John A. Hoskins, a retired Foreign Service officer with the U.S. Agency for International Development, died on December 28, 2017, at the age of 88. He was born in Ohio.
He was awarded his bachelor’s degree in 1951 by Dartmouth College, after which he saw combat in Korea from 1951 to 1953 as a commissioned U.S. Marine officer. He earned his law degree from Ohio State University in 1957. From 1957 to 1961, he practiced law in the private and public sectors. He received his master’s degree in international relations from The George Washington University in 1969.
In 1961, Mr. Hoskins joined USAID. In 1962, he was posted to Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City) as the legal advisor to the USAID mission. He was transferred to Bangkok in 1965 as a regional legal advisor. He was detailed to the former National War College for the 1967-1968 academic year. In Washington from 1968 to 1973, he was assistant general counsel for legislative affairs and housing guaranties. He was appointed assistant general counsel for Africa in June 2018 and was subsequently assigned to USAID missions in Burkina Faso and Mauritania and to the U.S. mission to the United Nations in New York as a development advisor. After he retired, Mr. Hoskins joined the U.N. Development Program and was posted to Uganda, Rwanda, Jamaica and the Bahamas.
He was married to the former Marilyn Wakeland.