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Death of John Dawson, U.S. Ambassador to Peru

Secretary Colin L. Powell
Washington, DC
August 4, 2003

It is with great sadness that I announce the death of U.S. Ambassador to Peru, John R. Dawson, who passed away in New York on August 1.

Ambassador Dawson was very popular with his State Department colleagues and will be remembered for both the dedication and the collegiality he brought to all of the posts in which he served.

Ambassador Dawson’s distinguished career with the State Department began in 1975. Before being named Ambassador to Peru, he served as the Director of the Office of Mexican Affairs. Ambassador Dawson received many awards and commendations for his work in El Salvador, Costa Rica, Panama, Brazil, and Argentina, at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, and in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs. He received the Herbert Salzman Award for Excellence in International Economic Performance and a Presidential Meritorious Service Award.

We extend our deepest condolence to Ambassador Dawson’s wife, Susana, and to his family.


Released on August 4, 2003

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