Edgar J. Applewhite (1919-2005), a Central Intelligence Agency officer and an author, was born in Newport News, Virginia. He lived in Tahiti for a time with his sister during the Great Depression. In 1941, Applewhite graduated from Yale University with a degree in philosophy. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy aboard the U.S.S. "Belleau Wood." His specialty was code breaking. In 1946, Applewhite worked with noted inventor R. Buckminster Fuller. Then, Applewhite joined the Central Intelligence Agency, for which he worked in Germany, becoming involved with the construction of a secret tunnel in Berlin in 1955, and in Beirut as station chief. He also served as inspection staff chief and deputy inspector general. Moreover, he worked for a short time as an assistant to Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara. Applewhite retired from the CIA in 1970. For his services, he received the Intelligence Medal of Merit. Applewhite wrote several books on a wide variety of topics. In his book "Cosmic Fishing," published in 1977, he wrote of his collaboration with R. Buckminster Fuller in the field of synergetic geometry. Applewhite also assisted with Fuller's publication of "Synergetics: Explorations in the Geometry of Thinking" (1975) and "Synergetics 2" (1979). On another project, in Applewhite's book "Washington Itself," issued in 1981, he provided readers with a guide book to Washington, D.C.
Source: Obituary of Edgar J. Applewhite, "Washington Post," 2/15/2005.