Retired Navy captain who served as the director of Public Affairs for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and was chief of public relations for five Presidential Commissions, died April 7, 2003, in Alexandria, Virginia, of cancer and strokes at age 72.
Herbert E. Hetu, 72, a Washington public relations officer and retired Navy Captain who served as director of public affairs for the Central Intelligence Agency and chief of public relations for five presidential commissions, died April 7 at his home in Alexandria. He had cancer and had suffered strokes.
Captain Hetu retired from the Navy in 1974 after serving four years as Special
Assistant for Public Affairs to the Secretary of the Navy. Earlier, he served in a similar capacity for the Chief of Naval Operations. His Navy career spanned 24 years.
In 1977, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Navy Admiral Stansfield
Turner, hired Captain Hetu as the agency's director of public affairs and asked him to develop a public relations policy.
HETU, HERBERT E., Capt. USN (Ret.)
On April 7, 2003 HERBERT E. HETU, of Alexandria, Virginia, husband of Kathryn A. Hetu; father of Michael B. Hetu, Deborah J. Echard, Susan L. Beyer, Patricia A. Hetu, Jacqueline M. Barber; step-father of Amy Borcherding and Douglas Black. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, May 27 at 10:45 a.m. in the Fort Myer Memorial Chapel, Fort Myer, Virginia. Interment to follow at Arlington National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, 2021 K St. NW, Suite 715, Washington, DC 20006.
HETU, HERBERT EDMOND
- CAPT US NAVY
- VETERAN SERVICE DATES: 04/02/1949 – 06/30/1975
- DATE OF BIRTH: 11/25/1929
- DATE OF DEATH: 04/07/2003
- DATE OF INTERMENT: 05/27/2003
- BURIED AT: SECTION 30 SITE 462-2
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
Michael Robert Patterson was born in Arlington and is the son of a former officer of the US Army. So it was no wonder that sooner or later his interests drew him to American history and especially to American military history. Many of his articles can be found on renowned portals like the New York Times, Washingtonpost or Wikipedia.
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