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Transcript of interview: Laurence O'Keeffe, 1998

Reference Code: GBR/0014/DOHP 31

Scope and Contents

From the Fonds:

The programme comprises transcripts of interviews with senior diplomats.


  • 1998


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.

Material in this collection is open to researchers unless otherwise marked in the catalogue.

Biographical / Historical

Laurence O'Keeffe was born 9 July 1931, the son of Richard O’Keeffe and Alice (née Chase); he was educated at St Francis Xavier’s College, Liverpool and University College, Oxford (scholar). In 1954 he married Suzanne Marie Jousse.

O'Keeffe's career included: Customs and Excise, 1953-62; 2nd, later 1st Secretary (Economic), Bangkok [Thailand], 1962-5; Foreign Office, 1965-8; 1st Secretary and Head of Chancery, Athens [Greece], 1968-72; Commercial Counsellor, Jakarta [Indonesia], 1972-5; Head of Hong Kong and Indian Ocean Department, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 1975-6; Director-General, British Information Services, and Deputy Consul General (Information), New York [United States], 1976-8; Counsellor, Nicosia [Cyprus], 1978-81; Ambassador to Senegal, 1982-5, and concurrently (non-resident) to Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Mauritania and Cape Verde, 1982-5; Ambassador to Czechoslovakia [later Czech Republic and Slovakia], 1988-91. O'Keeffe died on 2 May 2003.

He was awarded the CVO in 1974 and the CMG in 1983.


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