LEONARD GRANT, 74
Gainesville - Ambassador Shurtleff served from 1962 to 1995 in the United States Foreign Services Overseas in Africa and Latin America, as well as in several Washington Assignments. He was married in 1967 to Christine Morrissette, herself a former Foreign Service officer (Tunis, Abidjan) and past President of the Association of American Foreign Service Women.
Born in Boston, June 4, 1940, the eleventh generation of his family to live in the Bay State, Ambassador Shurtleff was a 1958 graduate of Haverhill High School, a member of the National Honor Society and of the basketball and track teams. He work his way through Tufts University as a milkman, telephone operator and dormitory proctor, graduating with a degree in History (cum laude) and Government from Tufts University in 1962 where he was dormitory Head Proctor as an undergraduate. He later attended the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and the graduate school at the University of Chicago.
His service overseas included posting to Caracas, Venezuela; Freetown, Sierra Leone; Douala, Cameroon; Nouakchott, Mauritania; Bogota, Colombia; Monrovia, Liberia; and, Brazzaville, the Congo. He also served in Equatorial Guinea, at the Department of State in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research, in the Bureau of African Affairs as Deputy Executive Director and Director for Regional Affairs, as well as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Office of the Under Secretary for Management. He was a member of the of the Department's Senior Seminar in 1986-87.
Retiring in 1995, Ambassador Shurtleff served for many years as an Honorary Vice President of the Western Front Association and was current President of the Association's United States Branch (WWI Historical Association), writing and lecturing on diplomatic, political and economic issues relating to The Great War. He was a member and local President of the Sons of the American Revolution, as well as member of Gainesville's Masonic Lodge #41, the Order of DeMolay, Sojourners, and Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, the American Foreign Service Association DACAR (Diplomatic and Consular Officers Retired).
Interment will be in the Foreign Service area of Rock Creek Cemetery in Washington, DC.
Published in Gainesville Sun from Jan. 26 to Jan. 27, 2015.