Kathaleen R. Forcum, 81, U.S. intelligence employee

December 20, 2003

Kathaleen R. Forcum, who traveled throughout Europe and the Middle East while working for the Central Intelligence Agency, the U.S. Air Force and the Defense Department during the Cold War, died Dec. 13 at her Mount Vernon home of a heart attack. She was 81.

Mrs. Forcum, who was born in a box sled during a blizzard in Montana and raised after age 7 in Gettysburg, Pa., attended business school in South Carolina.

She briefly taught junior high school in Little Rock, Ark., before moving to Baltimore in 1942, where she held various jobs before going to work for the federal government in 1948.

Posing as a student, she worked as an undercover agent for the CIA in Germany.

With the Air Force, she was an administrative assistant in intelligence in Germany, then returned to Washington to work for the Defense Department. She returned to Europe for four years, working at the U.S. delegation to NATO in Paris.

During her time overseas, Mrs. Forcum traveled widely throughout Europe and the Middle East.

She returned to the United States in 1963 and worked as a staff member with the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee in Washington, where she lived.

She sold real estate in her spare time.

In 1966, she met James E. Forcum while selling him a house, and they married a year later.

In 1983, they moved to Baltimore, where they lived in retirement and often visited their vacation home in Key West, Fla.

A funeral service was held Thursday at Grace and St. Peter's Church in Baltimore.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Forcum is survived by a sister, Jean L. Fenton of Atlantic Beach, Fla.; a brother, George F. Edwards of Waynesboro, Va.; and a stepdaughter, Karen de Ferrer of San Diego, Calif.

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