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Ambassador Theresa Anne Tull

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New Academia Publishing/VELLUM Books
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Employment History

  • Foreign Service Officer With the Department
  • Deputy Principal Officer
    American Consulate General
  • U.S. Foreign Service
  • Ambassador


  • bachelor's degree
    University of Maryland
  • master's degree , Southeast Asian Studies
    University of Michigan
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A LONG WAY FROM RUNNEMEDE: One Woman’s Foreign Service Journey - New Academia Publishing, 30 June 2012 [cached]
Theresa Anne Tull
New Academia Publishing/VELLUM Books, 2012
Theresa Tull served as deputy principal officer to the U.S. Consulate General in Da Nang, where she remained until the fall of Vietnam in the spring of 1975. Subsequent tours included the Intelligence and Research Bureau, Consul in Cebu, the Philippines, the National War College, Office Director for Human Rights in the Human Rights Bureau, chargé d'affaires in Laos, the Senior Seminar, ambassador to Guyana, Diplomat in Residence at Lincoln University, director, Office of Regional Affairs, East Asia and Pacific Bureau, and ambassador to Brunei, retiring in 1996. She divides her time between Sea Isle City, N.J., and Washington, D.C.
About the book
This memoir of Theresa Tull's career as a twentieth-century diplomat begins with childhood recollections of life during the Second World War in the small town of Runnemede, New Jersey. It tracks the death of the author's father, her initial education, post-high school employment, and early college education. In 1963, after successfully passing the rigorous entrance examinations, Terry Tull entered the U.S. Foreign Service. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland, and in 1973 earned a master's degree in Southeast Asian Studies from the University of Michigan.
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Local resident Theresa Tull recently presented "Reflections on a Foreign Service Career" as the invited speaker at a Brandeis University National Women's Committee luncheon.
Ambassador Theresa Tull
Local resident Theresa Tull recently presented "Reflections on a Foreign Service Career" as the invited speaker at a Brandeis University National Women's Committee luncheon.
Tull spent 33 years as a Foreign Service Officer with the Department of State, performing a range of assignments in Washington and overseas.She served three times as United States Chief Of Mission; as permanent Charge d'Affaires in Laos; as Ambassador to Guyana in South America; and, in her final post, as Ambassador to Brunei in Southeast Asia.She retired in 1996.
Ambassador Tull was born in Runnemede, New Jersey, and worked in the private sector for ten years while attending Rutgers University at night in Camden.She had an interest in politics since her father was the mayor of Runnemede and, after seeing a "Women in the Foreign Service" article in Good Housekeeping magazine, she passed the competitive examination to become a Foreign Service Officer in 1963.
Looking back on those years, she honestly says that she found satisfaction, to perhaps varying degrees, in all of her assignments.She highlighted a few issues on which she an input that she found particularly personally satisfying.
In 1975 she was Deputy Principal Officer at the American Consulate General in Danang, Vietnam.Her boss, the Consul General, had been medically evacuated and she found herself in charge of the post when Danang was about to be overrun by the invading North Vietnamese Army.She was able to arrange evacuation of both American and Vietnamese staff and their families to Saigon where they were able to leave the country in the massive refugee outflux that marked the collapse of the non-communist government in the South.No one was left behind.
In Laos in 1983 she helped negotiate the first joint crash site excavation in Indochina to search for the remains of U.S. servicemen missing in action.After much sensitive but assertive diplomacy the Laos government began cooperating and ultimately the excavations spread to Vietnam where they continue to this day.
Along the way she was twice a delegate to the United Nations General Assembly and was instrumental in the establishment of the summit of the leaders in APEC: Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation.
Hers is quite a story, from embassies to the jungle, but always interesting."I am proud of my service, and grateful for the rare opportunity I was given to represent my country abroad."
Tull has maintained a residence in Sea Isle City since 1981 and also has an apartment in Washington D.C.
Theresa Anne Tull, a native ..., 26 May 2014 [cached]
Theresa Anne Tull, a native of Runnemede and graduate of Camden Catholic High School, gave the keynote address.
Tull joined the U.S. Foreign Service at age 26, and was the political officer at the U.S. embassy in Saigon during the 1968 Tet Offensive, which she called "a major military defeat for the Communists," despite "distorted press depictions."
"But photos of the embassy under attack gave the Viet Cong a powerful psychological victory that seriously harmed popular U.S. support for the war," she said.
"The Vietnam War was not lost by actions of the U.S. military in Vietnam," she said. "It was lost in the United States when the public and Congress ceased to support it. But any serviceman or woman who served in Vietnam should be proud of their service. They did not fail their country."
Tull later served as U.S. ambassador to Guyana and to Brunei, and is now retired and living at the Jersey Shore in Sea Isle City.
Most of the crowd of nearly 1,000 listened attentively as Nutter and Tull made their remarks.
The Honorable Theresa Anne ..., 25 Nov 2014 [cached]
The Honorable Theresa Anne Tull, a Foreign Service Officer with extensive experience in Southeast Asia, will be the keynote speaker for a special Memorial Day ceremony on Monday, May 26, at 12:30 p.m.
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Ambassador Theresa Anne Tull, who recounted experiences from her time in South Vietnam as a foreign service officer in Saigon during Tet 1968 and Da Nang when the country fell to Communists in 1975.
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