Richard Ivan Queen (August 7, 1951–August 14, 2002) was born in Washington D.C. and worked for the U.S. State Department as Vice Consul at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, Iran. On November 4, 1979, he was among the 66 hostages taken by Islamic militants calling themselves the Muslim Student Followers of the Imam's Line, an event commonly known as the Iran Hostage Crisis.
Richard Queen began to physically deteriorate fairly early during his confinement. While the hostage takers were aware of his ailment, the doctor they provided repeatedly misdiagnosed his ailment as a “Twisted Spine”. As his illness progressed and it became increasingly difficult for Queen to stand or walk, he was finally taken to a local hospital where he was examined by the neurologist Dr. Mehryar for a more thorough evaluation. After Dr. Mehryar's consultation the hostage takers determined that Queen’s illness required they release him. Richard Queen was later diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. He was held hostage for 250 days and released on July 11, 1980. Thirteen hostages had been released on November 20, 1979 (16 days). The remaining 52 hostages were released on January 20, 1981 (444 days).
- "Ex-Hostage Richard Queen Says He's Feeling Better, Thank You—but Hold the Lobster", People, August 18, 1980
- "Appreciation: Richard I. Queen, 1951-2002", Foreign Service Journal, October 2002, an obituary of Queen in five parts, by Ambassador Bruce Laingen (fellow hostage), Richard Morefield (foreign service officer and fellow hostage), John Limbert (Ambassador to Mauritania and fellow hostage), Ambassador Ruth A. Davis (Director General of the Foreign Service) and Colin L. Powell (U.S. Secretary of State).
- "A Hostage Comes Home", Time, July 28, 1980.
- Richard Queen at Find-A-Grave
- , New York Times, By Paul Lewis, Published: August 21, 2002
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