- The Washington Times - Monday, June 28, 2004

Ronald Reifsteck, 71, retired CIA official

Ronald H. Reifsteck, a retired CIA official, died May 27 in a private aircraft crash in Marsh Harbor, Bahamas. He was 71.

Born in Buffalo, N.Y., Mr. Reifsteck served in the Navy from 1952 to 1956 as an electronics technician aboard the USS Wasp and other assignments. He then worked as a communications security officer in the CIA’s Office of Communications from 1956 to 1985, when he retired.

Mr. Reifsteck, who lived in Oakton, also was active in Northern Virginia real estate and was a co-owner of Dove Realty in Vienna, Va.

After retiring from the CIA, Mr. Reifsteck joined Versitron Corp. before becoming vice president and co-founder of Fiberplex Inc., a manufacturer and supplier of fiber-optic products, located in Annapolis Junction, Md.

Mr. Reifsteck was a life sponsor of the wildlife conservation group Ducks Unlimited, and served on the organization’s Virginia council and as a national delegate. He was also a member of the International Brotherhood of the Coast. He was a member of the Abaco, Bahamas Table and served as founder and captain of the Potomac Table.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia Farrell Reifsteck, who was in the plane with her husband and is currently in a trauma center in her native Philadelphia; two daughters, Laurel Reifsteck Tinkham of Portland, Maine, and Debra Reifsteck Johnson of Jacksonville, Fla.; a sister, Marion Bond of Denver, N.C.; two brothers, Warren Reifsteck of Vienna, Va., and Fred Reifsteck of Williamsville, N.Y.; and two grandsons.

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