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as the U.S. representative to the European
Union with the rank of ambassador, serv-
ing until 1979.
Amb. Hinton served as the assistant
secretary of State for economics, energy
and business affairs from 1979 to 1981,
when he was appointed U.S. ambassador
to El Salvador. He sharply criticized the
human rights abuses of that government
during the next two years.
President Ronald Reagan named him
U.S. ambassador to Pakistan in 1983.
There, Amb. Hinton worked with Pakistan
President Zia ul-Haq to supply the Afghan
mujaheddin, who were fighting the Red
Army in their homeland.
In 1987 President Reagan designated
Ambassador Hinton a Career Ambas-
sador, the highest rank in the U.S. Foreign
Service, and named himU.S. ambassador
to Costa Rica, where he served until 1989.
In 1990, he was appointed U.S. ambas-
sador to Panama, and worked there to
restore the economy and strengthen
relations following the ouster of Panama
President Manuel Noriega.
Amb. Hinton retired in 1994 after a
remarkable 49-year diplomatic career. His
Economics and Diplomacy: A
Life in the Foreign Service,
a volume in the
Association for Diplomatic Studies and
Training’s Memoirs and Occasional Papers
Series, was published in 2015. He was
widely considered among the foremost
Latin America experts in the State Depart-
In retirement, Amb. Hinton lived
alternately in the United States (mainly
Washington, D.C., and nearby Pennsylva-
nia) and in San Jose, Costa Rica. His first
marriage, to Angela Peyraud, ended in
divorce. He second wife, Miren de Aretxa-
bala, died in 1979.
Amb. Hinton is survived by his third
wife, Patricia Lopez Hinton; 12 children
(Deborah Ann Hinton, Christopher
Roesch Hinton, Jeffrey Joe Hinton, Joanna
Peyraud Hinton, Veronica Jean Hinton,
Pedro Arrivillaga, Guillermo Arrivillaga,
Miren Arrivillaga de Aretxabala, Maria
Louisa Arrivillaga Reglemann, Juan Jose
Arrivillaga, Sebastian Asturias Hinton and
Deane Patrick Hinton); 13 grandchildren;
and five great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made
to the International Rescue Committee.
95, a retired
Foreign Service officer and former ambas-
sador, died on Nov. 13 in Amherst, Mass.
Born in Providence, R.I., onMay 2, 1921,
the sixth child of eastern European immi-
grants, Mr. Irving worked full time in high
school and college to support his family.
On graduation fromBrown University
in 1943 he joined his four older brothers
in the U.S. Army Air Corps, serving as the
navigator on a B-24 bomber crew based
in Italy. On his 37thmission, the plane
was shot down over Hungary. Mr. Irving
credited the Tuskegee Airmen with saving
his life because they circled the plane until
the crew could bail out.
Captured by Hungarian partisans, Mr.
Irving was turned over to the German
Army and interned at Stalag Luft III, the
site of the “Great Escape.” InMay 1945 he
was liberated by Patton’s Army, two of his
brothers among them. He received the
Purple Heart and several other military
honors for bravery. Mr. Irving maintained
that experiencing the horrors of war
convinced him to spend his life working to
After recovering at Walter Reed Army
Hospital, Mr. Irving earned a master’s
degree fromTufts University’s Fletcher
School of Law and Diplomacy andmarried
his high school sweetheart, Dorothy Petrie.
Mr. Irving entered federal service in
1946 as an economist at the Bureau of the
Budget under President Harry Truman,
whomhe credited with teaching himhow
to communicate clearly and succinctly.
He joined the State Department in 1951,
serving successively as an administrative
management specialist, deputy director
for administration in postwar Vienna and
executive director for German-Austrian
He was commissioned into the Foreign
Service in 1954. He became deputy execu-
tive director of the Bureau of European
Affairs in 1956, moving to acting executive
director a year later. In 1957 he became
director of the Office of the Budget, and
two years later was assigned as special
assistant to the under secretary of State for
economic affairs. He was then detailed to
the National War College.
In 1960 Mr. Irving was posted toWel-
lington as chief of the economic section.
He returned toWashington, D.C., in 1962
to serve as deputy executive director of the
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
Mr. Irving’s career at the State Depart-
ment was characterized by his passionate
commitment to equal access to justice,
opportunity and respect for all people,
regardless of gender, race, religion, nation-
ality or country of residence, and to his
active work tomake those values real. He
created the people-to-people programs
within the State Department, which
included, among other groundbreaking
activities, hosting the first athletic teams
fromChina to visit the U.S.—the famous
“Ping Pong Diplomacy.”
In 1965 Mr. Irving was named executive
director of the Bureau of European Affairs,
and in 1967 he was posted to Vienna as
deputy chief of mission. He returned to
Washington a year later to serve succes-
sively as deputy assistant secretary for
operations and deputy assistant secretary
of educational and cultural affairs.
President Richard Nixon appointedMr.
Irving U.S. ambassador to Iceland in 1972.