Sir Dick White; British Spy Chief
Sir Dick White, former chief of two British secret intelligence agencies, died Sunday at his Sussex home, his family announced. He was 86 and had been suffering from intestinal cancer.
White was one of Britain’s most powerful and least-known government servants until his cover was blown by a 1967 article in the Saturday Evening Post.
Dick Goldsmith White was educated at Bishop’s Stortford College in Hertfordshire and Oxford University’s Christ Church College. He also attended the University of Michigan and the University of California.
During World War II he served as a colonel and worked with Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Supreme Allied Headquarters. He was appointed leader of the team ordered to investigate reports of Adolf Hitler’s death, going into Berlin to determine if the German dictator was dead.