DCI Statement on Death of Former DDCI Vernon Walters
February 14, 2002
I was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Vernon Walters. An honest patriot of enormous talent, his was an exceptionally rich life of service to country and humanity. A natural leader, he rose to excellence in every profession he entered—soldier, intelligence officer, diplomat.
To the men and women of the Central Intelligence Agency, Vernon Walters is more than a wise hand who guided our organization in difficult times. With his remarkable knowledge of the world, and his passion to see it changed for the better, he will remain for us an example of what the very best in our field must always be.