US Diplomat. He was the son of Somerville Pinkney Tuck (1848-1923), a prominent jurist who served on Egypt's International Courts for over 20 years. Known as S. Pinkney Tuck and nicknamed "Kippy", the younger Tuck was educated in Switzerland and Germany, graduated from Dartmouth College in 1913 and became a career Foreign Service Officer. He served as US Vice Consul in Alexandria, Egypt from 1916 to 1917, and Consul from 1919 to 1921. From 1921 to 1922 he was Consul in Samsun, Turkey, and he was Consul in Vladivostok, Russia from 1922 to 1923. Tuck was the US Consul in Geneva, Switzerland from 1924 to 1928. In the 1930s and early 1940s he served in State Department assignments at the embassies in Hungay, Czechoslovakia, France, Belgium and Argentina. In 1942 he was Interim Ambassador to France, where he condemned
collaboration with Nazi Germany and publicly protested the deportation and internment of French Jews. Tuck served until the Nazis occupied Vichy and briefly imprisoned him at Lourdes. In 1944 he was named US Minister to Egypt, and he was named the first US Ambassador to Egypt in 1946. Well known in Egypt from living there with his father, and fluent in Egyptian, he was admired by his State Department peers for his ability to handle crisis situations, most notably when he helped calm anti-American unrest in Egypt after the founding of Israel. Tuck resigned as Ambassador in 1948 and was named a Director of Suez Canal Company, serving until the Egyptian government nationalized the waterway in 1956. He then lived in retirement at homes in Paris, Geneva, and Grosse Point, Michigan, and died at the American Hospital in Paris after a long illness.
Bio by: Bill McKern
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