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LEVIN--Ambassador Burton. Ambassador Burton Levin, 86, died on October 31, 2016 at home with his family present. He was U.S. Consul General in Hong Kong during negotiations about Hong Kong's return to Chinese rule and U.S. Ambassador to Burma during the 1988 uprisings. After retirement, he...

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Lily, Ali, Cliff, I write this from Bangkok where I just learned of Burt's passing. It was my privilege to be Amb. Levin's Defense Attache in Burma from 1987 to 1990. His leadership, personal and moral courage made a difficult time more bearable. He was a friend and my best boss in 30 year of military service. I shall miss him deeply.

Burt was a great friend who was a strongly positive inspiration for me and the countless other people he touched and knew. He was an outstanding, highly knowledgeable and perceptive diplomat; excellent leader and teacher and an outstanding human being - a mensch. His immediate family was always his highest priority, followed closely by his State Dept family, Carleton family, Asia Society family, Chinese families and so many others. Burt was simply as good as it gets.

Being Burt's friend has been an honor as well as a great pleasure.

Burt was my mentor and friend in my first assignment as a political reporting officer in Hong Kong. I couldn't have asked for a better colleague. Mary and I send our condolences to Lily and the two kids. Burt left this world a better place, not just as a professional diplomat but as a wonderful human being.

Uncle Burt,
You are the most intelligent, accomplished, loving man I know. Thank you for all the laughs and memories. I will miss you so much, but I know you will be watching from above. I love you.

Like you, like so many others, I loved Burt and will miss him terribly.

He was a very good man. I say that as a relative of foreign service officers whose carreers and lives were destroyed by the paranoia of the 1950. For all he did to bring sanity to a troubled world, I say thank you.

Ali and Family,
My deepest condolences in the loss of your father. I am honored to have known him and will cherish the memories I have of him and all the wonderful stories that were shared. He was such an intelligent and amazing man who had a deep love for his family. Take care in this difficult time. Love always, Julie.