HONORING MR. SIDNEY GRAYBEAL (Senate - March 24, 1998)

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Mr. BINGAMAN. Mr. President, an American hero in both wartime and peacetime passed away on March 19, 1998 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I'd like to take a moment to honor the memory of Mr. Sidney Graybeal, one of the nation's finest patriots. Mr. Graybeal's contributions to the nation spanned six decades, from his decorated service as a B-29 pilot during World War II through his distinguished career as a public servant to more recent years when he served as a distinguished member of the Secretary of Defense's high level Defense Policy Board. His many accomplishments in the nation's service have been recognized and applauded by both sides of the political aisle. Presidents Nixon and Ford commended Mr. Graybeal during their tenures in the White House, and in 1980, President Carter awarded Mr. Graybeal the nation's highest civilian honor, the President's Award for Distinguished Federal Service.

Mr. Graybeal will be remembered and revered for his pioneering work in arms control during the coldest years of the Cold War. His extensive experience in intelligence matters and strategic nuclear policy issues served him well during his tenure on the negotiating team that crafted the historic SALT I agreements limiting offensive and defensive strategic weapons for the first time. As a result of his trailblazing work on those agreements, Mr. Graybeal was appointed as the first commissioner on the Standing Consultative Commission (SCC)--the first official U.S.-Soviet organization established to resolve arms control compliance disputes between the two superpowers. SALT I and the SCC stand as enduring legacies of Mr. Graybeal's dedicated efforts to bring the Cold War to a successful conclusion.

Sidney Graybeal was admired by his colleagues for his energy and dedication to the nation. He was widely known as a tough negotiator, but widely loved for his warm sense of humor and diplomatic skills. New Mexico will miss one of our finest citizens. The nation will miss his wisdom and experience as we navigate these uncharted waters of the post-Cold War era. I urge my colleagues in the Congress to join me in saluting this great American.

Mr. President, I ask that a March 20 article in the Santa Fe New Mexican on Mr. Graybeal be printed in the Record.

The article follows:

From the Santa Fe New Mexican, Mar. 20, 1998


Sidney Graybeal, Intelligence Adviser, Dies at 73

Sidney N. Graybeal, a Central Intelligence Agency senior intelligence adviser during the Cuban missile crisis, died Thursday of a heart attack at his Santa Fe home. He was 73.

A memorial service will be held at St. Francis Auditorium on March 27 at 6 p.m.

Graybeal, who had more than 40 years of experience in arms control, intelligence, and national security, in 1994 was appointed to the Defense Policy Board by Secretary of Defense William Perry.

At the time of his death, he was a chief scientist for Science Applications International Corp.

Born in Butler, Tenn., Graybeal was a B-29 pilot during World War II and flew 32 missions over Japan. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross and other decorations for his military service.

After the war, he joined the CIA and was responsible for analysis of all foreign missile and space programs. During the 1962 missile crisis, Graybeal was the first person to inform President John F. Kennedy of the presence of Soviet missiles in Cuba.

Graybeal was recently filmed by the BBC for a documentary on the Cold War.

He also served in the State Department in the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency and was a member of the negotiating team for the Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty (SALT)-I agreements.

He helped negotiate the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty and was appointed as the first U.S. commissioner of the Standing Consultative Commission, the body that administered the ABM treaty.

In 1980, Graybeal received the President's Award for Distinguished Federal Civilian Service from President Carter.

In Santa Fe, Graybeal was on the board of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia McFate; his son Douglas of Aspen, Colo.; his daughter, Joan Graybeal Menard of Annandale, Va.; and two grandchildren, Katrina and Steven Menard.

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