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William Colby
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Director of Central Intelligence
In office
September 4, 1973 – January 30, 1976
President Richard Nixon
Gerald Ford
Deputy Vernon A. Walters
Preceded by Vernon A. Walters (Acting)
Succeeded by George H. W. Bush
Deputy Director of Central Intelligence for Operations
In office
March 2, 1973 – August 24, 1973
President Richard Nixon
Preceded by Thomas Karamessines
Succeeded by William Nelson
Personal details
William Egan Colby

(1920-01-04)January 4, 1920
St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S.
Died April 27, 1996(1996-04-27) (aged 76)
Rock Point, Maryland, U.S.
Resting place Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington, Virginia
Spouse(s) Barbara Heinzen (1945–1984)
Sally Shelton (1984–1996)
Children 5 (with Heinzen)
Education Princeton University (BA)
Columbia University (LLB)
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Branch/service  United States Army
Unit Office of Strategic Services
Battles/wars World War II

William Egan Colby (January 4, 1920 – April 27, 1996) was an American intelligence officer. He was Director of Central Intelligence (DCI) from September 1973 to January 1976.

Colby was DCI under President Richard Nixon and President Gerald Ford until January 30, 1976 after which time he was replaced by George H. W. Bush.

Colby died on April 27, 1996 died from a stroke or a heart attack while canoeing in Rock Point, Maryland at the age of 76.

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