William Charles Sturbitts – Lieutenant Colonel, United States Air Force

William C. Sturbitts, 87, who retired from the CIA in 1980 after 28 years as an operations officer, died March 4, 2007, at Manor Care Potomac. He had cancer.

Colonel Sturbitts, who had residences in Bethesda, Maryland, and Bethany Beach, Delaware, was born in Boston and grew up in Chevy Chase. He graduated from St. John’s College High School in 1938 and the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, in 1942.


He served in the Army Air Forces during World War II and saw combat in the Apennine and Po Valley campaigns in Italy. After the war, he served in the Air Force Reserve until 1979, when he retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. He worked at the CIA since 1952 in the Directorate of Operations.

Colonel Sturbitts worked in business before moving from Chicago to Washington in 1952.

He was an avid sports fan who enjoyed watching Notre Dame football games and attending the social gatherings of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick in Washington.

His wife, Mary Jane Sturbitts, died in 2006, after 59 years of marriage.

Survivors include two daughters, Charlene Sturbitts of Arlington and Maureen Sloan of McLean; and three grandsons.


On Sunday, March 4, 2007, of Bethesda, Maryland, and Bethany Beach, Delaware. Beloved husband for 59 years of the late Mary Jane Sturbitts. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on November 7, 1919 to Charles and Anna Flynn Sturbitts. After graduating from St. John’s College High School in 1938, Mr. Sturbitts attended the University of Notre Dame, graduating in 1942. He served as an officer in the United State Army Air Forces during World War II, in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations, participating in the Northern Apennines and Po Valley Campaigns in Italy. He retired from the Air Force Reserve as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1979.

Colonel Sturbitts had a distinguished career in the Central Intelligence Agency from 1953 to 1980, receiving the Career Intelligence Medal for Exceptional Achievement.

He is survived by his daughters, Charlene Sturbitts of Arlington, VA and Maureen Sloan of McLean, Virginia, and three grandsons, William, Douglas and Taylor Sloan.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, March 10 at 11 a.m. at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament, Western Ave. at Quesada St., N.W.. Interment will take place at Arlington National Cemetey on March 27 at 3 p.m., with full military honors. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the St. John’s College High School, 2607 Military Rd., NW, Washington, DC 20015.

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