Burton Lewis Hutchings, a retired officer of the Central Intelligence Agency, died on Aug. 20 of cancer. He was 67.

Hutchings graduated from the University of Michigan with a law degree, then completed an intensive course in Mandarin Chinese at the Institute of Far Eastern Languages at Yale University. With this knowledge, he got a job as a communications intelligence specialist with the Air Force Security Service and served in Korea.

In 1965, Hutchings joined the CIA. During his 24 years with the agency, Hutchings worked as chief of the legislative division in the director’s office and as chief of operations of the counterterrorism component. When he retired, Hutchings handled security for Trans World Airlines in London, the Port Authority of New York and CBS.