— Emily Langer - The Washington Post- Published: February 14
Joe Milford, CIA employee, dies at 85
Joe Milford, who worked for the CIA in positions including finance and budget officer
from 1951 until his retirement in 1978, died Jan. 20 at Virginia Hospital Center in
Arlington. He was 85.
The cause was cardiac arrest and respiratory failure, said his daughter Cathy
Mr. Milford traveled for his agency career to Asia, Europe and Latin America and
received honors including the Career Intelligence Medal. One of his assignments
involved the financing of the U-2 program, according to his daughter.
Joseph Raymond Milford was born in Washington, where he graduated from St.
Anthony’s High School in 1946.
He served in the Marine Corps before receiving a bachelor’s degree in commercial
science from Strayer University in the District in 1950. Mr. Milford remained in the
Marine Corps Reserve and was recalled to active duty during the Korean War.
He was a longtime resident of McLean, Va., and belonged to Westwood Country
Club in Vienna, Va., St. John the Beloved Catholic Church in McLean, the Veterans of
Foreign Wars and the American Legion.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Madeline Arslanian Milford of McLean; two
children, John Milford of Trinity, Fla., and Cathy Cromley of Oakton, Va.; and four