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Richard K. Fox Jr.,

91, a retired

Foreign Service officer and former ambas-

sador, died in the company of his family on

April 9.

Richard Kenneth Fox was born in Cin-

cinnati, Ohio. From 1944 to 1946, he served

overseas in the U.S. Navy. He received his

bachelor’s degree from Indiana University

in 1950. He worked for the Urban League

in St. Louis, Mo., and St. Paul, Minn., from

1950 to 1956, when he became assistant

director of the Minnesota Commission

Against Discrimination.

In 1961 Mr. Fox began his career at the

Department of State as a special assistant

to the deputy assistant secretary of State

for personnel. From 1963 to 1965, he was a

special assistant to the deputy under secre-

tary of State for administration and the first

director of the Office of Equal Employment


In 1965 he was posted toMadrid, serv-

ing as a deputy administration officer and

then promoted to counselor of administra-

tion in 1968. He returned toWashington,

D.C., in 1970 to serve as executive director

of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural

Affairs, where he was promoted to deputy

assistant secretary in 1973.

Mr. Fox was appointed deputy director

of personnel for career counseling and

assignments in 1974, and then detailed to

the interagency Senior Seminar in Foreign

Policy for the 1976-1977 academic year.

In 1977 President Jimmy Carter

appointedMr. Fox U.S. ambassador to

Trinidad and Tobago, the first FSO to serve

in that capacity. His tenure witnessed the

continuing recovery of the economy due to

rising prices for petroleum, the country’s

major export. He returned to State in 1979

to serve as the senior deputy inspector

general of the Foreign Service.

Ambassador Fox retired in 1984, and

the Department of State recognized his

service by conferring on him the Wilbur J.

Carr Award. As former U.S. Ambassador

George Moose recalls, “He was a mentor to

somany of us, including me.”

From 1983 to 1997, Amb. Fox served as

the vice president and executive director of

Meridian House International.

Amb. Fox was actively involved in a

range of civic and educational institu-

tions. He served as a member of the D.C.

Board of Higher Education; trustee of the

University of the District of Columbia

and Christ Seminary in St. Louis, Mo.;

president of the board of directors of the

Wheat Ridge Foundation; president of the

Lutheran Human Relations Association of

America and the American Foreign Service

Protective Association; and adviser to the

president of Valparaiso University, where

he received an honorary doctor of laws

degree in 1983.

He was twice elected to the board of

governors of DACOR and to the board

of trustees of the DACOR Bacon House


Amb. Fox is survived by his daughters,

Jeanne Fox Alston; Jane Fox-Johnson (and

her husband, Mitchell Johnson); and

Helen Fox Fields (and her husband, Gary

Fields); and five grandchildren: Kenneth

and Kevin Alston and Rachel, Charlene

and Briana Fields.


Deane R. Hinton,

94, a retired For-

eign Service officer, Career Ambassador

and U.S. envoy to five countries, died on

March 28 at his home in San Jose, Costa

Rica, due to organ failure.

Deane Roesch Hinton was born in

Missoula, Mont., onMarch 12, 1923, the

only child of Col. Joe A. Hinton and Doris

Roesch. As a child he traveled with his

family according to his father’s assign-

ments; Col. Hinton served in the U.S. Army

in bothWorldWar I andWorldWar II (in

the 82nd Airborne).

Mr. Hinton also served inWorldWar

II as a second lieutenant in the Signals

Corps, participating in the Italy campaign.

After the war, he completed his bachelor’s

degree at the University of Chicago in

1943 and did a year of graduate studies in


Mr. Hinton joined the Foreign Service

in 1946. His first assignment, to Damascus

as a political officer, was followed by a

posting toMombasa in 1950 as principal

officer of the consulate. In 1951 he was

detailed to the Fletcher School of Law and

Diplomacy at Tufts University to study


From 1952 to 1956, Mr. Hinton was

a financial affairs officer in Paris. He

returned to the State Department for two

years, and was then assigned to the U.S.

Mission to the European Communities

in Brussels as a financial officer. He was

detailed to the former National War Col-

lege for the 1961-1962 academic year.

From 1963 to 1966, Mr. Hinton directed

the Office of Atlantic Political-Economic

Affairs at State.

He was seconded to the U.S. Agency for

International Development in 1967, where

he directed USAID programs in France,

Belgium and Guatemala and then served

as USAIDmission director and economic

counselor in Santiago from 1969 to 1971.

He was then detailed to the White House

Council on International Economic Policy,

where he served from 1971 to 1973.

In 1973 President Richard Nixon

appointedMr. Hinton U.S. ambassador to

Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the

Congo). When relations soured between

Washington and President Mobuto Sese

Seko in 1975, Amb. Hinton was declared

persona non grata

. He returned to Brussels