John Thomas Dickmeyer – Major, United States Army

From a contemporary press report:

John Thomas Dickmeyer, 80, an intelligence specialist in the Middle East and Asia who retired in 1985 from the Defense Intelligence Agency, died of congestive heart failure September 19, 2001, at Inova Fairfax Hospital. He lived in Oakton.

Mr. Dickmeyer's intelligence-gathering career began in 1949 with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA. He was assigned to Foreign Service and Army posts that included Alaska, the U.S. Embassy in Manila and the consulate in Tabriz, Iran.

He joined the new DIA in 1962. He was a national intelligence adviser to Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey during the 1968 presidential campaign.

Mr. Dickmeyer was born in Boston and raised in Northampton, Mass. He was a graduate of the University of Massachusetts.

He served with the Army's 82nd Airborne Division in Europe and North Africa during World War II and was awarded a Silver Star and two Purple Hearts. He was recalled to duty during the war in Korea, where he recruited and trained intelligence officers.

Mr. Dickmeyer was president of the Kiwanis Club of Arlington and Post Cana Alumni Association of Northern Virginia. He served on the Vienna Planning Commission and the Fairfax County Consumer Protection Commission.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the parish counsel of Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Vienna, St. Mark's Catholic Church in Vienna, Army Navy Country Club, the Association of Former Intelligence Officers, 82nd Airborne Division Historical Society and the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment.

He was a fundraiser for the Democratic Party in Fairfax County and a trustee of the University of Massachusetts Alumni Association. His interests included golf.

His first wife, Virginia Parker Dickmeyer, died in 1986. His second wife, Gloria Roeder, died in 1995.

A son from his first marriage, John Dickmeyer Jr., died in 1994.

Survivors include four children from his first marriage, Patricia Robertson of Fairfax, Joanne Thompson of Los Angeles, Christine Ramsey of Chesterfield, Va., and James Dickmeyer of Seattle; and eight grandchildren.


On Wednesday, September 19, 2001. Loving husband of the late Virginia P. Dickmeyer; cherished father of Patricia A. Robertson (Leo J. Eiden) of Fairfax, VA, Joanne M. Thompson (Mark) of Los Angeles, CA, Christine D. Ramsey of Chesterfield, VA, James E. Dickmeyer (Liza Elijah) of Seattle, WA, and the late, John T. Dickmeyer, Jr.; beloved brother of Charles Serino of North Hampton, MA. Also survived by his grandchildren, Jason, Alyssa, Dustin, Ashley, Eli, Sarah, Henry and Jamie. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered 8:30 a.m., Tuesday, October 2 at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church, 8601 Wolftrap Rd., Vienna, VA. Interment Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Boystown, Donations, Boys Town, NE 68010. Memorial gathering and reception to follow at The Army-Navy Country Club.

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