STODDART JONATHAN DAYTON STODDART Soldier-Diplomat Jonathan ("Jock") Stoddart, a retired State Department officer, died in his sleep on July 12, 2013 at the home of his daughter, Elizabeth Hill, in Woodlawn, VA. He was 91. Mr. Stoddart had a distinguished career in government service with the State Department and Defense Department. He was born February 2, 1922, outside of Eldorado, MD, at his grandfather's home, The Rehoboth Plantation. From 1928 to 1932 he attended the four-room Eldorado Elementary School, which had no electricity, running water or indoor plumbing. In 1932, he was reclaimed by his mother who had remarried and he moved to New York City. It was a culture shock given that the Eastern Shore of Maryland was barely creeping into the mid-19th century. In 1940 he enrolled in Cornell University and two years later enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he volunteered for the new bomb disposal school at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. He was commissioned a 2nd lieutenant in 1943, was given command of the 76th Bomb Disposal Squad and served in the European theater from 1944 to 1946, which included England, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg and Germany. He was awarded the Purple Heart, a gift of fortune as most bomb disposal officers received the award posthumously. Discharged from the Army as a captain in 1946, Mr. Stoddart graduated from Cornell and received an M.A. degree in 1947 from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Medford, MA. From 1948 to 1951, he was an instructor of International Politics in the School of Government at George Washington University in Washington, DC, leaving as a reserve captain. During the Korean War he served 18 months in Army Intelligence. In 1957, he received the Secretary of the Army's first fellowship award and spent a year stationed in Paris studying NATO. He then worked in Washington, DC, as a civilian consultant on European and Middle East issues until 1959, when he moved to the International Security Affairs Office (ISA), Secretary of Defense, where he served as United Kingdom/Scandinavian Desk Officer. In 1961-1962, Mr. Stoddart was the Secretary of Defense nominee at the National War College. On his return to ISA, he was designated deputy to the branch chief for the Near East, South Asia and Africa region. In 1966 Mr. Stoddart was assigned as ISA representative on the U.S. Embassy staff in London, where he served as politico-military attaché, counselor for politico-military affairs and counselor for political affairs. In 1969 Mr. Stoddart returned to Washington as Office Director, International Security Operations, State Department. From 1975 to 1979, Mr. Stoddart served as political advisor to the commander-in-chief Allied Forces, Southern Europe. He was then stationed in Mons, Belgium, with the rank of Minister as international affairs advisor to General Bernard Rogers, who was Supreme Allied Commander, Europe. He returned to the State Department in 1983 and retired in 1984. In retirement Mr. Stoddart served for 13 years as a consultant to the State Department, primarily working on Freedom of Information cases. Mr. Stoddart was predeceased by his first wife, Irene Gordon Stoddart, and by his second wife, Carol Hazeltine Stoddart. Also predeceased is a son, Geoffrey Stoddart, and a stepson, Peter Bacon. He is survived by a daughter, Elizabeth Hill of Woodlawn, VA, a stepson, Newton Bacon of Kennesaw, GA, a stepdaughter, Joni Lawless of Acworth, GA, six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. His passions in life, with family No. 1, were sports (especially baseball), history and politics. He enjoyed squash, which he excelled at, and golf, which was a perpetual challenge. He considered his proper epitaph to be: "From Eastern Shore peckerwood to success as a soldier-statesman." A memorial service will be held at The Jefferson Senior Living Community at 900 North Taylor Street in Arlington, VA, at 10 a.m. on September 28.A memorial service will be held at The Jefferson Senior Living Community at 900 North Taylor Street in Arlington, VA, at 10 a.m. on September 28.

Published in The Washington Post on July 30, 2013