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Thursday, December 12, 2019

Sir John Graham, GCMG, 4th Baronet 1926-2019

_. Sir John Graham, GCMG, 4th Baronet, diplomat, former British Ambassador to Iraq, Iran and NATO, died 11 December, 2019. He was 93.

John Alexander Noble Graham was born 15 July, 1926, son of Lieut-Col. Sir [John] Reginald Graham, VC, 3rd Baronet [1892-1980], by his wife the former Rachel Sprot [1890-1984], scion of the Sprot baronets; married firstly 1956, Marygold Ellinor Gabrielle Austin [1931-1991], daughter of Lt-Col Clive Austin [1901-74], by his wife the former Lady Lilian Mary Theodora Lumley [1900-81], scion of the Earls of Scarbrough; married secondly, 1992, Janet Mackenzie Hayes.

He served as Ambassador to Iraq 1974-77, Ambassador to Iran 1979-80, Ambassador and Permanent Representative to NATO  1982-86.

He succeeded to the baronetcy on his father's death, 6 December, 1980. He was appointed CMG in 1972, knighted in 1979, and advanced to GCMG in the New Year's Honours, 1986.

Sir John leaves three sons from his first marriage. The eldest son, Lieutenant-General Andrew John Noble Graham, CB, CBE, who was born in 1956, succeeds to the baronetcy.

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