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Ambassador Hugh  Montgomery

Memorial for Ambassador Hugh Montgomery

Born in Springfield, Massachusetts on Nov. 29, 1923
Departed on Apr. 6, 2017 and resided in McLean, VA.
Visitation: Tuesday, Apr. 11, 2017 & Tuesday, Apr. 11, 2017
Service: Wednesday, Apr. 12, 2017
Cemetery: The Grove Cemetery
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Ambassador Hugh Montgomery

Scholar, teacher, soldier, spy, diplomat, loving husband and father, Ambassador Montgomery was all of these things and more. He spent close to 70 years serving his country all over the world.

He was born in Springfield, MA in 1923, grew up in Windsor Locks, CT working at the family company over the summers when off from the famous Loomis School. A proficient linguist, a trait he acquired from his mother, a language teacher, he entered Harvard University in 1941 and before he could finish, war erupted and he joined the 82nd Airborne Division. His facility for languages caught the eye of the OSS and he finished the war undertaking clandestine missions for them behind enemy lines. He helped liberate the Buchenwald Concentration Camp.

After the war, he finished his education at Harvard with a PhD in Romance Languages. He then taught at Harvard for a few years before joining the Central Intelligence Agency where he remained for his entire career except for brief interludes working at the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research and serving as an Ambassador to the United Nations.
He retired at the age of 90 and spent his last years mentoring the younger generation of Intelligence Officers. In his active retirement he enjoyed his pool, crossword puzzles and word jumbles, reading, and his chairmanship of the OSS Society, especially planning for the National Museum of Intelligence and Special Operations.

He passed away on April 6 after a brief illness. He was a man of integrity, a true patriot who loved and served his God, his country and his family with grace, humility and distinction. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. He is the loving husband of the late Annemarie Janak Montgomery and devoted father of Hugh (Karen) Montgomery, Jr. and Maria Montgomery.

Relatives and friends are invited to Ambassador Montgomery's Life Celebration at Money and King Funeral Home, 171 W. Maple Ave., Vienna, VA on Tuesday, April 11 from 2-4 and 6-8. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 1910 N. Randolph St, Arlington, VA 22207 at 11 AM. Interment will take place at Grove Cemetery in Windsor Locks, CT at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The OSS Society, 7700 Leesburg Pike, #324, Falls Church, VA 22043.

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