John Gunther Dean, US diplomat haunted by Cambodia, dies

Washington, D.C – John Gunther Dean, a veteran American diplomat and five-time ambassador forever haunted by his role in the evacuation of the U.S. Embassy in Cambodia during the dying days of the Khmer Republic, has died. He was 93.

Dean, who later in his career fell out with the Washington foreign policy establishment over U.S. policy toward Israel and was forced to retire in the late 1980s, died June 6, his wife, Martine, and children announced in an online obituary.

The U.S. Embassy in India, Dean’s last post where he served as ambassador from 1985-89, confirmed his death in a tweet mourning his passing. “He was a skilled diplomat that championed strong US-India relations,” it said. “Rest in peace and you will be forever missed.”

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