Thomas E. Schaefer


Age: 85

retired U.S. Air Force colonel who was a ranking military officer among the 52 Americans held hostage in Iran for 444 days before being released in 1981 while he was a militart attache at the U.S. embassy in Tehran when militants seized the compound on November 4, 1979 and 66 people were taken hostages, but who was singled out for special attention from the first day of the takeover and was accused of running a "nest of spies" as a ranking U.S. military officer at the embassy whose captors paraded him blindfolded in front of TV cameras and threatened repeatedly to put him on trial and execute him after he spent 150 days in solitary confinement and began his captity enduring 14 days of relentless interrogation in a freezing prison cell with damp floors and only a thin blanket.

Cause of Death: Congestive heart failure

Born: October 28, 1930

Died: May 31, 2016

Scottsdale, Arizona