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Francis (Frank) X.  Archibald

Francis (Frank) X. Archibald
  • July 31, 1955 - March 13, 2020
  • Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

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“Frank may well have been the best student I ever taught at Clemson. His mind snapped around geopolitical matters like no other. Frank could be seen...Read More »
1 of 48 | Posted by: Richard Saunders - Clemson, SC

“We only learned today of Franks passing and are deeply saddened by the news. We have very fond memories of our time together. We would very much ...Read More »
2 of 48 | Posted by: Donna Rober - Crownsville, MD

“It is with great sadness that I heard of Frank's passing. I was a friend of the young Frank. We met on the rugby field of Clemson and he made a...Read More »
3 of 48 | Posted by: William (Billy) Hannah - Belton, TX

“My wife and I had the privilege of knowing and working with Frank. An absolutely awesome leader and the epitome of the "Quiet Professional." While...Read More »
4 of 48 | Posted by: Mark Merritt - Isle of Palms, SC

“I had the privilege of working with Frank in 2002/03 -- and it was a privilege. Even in those difficult days, he never lost his sense of humor, or...Read More »
5 of 48 | Posted by: Lindy Keith - Fairfax, VA

“Frank and I shared much time together playing "James Bond" in Elementary School, and he grew into a real life James Bond protecting our freedoms. In...Read More »
6 of 48 | Posted by: Rick Stello - Waynesville, NC

“Frank, we rose through our careers together and always managed to stay in touch, no matter where in the world we each were. I will miss your...Read More »
7 of 48 | Posted by: Meredith Sager - Prescott, AZ

“Semper Fi,sir. It was an honor and privilege to know you. My condolences to Lisa and the rest of the Archibald family. Michael and Cheryl Locke ”
8 of 48 | Posted by: Cheryl Locke - Conway, SC

“It was with great sadness that I learned of Frank's passing. We played football together at Hanahan High School. Frank was strong and aggressive on...Read More »
9 of 48 | Posted by: James Bowers - Goose Creek, SC

“Me ke aloha pumehana Frank. God bless your soul and keep your family safe until we meet again lei and family ”
10 of 48 | Posted by: Lei Cotner - Reston, VA - Friend

Sergeant of Marines
11 of 48 | Posted by: Another Marine - Summerville, SC

Once a Marine, Always a Marine. “Whenever I become aware that another Marine has answered his last muster, I am reminded by words in our Marines' Hymn that tells us, the streets of...Read More »
12 of 48 | Posted by: Another Marine - Summerville, SC

“I joined the history faculty at Clemson in 1983, and soon after, I started attending rugby games with Rich Saunders. That's where I met Frank. We...Read More »
13 of 48 | Posted by: Theda Perdue - Chapel Hill, NC

“I met Frank in El Salvador, where as fellow SC school graduate we bonded with accents, good-natured jabs about rival schools, and stories of rugby...Read More »
14 of 48 | Posted by: Andrea Hattler Bramson - Bluffton, SC

“Lisa, my condolences to you and the family. I was a teammate of Frank's on the football team at Hanahan High School. I will always remember his...Read More »
15 of 48 | Posted by: Mark Strickland - Lancaster, SC

“Frank was loved by all of his classmates, and he had a kind heart. Rest In Peace Frank ”
16 of 48 | Posted by: Belinda Morgan - Rossville, GA

“Sorry for your loss. He is man that you can say you are proud of. A true American. Praying for you all. ”
17 of 48 | Posted by: Robert Ropp - Myrtle beach sc, SC

“There maybe are and perhaps have been better men than Frank Archibald, but I have yet to meet any of them. May God bless his soul and extend His...Read More »
18 of 48 | Posted by: Jim Adkins

“While I will like this world less without Frank in it, I take comfort in knowing his legacy will live on. I wish you "Fair winds and following seas"...Read More »
19 of 48 | Posted by: Tom Medina - WILLIAMSBURG, VA

“It was my privilege to know and work with Frank during his tenure on Richard Holbrooke's staff working on Afghanistan and Pakistan under Secretary...Read More »
20 of 48 | Posted by: Steven Ghitelman - Vienna, VA

“We honor his service and are all better and safer for his life and contributions. ”
21 of 48 | Posted by: Gregory Shaw - Camas, WA

“With deepest condolences, wishing Frank's family love and peace. ”
22 of 48 | Posted by: Bishop Joel Marcus Johnson - MD

“I had the privilege of Frank's friendship while working together in Pakistan and WashDC. I knew I could count on Frank for straight talk, hard...Read More »
23 of 48 | Posted by: Theresa Grencik - Coworker

“So sad to hear of the passing of Francis Archibald.The son of a wonderful family so dedicated to the good of humanity.You are in our thoughts and...Read More »
24 of 48 | Posted by: Henry (H.L) and Edith Dukes - SC

“My sympathies to Lisa and her family on their loss. ”
25 of 48 | Posted by: Lawrence O'Connell - McLean, VA

“Lisa, we are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family. ”
26 of 48 | Posted by: Larry and Suzy Anderson - FL

“We are praying for his family ”
27 of 48 | Posted by: Randy Knight - Aiken, SC - Friend

“I was saddened to hear of the passing of Frank. We graduated Hanahan High together in 1973. He was so much fun to be around. I never heard...Read More »
28 of 48 | Posted by: Glenda Lazicki - Hanahan, SC

“I will never forget Frank's kindness and compassion. I am heartbroken for Lisa and his family and all who loved him. Godspeed. ”
29 of 48 | Posted by: David Danek - Friend

“Rest In Peace Chief. The nation is indebted to you for your service and sacrifice. ”
30 of 48 | Posted by: Cameron Heck - Knoxville, TN

“Rest In Peace Chief. The nation is indebted to you for your service and sacrifice. ”
31 of 48 | Posted by: Cameron Heck - Knoxville, TN

“I was privileged to serve with Frank when I was the Director of the CIA. I thought the absolute world of Frank, and I am deeply saddened to learn...Read More »
32 of 48 | Posted by: David Petraeus - Arlington, VA

“May Frank's memory always be a blessing. Thank you Sir for your service. RIP. ”
33 of 48 | Posted by: Pamela Suttle - CHARLESTON, SC

“What a great friend in Frank during our High School days at Hanahan. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. I thank him for his serviced to...Read More »
34 of 48 | Posted by: Ralph Jones - Bonneau, SC

“So sorry to hear of Frank's passing. I started school with Frank in grade school and we played football together for Hanahan. Frank was an...Read More »
35 of 48 | Posted by: Steve Donovan - Charleston, SC

“I worked with and (primarily) for Frank on several occasions. He was one of the most laid back, logical, reasonable, affable, empathetic, and...Read More »
36 of 48 | Posted by: Al Koeninger

“So sorry to hear of Frank's untimely passing. My wife Carol and I served proudly under Frank's leadership in the CIA's Latin America Division. He...Read More »
37 of 48 | Posted by: Patrick Scally - Summerville, SC

“Frank Archibald was a good man. I graduated HHS before he did but the Archibald and Cronin families were well know to each other. Rest in God's...Read More »
38 of 48 | Posted by: Mary Alice Ramsey - Marion, NC

“So sorry to read of Frank's passing in today's P & C. Although Lydia and I visited Archie and Mary several times in Hanahan, Frank was always off in...Read More »
39 of 48 | Posted by: Mike Lankford - Pinopolis, SC

“One of the best bosses a guy could have. A man of humility who had nothing to be humble about. A great judge of people, with astonishing patience. A...Read More »
40 of 48 | Posted by: McKim Symington - McLean, VA

“I was informed today by a classmate that Frank had passed away. Frank was in my 1973 graduating class at Hanahan High School. I remember watching...Read More »
41 of 48 | Posted by: Kitty Farias - Hanahan, SC

“A true American hero; an outstanding leader; and one of the most decent human beings I have ever had the privilege of knowing. Frank was a leader I...Read More »
42 of 48 | Posted by: Sharon King - Mount Airy, MD

“I have fond memories of playing rugby at Clemson with your dear departed. My sympathies to family and dear friends. ”
43 of 48 | Posted by: Mark Leuner

“Throughout high school, Frank and I were close, and much time was spent with him at his parents' house in Hanahan, playing games. He was a couple of...Read More »
44 of 48 | Posted by: William (Billy) Sedgwick - FL

“Condolences and prayers for the entire family. I went to school with Frank and kept up with Him through my brother Billy. Frank was a wonderful...Read More »
45 of 48 | Posted by: Lora Sedgwick - Hanahan, SC

“There are many happy memories of watching those Hawks teams as he played with my brother., Randy Dangerfield. That was a great group of young men and...Read More »
46 of 48 | Posted by: lisa barrineau - hanahan, SC

“My son, my son, I am proud to be your father. I love you. 09 ”
47 of 48 | Posted by: Francis Archibald - My Pleasant, SC

“Thank you for your service. You were a great boss. Such a fair and honorable leader! ”
48 of 48 | Posted by: Maida Piggee - Lorton, VA


Francis X. Archibald, (Frank), 64, loving and devoted husband of Lisa Perry Archibald, and retired Director of the CIA's National Clandestine Service, died peacefully March 13, 2020 with his wife and family at his side in Phoenix, Arizona.

Born July 31, 1955, in Charleston, SC, Frank was the eldest of five children of Francis X. Archibald of Mount Pleasant, SC and the late Mary Cooper Archibald. Frank graduated from Hanahan High School in 1973 where he was a member of the Hawks' so-called "Iron Men" football team, playing both offense and defense positions for entire games. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1974 and served with distinction as an Infantryman and leader earning the rank of Sergeant. After leaving the Marine Corps, he graduated from Clemson University in 1983, where he was a Captain of the Tigers' rugby team. He remained an ardent, lifetime supporter and fan of Clemson and its football team in particular. Frank then joined the CIA and began an extraordinary national security career.

Over 31 years with the CIA, Frank served in Latin America, Africa, the Balkans, Southeast and Southwest Asia. Frank held senior assignments at CIA Headquarters in Counterterrorism and Counterintelligence, and was Chief of the Latin American Division. He was a Distinguished Graduate of the National War College in 2001. The capstone of Frank's career was being selected the Director of the National Clandestine Service, an assignment leading all of CIA's operations worldwide. During his CIA career, he received the CIA's highest award, the Distinguished Intelligence Cross for heroism, as well as numerous other CIA awards. Frank retired from the CIA in 2015.

Frank subsequently became a senior advisor for the Crumpton Group, an international consulting firm that provides clients with intelligence-driven solutions. He also served on the Board of Directors for the OSS Society. While ... READ MORE →