Paul Koht

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Paul Gruda Koht (7 December 1913 – 26 March 2002) was a Norwegian diplomat.

Personal life[edit]

He was born in Bærum as a son of Halvdan Koht (1873–1965) and Karen Grude Koht 1871–1960. He was a brother of Åse Gruda Skard.[1] He was a grandson of Paul Steenstrup Koht and Martin Adolf Grude,[2] and through his sister he was a brother-in-law of Sigmund Skard and uncle of Halvdan Skard, Målfrid Grude Flekkøy and Torild Skard.[3]

In January 1938 he married architect Grete Sverdrup (1913–1996).[1]

Career[edit]

He finished his secondary education at Stabekk in 1932, and graduated from the University of Oslo (Royal Frederick University) in 1938 with the cand.jur. degree. He also studied briefly at the London School of Economics and in Paris. In 1938 he was hired as a secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which was headed by his father. He was stationed at the Norwegian legation in Bucureşti for some time, but left in November 1939. Following the German attack on Norway in April 1940 he briefly served as liaison for French forces fighting at Narvik, before serving as a diplomat in London, Tokyo and New York City.[1] His father resigned at Minister of Foreign Affairs in November 1940.[2]

After the war Paul Koht became assistant secretary, in 1947. He served as chargé d'affaires in Portugal from 1950 to 1951, then at OEEC and NATO from 1951 to 1953. In 1953 he was appointed deputy under-secretary of state in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He remained there until serving as chargé d'affaires in Denmark from 1956 to 1957, and the Norwegian ambassador to the United States from 1958 to 1962, to West Germany from 1963 to 1968, to the United Kingdom from 1968 to 1975 and to Denmark from 1975 to 1982.[1][4]

He died in March 2002 in Oslo,[1] and was buried at Nordre gravlund in Oslo.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Dæhlen, Kåre. "Paul Koht". In Helle, Knut. Norsk biografisk leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 4 February 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Svendsen, Åsmund. "Halvdan Koht". In Helle, Knut. Norsk biografisk leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 4 February 2010. 
  3. ^ Befring, Edvard. "Åse Gruda Skard". In Helle, Knut. Norsk biografisk leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 4 February 2010. 
  4. ^ Henriksen, Petter, ed. (2007). "Paul Gruda Koht". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 4 February 2010. 
  5. ^ "Cemeteries in Norway". DIS-Norge. Retrieved 4 May 2011. 
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Wilhelm Thorleif von Munthe af Morgenstierne
Norwegian Ambassador to the United States
1958–1962
Succeeded by
Hans Engen
Preceded by
Hersleb Vogt
Norwegian Ambassador to West Germany
1963–1968
Succeeded by
Søren Christian Sommerfelt
Preceded by
Arne Skaug
Norwegian Ambassador to the United Kingdom
1968–1975
Succeeded by
Frithjof Jacobsen