Deane R. Hinton

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Deane R. Hinton
U.S. Ambassador to Panama
In office
9 January 1990 – 12 February 1994
President George H. W. Bush
Preceded by Arthur H. Davis, Jr.
Succeeded by Oliver P. Garza
U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica
In office
17 November 1987 – 4 January 1990
President Ronald Reagan
George H. W. Bush
Preceded by Lewis Arthur Tambs
Succeeded by Robert O. Homme
17th U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan
In office
21 November 1983 – 9 November 1986
President Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Ronald I. Spiers
Succeeded by Arnold Lewis Raphel
U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador
In office
28 May 1981 – 15 July 1983
President Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Robert White
Succeeded by Thomas R. Pickering
U.S. Ambassador to Zaire
In office
June 20, 1974 – June 21, 1975
President Richard Nixon
Gerald Ford
Preceded by Sheldon B. Vance
Succeeded by Walter L. Cutler
Personal details
Born Deane Roesch Hinton
(1923-03-12)March 12, 1923
Fort Missoula, Montana
Died March 28, 2017(2017-03-28) (aged 94)
Nationality American
Alma mater University of Chicago
Occupation Diplomat

Deane Roesch Hinton (March 12, 1923 – March 28, 2017) was an American diplomat and ambassador.


Hinton was born March 12, 1923 in Fort Missoula, Montana. He graduated from the University of Chicago in 1943 and joined the U. S. Army, serving as a 2nd Lt. during World War II. After the war he attended Harvard University from 1951–52 and the National War College from 1961-62.

A career Foreign Service Officer, his postings included Syria 1946-1950,[1] Mombasa, Kenya 1950-1952, Guatemala 1954-1969, France 1954-1955, and Chile 1969-1973. Hinton was appointed U.S. Ambassador to Zaire in 1974. Poor relations with Mobutu Sese Seko led to him being declared persona non grata on June 18, 1975.[2] He later served as U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador in 1981-83, Pakistan in 1983-86, Costa Rica from 1987–90, and Panama from 1990-94. He was a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and American Academy of Diplomacy. Hinton died on March 28, 2017 at the age of 94.[3]


  1. ^ Adam Curtis (16 June 2011). "The Baby and the Baath water". Adam Curtis Blog- The Medium and the Message. BBC. Retrieved 17 June 2011. 
  2. ^ Young, Crawford; Thomas Turner (1985). The Rise and Decline of the Zairian State. Madison, Wisc.: University of Wisconsin Press. p. 373. ISBN 0-299-10110-X. OCLC 11548384. 
  3. ^ Deane Hinton, Envoy Who Denounced Salvadoran ‘Death Squads,’ Dies at 94
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Sheldon B. Vance
United States Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Succeeded by
Walter L. Cutler
Preceded by
Robert E. White
United States Ambassador to El Salvador
Succeeded by
Thomas R. Pickering
Preceded by
Ronald I. Spiers
United States Ambassador to Pakistan
Succeeded by
Arnold Lewis Raphel
Preceded by
Lewis Arthur Tambs
United States Ambassador to Costa Rica
Succeeded by
Luis Guinot, Jr.
Preceded by
Arthur H. Davis, Jr.
United States Ambassador to Panama
Succeeded by
post abolished