Karl F. Mautner – Lieutenant Colonel, United States Army Foreign Service Officer

From a contemporary press report:

Karl F. Mautner, 87, a retired Foreign Service officer who played a key role in shaping U.S.-Berlin relations in the immediate postwar period, died of pneumonia April 1, 2002, at Suburban Hospital. He had progressive supranuclear palsy.

Mr. Mautner was born in Vienna and immigrated to the United States in 1940. He entered the Army the next year and, with the 82nd Airborne, participated in the Normandy and Nijmegen campaigns as well as the Battle of the Bulge.

At the end of the war, he was transferred to Berlin, where he served as a liaison officer to the Berlin government. He continued to serve in that role after leaving the Army in 1950 to join the State Department.

For the next eight years, he helped expand communications and cooperation between U.S. occupation authorities and localofficials during the blockade and early Cold War confrontations with the Soviet Union.

Later, after serving as a political officer at the U.S. Embassy in Khartoum, Sudan, he spent seven years as an international affairs officer with National Aeronautics and Space Administration. He retired in 1975.

In retirement, he was elected advisory neighborhood commissioner for Chevy Chase. He served one term but remained an advisor. He was a long-term member of the Chevy Chase Citizens' Association and the Citizens' Advisory Council to the D.C.
Chief of Police.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Martha Halleran Mautner of Washington; three children, Kathie P. Mautner of Indianapolis and Marguerite Ballard and Karl P. Mautner, both of Portland, Ore.; and four grandchildren.


On April 1, 2002, of Washington, DC. Beloved husband of Martha C. Mautner; father of Kathie P. Mautner, Marguerite Ballard and Karl P. Mautner. Also survived by four grandchildren. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament, 6001 Western Ave. at Quesada St., NW on Friday, April 5 11 a.m. Interment Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to DACOR Scholarship Fund.


  • VETERAN SERVICE DATES: 09/27/1943 – 02/01/1975
  • DATE OF BIRTH: 02/01/1915
  • DATE OF DEATH: 04/01/2002
  • DATE OF INTERMENT: 04/30/2002

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