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Message from the Acting Director: Passing of Lloyd Salvetti

Statement to Employees from Acting Director Michael Morell about the Passing of Lloyd Salvetti

January 16, 2013


I am saddened to report that Lloyd Salvetti, a 32-year veteran of our Agency who helped establish the CIA Memorial Foundation and served as its executive director, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday.

In December 2001, Lloyd and a group of former CIA leaders set up the foundation to provide college scholarships for the children of fallen Agency officers after the loss of Johnny Micheal Spann, the first Agency officer to die overseas in our nation’s response to the 9/11 attacks.  Lloyd then volunteered to serve as the foundation’s executive director until a permanent position was established two years ago.  He called his work for the foundation a “labor of love,” and he seemed to feel the same way about everything he did for our Agency.

Lloyd served CIA with singular devotion from the moment he first walked through our doors.  He described himself as a career operations officer, but Lloyd’s contributions spanned the full spectrum of Agency activities, including collection, covert action, and analysis.  He was also the Director of the Center for the Study of Intelligence, a consumer of intelligence at the National Security Council, and an educator who taught his craft at the National War College and gave lectures at conferences and universities around the country.  After his retirement in 2002, he served as a staff member on the 9/11 Commission.

Lloyd was a talented operations officer, an inspiring leader, and an exceptional colleague whose grace and goodwill touched all who worked with him.  Few officers have cared so deeply about our Agency and its people.  On behalf of the men and women of CIA, I offer our sincere gratitude and our heartfelt condolences to Lloyd’s beloved wife, Gail, and to the entire Salvetti family.


Michael Morell

Posted: Jan 17, 2013 10:18 AM
Last Updated: Jan 17, 2013 11:32 AM