Viron Vaky Obituary

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Viron Peter Vaky

September 13, 1925 - November 22, 2012
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Born in Corpus Christi, Texas, Ambassador Vaky served in the Foreign Service from 1949 to 1980. He had foreign assignments in Guayaquil, Buenos Aires, Bogota, Guatemala, San Jose, and Caracas. He also attended the National War college, class of 1964. In Washington, he served as a member of the State Department's Policy Planning Council (1967-68), and Senior Staff Member for Latin America on the National Security Council (1969-70). From 1970-1972 he was Diplomat-in-Residence at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. He served as United States Ambassador to Costa Rica (1972-74), Ambassador to Colombia (1974-1976),...
Born in Corpus Christi, Texas, Ambassador Vaky served in the Foreign Service from 1949 to 1980. He had foreign assignments in Guayaquil, Buenos Aires, Bogota, Guatemala, San Jose, and Caracas. He also attended the National War college, class of 1964. In Washington, he served as a member of the State Department's Policy Planning Council (1967-68), and Senior Staff Member for Latin America on the National Security Council (1969-70). From 1970-1972 he was Diplomat-in-Residence at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service.

He served as United States Ambassador to Costa Rica (1972-74), Ambassador to Colombia (1974-1976), and Ambassador to Venezuela (1976-78). In July, 1978 he was appointed Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs, a position he held until his retirement from the Foreign Service on January 1, 1980.

Following his retirement, he served as Associate Dean and Research Professor in Diplomacy at the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University until 1985, and as Adjunct Professor of Diplomacy until 1994. From 1985 to 1992 he was a Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and Senior Fellow at the Inter American Dialogue from 1994 to 2010. He was a Charter Member of the American Academy of Diplomacy, and was a member of the Board of Directors of the Una Chapman Cox Foundation.

Formerly, a member of the Commission on Peace of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, Ambassador Vaky chaired its Committee of Inquiry, which produced two studies on the nuclear dilemma and the post-Cold War world. He was a member of the Chapter of Washington National Cathedral from 1986-94.

Ambassador Vaky graduated from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and received a Master's degree in International Relations from the University of Chicago. During World War II he served in the US Army Signal Corps.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Luann Colburn Vaky, three sons, Peter Colburn Vaky, Paul Stephen Vaky, and Matthew Alexander Vaky, and eight grandsons and two granddaughters.

In Lieu Of Flowers, Memorial Contributions, may be made to the Senior Living Foundation of the American Foreign Service,
1716 N Street NW, Washington, DC 20036 www.slfoundation.org or to St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 6030 Grosvenor Lane,
Bethesda, MD 20814 www.stlukesbethesda.org

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