-- Joe Holley The Washington Post 2009
Lynn T. Olsen, 92, a retired secretary and administrative assistant with the federal
government, died April 10 of a cerebral hemorrhage at Inova Fairfax Hospital.
Mrs. Olsen was born Lynn Tompkins in New Orleans and moved to Washington with her
widowed mother and elder sister in the 1920s. She graduated from Western High
School (1934) and attended George Washington University, but the Depression forced
her to drop out and look for work. At age 19, in 1935, she took a secretarial position with
the Federal Housing Administration. During World War II, she worked for the Office of
Strategic Services, precursor to the Central Intelligence Agency.
She also worked for the State Department, the Office of Defense Mobilization and the
United Nations Conference on International Organization in San Francisco. Additionally,
she was an administrative assistant with the American delegation to the Nuremberg trials.
After her marriage to Benjamin C. Olsen, a CIA budget and finance officer, she lived and
worked in England, where she was president of the American Embassy Wives group. She
also lived and worked in France and Iran.
Her husband died in 1996.
Survivors include her son, Douglas Olsen of Alexandria.