San Francisco Chronicle
Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2000
Section B, page 3
CALHOUN, John Archibald - U.S. Ambassador, Retired
The Honorable John Archibald Calhoun, who served in the U.S. Foreign Service from 1941 until his retirement in 1972, died Friday, January 21, 2000 in San Rafael, CA after a long illness. He was 81.
Ambassador J. A. Calhoun was born October 29, 1918 in Berkeley, CA, the son of George Miller and Ellinor McKay (Miller) Calhoun. He was a graduate of UC Berkeley: BA International Relations in 1939 and MA in History from Harvard University in 1940. His father, Professor of Greek, was described by the University of California as 'one of its ablest scholars and most stimulating teachers.
A career Foreign Service Officer, Ambassador Calhoun joined the U.S. Foreign Service in July 1941. During his 29 years in the U.S. Foreign Service, Mr. Calhoun was posted to: Tijuana, Mexico 1941-42; Teheran, Iran 1942-44. He subsequently served in the U.S. Navy, Supply Corps, 1944-46. He attended the Naval School of Military Government at Princeton University and served with the U.S. Naval Military Government on Okinawa.
After his release from the military duty, Amb. Calhoun returned to the Foreign Service and was assigned to Berlin, Germany 1946-49, where he served as the U.S. Political Advisor on German Affairs. He was reassigned to the Department of State 1949-52. From 1952 until 1955 he served in various positions in Seoul, Korea 1952-55. Returning to the United States, he attended the Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base, 1955-56 and then served in Paris, France, with the U.S. Delegation to NATO, 1956-57. He was reassigned to the Department of State as Director of Executive Secretariat 1957-60. He was assigned as counselor for Political Affairs in Athens, Greece 1960-61, a post which he held until he was sworn in as Ambassador to the Republic of Chad 1961-63. He was reassigned to Berlin, Germany, as Minister, 1963-66 then Minister Counselor for Political Affairs to Saigon, Vietnam 1967-68. In 1969 he was sworn in as Ambassador to the Republic of Tunisia until his retirement in 1972 and his return to San Francisco.
Ambassador Calhoun was a member of Delta Tau, UCB, 1935-39; American Foreign Sce. Association, 1942-72; Commonwealth Club, 1972-90; Villa Taverna, 1974-95; Belvedere Tennis Club, 1975-95. He was member of the Board of Trustees or Director of the S.F. Conservatory of Music; World Affairs Council of Northern California; S.F. Planning and Urban Research Association; International Diplomacy Center; Alliance Francaise de S.F.; Yosemite Institute.
A memorial service is scheduled at 3 p.m. on Saturday February 12 at The San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 1201 Ortega Street. Donations may be sent to the S.F. Conservatory of Music.
An obituary for John Archibald Calhoun was published on Thursday, Feb. 3, 2000 in the San Francisco Chronicle, Section A, page 23. It too should be read.