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, South Dakota, U.S.
Died March 16, 2018(2018-03-16) (aged 100)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Nationality American
Spouse(s) Julia Mak
Children Holly Mak
Residence Washington DC
Alma mater University of Arizona, University of Pennsylvania, Middle East Institute, Naval War College
Profession Diplomat
Awards Purple Hearts, Bronze Star

Dayton Seymour Mak (July 10, 1917 – March 16, 2018)[1] was an American diplomat who served posts in England, Libya, Lebanon, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Germany. He was the first U.S. Chargé d'Affaires of Kuwait. 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. 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.[2] Mak was close friends with Francis Meloy, US Ambassador who was assassinated in Beirut, Lebanon. Meloy was best man at Mak's wedding.[3]

Beginning in the late 1980's, Mak volunteered to help the newly create Association for Diplomatic Studies (later Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training, or ADST). He conducted a few interviews for oral histories before beginning to create tables of contents for the oral history collection. Mak continued his volunteer service to ADST until 2014.

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


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

Peer reviewer, Strangers When We Met (Nat Howell)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Dayton Mak". The Washington Post. 30 March 2018. Retrieved 9 April 2018. 
  2. ^ Mak, Dayton. "Ambassador's Oral History - US State Department" (PDF). US State Department. 
  3. ^ Dayton, Mak. "Oral History" (PDF).