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Obiturary - Peter Cody
March 27, 2012
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USAID OFFICIAL Peter M. Cody, 86, who worked with the U.S. Agency for International Development from 1954 until he retired in 1981, died of cardiac arrest March 2 at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington.

The death was confirmed by his daughter Cornelia Cody.

Mr. Cody’s career included assignments in Mexico, El Salvador, Paraguay, Ecuador, Cambodia, Laos, the Philippines and Lebanon. In 1964 and 1965, he was director of USAID’s Office of Vietnam Affairs in Washington. On retirement, he received his agency’s Meritorious Service Award. He then did consulting work.

Peter Malcolm Cody, who lived in Washington, was born in Paris to U.S. citizens. He grew up in Washington, New York and Los Angeles, where as a high school student he was an office assistant at film studios. Among his favorite duties in those years, he later said, was parking Olivia de Havilland’s car and walking Gene Tierney’s dog.

Mr. Cody served in the Navy during and shortly after World War II. In 1947, he graduated from Yale University, and he received a master’s degree in economics from Yale the following year.

He was a member of the Cosmos Club and DACOR, an organization for retired diplomatic and consular officers. He played tennis and skied. He interviewed candidates for admission to Yale.

His first marriage, to Madeline Madden, ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Rosa Maria Alatorre Cody of Washington; two  sons from his first marriage, Michael Cody of Valencia, Spain, and Ryan Cody of Kirkland, Wash.; two daughters from his second marriage, Cornelia Cody of New York City and Cecilia Cody of Silver Spring; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. A son, Peter Cody, died in 1976.

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