Boris Hansen Klosson

Chevy Chase, Montgomery County, Maryland, United States

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Boris Hansen Klosson

Birthplace: Buffalo, Erie County, New York, United States
Death: August 03, 1990 (71)
Suburban Hospital, Bethesda, Montgomery County, Maryland, United States (Heart Attack)
Place of Burial: Whitemarsh Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Michael Mathew Klosson and Kenena Klosson
Husband of Harriet Frazier Klosson
Father of Michael Klosson; Harriet Frazier Cheston DiCicco; Christopher Hansen Klosson and Charles S. C. Klosson
Brother of LtCol Kenneth Alan McLean Klosson, (USAF) Ret

Occupation: U.S. Government
Managed by: Charles William Γεώργιος...
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About Boris Hansen Klosson

Boris H. Klosson, 69, Expert on Soviet Union

Boris Hansen Klosson, a retired foreign service officer specializing in Soviet and Eastern European affairs, died Friday at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Md. He was 71 years old and lived in Chevy Chase.

A family member said Mr. Klosson died of a heart attack.

Mr. Klosson served as deputy United States representative to the Geneva negotiations of limiting strategic arms from 1973 until his retirement in 1978. He had joined the State Department in 1945, working in the division of research on the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. In 1951, he became deputy chief of the division, but moved to the diplomatic corps in 1956.

A native of Buffalo, Mr. Klosson studied in Geneva in the late 1930's at the Institut Universitaire des Hautes Etudes Internationales. He was graduated from Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y., in 1940, and from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, the following year.

During World War II, Mr. Klosson was assigned to the Office of Strategic Services (O.S.S.), the fore-runner to the C.I.A.

Mr. Klosson served on the faculty of the National War College before receiving his first foreign posting in 1959, as political counselor at the United States Embassy in Moscow. His later assignments included Kingston, Jamaica, and Washington, where he was director of Soviet and East European Exchanges from 1965 to 1969, when he returned to Moscow as Deputy Chief of Mission.

In 1961, as U.S. Councilor for Political Affairs, Klosson was instrumental in the release of Lee Harvey Oswald and his wife from the Soviet union. He was investigated in later years for his recommendations. In 1970, a small U.S. Aircraft carrying two American Generals and a Turkish Colonel landed accidentally in Soviet territory. Boris Klosson, as U.S. Charges d'affairs was a key negotiator. Under President Gerald Ford, Klosson was the senior member from the U.S. in the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT). In September of 1977 he was fired from this position for political reasons. (CWΓS,V)

Mr. Klosson is survived by his wife of 43 years, the former Harriet F. Cheston; three sons, Michael of Rockville, Md., Christopher H. of Deerfield, R.I., and Charles S.C. of Chevy Chase; a daughter, Harriet K. DiCicco of Newport, R.I.; a brother, Kenneth A. of Oceanside, Calif., and four grandchildren.

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A version of this obituary appears in print on August 6, 1990, on Page B00014 of the National edition with the headline: Boris H. Klosson, 69, Expert on Soviet Union. Order Reprints| Today's Paper|Subscribe

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Boris Hansen Klosson's Timeline

August 22, 1849
Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, United States
January 21, 1919
Buffalo, Erie County, New York, United States
May 23, 1951
June 6, 1954
Pennsylvania, United States
January 3, 1956
August 3, 1990
Age 71
Suburban Hospital, Bethesda, Montgomery County, Maryland, United States
Saint Thomas Episcopal Church Cemetery, Whitemarsh Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States