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John Littlejohn

Class of 1962
Major/Minor
History

After graduation, I applied for work at the CIA. While the clearance process was underway, I taught seventh grade English in Baltimore and then joined the Agency in early 1963. Later that year, I interrupted my employment to serve on active duty with the Army National Guard. Following my return to the Agency, I had a succession of assignments throughout the organization which led eventually to membership in the CIA’s Senior Intelligence Service. I retired in 1996 and began ten years of employment as a contractor for the CIA and Raytheon Co. on several declassification projects.

On the personal side, I married my wife Gail in 1967 and we had one son Brian before she died of breast cancer five years later. Four years later I married Terri; she adopted Brian; and we now have three grandchildren. We moved to Wilmington, North Carolina after I quit work and are very busy as volunteers.

My favorite volunteer service is as a reading tutor in a local elementary school. Over the years I’ve become something of a fitness buff and work out five times a week in an aerobics class. (Yes, I’m the only male in the class.) I also enjoy traveling and especially travel off the beaten track. Trips in that category that have been especially satisfying and thrilling include a rim to rim crossing of the Grand Canyon, backpacking with the Sierra Club in the Dark Canyon Wilderness of Utah, and whitewater rafting in Idaho.

Memories:
Being under the tutelege of Dr. Nathan Smith was certainly a favorite memory because he helped me grow as a student and a person. Working on the Pegasus with Jeannie Patterson and Ida May Heinz was another great experience and a lot of fun. I also remember a beer party on the river across from Chestertown with plenty of Ray Charles music. Now that was great! I was at Washington College for only two years but I really liked the school. It helped turn me into the person I am.