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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL

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JULY-AUGUST 2017

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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

memoir,

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-

ment.

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.

n

Frederick Irving,

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

prevent wars.

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

affairs.

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.