John Patrick Owens, 72, a retired State Department Foreign Service officer who had served as a consul general in both Bermuda and Gothenburg, Sweden, died Nov. 18 at Sibley Memorial Hospital after surgery for an aortic aneurysm. He lived in Washington.

He joined the State Department in 1955 and was assigned to Naples. He later served in Venezuela and Greece, including a tour as political officer in Athens. He also served as Greece desk officer at the State Department before going to Sweden, where he was stationed in Gothenburg and also in Stockholm, where he was a political officer.

Mr. Owens then served in the Northern European Office at State before serving in Bermuda from 1980 to 1982. He retired the following year but remained a consultant on U.S.-Soviet nuclear issues until retiring altogether in 1993.

He was a member of DACOR (Diplomatic and Consular Officers Retired), the Foreign Service Association, the Society for the Protection of Greek Heritage and St. Albans Tennis Club in Washington. He had contributed articles to foreign affairs journals.

Mr. Owens, a Washington native, was a Navy veteran of World War II. He was a history graduate of American University and received a master's degree in history from Georgetown University. In 1971 and 1972, he had been a Woodrow Wilson fellow at Princeton University.

His marriages to Elizabeth and then Barbro Owens both ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife of 15 years, Aneta, of Washington; a son by his first marriage, Brian, of Stockholm; three brothers, Emmet, of Anacortes, Wash., Dermot, of College Park, and James, of Medford, Mass.; a sister, Eileen Parker of Silver Spring; and two grandsons. Another son by his first marriage, Robert, died in 1978.