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Herwald H Morton

The name Herwald H. Morton will always be a beacon in the annals of the history of the U.S. Information Agency. At the time of his retirement from the agency in 1993, Morton had reached the personal rank of career minister ” the highest career rank in the Foreign Service.” A 1948 graduate of Little Rock’s Dunbar High School and valedictorian of his class. Morton in 1960 earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Roosevelt University at Chicago. In 1961, he earned a Master of Arts degree in international law and diplomacy from the University of Chicago. A 1949-1954 veteran of the U.S. Air force and U.S. Army, Morton reached the rank of first lieutenant. In 1961, beginning as a management trainee, he worked in various divisions of the USIA, serving as a personnel officer; management and budget officer; executive officer in Bogota, Columbia; director of USIA programs in Kingston, Jamaica and la Paz, Bolivia; and as an executive officer for the Information Centers Service.

In 1977 he was named Deputy Director of the Office of Personnel and training, where he administered a worldwide personnel and training system for 4,000 foreign national employees and 1,000 foreign service officers in 139 countries as well as 3,000 civil servants in the United States. In 1980, Morton became Counselor of Embassy for Public Affairs and Director of the United States Information Service, serving in Bangkok, Thailand and Manila, Philippines. As advisor to the ambassador and other U.S. government agencies on public diplomacy activities, he was responsible for all public affairs activities for the embassy.

In 1986, Morton became director of the office of East Asian and Pacific Affairs; supervised a number of offices and served as Senior Management advisor to the Director of the USIA.. Morton has also had an active civic career, serving as a member of the American Foreign Service Association, Asia Society, World Affairs Council, USIA Alumni Association, NAACP, Diplomatic and Consular Officers Presidential Awards for Outstanding Service; 1986 and 1988 Superior Honor awards; and a Distinguished Honor Award in 1993. In 1989 he was inducted into the Dunbar Alumni Hall of Fame. He also is listed in Who’s Who in America, 1990-1991. Morton is married to the former Christine Hicks of Chicago.