John Bushnell, a Foreign Service officer who played a key part in the US invasion of Panama, died on March 19, 2022, at a Leesburg, Virginia hospital. He was 88 years old when he died.
Under President Jimmy Carter, he served as deputy assistant secretary of state for inter-American affairs. He graduated from Yale University with a bachelor’s degree in economics. He also worked in Geneva as an economic officer and on the National Security Council’s staff.
His death was revealed by his son, who revealed that he died of a heart attack, as he was survived by his kids and his wife Ann Morel, who was with him at the time. Moreover was born to a father who owned a store and a mother who was a teacher.
Beginning in the early 1960s, when John Bushnell was assigned to Bogotá, Colombia, as an economic officer. Later that decade, he was dispatched to the Dominican Republic and Costa Rica in similar capacities.
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Bushnell spent more than three decades in the Foreign Service, building a reputation for fairness and fairness in international affairs.