Read Admiral Stone was a graduate of the Naval Academy and spent 28 years in the Navy before retiring in April 2002. He then became the first federal security director at Los Angeles International Airport, where he oversaw the creation of a 2,700 federal security workforce for passenger screening checkpoints at the airport. At the end of 2003, he was named the third administrator of TSA. He resigned that post in June 2005 and has since served as a security consultant. Recently, he was based out of Bangalore, India, working for Cisco. He had come to the U.S. in the past week for an awards event honoring TSA employees. He is survived by his wife Faith. Cause of death is unknown.
In a statement, TSA said “The TSA community is deeply saddened to share the news that former TSA Administrator David Stone has passed away… We are grateful for his service to our country and his dedication to the mission and people of TSA.”