John T. Downey


Age: 84

Summary: retired CIA agent who survived more than 20 years in Chinese prisons during the Cold War before becoming a Connecticut judge, who joined the CIA a year before his plane was shot down during a botched cloak-and-dagger flight into China in November 1952 and spent the next 20 years, three months, and 14 days in Chinese prisons before he was finally released in March 1973 shortly after President Richard Nixon publicly acknowledged his CIA connection, and who was appointed to the Connecticut bench in 1987 after becoming a lawyer.

Cause of Death: Cancer

Born: April 19, 1930

Died: November 17, 2014

Branford, Connecticut