- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Donald M. Lynn, 80, intelligence officer

Donald M. Lynn, a retired Navy lieutenant commander and civil servant, died of complications of a heart attack Aug. 13 at Washington Hospital Center. He was 80 and lived in Rockville.

He was born in the District and grew up on Capitol Hill, where he lived above the former Padgett Print Shop owned by his mother’s family.

As a child, Mr. Lynn and his brother, Jack, would position themselves near the dome at the top of the Capitol rotunda, and announce, “Gentlemen, kindly remove your hats.” The sound echoed across the dome and sounded official, resulting in quick reactions from startled hat-wearers below.

His parents also were Washington natives. In the tradition at the time of naming local streets after the early residents, Lynn Street in Arlington was named after his grandfather, J. Fielder Lynn, and the various Lynns and relations who populated the Mackey’s Hill area.

Mr. Lynn attended public schools in the District, graduating from Eastern High School in 1941. He briefly attended Wilson Teachers College and worked at the Army Map Service before joining the Navy in 1943.

During World War II, he entered Navy college programs at St. Lawrence University and Columbia University in New York, until he was commissioned as an ensign and served in Alaska, Japan, the Pacific Islands and China.

After the war, he attended George Washington University on the GI Bill, graduating in 1949 with an accounting degree.

He stayed active in the Naval Reserve in the capacity of intelligence officer, retiring as a lieutenant commander in 1970.

During his government career, he was a special agent with the FBI from 1950 to 1952; counterintelligence analyst and special agent with the Office of Naval Intelligence from 1952 to 1959; security officer at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing from 1959 to 1963; and counterintelligence analyst and security officer with the National Security Agency until his retirement in 1976.

He then began a second career working for five years as an international air courier for Brinks, followed by six years as a background investigator under contract to the federal government.

Since his final retirement in 1987, he volunteered weekly for the Red Cross at Bethesda naval hospital.

In honor of their golden wedding anniversary this past April, Mr. Lynn and his wife, Mary, attended a celebration with family and friends. In recent years, he enjoyed visits with his family, attending concerts and school functions featuring his grandchildren, playing poker with old friends, and watching Redskins games with his dog Kodiak, who can signal the extra point after a touchdown.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Mary Matuska Lynn of Rockville; four children, David Lynn and Donna Levin, both of Rockville, Martha Weaver of Silver Spring and Christina Lynn of Gaithersburg; one brother; and five grandchildren.

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