Max W. Kraus – Captain, United States Army United States Information Agency Official

From a contemporary press report:

Max W. Kraus, 78, a retired U.S. Information Administration official whose posts included that of a U.S. spokesman at the Vietnamese peace talks in Paris and SALT II meetings in Geneva, died January 7, 1998 at the Manor Care Nursing Home in Chevy Chase, Maryland, after a stroke.

Mr. Kraus joined the USIA after World War II and held posts in Africa and the Far East.

He also had served as chief of Voice of America French-language radio broadcasts to Africa. He retired in the late 1970s.

After that, he started another career as a writer. In 1989, he published a volume of memoirs, “They All Came to Geneva.” He also wrote articles on travel, music and foreign affairs. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune and the Boston Globe.

Mr. Kraus, who lived in Chevy Chase, was a native of Augsburg, Germany. He came to the United States in 1937, and four years later, he graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University.

During World War II, Mr. Kraus served with the Army in Europe and worked on psychological warfare projects. He received a Bronze Star.

His marriage to Louise Kraus ended in divorce.

Survivors include two daughters, Deborah Kraus of New York and Lucy Brillie of Paris; and a grandson.

KRAUS, MAX W. (Age 78)

Foreign Service Officer (Ret.)

On January 7, 1998. Graveside service with Full Military Honors at Arlington National Cemetery, Tuesday, January 13 at 9 a.m. (meet at Administrative Center at 8:30 a.m.). Memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Autism Research Institute, 4182 Adams Ave., San Diego, CA 92116.

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