Alan Wood Lukens

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Alan Wood Lukens (born February 12, 1924) is a U.S. State Department official who served as the Ambassador to Brazzaville from 1984-1987 and held other diplomatic posts throughout Africa.[1]

Early life[edit]

Lukens was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, son of Edward and Francis (Day) Lukens. He served in the Second World War in the 20th Armored Division, landed on Utah Beach on D-Day and experienced bitter fighting in the Rhine valley. His division was involved with the Liberation of Dachau concentration camp on April 29, 1945.[2]

Foreign Service[edit]

He joined the Foreign Service in 1951. Vice Consul in Istanbul from 1952-1953. Charge d' Affaires, Central African Republic 1961, Paris 1961-1963, Morocco 1963-1965. Deputy Chief of Mission Dakar 1967-1970, Nairobi 1970-1972 and Copenhagen 1975-1978. Lukens retired from the State Department in 1993. President of the 20th Armored Division association and commander of American Legion Post 136 in Greenbelt, Maryland.

References[edit]

Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Kenneth L. Brown
United States Ambassador to the Republic of the Congo
1984–1987
Succeeded by
Leonard G. Shurtleff