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Foreign service officer

Joseph Owen Zurhellen, Japanese Foreign service officer. Avocations: flying, photography, ham radio, writing, film making. M C. Pulitzer scholar, 1939. Served as captain United States Marine Corps Reserve, 1943-1946.


Zurhellen,, Joseph Owen was born on July 8, 1920 in New York City. Son of Joseph Owen and Dorrial Bernadette (Levy) Zurhellen.


AB, Columbia University, 1943; postgraduate, Columbia University, 1946-1947; postgraduate, Harvard University, 1947-1948; student, United States Navy Japanese Language School, 1942-1943.


General manager, Universal Sales Company of New York (export-import), 1946-1947; joined foreign service, 1947; vice consul, Foreign Svc., Yokohama, 1948-1950; consul, Foreign Svc., Fukuoka, 1953-1955; consul general, Foreign Svc., Yokohama, 1953-1955; 2d secretary, Embassy, Tokyo, 1955-1956; staff assistant to assistant secretary state for, Far Eastern Affairs, 1956-1959; assigned to, National War College, 1959-1960; deputy principal officer, American Consulate General, Munich, 1960-1962; 1st secretary, American Embassy, Toyko, 1962-1963; American consul general, Kobe Osaka, Japan, 1963-1964; counselor of embassy, American embassy, Toyko, 1964-1968; deputy chief mission embassy, Tel Aviv, 1968-1973; deputy director, Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, Washington, 1973-1975; deputy assistant secretary state for, East Asian affairs, 1975-1976; ambassador to, Republic of Surinam, 1976-1978; vice president, Foreign Policy Association, 1978-1980; consultant, Foreign Policy Association, 1980; Breman professor political science, U. North Carolina, 1980; visiting professor political science, Manhattanville College, Purchase, New York, 1981-1990. Professor of University Hawaii, May, July, 1990.


  • Avocations: flying, photography, ham radio, writing, film making.


Served as captain United States Marine Corps Reserve, 1943-1946.


  • Other Interests

    Flying, photography, amateur radio, writing, film making.


Married Helen Audrey Millar, December 19, 1942. Children: Joseph Owen III, William, Robert, David, Stephanie Jo.

Joseph Owen Zurhellen,

Dorrial Bernadette (Levy) Zurhellen,

Helen Audrey Millar

Stephanie Jo Zurhellen,

Joseph Owen III Zurhellen,

David Zurhellen,

Robert Zurhellen,

William Zurhellen,