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Foreign service officer , writer

Holley Mack Bell was American foreign service officer, writer. Recipient National Order Al Mérito, Government of Ecuador, 1977.


Bell, Holley Mack was born on May 9, 1922 in Windsor, North Carolina, United States. Son of John Cartwright and Minnie Turner (Bond) Bell.


Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, University North Carolina, 1943. Diploma, Graduate Institute International Studies, Geneva, 1948. Master of Arts, Fletcher School Law & Diplomacy, 1970.


Historian, United States War Department, Bad Nauheim, Germany, 1947-1948;reporter, Charlotte (North Carolina) News, 1948-1952;editor-manager, Bertie Ledger-Advance, Windsor, 1952-1955;editorial writer, Greensboro (North Carolina) Daily News, 1956-1961;press attaché, information officer, United States Embassy, Santiago, Chile, 1961-1966;press attaché, information officer, United States Embassy, Bogotá, Colombia, 1966-1969;public affairs officer, United States Embassy, Quito, Ecuador, 1972-1977;public affairs officer, United States Embassy, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, 1977-1980;desk officer, United States Information Agency, Washington, 1970-1972;chief media reaction staff, United States Information Agency, Washington, 1980-1987;retired, 1987.


Member Episcopal Foundation, Kinston, North Carolina, 1990-1993. Member North Carolina Task Force on Cultural Resources, Raleigh, since 1991, Historic Murfreesboro (North Carolina) Commission, since 1995. Chairman public affairs committee History Hope Plantation, Windsor, since 1980.

Historiographer Episcopal Diocese of East Carolina, Kinston, North Carolina, since 1992. 1st lieutenant United States Army, 1943-1946, European Theatre of Operations. Member National Episcopal Historians and Archivists, Council of Foreign Relations, North Carolina Art Society (chairman outreach committee 1991-1995, co-chairman 50th anniversary committee since 1995), Rotary.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: historical and genealogical research, historic preservation.


Married Clara Murphy Bond, April 11, 1953. Children: Elisabeth Turner Bell Loncella, Clara Bond Bell Guess, Mack III.

John Cartwright Bell

Minnie Turner (Bond) Bell

Clara Murphy Bond

Elisabeth Turner Bell Loncella Bell

Clara Bond Bell Guess Bell

Mack III Bell