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25 Nov 09 - David Stone, the first federal security director at Los Angeles International Airport who quickly rose to become the third head of the Transportation Security Administration, has died. He was 57.
Stone had traveled from his home in India to Arlington, Va., last week to attend an awards ceremony honoring TSA employees, then died sometime during the weekend, officials said Tuesday.
The cause of death was not immediately reported.
"We are grateful for his service to our country and his dedication to the mission and people of the TSA," officials with the TSA said in a written statement.
A Naval Academy graduate, Stone ended his 28-year career as a rear admiral for the Navy in April 2002.
Months later he was appointed as the first federal security director at LAX, where Stone pledged to identify security gaps at the nation's third-busiest airport.
During his 11-month stint, Stone oversaw the transition that allowed 2,700 federal security workers to assume control of passenger screening checkpoints at LAX, a duty that was once relegated to private companies contracted by the airlines.
He also offered LAX as a test site for several new security screening programs that have since been replicated throughout the United States.
"David is fondly remembered by many here at LAX for his outstanding commitment to the safety of travelers," said Michael Molina, LAX's senior director of external affairs. "He will be greatly missed."
In December 2003, Stone was appointed as the third administrator of the TSA, which was created by Congress in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks to provide government control of security at the nation's airports, ports and railways.
After stepping down from the TSA in June 2005, Stone worked as a consultant for several private security firms, most recently for Cisco Systems in Bangalore, India.
He is survived his wife, Faith, who was traveling from India to Virginia upon learning of Stone's death.
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