sterling of Springvale, Maine; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.