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John Crider Amott, age 91, passed away on April 27, 2014 in Gainesville, FL. He was born in Fort Scott, Kansas and attended high school in Elgin, Illinois. While only a high-school sophomore, he won the 1938 National Forensic League debate championship. He graduated from Fort Scott High School in 1940 and began undergraduate studies at Georgetown University. World War II interrupted his collegiate career and from 1943 to 1946 he served as a Japanese translator and cryptographer at Arlington Hall in wartime Washington, DC, working on breaking the Japanese Naval Code. After the war, he received a B.S. from Georgetown University in 1946 and did graduate studies in Economics at Columbia University. He later received a Master's in Public Administration from Harvard University in 1959. While proud of his roots in the American Midwest, his life's journey took him far from the heartland to represent his country on four continents.

In 1947 John started a long career as a United States diplomat, serving as a Foreign Service Officer in Brazil, Bolivia, Japan, Peru, Honduras, Germany, Mexico, Argentina, Portugal and Paraguay. It was while stationed in Rio de Janeiro that he met his life's companion, Ruth, and they embarked on their remarkable journey. Upon his retirement from the Foreign Service, he and Ruth relocated to Gainesville where they enjoyed many years of Florida sunshine, wonderful friendships and community involvements. John was devoted to his hobby as an amateur clarinetist and performed with the Gainesville Community Band and in small ensembles. Later, he sang with the Oak Hammock Singers. His final years at Oak Hammock were graced by warm and excellent care.

He was predeceased in 2002 by his fraternal twin, Mark J. Amott, and in 2007 by his wife, Ruth Coelho Amott. He is survived by his daughter, Teresa Louise Amott, of Galesburg, IL, and a nephew, Mark Royal Amott, of Wichita, KS.

Arrangements are under the care of Worth Cremation Service of Florida. A private graveside service is planned for this summer in the Foreign Service section of the Rock Creek Cemetery in Washington, DC. Memorial contributions may be made to the John and Ruth Amott Clarinet Scholarship, College of Fine Arts, University of Florida or to the Employee Appreciation Fund at Oak Hammock at the University of Florida.

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Published in Gainesville Sun from Apr. 29 to Apr. 30, 2014
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