Thomas R. Flesher, who served in the Foreign Service for two decades, died Nov. 23 at his home in Washington. He was 84.

The cause was liver cancer, said his daughter Teresa Flesher.

Thomas Richard Flesher was born in Minneapolis. He served in the Army field artillery during the Korean War and received a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Minnesota in 1961.

Mr. Flesher settled in the Washington area in 1964 and joined the Foreign Service two years later. He held positions including consul and first secretary and was assigned to countries including Togo, Liberia, Ecuador, Paraguay, the former Yugoslavia and Turkey before concluding his career with a posting at the United Nations in New York. He returned to the Washington area after his retirement in 1985.

Mr. Flesher pursued interests in writing and photography and contributed to a military publication during his Army service. He exhibited his photography at the United Nations during his posting there, his daughter said.

He volunteered with the homeless through the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Washington, the Catholic church where he was a member.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Maria Fominaya Flesher of Washington; four children, Thomas Flesher of Minneapolis, Teresa Flesher of Antequera, Spain, Kevin Flesher of Salvador, Brazil, and Cristina Flesher Eguiarte of Aberdeen, Scotland; and four grandchildren.

— Emily Langer