GENEVA (AP) _ Donald S. Lowitz, the U.S. ambassador to the 40-nation U.N. Conference on Disarmament, died of a heart attack Sunday, the U.S. mission announced today. He was 57.
Lowitz served as chief delegate to the disarmament conference for two years and was about to begin his third. The conference is the world’s primary multilateral disarmament negotiating forum and opens its winter session Tuesday.
Lowitz was known by colleagues as a thoughtful, friendly and fair person who did not hesitate to speak his mind.
He was stricken just after midnight Saturday, U.S. spokesman Christopher Henze said, adding that Lowitz had no previous history of heart trouble.
Before his appointment as ambassador to the disarmament conference in December 1984, Lowitz practiced law in his hometown of Chicago for 32 years.
Lowitz is survived by his wife, Shana, and their three children.
Funeral services were planned for Thursday in Chicago, Henze said.