Oliver Wright

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Oliver Wright and Ronald Reagan 1982.jpg
At right, in the Oval Office
Born6 March 1922
Died1 September 2009 (Age 87)
Alma materSolihull School, Christ's College (Cambridge)
SpouseMarjory Osborne
Member ofKönigswinter/Speakers
British Ambassador to West Germany and the United States

Sir John Oliver Wright was a British diplomat.[1] He was British Ambassador to West Germany from 1975 to 1981 and British Ambassador to the United States from 1982 to 1986.

Early life

Wright was born on 6 March 1921 in Hammersmith, London, England. He was the younger son of Arthur Wright, a catering manager and hotelier, and his wife, Ethel Louisa Hicks, (née Shearod). The family moved from London to the West Midlands when Wright was very young.[2] He was educated at Solihull School, then an all-boys independent school in Solihull, West Midlands.[3] He won a scholarship to Christ's College, Cambridge. There, he studied modern languages and specialised in German and French.[2] Following graduation, he joined the military for service during World War II.[4]

His studies were interrupted by World War II. He served in the Royal Naval Reserve (1941–45) and was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross. Following his service he took and passed the Foreign Office exam, thus was accepted to Her Majesty's Diplomatic Service.

Military service

In 1941, having completed his university degree, Wright joined the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve.[4]

Diplomatic career

Wright's career as a Diplomat was a highly distinguished one:

Having retired from the Diplomatic Service in 1981, he was elected Master of Christ's College, Cambridge. He would have become the new Master in 1982, but was recalled to the Diplomatic Service to become British Ambassador to the United States and therefore never took up the appointment.[5]

Later life

On 1 January 1987, Wright was appointed King of Arms of the Order of St Michael and St George. This appointment is the herald, one of six officers, of the Order of St Michael and St George.[6] In July 1996, he was succeeded in the appointment by Sir Ewen Fergusson.[7]

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