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John Graham Courtright, 86, a retired sales agent and Washington office manager of Connecticut General Life Insurance Co. (Cigna), died of cardiopulmonary arrest February 19 at Arlington Hospital. He had had a stroke.

He came to the Washington area in 1932 and spent the next five years on Capitol Hill, where he worked on the staffs of the Senate Finance and Appropriations committees. In 1937, he joined the Labor Department, where he became deputy personnel director. In 1939, he became deputy director of air crash investigations with the Civil Aeronautics Board.

After World War II service in the Marine Corps in the Pacific, Mr. Courtright joined Penn Central Airlines here. He was personnel cheif of Capital Airlines before joining Cigna in 1951 as a sales agent.

He was a 15-year veteran of the Million Dollar Round Table and retired as Washington office manager in 1965. He helped pioneer insurance programs to generate disability income and group insurance operations.

Mr. Courtright, who lived in Arlington, was born in New Lexington, Ohio. He was a 1929 graduate of Ohio State University and a 1937 graduate of what is now George Washington University Law School.

His wife of 65 years, the former Ellen Reiss, died in January. Survivors include a son, John R., of Arlington; a daughter, Patricia C. Hutchison of El Paso; seven grand-children; and a great-grand-daughter.

22 February 1994
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