Ralph Anson Jones, 84, a Foreign Service political officer who retired in 1970 as first secretary of the U.S. embassy in Kenya, died Feb. 10 at a nursing home in Nazareth, Pa. He had Parkinson's disease.

After retiring, Mr. Jones worked in the Washington area in the 1970s doing publicity for the Conservation Foundation and polling for the Gallup Poll.

He did volunteer work for the Washington National Cathedral and Habitat for Humanity. He had been a Boy Scout scoutmaster in Bethesda in the mid-1960s and helped desegregate a troop.

He moved from Great Falls to Pennsylvania in 1999.

He was a native of Mount Bethel, Pa., and a graduate of Penn State University. He received a master's degree in international relations from Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

He was in the Foreign Service from 1941 to 1970, except for Army service in the Pacific during World War II. His diplomatic assignments took him to South America, Europe and Asia. In the 1960s, he was deputy director of the office of U.S.-U.S.S.R. exchanges in Washington.

His memberships included the American Legion, the National Cathedral Association, Sons of the American Revolution and Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War.

His wife, Margaret Bayer Jones, died in 1952. A son, Timothy Jones, died in 1969.

Survivors include a son, Philip Jones of Mount Bethel.