Lodovico S. "Loody" Christofero, longtime Boy Scout executive and Air Force veteran of two wars, died Dec. 2 at the Kline Galland Home in Seattle.

He was 93.

Born in Seattle to Italian immigrant parents, he became an Eagle Scout and was a youth leader in a Ballard High School troop.

He went on to become a skilled mountaineer and backpacker, climbing most of the peaks in the Northwest. He also was an avid skier, skiing until his late 80s.

During World War II he served in the Air Force, flying cargo planes supplying the China-Burma-India theater. He flew more than 70 missions and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, one of the highest recognitions given by the Air Force.

After World War II, Mr. Christofero became a Boy Scout executive in Wenatchee, Wash., then rejoined the Air Force during the Korean War.

Afterward, he continued in scouting, and in 1966 he was named scout executive for the Chief Seattle Council. In 1974, he became director of camping and outdoor programs for the National Council of Boy Scouts of America. He retired in 1979 after 31 years in scouting.

"Boy Scouts was his true love," said his daughter, Carol Christofero-Snider, who lives in Lake Oswego, Ore. Boy Scouting recognized him with two awards for Distinguished Service to Boyhood, the Silver Beaver and the Silver Antelope.

- Seattle Times