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‘Argo’ CIA agent and sculptor present program to benefit library sculpture garden

Tony Mendez
October 29, 2013

Former CIA agents Tony Mendez and his wife, Jonna Goeser, and his son, sculptor Toby Mendez, present a joint program at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Carroll Arts Center to benefit the Mary Lou Dewey Sculpture Park at the Westminster Branch of the Carroll County Public Library.

McDaniel History professor Bryn Upton will lead the discussion at the event, which is supported in part by the College. General admission tickets are $25, and VIP tickets are $50 and include premiere seating closest to the stage and a dessert reception with the speakers. For tickets, go to

‘Argo’ CIA agent and sculptor present program to benefit library sculpture garden

Toby Mendez (pictured above) will unveil his design for a bronze relief honoring the agricultural heritage of Carroll County for the Dewey Sculpture Park. He is a Maryland-based sculptor with more than 25 years of experience in creating significant works of art, including The Thurgood Marshall Memorial at the Maryland State House, The Gandhi Memorial in Suffolk County, New York; A Tribute to the Oyster Tonger at Annmarie Sculpture Garden in Solomons and The Baltimore Orioles  at Camden Yards, dedicated in 2012 and featuring the six Orioles in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Tony Mendez and Jonna Goeser will talk about their experiences in the CIA, which inspired the Academy Award-winning movie “Argo.” Mendez served in the CIA for 25 years and is a highly decorated officer and recipient of the Intelligence Star of Valor for the ARGO operation, the heroic 1980 rescue of six American diplomats from Iran. He and his wife, Jonna Goeser, also a retired CIA agent, were instrumental in starting the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C., and serve on its Board of Directors.

He will be signing his book, “Argo.”

The library will offer two free screenings of “Argo” at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5 and 5 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Carroll Arts Center.

For more information, call 410-386-4500, ext. 3196.