- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Raymond Lee Disney, a former employee of the Central Intelligence Agency, died Dec. 6 at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis after a long illness. He was 74.

Mr. Disney was born in Annapolis on Sept. 11, 1931, and graduated from Annapolis High School in 1948.

He was a graduate in accounting and business from Strayer Accounting School (now Strayer University) in the District. He also received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Maryland.

Mr. Disney took courses in business, economics and management throughout his career in the United States and abroad.

He served in the Army from 1954 to 1955.

After leaving the military, he worked for 31 years with the CIA and spent 17 of those in Europe, the Middle East and the Far East.

He ended his CIA career as a certifying officer, after also having served as a finance officer, deputy branch chief and chief of the finance unit.

Mr. Disney enjoyed spending time with his family, traveling and skiing in Europe, playing tennis and doing crossword puzzles.

He especially enjoyed traveling to Germany, listening to German folk music and attending Oktoberfest in Ocean City.

Mr. Disney also loved working in his yard and garden and attending services at Trinity United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Dorothy Westphal Disney. His daughter, Karen Disney Lippa, died in 2001.

Mary Louise Swindells, 90,former Hill secretary

Mary Louise Swindells, former congressional secretary, died Dec. 16 at Sibley Memorial Hospital. She was 90.

Mrs. Swindells was born Feb. 2, 1915, in Flint, Mich. She graduated with honors from Flint Central High School in 1933 and attended the Detroit Business Institute. Mrs. Swindells then worked at the General Motors Acceptance Corp. for five years.

In 1939, she moved to the District’s Cleveland Park neighborhood and worked as the secretary to U.S. Rep. William W. Blackney, Michigan Republican. She also met and married D.C. native James F. Swindells in 1939. Mr. Swindells died in 1984.

During her career, Mrs. Swindells also worked as an office manager at Johnson’s Flower Center and later at the Center for Youth and Understanding, both in the District. She volunteered with Meals on Wheels for many years, recorded books for the blind and was on the Women’s Board at Ingleside Presbyterian retirement home.

She was a member of the Georgetown Presbyterian Church since 1943. After retiring in 1980, she enjoyed traveling overseas with Mr. Swindells. She also enjoyed visiting relatives in San Diego.

Mrs. Swindells is survived by three sons, Samuel of Willow Grove, Pa., Peter of Stafford, Va., and David of Gaithersburg; and four grandchildren.

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