Biography Carl Lewis French

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Biography Carl Lewis French

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Carl Lewis French

Birth 1940 Honesdale, Wayne County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 2 Mar 2009 Austin, Travis County, Texas, USA
Burial Austin Memorial Park Cemetery Austin, Travis County, Texas, USA

Carl Lewis French aka Carl L. French aka Carl French (Age 69) of 3002 Ammunition Drive, Austin, Texas 78748, originally of Enumeration District 64-15, Honesdale, Wayne County, Pennsylvania (Honesdale High School, 474 Grove Street, Honesdale, Pennsylvania, 18431-1599 class of 1957), passed away Monday 2 March 2009 of cancer in Austin, Texas. He was the son of the late Elmer French (1908-?) and Marie French (1917-?).

He served in the United States Air Force from 1957 to 1961. He was stationed in Libya and the United Kingdom, became instrument certified on a USAF bomber, and was awarded the Good Conduct Medal for his service. From 1962 to 1994, he served with distinction with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA/DS&T/OSIG/SCS/FLDOP and CIA/DS&T/OTC/SCS) in US Embassy Monrovia, Liberia; US Embassy Bangkok, Thailand; US Embassy Kathmandu, Nepal; US Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Iran, Switzerland, US Embassy Brasilia, Brazil (c. 1985 with Michael Fritz and others); US Embassy Bucharest, Romania; and US Embassy Lisbon, Portugal.
He was one of the CIA's original "Beach Boys"; played Embassy basketball games with one of President William Vacanarat Shadrach Tubman's sons in Liberia; climbed to Base Camp I on Mt. Everest; excavated fossils in Ethiopia; went on safari in Kenya; skied the Alps in Switzerland; coached girls' softball and was on the American School of Brasília (EAB) School Board in Brazil (Conjunto E-Lotes 34/37-Sgas 605-Asa Sul, Brasília DF, 70200-650, Brasil); and was awarded a medal for his work in US Embassy Bucharest, Romania (Strada Tudor Arghezi nr 7-9, Sector 2, cod postal 020942, Bucure?ti, Romania: the Mauriciu Blank aka Maurice Blank (1848-1929) Mansion (1888)) during the Romanian Revolution (Revolu?ia Român?, 16-25 December 1989) under Ambassador Roger Kirk (1930-).

Upon retirement, he was active in the Austin Pond Society (3900 Glengarry Drive, Austin, Texas 78731) contributing to its newsletter "Ripples", help found the Texas Association of Pond Societies (TAPS, 2611 Perth Street, Dallas, Texas 75220), and was an official with his Austin-Shady Hollow Kiwanis (250 Creekside Drive, Buda, Texas 78610), now defunct.

Carl is survived by his loving wife of forty-five years, Carolyn Fay French née Clark (1941-);
two brothers, Alan W. French (12 May 1946-7 December 2013) of 190 County Road, #520, Fairfield, Texas 75840 (memorial 151837447),
John R. French (1944-) and his wife Beatrice Ann French née Newhart of 219 East 10th Street, Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania 17815;
three children, Craig Lewis French and wife Alison French of 1996 Barkham Lane, Vienna, Virginia 22182;
Curtis William French and wife Keisha French of 118 Tanager Circle, Austin, Texas 78737;
Christopher J. French and wife Kathy French of Annandale, Virginia;
and five grandchildren: Victoria, Christina, Alexander, Logan, and Ian.
Carl was modest about his Portuguese language skills, which were impressive.

Famous colleagues included Nolie Depuy (1115 N. E. 22nd Avenue, Ocala, Florida 34470-7705), Lowell L. Engle (2290 Basswood Drive, Harpers Ferry, Iowa 52146 and Post Office Box 206, Harpers Ferry, Iowa 52146), Martin W. Facterman, 2645 Northwest 42nd Avenue, Coconut Creek, Florida 33066, Gerald I. Francer "Doc Francer" (12708 Firenze Court, Herndon, Virginia 20171-2715), Michael Gold/Mike Gold, Jack D. Hamm Jr. (5324 N. W. 112th Court, Doral, Florida 33178-3516), John Franklin Massey/John F. Massey/John Massey (1808 Mount Hebron Road, Hartwell, Georgia 30643-3404), Thomas T. Mix (6800 Fleetwood Road, McLean, Virginia 22101), Dusty Morgan, Guy Penny, Benny Townsend (2121 N.W. 15th Street, Crystal River, Florida 34428) and many others.

Carl knew it all: antenna rotators, AN/TNH-5, AN/TNH-20, AN/TNH-21, ASCII, Baudot Code, BNCs, chatter rolls, CIRCLET, Collins 651S-1, DirNSA, EYES ONLY, GANDALF switch, Hasler-SP300, HP-334A, HP-3964A, Intimus 007, JAXON, JINX, LEOTARD, mastergroups, Micro-Tel MSR-901, Micro-Tel 1200, M28-ASR, PR-700, Moslers, opscoms, PCM, Pemteks, R-390/URR, RG-6, RG-59, SCAT, SecTels, shielded enclosures, SPFORAY, STU-III, supergroups, S1A, S4B, TDM, telecipher, Uher-4400 and how to sort cable ties by color---you name it.
After his death, Carl made his way into two WikiLeaks items: "Copy of all Paid Accounts" dated 9 February 2007 and 23 July 2007, an XLS spreadsheet showing Stratfor (Strategic Forecasting, Inc.) subscribers.

[exequies: Mission Funeral Home Serenity Chapel, 6204 South First Street, Austin, Texas 78745]

[{Cause C-1-PB-09-001205 Probate Court 1 Travis County, Texas; Atty Don E. Walden 20672800, 7200 North MoPac Expressway, Suite 300, Austin, Texas 78731}]

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