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Ex-CIA official Cord Meyer dies of natural causes at 80

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cord Meyer, one of the defining figures in the history of the Central Intelligence Agency and a member of its founding generation, died Tuesday of natural causes. He was 80.

Meyer joined the CIA in 1951 and rose to be the associate deputy director of plans — now operations — a post he held from 1967-73. He was CIA station chief in London from 1973 until he retired in 1977.

Meyer wrote three books, including "Facing Reality," which reflected on his time at the CIA.

In 1997 Meyer was among 50 people honored by the CIA as a "trailblazer" — a shaper of the spy agency.

Three times he was awarded the Distinguished Intelligence Medal.