Joseph J. Jova

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Joseph J. Jova was an American diplomat.[1] He served as United States Ambassador to Honduras from 1965 to 1969, United States Ambassador to the Organization of American States from 1969 to 1973, and United States Ambassador to Mexico from 1973 to 1977.[1][2][3]

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Joseph Jova was born in Newburgh, New York.[1] He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1938.[1]

Career[edit]

After graduation, he worked for the United Fruit Company in Guatemala.[1] During the Second World War, he served as a lieutenant in Europe for the United States Navy.[1]

In 1947, he joined the United States Department of State and served as Vice Consul to Basra, Iraq.[1] He served as Ambassador to Honduras from 1965 to 1969, Representative to the Organization of American States from 1969 to 1973, and Ambassador to Mexico from 1973 to 1977.[1]

He served as President of the Meridian International Center in Washington, D.C. for twelve years after his retirement as ambassador.[1]

Personal life[edit]

He met and married his British-born wife, the former Pamela Johnson, in Basra, Iraq, in 1949.[1] They had two sons and one daughter.[1] He died of thoracic aortic aneurysm.[1]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Private Investment in Latin America: Renegotiating the Bargain (1975)

References[edit]

Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Charles R. Burrows
United States Ambassador to Honduras
1965–1969
Succeeded by
Hewson A. Ryan
Preceded by
Sol Linowitz
United States Ambassador to the Organization of American States
1969–1973
Succeeded by
William S. Mailliard
Preceded by
Robert H. McBride
United States Ambassador to Mexico
1973–1977
Succeeded by
Patrick Lucey