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Ann Zeilinger Caracristi
Viewing: January 13 (Wednesday) from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Service: January 14 (Thursday) at 11:30 a.m. (graveside service)
Location: Green Hill Cemetery of Clarke County, Berryville, VA

Ann Zeilinger Caracristi (age 94) of Washington, D.C., passed away at her home on Sunday, January  10, 2016.


Ann was born in Bronxville, New York, to Virginius "Victor" Zeilinger and Jessie Donald Caracristi on the 1st of February, 1921.  She graduated from Russell Sage College and began her career with the Army's cryptologic organization during World War II.  She pursued a brief civilian career immediately following the war, then she joined a predecessor organization of the National Security Agency (NSA) as a cryptanalyst.  She served as Chief of Research and Operations organizations, primarily with A-Group where she was chief from 1975 to 1980.  In addition to her management duties, Ann served as Chief in various capacities on committees and panels established to provide technical and career support to cryptananlysts.  In April 1980, Ann was named NSA's sixth Deputy Director (D/DIR) and served in that position until August 1982.


She retired from NSA in 1982, but Ann remained active on several panels convened by components of the Intelligence Community.  President Clinton named her to the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board in 1993.  She served as a consultant to the NSA Scientific Advisory Board in 1993, and as a consultant to the NSA Scientific Advisory Board (NASAAB).  She was president of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) from 1989 to 1991.  Additionally, she was on the Board of Directors of the National Cryptologic Museum Foundation.


Ann received numerous awards, including the Federal Woman's Award (1965), the Meritorious Civilian Service Award (1966), the Exceptional Civilian Service Award (1975), The National Service League Award (1979), the Department of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Award (1980), the National Security Medal (1982), and the William Oliver Baker Award (1999).


Ann was preceded in death by her brothers Virginius ZeilingerCaracristi, Jr. and James Zeilinger Caracristi; and her longtime companion Gertrude Kirtland.  Ann was a sweet-natured, modest, and generous individual.  In her private life, she loved attending cultural events, visiting with friends, and keeping up with the world by immersing herself in current papers and magazines.  Although her activities centered around the "Little Red" in Georgetown, she loved escaping to her country home on the mountain in Bluemont, Virginia, where she could sit and watch the deer wander across her yard.  Ann will be greatly missed by her nephew and his wife, Roy and Helene Caracristitheir children, Jeffrey and Dennis Caracristiher niece, Judy Busby; her children, Chris Felfe and Sharon Felfe Howell; and her many friends.


Friends may call at the DeVol Funeral Home (2222 Wisconsin Ave., N.W) on Wednesday, January 13 from 5pm until 8pm.  Complimentary valet parking provided.  Graveside service on Thursday, January 14 at 11:30 AM at Green Hill Cemetery of Clarke County, Berryville, Va. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Russell Sage College or the National Cryptologic Museum Foundation.

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