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Melissa Foelsch Wells was American ambassador. Board directors United States Baltic Foundation; Member American Foreign Service Association, American Academy Diplomacy.


Wells, Melissa Foelsch was born on November 18, 1932 in Tallinn, Estonia. Emigrated to United States, 1936, naturalized, 1941. Daughter of Kuno Georg and Miliza (Korjus) Foelsch.


Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service, Georgetown University, 1956.


Foreign service officer United States Department State, Washington, 1958-1961. Consular officer United States Embassy, Trinidad and Tobago, 1961-1964. Economic officer mission United States Organization of European Cooperation and Development, Paris, 1964-1966.

Economic officer United States Embassy, London, 1966-1971, international economist, 1971-1973. Deputy director major export projects United States Department Commerce, 1973—1975. Commercial counselor United States Embassy, 1975—1976.

United States ambassador to Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde United States Department of State, 1976-1977. United States representative to Economic and Social Council United Nations, New York City, 1977-1979. Resident representative United Nations Development Programme, Kampala, Uganda, 1979-1981, director IMPACT program Geneva, 1982-1986.

United States ambassador to Mozambique United States Department State, 1987-1990, United States ambassador to Zaire Kinshasa, 1991-1993. Under-secretary general for administration and management United Nations, New York City, 1993-1994. Consul general United States Consulate, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 1995-1997.

Ambassador to Republic of Estonia United States Department State, 1998—2001. Retired, 2001.


Board directors United States Baltic Foundation. Member American Foreign Service Association, American Academy Diplomacy.


Married Alfred Washburn Wells, 1960. Children: Christopher, Gregory.

Kuno Georg Foelsch

Miliza (Korjus) Foelsch

Alfred Washburn Wells

Christopher Wells

Gregory Wells