John P. ‘Jack’ Loiello, USIA official

February 27, 2013

John P. “Jack” Loiello, 69, an international consultant to nonprofit groups who served as associate director for educational and cultural affairs at the U.S. Information Agency from 1994 to 2000, died Feb. 16 at MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

The cause of death was complications from Parkinson’s disease, said his wife, Elaine Robinson Loiello.

John Peter Loiello was a native of Oceanside, N.Y., and a 1965 graduate of Fordham University in New York. He received a master’s degree in history from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1973 and a doctorate in African history from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies in 1980.

After working in academia, he was a special assistant to the chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

In 1983, he helped start the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, which works to strengthen democratic institutions abroad. The institute is an affiliate of the nonprofit National Endowment for Democracy.

From 1985 to 1993, Dr. Loiello operated an international consultancy, Gowran International, which was named for his mother’s birthplace in Ireland. The group worked with nonprofit organizations overseas.

At USIA, his portfolio included the Fulbright scholarships and programs involving international visits and exchanges.

After leaving the Clinton administration, he returned to consulting until retiring in 2009. He moved to Easton, Md., from Washington about two years ago.

Besides his wife of 41 years, of Easton, survivors include a sister.

— Adam Bernstein

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