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Former ADP Board Member

Hon. Anthony Cecil Eden QUAINTON, retired Foreign Service officer and former ambassador to the Central African Republic, Nicaragua, Kuwait, and Peru, died July 31, 2023, in Washington, DC, at the age of 89. After receiving bachelor’s degrees from Princeton University and Oxford University, he joined the Foreign Service in 1959.  Prior to his four ambassadorships, his overseas assignments included Australia, Pakistan, India, France and Nepal.  In Washington, he served as director of the office for combatting terrorism in 1978; deputy inspector general in 1987; assistant secretary for the Bureau of Diplomatic Security; and director general of the Foreign Service in 1995. He received the William R. Rivkin award in 1972 and retired in 1997.

Tony Quainton was our colleague and a committed Member of our ADP Board.  This was part of his strong commitment to teaching Americans, especially young Americans, about how diplomacy is critical to our national security, which he also did at the School of International Service at American University for two decades. He contributed both articles and book reviews to American Diplomacy.  His call for greater attention to diplomacy and the strength of the US diplomatic service rings as true today as it did when we published it in 2000. (

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