NIU Celebrates the Life of Storied Code Breaker, NSA Leader, and Advisor: Ann Caracristi (1921-2016)

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Ms. Ann Caracristi (right) presents the inaugural graduation award in her name to Captain Jeff Takle, USMC in the Tighe Auditorium in July 2002.

January 21, 2016

Ann Caracristi, an iconic member of America’s greatest generation with close ties to National Intelligence University passed away on January 10th 2016 in Washington, DC. Ms. Caracristi began her career as a code breaker in WWII and rose through the ranks to become one of the highest ranking members of the U.S. intelligence community by serving as Deputy Director of the National Security Agency.

Ms. Caracristi served on NIU’s Board of Visitors for seven years, from 1994-2001, working with her Board colleagues to provide independent advice on matters related to the mission, policy accreditation, faculty, students, facilities, curricula, educational methods, research and administration of the (then) Joint Military Intelligence College.

In recognition of her remarkable career achievements, NIU presented Ms. Caracristi an honorary degree in 2003 and named an academic award after her. The Ann Caracristi Award is now presented each year at graduation for highest scholastic achievement in the graduate program by a student in one of the maritime services – Navy, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard.