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ferred to Tokyo as assistant cultural
afairs ofcer. He returned to Indonesia
in 1968 as cultural attaché to work with
faculty and staf of all 30 universities in
the country.
In 1973, Mr. Underwood became
the cultural afairs ofcer in Japan. He
worked with visiting U.S. diplomats and
such prominent Americans as Zbigniew
Brzezinski, James Michener and Walter
Cronkite. In 1978, he was posted to
the South Pacifc to evaluate the status
of Papua, New Guinea, the Solomon
Islands and other developing nations.
Mr. Underwood later served as acting
U.S. ambassador to several countries in
the South Pacifc.
He retired from the Foreign Service in
1981 and returned with his wife, Jean, to
North Wilkesboro. Tere he assumed the
position of editor of
Te Journal-Patriot
newspaper, serving until 1991.
In 1995, Mr. Underwood began
writing the history of Wilkesboro. It is a
detailed account, covering the arrival of
settlers through the present day. Numer-
ous residents and former residents
assisted with the project, which is near
completion and will be published post-
humously.
Friends and family members remem-
ber Mr. Undeland for his many positive
qualities. He was a very concerned and
efective public citizen, giving time and
energy to a variety of causes, including
the library, Kiwanis, the town of Wilkes-
boro and the Wilkes Art Gallery. He was
an accomplished photographer, a tal-
ented painter, a good cook and a lover of
fne art, music and drama. His intellect,
sense of humor and social consciousness
will be missed.
Mr. Underwood is survived by his
wife, Jean Craig Ohlund Underwood, of
North Wilkesboro.
Memorial contributions can be made