Donald Read Heath (1894-1981) was a career diplomat in the United States Foreign Service from 1920 to 1961. His papers consist
of correspondence, speeches, writings, sound recordings, photographs, and printed matter largely surrounding his diplomatic
positions. A few items remain from his early life prior to his first counselor of embassy appointment.
Donald Read Heath (1894-1981) was a career diplomat in the United States Foreign Service from 1920 to 1961. Born in Topeka,
Kansas, Health graduated from Washburn University in 1915 and was a member of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. He attended
the University of Montpellier in France for one semester. Heath began his career as a White House correspondent for United
Press International in February 1916. He was a correspondent until August 1919, when he joined the U.S. Army, serving at first
lieutenant during World War I. He resumed being a correspondent in October 1919 until September 1920. In 1920 he married Sue
Louise Bell and joined the U.S. Foreign Service.
60 manuscript boxes, 4 oversize boxes
(34.25 Linear Feet)
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