Albert Frederick Padley, Jr., ESIA BA ’39, passed away at the age of 96 on May 21st, 2013. Padley came to GW to prepare for a career in the Foreign Service and finished a year of graduate studies before entering the military in late 1940. While in the US Army, he climbed the ranks to captain while serving in North Africa and Italy during World War II, before being discharged in 1946.
Padley was employed as an intelligence officer with the Department of State after War. He spent most of his career in the Los Angeles area, serving on protective details for at least five secretaries of State and leading protection details for numerous foreign dignitaries and heads of state. Prior to his retirement in 1975, he became Acing Special-Agent-In-Charge of the Los Angeles Area. In addition to his 39 years of Federal service, he was active in organizations such as the Council of America’s Military Past (CAMP) and was an accomplished bookbinder and longtime member of the Guild of Book Workers.
Padley was a loving husband, father and grandfather.