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Karl L. Rankin

AKA Karl Lott Rankin

Born: 4-Sep-1898
Birthplace: Manitowoc, WI
Died: 15-Jan-1991
Location of death: Kennebunkport, ME
Cause of death: Cancer - Prostate
Remains: Cremated

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Diplomat

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: US Ambassador to Taiwan, 1950-57

Military service: US Navy (1918)

Stationed in Brussels during the Nazi occupation of Belgium. Stationed in Belgrade during the blitz. Interned by Japanese forces, 1942-43.

Father: Emmet Woollen
Mother: Alberta Rankin
Wife: Pauline Jordan (m. 1925, d. 1976)
Wife: Ruth Thompson Garcelon (m. 1978, d. 27-Jan-1997)

    University: California Institute of Technology (1917-19)
    University: Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zürich (1920-21)
    University: BS Civil Enginering, Princeton University (1922)

    US Ambassador to Yugoslavia (1957-61)
    US Ambassador to Taiwan (1953-57)
    US Ambassador to Taiwan ad interim (1950-53)
    US Consul General in Hong Kong (1949-50)
    US State Department Counselor, Athens, Greece (1947-49)
    US State Department Economic Officer, Vienna, Austria (1946-47)
    US State Department Economic Officer, Athens, Greece (1944-46)
    US State Department Commercial Attache, Cairo, Egypt (1944)
    US State Department Detailed to Manila, Philippines (1941-42)
    US State Department Commercial Attache, Belgrade, Yugoslavia (1940-41)
    US State Department Commercial Attache, Brussels & Luxembourg (1939-40)
    US State Department Commercial Attache, Athens & Tirana (1932-39)
    US State Department Commercial Attache, Prague, Czechoslovakia (1929-32)
    US State Department Asst. Trade Commissioner, Prague, Czechoslovakia (1927-29)
    US Official Construction superintendent, Near East Relief, Russia (1922-25)

Author of books:
China Assignment (1964, memoir)


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