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Services set for Air Force officer, civil servant

Services set for Air Force officer, civil servant

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John Raymond Sawyer, a high ranking civil servant, died Sunday in Tulsa. He was 89.

Memorial services are set for 6 p.m. Oct. 27, at the Monte Cassino School Marian Chapel under the direction of Stanleys Funeral Service. Military burial is scheduled for Nov. 2 at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.

Sawyer served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II where he reached the rank of colonel. For the remainder of his career, he worked for veterans' rights.

Sawyer served as post-World War II commander of the U.S. AMVETS as its legislative director and as delegate to the Senate International Relations Committee in Support of the Marshall Plan.

President Dwight Eisenhower also named Sawyer deputy secretary of the Air Force for Civil Aviation after the war.

He held a number of foreign service positions including deputy director of the U.S. Foreign Aid Program in Ethiopia and similar positions in Belgrade, Yugoslavia; Cape Town, South Africa; and London.

Sawyer was a graduate of the University of New Hampshire and Harvard Law School. He was a member of law faculty at the University of New Mexico, director of the Institute of Public Law, a member of the Navajo Indian Judges Conference and New Mexico's Governor's Committee.

He is survived by his daughter, Virginia Sawyer Munson of Fort Worth, Texas; his son, John Sawyer of Tulsa; and two grandchildren.

Friends are contributing to the University of New Hampshire.

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