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Career Diplomat Parker T. Hart Dies

October 19, 1997

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Parker T. Hart, a career diplomat who served as an assistant secretary of state and ambassador to three countries, died Wednesday at his Washington home. He was 87 and had a heart ailment.

Hart served as assistant secretary for Near East and South Asian affairs from 1968 to February 1969, when he was named director of the Foreign Service institute. He retired later that year.

He then served as president of the Middle East Institute in Washington and worked as a consultant.

Earlier, he was ambassador to Saudi Arabia from 1961 to 1965, serving for part of that time also as ambassador to Kuwait and minister to Yemen. He then became ambassador to Turkey, serving there from 1965 to 1968.

Hart was a native of Medford, Mass., and a graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard University.

He is survived by his wife, Jane; two daughters and four grandchildren.

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