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MAY 2015


Mrs. Turner’s honor to the Brentwood

Library Foundation (



Theodore “Ted” Stark Wilkinson


, 80, a retired FSO, died on Jan. 25 in

Washington, D.C. (See the Appreciation, “A True Gentleman: Theodore S. Wilkin- son III, in the April FSJ .)

Mr. Wilkinson was born in Washing-

ton, D.C., on Aug. 27, 1934, to Admiral

Theodore Wilkinson and Catherine

HarlowWilkinson. He received a B.A.

in political science from Yale University

and served as an officer in the U.S. Navy.

He later earned a master’s degree in

international relations fromThe George

Washington University.

Mr. Wilkinson joined the Foreign Ser-

vice in 1961. During 35 years in the For-

eign Service, he had diplomatic assign-

ments in Latin America and Europe.

He served as an intelligence research

analyst at the Department of State from

1966 to 1968, when he was detailed to the

Armed Forces Staff College for a semes-

ter, and then to the Arms Control and

Disarmament Agency. In 1970, he was

posted to Brussels as a political-military

officer at the U.S. Mission to the North

Atlantic Treaty Organization.

From 1976 through 1978, Mr. Wilkin-

son was a desk officer for Tunisia and

Morocco, and from 1978 to 1980 he dealt

with multilateral issues, including the

Law of the Sea Treaty, as a political officer

at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations

in New York.

He was posted to Mexico City in 1981

and transferred to Tegucigalpa as political

counselor in 1984.

From 1986 to 1989, Mr. Wilkinson

worked on multilateral environmental

and scientific affairs at State, and in 1991

he returned to Mexico City as political

minister-counselor. His last overseas

posting, also as political minister-coun-

selor, was to Brasilia in 1994.

Mr. Wilkinson continued to contrib-

ute his expertise on Latin America by

teaching, writing and consulting after his

retirement. As an arms control expert,

he served on U.S. delegations to interna-

tional disarmament conferences.

Mr. Wilkinson was elected president

of AFSA in 1989, serving until 1991,

and served as chairman of The Foreign

Service Journal Editorial Board from 2005

to 2011.

When off duty, Mr. Wilkinson pursued

his passions for racquet sports, bridge,

chess and backgammon as an active

member of the Chevy Chase and Metro-

politan Clubs.

Mr. Wilkinson is survived by his wife,

Xenia Vunovic Wilkinson, also a retired

FSO; children from his first marriage to

Rosalie Ford Wilkinson, Rebecca and

Jennifer; grandchildren: Maxwell and

Madeline Rose Wilkinson and Christo-

pher and Ian Schiffgens; and sister, Joan

Susannah Sadler.

Donations in his memory may be

made toThe Senior Living Foundation of

the American Foreign Service, The Chesa-

peake Bay Foundation or The Diplomacy

Center Foundation.


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