Ira Rutberg

Obituary of Ira Nelson Rutberg

Ira Nelson Rutberg, a CIA analyst and later a private sector consultant, died April 22 at his home after a short illness. He was 73 and lived in McLean. He is survived by his sister Judy Rutberg Self, nephew Ben Self, and niece Rachael Self.


Rutberg worked as an intelligence analyst from 1980 to 1994, then at a private company before founding The Redpeak Group, Inc. consultancy in McLean in 1998. His professional interests included denial and deception and long-range strategic analysis. He served a variety of clients in the intelligence and defense spheres and was semi-retired when he died.


Rutberg was born Dec 29, 1948 in Boston, MA, the son of Seymour and Marjorie Fisher Rutberg. He was raised in Newton, MA, and graduated from Boston University in 1970. In 1973, he earned a master’s degree in international relations from Columbia University. 


In retirement, Rutberg continued to pursue a diverse range of passions, including but not limited to family genealogy, World War II history, and perfecting the recipe for a celebrated pasta sauce. Friends remember him as a caring mentor to young careerists, a skillful and enthusiastic chef at group barbecues and a faithful friend to animals, especially cats. 


Ira had a kind heart, an empathetic soul, and a wonderful laugh. He is missed.


The family plans to host a barbecue later this summer to celebrate Rutberg’s life, at a time and place to be announced.


Interment is private.


A Memorial Tree was planted for Ira
We are deeply sorry for your loss ~ the staff at Direct Cremation Svcs of VA - Chantilly
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