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Subject: William Clothier, 86, Spy and Tennis Star

October 19 in Pennyslyvania
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Date Posted: November 03, 2002 2:41:07 EDT

William J. Clothier II, a former tennis star, international spy and grandson of the co-founder of the Strawbridge & Clothier department store chain in the Philadelphia area, died October 19 in Valley Forge, PA. Mr. Clothier was 86.

While Mr. Clothier won national tennis titles, he was also secretly a special agent for the F.B.I. and later worked for the C.I.A.

Mr. Clothier, whose father, William J. Clothier, was a national singles champion, toured on the grass-court tennis circuit from 1934 to 1938. Together, the two won a national father-son title twice.

In his government work, Mr. Clothier was an F.B.I. special agent in Peru, Cuba and Chile in World War II. He used his 1938 bachelor's degree in anthropology from Harvard as a cover. From 1952 to 1979, Mr. Clothier was a C.I.A. officer, gathering intelligence and aiding defectors.

He received several awards for his service, including the Order of Merit for Distinguished Service from Peru.

He is survived by his wife, Evelyn Baram-Clothier; a son, Morris; a daughter, Steffanie; a sister; and three grandchildren. His first wife, Irene Greif Clothier, died in 1990.

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