Dayton S. Mak

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Dayton S. Mak
United States Ambassador to Kuwait
In office
President John F. Kennedy
Preceded by n/a
Succeeded by Parker T. Hart
Personal details
Born (1917-07-10)July 10, 1917
Sioux Falls, SD
Nationality American
Spouse(s) Julie Mak
Children Holly Mak
Residence Washington DC
Alma mater University of Arizona, University of Pennsylvania, Middle East Institute, Naval War College
Profession Diplomat
Military service
Awards Purple Hearts, Bronze Star

Dayton S. Mak (born July 10, 1917) is a former U.S. diplomat who served posts in England, Libya, Lebanon, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Germany. He was the first U.S. ambassador of Kuwait.[1] Mak was also former Director of the Bureau of Intelligence and Research, for Near East South Asia Affairs.


Mak was born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on July 10, 1917 but was raised in Iowa. Mak served in the United States Army during World War II between 1941 and 1945. He was awarded two Purple Hearts and one Bronze Star.[2]

In 1946, Mak joined the Foreign Service, serving as Vice Consul in Hamburg, Germany, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, Jidda, Saudi Arabia, and Tripoli, Libya. In 1962, Mak became the first U.S. Ambassador to Kuwait and was responsible for establishing the embassy. In 1969, Mak became the director of INR for near-east south Asia Affairs

Mak officially retired from the Foreign Service in 1970 although even till today, he continues to have strong ties with the US Government and State Department.[3]


Dayton Mak lives in Washington DC with his wife of over 40 years. He continues to stay active in the Foreign Service community and travels to The Foreign Service Institute each week. He has one daughter.

Mak was close friends with Francis Meloy, US Ambassador who was assassinated in Beirut, Lebanon. Meloy was best man at Mak's wedding.[4]

Service chronology[edit]

Dayton Mak's Diplomatic Chronology
Position Host country or organization Year
US Foreign Service 1946 to 1970
US Foreign Service Hamburg, Germany 1946 to 1948
US Foreign Service Dhahran, Saudi Arabia 1948 to 1949
US Foreign Service Jeddah, Saudi Arabia 1949 to 1950
US Foreign Service Tripoli, Libya 1951 to 1954
US Foreign Service London, England 1954 to 1956
US Foreign Service Tripoli, Libya 1957 to 1959
US Foreign Service Kuwait 1961 to 1964
US Foreign Service Beirut, Lebanon 1965 to 1969
US Foreign Service (Bureau of Intelligence and Research Director) Washington DC 1969 to 1970


American Ambassadors in a Troubled World: Interviews with American Diplomats (1992, interviews, with Charles Stuart Kennedy)

See also[edit]

  • Francis Meloy, the US ambassador of Lebanon who was assassinated.


  1. ^ Mak, Dayton. "Dayton S. Mak". Retrieved 10 February 2014. 
  2. ^ Mak, Dayton. "Dayton S. Mak". 
  3. ^ Mak, Dayton. "Ambassador's Oral History - US State Department". US State Department. 
  4. ^ Dayton, Mak. "Oral History".