Harry Edward Victor, a retired intelligence analyst for the National Security Agency, died of congestive heart failure Thursday at his Catonsville home. He was 69.
During his career with NSA, the secret agency that monitors communications around the world for the U.S. government, Mr. Victor worked in Arlington, Va., and at the agency's headquarters at Fort Meade.
In the mid-1960s and early 1970s, he represented the Defense Department in Yorkshire, England.
He retired from NSA in 1979 after 27 years, then worked another nine years as a senior archivist at Fort Meade, involved in the release of World War II records.
Earlier, he worked for the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, and in the 1970s was part-owner of an Annapolis antique shop.
Mr. Victor graduated from Mount St. Joseph High School in
Baltimore in 1941. After service in the Army Air Forces during World War II, he returned to college and, in 1950, became the first University of Maryland graduate with a major in Russian.
He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Phoenix Society, an organization of NSA employees.
A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 10:30 a.m. today at St. Mark's Roman Catholic Church in Catonsville.
Mr. Victor is survived by his wife of 40 years, the former Mary Frances Walstrum of Catonsville; four daughters, Theresa Backof and Margaret Victor of Catonsville, Suzanne Winchester pTC of Bel Air and Cecelia Reynolds of Woodstock; three sons, Stephen and Gregory Victor of Catonsville and Matthew Victor of Hong Kong; and five grandchildren.
The family suggested donations to the Mount St. Joseph High School Scholarship Fund.