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Thomas J. Fitzpatrick Jr., Foreign Service officer

Thomas J. Fitzpatrick Jr., 76, a Foreign Service officer with the U.S. Information Agency who served in Mexico, Yugoslavia, Venezuela, Spain and Brazil, died May 3 at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore of complications related to back surgery.

His wife, Joyce Fitzpatrick, confirmed his death.

Thomas Joseph Fitzpatrick Jr. was born in Dayton, Ohio. He graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 1959, then served in the Navy.

On his discharge in 1963, he joined USIA. In 1967, he received a master’s degree in business administration from George Washington University.

His professional specialties included arranging travel for dignitaries, including for overseas presidential trips. He was also known for giving an annual St. Patrick’s Day party where he was assigned.

Mr. Fitzpatrick retired in 1997 and moved from Washington to Grasonville on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Joyce Bergdoll Fitzpatrick of Grasonville; three children, Thomas J. Fitzpatrick III of Grasonville, Mary K. Weaver of York, Pa., and Michael K. Fitzpatrick of Falls Church; and a sister.

— Bart Barnes

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