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Dudley DeGroot, 85, mayor, admiral, spy, and professor

ST. PETERSBURG — Students at Eckerd College knew Dudley DeGroot as the brick-shaped anthropology professor who pedaled a bicycle to his book-crammed office, where he worked on a hand-carved wooden stool he had picked up in Suriname.

Triton basketball players noted his near-perfect attendance at games, where he yelled pithy encouragements from the bleachers. Others had known him variously as a small-town mayor; or as a rear admiral in the Navy Reserve, recalled to active duty during two wars; or a National Security Council adviser under President Clinton. Because the military continued to use him in intelligence work through the first Gulf War, much of what he did remains hidden.

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