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Norman Britton HannahForeign Service OfficerNorman Britton Hannah
, 82, a Southeast Asia expert and author who retired in 1976 after a 29-year career in the Foreign Service, died March 16 at a nursing home in Scottsdale, Ariz.He
had Parkinson's disease.He
lived off and on in Washington from the 1950s until moving to California in 1997.He
moved to Scottsdale in 2000.Mr. Hannah, a native of Mattoon, Ill., received a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Illinois and a master's degree in the same subject from Louisiana State University.He served in the Navy in the Pacific during World War II.Among his Foreign Service postings were vice consul in Shanghai, deputy chief of mission in Thailand in the 1960s and in Washington as deputy director of Southeast Asian affairs.His last posting, from 1971 to 1976, was general consul in Sydney.In his retirement, he worked as a freelance diplomatic affairs writer for various publications, including the National Review.He
was author of the 1987 history "The Key to Failure: Laos and the Vietnam War."
Survivors include two sons from his
first marriage, Norman
, of Scottsdale, and Harry, of Falls Church; a sister; and a grandson.
Arthur 'Dutch' Simpson Jr.