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John H. Holdridge

AKA John Herbert Holdridge

Born: 21-Aug-1924
Birthplace: New York City
Died: 12-Jul-2001
Location of death: Washington, DC [1]
Cause of death: Illness [2]

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Diplomat

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: US Ambassador to Indonesia, 1983-86

Military service: US Army (1st Lt., 1942-48)

Entered the Foreign Service in 1948. Part of the group attending Henry Kissinger on his secret trip to Beijing in July 1971, as well as that attending Richard M. Nixon on his trip in 1972.

[1] Sibley Memorial Hospital, Washington, DC.

[2] Pulmonary Fibrosis.

Wife: Martha Holdridge (three children)

    University: Dartmouth College (1941-42)
    University: BS, US Military Academy, West Point (194)
    University: Chinese language, Cornell University (1948-49)
    University: Chinese language, Harvard University (1949-50)

    US Ambassador to Indonesia (1983-86)
    US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian & Pacific Affairs (1981-83)
    US Ambassador to Singapore (1975-78)
    US State Department Deputy Chief of Mission, Beijing, China (1973-75)
    US National Security Council Senior staff member for the Far East (1968-73)
    US State Department Director, Research and Analysis, East Asian and the Pacific Affairs (1966-68)
    US State Department Chief, Political Section, Hong Kong (1962-66)
    US State Department Consul, Singapore (1956-58)
    US State Department Consul, Hong Kong (1953-56)
    US State Department Vice Consul, Bangkok, Thailand (1950-53)

Author of books:
Crossing the Divide: An Insider's Account of the Normalization of U.S.-China Relations (1997, memoir)

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