James Thurber, a distinguished diplomat and community volunteer who served as Los Altos mayor, died June 16 after a brief illness. He had just celebrated his 90th birthday.
The longtime Los Altos resident was in the Foreign Service for 23 years. From 1967 to 1973, he served in various positions in United States Information Agency (USIA) offices in Tanzania, Malawi and Nigeria. From 1978 to 1981, Mr. Thurber served as counselor of embassy at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, and prior to that as chief of the Policy Guidance Office at USIA in Washington, D.C.