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ELmer Gregory Kryza, American financial planner, international affairs advisor, former ambassador. Decorated grand officer Order of Merit Mauritania; recipient Meritorious Service award Department State, 1965.


Kryza, ELmer Gregory was born on March 12, 1922 in Detroit, Michigan, United States. Son of Frank Theodore and Anna Frances (Chapp) Kryza.


Student, Oberlin College, 1944-1945;Bachelor of Arts, University Virginia, 1946;graduate, Air War College, 1968.


Products expediter, Bohn Aluminum, Detroit, 1940-1942;civilian staff, United States Navy, Tangier, Ciudad Trujillo, 1947-1950;vice consul, Curacao, 1952-1954;3d secretary American embassy, Brussels, Belgium, 1954-1957;2d secretary, Belgrade, Yugoslavia, 1957-1959;supervisory administrative officer, Department State, 1959-1963;1st secretary, Nairobi, Kenya, 1963-1967;consul, Seychelles, 1965-1967;counselor, Kinshasa, 1968-1970;counselor, Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia, Brazil, 1970-1972;foreign service inspector, 1972-1974;executive director, Bureau African Affairs, State Department, 1974-1977;ambassador to Islamic Republic of Mauritania, 1977-1980;vice president, Finance Planning Superior vena cava syndrome International Inc., Vienna, Austria. Executive vice president American Foreign Svc. Protective Association, 1981-1986.

Manager international development Blue Cross/Blue Shield National Capital Area, 1986-1989. Chairman New Columbia Corporation, Washington. Secretary State Department Federal Credit Union, 1984-1989.


President School Board American School, Kinshasa, 1968-1970. Served to Lieutenant United States Naval Reserve, 1942-1947, 50-52, European Theatre of Operations, Korea. Member Veterans of Foreign Wars, Diplomatic and Counselor Officers Retired, Foreign Svc.

Association, Association Diplomatic Studies, American Legion, Association of Former Intelligence Officers, Jefferson Society University of Virginia M C.


Married Jeanne Marie Deniau, April 7, 1949 (deceased April 11, 1982). Children: Frank Theodore, Christopher Deniau. Married Alice Larue Henry, April 15, 1983.

Frank Theodore Kryza

Anna Frances (Chapp) Kryza

Jeanne Marie Deniau

Alice Larue Henry

Frank Theodore Kryza

Christopher Deniau Kryza