| Colin Crowe |
Mr. Crowe, first secretary to the British legation, and Mr. Givon, assistant chief of protocol, attend the presentation of credentials of British min., Hakirya
|Born||7 September 1913|
|Died||19 July 1989 (Age 75)|
|Alma mater||Stowe School, Oriel College (Oxford)|
British diplomat who was stationed in Egypt at a critical period, and afterwards was ambassador to Saudi Arabia, high commissioner to Canada and permanent representative at the United Nations.
Sir Colin Tradescant Crowe was a British diplomat who was stationed in Egypt at a critical period, and afterwards was ambassador to Saudi Arabia, high commissioner to Canada and permanent representative at the United Nations.
Colin Tradescant Crowe was born in Yokohama, Japan, where his father, Edward Crowe (later Sir Edward), also a diplomat, was commercial attaché at the British Embassy. Crowe was educated at Stowe School.
Crowe earned a first-class degree in modern history from Oriel College, Oxford.
Crowe joined the Diplomatic Service and was in Peking 1936–38 and at Shanghai 1938–40. After postings in Washington, D.C., Paris and Tel Aviv he served again in Peking (Beijing) 1950–53. Chinese 'volunteers' were fighting the Korean War and, although Britain had recognised the People's Republic of China, the communists harassed British diplomats. Crowe's brother-in-law, Antonio Riva, was executed in August 1951 on a charge of conspiring to murder chairman Mao Zedong.
Crowe was appointed as prospective chargé d'affaires in Cairo in 1957. Diplomatic relations had ceased during the Suez crisis and Crowe was unable to proceed to Cairo until 1959. His task was to overcome Egyptian suspicion and the after-effects of the Suez war so as to restore normal relations. He succeeded, and ambassadors were exchanged in 1961.
Universally liked and respected by all with whom he came in contact, he skilfully addressed the problems ... A man of less genuine modesty would have made more of what had been a major diplomatic triumph.
- — Obituary, The Times, London, 24 July 1989, page 18
Crowe moved on to be deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York City. In 1963 he was appointed Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, the first since the Suez crisis. After a sabbatical year as supernumerary fellow of St Antony's College, Oxford 1964–65 he was Chief of Administration, HM Diplomatic Service, 1965–68; High Commissioner to Canada 1968–1970; and Permanent Representative to the United Nations 1970–1973.
After retiring from the Diplomatic Service, Sir Colin Crowe was a director of Grindlays Bank 1976–84, chairman of the Council of Cheltenham Ladies College 1974–86, and chairman of the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission 1973–85.
In 1938, while Crowe was stationed in Peking, Colin Crowe married Bettina Lum, nicknamed Peter, who as the daughter of American missionary Burt Francis Lum and artist Bertha Lum had lived in China since 1922. She became an author and an expert on China. They had no children.
- The London Gazette, 4 June 1963
- Supplement to the London Gazette, 8 June 1963
- Supplement to the London Gazette, 2 June 1973