U.S. Department of State


Anthony C. E. Quainton assumed his position as Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Personnel on December 29, 1995.

From September 1992 to December 1995, Mr. Quainton was Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security. From November 1989 to September 1992, Mr. Quainton was U.S. Ambassador to Peru. He served as the Department's Deputy Inspector General from September 1987 to November 1989.

Mr Quainton was the U.S. Ambassador to Kuwait from September 1984 to August 1987. He also served as the U.S. Ambassador to Nicaragua from March 1982 to May 1984. Prior to his assignment in Managua, Mr. Quainton was the Director of the Department's Office for Combatting Terrorism from 1978 to 1981. In 1976, Mr. Quainton served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Central African Empire, where he remained until 1978.

From 1973-76, Mr. Quainton was the Deputy Chief of Mission in Kathmandu. He served as political officer at the U.S. Embassy in Paris from 1972-73. Mr. Quainton was assigned to the Department's Bureau of Near East and South Asian Affairs as the senior political officer for India from 1969-72. From 1966-69, he served as the political/economic officer in New Delhi. He was assigned to Rawalpindi as economic officer from 1964-66. He was also the economic officer in his previous assignment to Karachi in 1963. Mr. Quainton's first assignment after joining the Foreign Service in 1959 was in Sydney as vice-consul and commercial officer.

Mr. Quainton's awards include the William R. Rivkin Award in 1972 and the Christian A. Herter Award in 1984. Both awards were presented by the American Foreign Service Association for "outstanding intellectual originality, courage, forthrightness, and constructive dissent." Mr. Quainton also received Presidential Meritorious Service Awards in 1984 and 1989.

Mr. Quainton was born in Seattle on April 4, 1934. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton University in 1955. He attended Oxford University as a Marshall Scholar from 1955-58, and received a Bachelor of Letters degree in 1958. He spent an additional year (1958- 59) at Oxford as a research fellow at St. Antony's College.

Mr. Quainton is married to Susan Long, a 1957 graduate of Mt. Holyoke College. Mrs. Quainton was also a Marshall Scholar at St. Hilda's College, Oxford. The Quainton's have two daughters and one son.

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