Fred C. Thomas Jr., a Foreign Service officer whose overseas posts included U.S. embassies in Korea, Taiwan, Pakistan, Germany, Vietnam and India, died May 28 at an assisted living facility in Fort Collins, Colo. He was 85.

The cause of death was congestive heart failure, his son, Fred Thomas III, said.

Mr. Thomas joined the Foreign Service in 1952 and was fluent in Chinese, Korean and German. His professional specialties included Korean and Chinese affairs. He retired in 1979.

Fred Charles Thomas Jr. was born in Fort Huachuca, Ariz., and grew up at military posts around the country and in the Philippines. He served in the Army in Korea after World War II and graduated in 1951 from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa.

His avocations included photography and gardening.

He was a longtime resident of Bethesda, where he was a longtime president of the Congressional Forest Community Association.

He moved from Bethesda to Fort Collins in 2011.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Catherine Frank Thomas of Fort Collins; two children, Fred C. Thomas III of Fort Collins and Veronica Helen Thomas of Bethesda; two sisters; and two grandchildren.

— Bart Barnes