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

Mr. Owens 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 was also Greece desk officer at the State Department before going to Sweden. There, he was stationed in Gothenburg and in Stockholm, where he was a political officer.

Mr. Owens was assigned to the Northern European desk before before being posted to Bermuda in 1980. He retired in 1983 and then was a consultant on U.S.-Soviet nuclear issues for another decade. He also wrote for foreign affairs journals.

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.

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 was a Woodrow Wilson fellow at Princeton University.

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

Survivors include his wife of 15 years, Aneta Owens 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.