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Foreign service officer

James Perry Thurber,, American foreign service officer. Recipient Award for Valor, United States Information Agency, 1979.


Thurber,, James Perry was born on June 3, 1928 in Westfield, New Jersey, United States. Son of James Perry and Ruth (Burnett) Thurber.


Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, Stanford University, 1950. Master of Science in international relations, George Washington University, 1974.


Reporter/editor Wall Street Journal, New York City, 1952-1956. Academy administrator Stanford University, Stanford, California, 1956-1963, assistant provost, 1963-1967. Foreign service information officer United States Embassies, Tanzania, Malawi, Nigeria, 1967-1973.

Student National War College, Washington, 1973-1974. Chief, political guidance United States Information Agency, 1974-1978. Director United States Information Service, Islamabad, Pakistan, 1978-1981.

Director for Middle East, Southern Asia United States Information Agency, Washington, 1982-1986. Director United States Information Service Canada, Ottawa, since 1986.


Mayor City of Los Altos, California, 1962-1966. Member California State Center Committee Democratic Organization, California, 1962-1966. Commissioner, San Francisco Bay Conservation & Development Commission, 1966-1967.

President board directors, International School, Islamabad, Pakistan, 1979-1981. Member National Press Club, Ottawa, Rideau Tennis Club, Ottawa.


Married Emily Maulsby Forrest, August 8, 1950. Children: James, Harriette, Alexander, Mary.

James Perry Thurber,

Ruth (Burnett) Thurber,

Emily Maulsby Forrest

James Thurber,

Harriette Thurber,

Alexander Thurber,

Mary Thurber,