Umer Kenneth Katzner
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May 28, 2003

[Washington Post] Wednesday, May 28, 2003; Page B05

Kenneth Katzner Russian Language Expert

Kenneth Katzner, 72, an authority on the Russian language and a former Soviet for the CIA and Defense Department, died of lung cancer May 25 at Sibley Memorial Hospital. He was a resident of Washington.

Mr. Katzner worked for the CIA in the 1970s and the Defense Department in the 1980s and 1990s.

He was the author of "A Russian Review Text" (1962), "Languages of the World" (1975) and "English-Russian, Russian-English Dictionary" (1984).

His books were used as reference guides by journalists, and he wrote newspaper op-ed columns about Russian affairs.

Mr. Katzner was born in Washington and raised in Forest Hills, N.Y. He was a 1952 graduate of Cornell University, where he began studying Russian. He served in the Air Force in England as an intelligence officer.

In the 1960s, he was a writer and editor in New York, where he contributed to encyclopedias and "The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language."

His avocations included photography, and he was a life master bridge player.

Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Betty Lenson Katzner of Washington.


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God bless his soul May 29, 2003

Great individual!

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