Franklin Huddle

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Franklin Huddle
United States Ambassador to Tajikistan
In office
October 26, 2001 – October 9, 2003
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Robert Finn
Succeeded by Richard E. Hoagland
Personal details
Born (1943-05-09) May 9, 1943 (age 73)
Spouse(s) Chanya "Pom" Huddle
Alma mater Brown University
Harvard University

Franklin Pierce "Frank" Huddle, Jr. (born May 9, 1943) is an American diplomat. Huddle has the nickname "Pancho."[1]

A native of California,[2][3] 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.[4]

From September 1990 to September 1994 Huddle served in Myanmar as the Chargé d'affaires ad interim.[4][5]

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.[6][7] 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.[8] Huddle credits his and his wife's survival to a last-minute upgrade to business class.[1] Huddle and his wife have one child.[2]

Huddle served as U.S. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Tajikistan.[3][4][9] 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.[10]


  1. ^ a b Block, Zachary. "No Resting Place" (Archive). Brown University Alumni Magazine. Accessed January 1, 2010.
  2. ^ a b "China Hosts APEC 2001." State Magazine December 2001. United States Department of State.
  3. ^ a b "President Bush Announces Three Individuals to Serve in His Administration." White House. June 22, 2001.
  4. ^ a b c "Franklin Pierce Huddle Ambassador, Tajikistan." United States Department of State. January 4, 2002.
  5. ^ "Burma Archived November 17, 2002, at the Wayback Machine.." United States Department of State. Accessed October 28, 2008.
  6. ^ McNeil, Ronald G., Jr. "Terror in the Air, and Frantic Rescue From the Sea." The New York Times. November 25, 1996.
  7. ^ Heintz, Jim. "U.S. Ambassador, Tajikistan Head Meet." Associated Press. October 26, 2001.
  8. ^ "African Hijack"/"Ocean Landing," Mayday
  9. ^ "Franklin Pierce Huddle, Ambassador to Tajikistan," United States Department of State. Accessed October 28, 2008.
  10. ^ "Tajikistan." United States Department of State. Accessed October 28, 2008.
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Burton Levin
Chargé d'Affaires ad interim to Burma
Succeeded by
Marilyn Meyers
Preceded by
Robert Finn
United States Ambassador to Tajikistan
Succeeded by
Richard E. Hoagland