THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
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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
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
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