|United States Ambassador to Tajikistan|
October 26, 2001 – October 9, 2003
|President||George W. Bush|
|Preceded by||Robert Finn|
|Succeeded by||Richard E. Hoagland|
May 9, 1943 |
|Spouse(s)||Chanya "Pom" Huddle|
|Alma mater||Brown University
A native of California, Huddle received a Bachelor of Arts in linguistics from Brown University in 1965. Huddle received two degrees from Harvard University, including a Master of Arts in Middle Eastern History and Languages in 1978 and a Doctor of Philosophy in 1978.
While serving as the Consul General of Bombay (Mumbai), Huddle and his wife, Chanya "Pom" Huddle, survived the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 961, which was hijacked, on November 23, 1996. Huddle said that he chose to fly on Ethiopian Airlines while planning a safari trip to Kenya because of Ethiopian Airlines's reputation and added that the airline was one of two airlines in Africa to have Federal Aviation Administration certification. Franklin Huddle wanted a flight during the day, reasoning that flying during the day is "safer". In another interview for the Mayday series, he said when the captain announced to the cabin of donning the life jackets, he heard some inflation sounds after he and his wife put their life jackets wherein he stood up and told the passengers in his row and first class not to do so inside the plane. Huddle credits his and his wife's survival to a last-minute upgrade to business class. Huddle and his wife have one child.
Huddle served as U.S. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Tajikistan. He received an appointment on October 1, 2001 and presented his credentials on October 26, 2001. He left the Tajikistan post on October 9, 2003.
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|Chargé d'Affaires ad interim to Burma
|United States Ambassador to Tajikistan
Richard E. Hoagland