Peter Wakefield (diplomat)
|Peter George Arthur Wakefield CMG KBE|
May 13, 1922|
December 1, 2010 (aged 88)|
Richmond, London, England
Sir Peter George Arthur Wakefield CMG KBE (born 13 May 1922, in London, died 1 December 2010 in Richmond, London) was a British diplomat and art fund director. He served as a diplomat in Amman, Nicosia, Cairo, Vienna, Tokyo and Benghazi and as the United Kingdom's Ambassador in Lebanon and Belgium. Following his retirement from the diplomatic service, Sir Peter was appointed director of the National Art Collections Fund.
He was educated at Cranleigh School and at Corpus Christi College, Oxford. He served in the Royal Artillery at the end of the Second World War and rose to the rank of captain. He joined the Foreign Office in 1949. He learned Arabic at the Middle East Centre for Arabic Studies in Lebanon, where he married Felicity Maurice-Jones, an artist working with Palestinian refugees, in 1951.
He retained a deep interest in Asia, founding Asia House, the centre of expertise on Asia, in 1996.
He was a patron of Child In Need India (CINI).