Lucy Kirk to speak at CSG commencement ceremony
Sarah Sole

Lucy Kirk ’58, who had a 33-year career with the CIA, will serve as commencement speaker Friday, May 27 at CSG's main campus. 

Columbus School for Girls (CSG) is proud to announce that Lucy Kirk ’58 will join us as commencement speaker during our ceremony Friday, May 27 from 2:00 to 3:30pm on our main campus, 65 S. Drexel Ave.

Born in Columbus, Kirk attended CSG for kindergarten and first grade before attending public school and later returning in 8th grade to stay through high school. During her time at CSG, she served as secretary of the student council her junior year, and president her senior year.

“I just got a fabulous education there,” she said.  

Kirk would go on to attend Wellesley College, earning a bachelor’s degree in American studies. After graduating, she spent time living with a family in Argentina for the Experiment in International Living program, which spurred an interest in international relations.

After earning a master’s degree in international relations from the American University’s School of International Service in Washington, D.C., Kirk entered into a career with the CIA that would span 33 years from 1967 to 2000.

Kirk entered the agency’s career trainee program as one of nine women among some 90 men. During the course of her career, she held positions of increasing responsibility stateside, including managing operations in multiple cities across the country including New York, Washington, and San Francisco. From 1989 to 1993, she served as Chief of Station in a U.S. city, working in close collaboration with the Federal Bureau of Investigations, The Immigration and Naturalization Services, and U.S. Customs. She served as the liaison officer within the Office of Congressional Affairs from 1993 to 1996 before serving in London as the First Secretary of the U.S. Embassy from 1996 to 1999.

“I had the best assignment of my life,” she said of her service abroad. “It was just wonderful.”

Now retired, Kirk lives in New York, spends time with family, and is a member of singing group, the Blue Hill Troupe of New York. In 2020, she published her first book, The Poison Factory: Operation Kamera, a spy novel set in 2012.