Roy O. Carlson, a retired Foreign Service officer, died in Chevy Chase, Maryland, on June 24, 2014, at the age of 93. Born in Chicago, Illinois, he served overseas in the U.S. Army from 1944 to 1946. In 1951, he received his master’s degree from the University of Chicago.
Mr. Carlson entered the Foreign Service in 1953 and was assigned to Dhaka as an administrative officer. He was posted to Stockholm two years later as an economic officer. In 1959, he was detailed to the University of Chicago to study economics. He served as an economic officer in Copenhagen from 1960 to 1965. After a year at State, where he was involved in textile negotiations, he was seconded to the Department of Agriculture, where he worked on supplying American grain to developing countries under Public Law 480. In 1966 he was detailed to the Department of Transportation as an international liaison official. He served in the Office of the Inspector General of Foreign Assistance from 1970 to 1973, traveling widely to countries receiving U.S. aid. In 1973, he was assigned to Stuttgart as a commercial officer. His last assignment before he retired in 1978 was to the Board of Examiners.
Mr. Carlson’s wife, the former Margaret Tannenberg, died some years ago. He leaves their children, William and Brigitta Carlson.