James R. Clapper – Colonel, United States Army

From a contemporary press report:

James R. Clapper, 86, a retired Army Colonel and intelligence officer who was a security guard at George Mason University in the late 1970s and early 1980s, died of prostate cancer February 22, 2003, at the Sunrise at Countryside nursing home in Sterling.

He lived in Fairfax in the 1970s and 1980s before returning to the Washington area in 1998, settling in Sterling.

Colonel Clapper, a native of Kenton, Ohio, attended Purdue University.

He served in Army intelligence units in the Middle East and North Africa during World War II; in Korea during the Korean conflict and in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. He also was posted with the Army Security Agency in Germany, Hawaii and Vint Hill Farms in Fauquier County.

Colonel Clapper's last assignment, when he retired in 1972 after a 28-year career, was at Fort Meade. His decorations included the Legion of Merit, a Bronze Star and the Army Commendation Medal.

His wife of 59 years, Anne Wheatley, died in 1998.

Survivors include two sons, retired Air Force Lieutenant General James Jr., of Fairfax, and Michael, of Normal, Illinois; a daughter, Ruth Anne Babich of Sierra Vista, Arizona; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.


On February 22, 2003 at Sunrise of Countryside, Sterling, Virginia. Predeceased by his wife, Anne Wheatley. Survived by three children, Lieutenant General (USAF Ret.) James (Susan) R. Clapper, Jr. of Fairfax, Virginia; Chris (James) Babich of Sierra Vista, Arizona and Michael (Kellie) Clapper of Normal, Illinois; five grandchildren, Jennifer Coakley, Andrew Clapper, Bryan Babich, Katherine and Elizabeth Clapper; three great-grandchildren, Ryan and Erin Coakley and McCalister Clapper. Services will be held graveside at Arlington National Cemetery, 11 a.m. on March 10 (Section 64). The family asks that in lieu of flowers, a contribution can be made to Hospice of Northern Virginia – Loudoun Office, 209 Gibson St., NW, #202, Leesburg, VA 20176.

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