GENEVA -- Ex-American oil executive Valeriu Georgescu, 89, who passed on news to captured U.S. pilots while himself a political prisoner in his native Romania in World War II, died of cancer Saturday.
He and his wife, Lygia, were at the center of a 1950s U.S. diplomatic standoff with the Communist government of Romania. They were stripped of their Romanian citizenship while they were on a business trip to New York, but the Romanian government refused to allow their two sons to join them.
In 1953, the U.S. government expelled a Romanian diplomat who Mr. Georgescu said tried to enlist him as a spy in exchange for the release of the boys. After President Eisenhower intervened, the sons were reunited with their parents in 1954.