Walter D. Budman

by | Jul 9, 2020 | Obituaries

Olney, Md.—Walter D. Budman passed away peacefully on June 27, 2020 in Olney, Maryland.

Born in Georgetown, Washington, DC, he had a great ride for 90 years.

Walter was the fourth of Tibel and Isadore Budman’s six children. The family was close throughout their lives. Working in his father’s and his brothers’ stores in the DC area through high school, he enlisted in the US Marine Corps upon graduation. After serving in Korea as an intelligence officer, he attempted to re-enlist when he was handpicked to join a new agency, the CIA. Walter was a CIA analyst from 1952 until 1989, serving in Asia, Southeast Asia, and Europe. He received the CIA’s Career Intelligence Medal. Upon retirement, he segued immediately into consulting and training new recruits—ultimately working for the CIA for 58 years.

Walter, or Buddy or Vevy, as he was often called, is survived by his wife Sandy, his best friend for 70 years; his sister Bonnie (Stan), and brother Jack. His sons Steven (Terri), Michael (Joyce), and Robert (Vy), and houses full of loving grandchildren including Madeline, Deni, Libby, Jason, Ariel, and Natania, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and friends all over the world who will all miss him.

A small graveside service was held at King David Memorial Garden in Falls Church, Virginia. In keeping with COVID precautions, the service was live streamed, and a Zoom shiva was held. Otherwise, the funeral would have been huge.