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of 63 years, Helen Gordon of Redding,
Conn.; his daughters, Anne McLaughlin
(and her husband, Ed) of Ithaca, N.Y.,
and Laura Kutnick (and her husband,
Dale) of Redding Center, Conn.; a sister,
Gloria Delson of Los Angeles, Calif.; and
fve grandchildren, Ben and Gordon
McLaughlin and Toren, Varyk and Kyja
Earl Allyn Kessler II
, 90, a retired
Foreign Service ofcer, died on May 24 in
Fairfax, Va., with his family at his side.
Mr. Kessler was born in Portland, Ore.,
in 1921 and became interested in inter-
national afairs after a conversation with
an ofcer at the consulate in Vancouver.
He pursued that interest at the University
of Southern California, which had one
of the few international afairs programs
in the country at the time, graduating
in 1944. He then entered the Navy’s V-7
program, received cryptographic train-
ing and served in Honolulu working on
Japanese codes.
When his Navy enlistment ended, he
embarked on a diplomatic career that
spanned the tenures of 12 Secretaries
of State and fve continents. On Oct. 24,
1946, he joined the State Department as a
courier and was issued a green diplo-
matic passport signed by Dean Acheson.
Covering all of Asia from his Shanghai
ofce, Mr. Kessler had vivid stories of
China’s civil war, the Marshall mission
and fnal U.S. evacuation from Shanghai
to Honolulu. From Hawaii, he helped
design and fy courier services that
connected the State Department with
missions in Australia, New Zealand and
South and Southeast Asia.
Mr. Kessler then moved into adminis-
trative duties with assignments in Athens
(1949-1952) and Madras (1952-1954).
In 1955 he returned to Washington and
worked in the Refugee Relief Program
of the Bureau of Security and Consular
In 1957 he was assigned to Mexico
City, where he met and married Martha
F. Varela in 1959. Mr. Kessler’s 1960 tour
in Baghdad as personnel ofcer was
marked, on the one hand, by the ambas-
sador’s being declared persona non grata
and, on the other, by enjoyment of the
embassy’s motor boat and picnics.
Mr. Kessler next served at the consul-