Condolences on the passing of Mr Thomas Wheeler
- 18 May
It is with great sadness and respect that founders of the Friends of Azerbaijan association, along with its community at large have learnt about the passing of fellow founding member of FOA, Ambassador Thomas Wheeler. Ambassador Wheeler provided his valuable energy, time and wisdom to the founding of the organization and was a true friend.
Ambassador Wheeler joined the South African foreign service in 1961 and served in Washington DC (twice); Blantyre, Malawi; London; New York and as ambassador to Turkey, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan between 1997 and 2001. He was a chief director in the multilateral branch of the Department between 1993 and 1997 and was involved in the return of South Africa to the United Nations and other multilateral organisations. His last post was as chief director for Latin America and the Caribbean.
In July 2003 he joined the South African Institute of International Affairs as chief operating officer and was successively a research fellow and research associate.
On behalf of the organization we extend condolences to his family and friends during this trying time. Former Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan to South Africa, Mr Elkhan Polukhov has extended his condolences too from his new post in Brazil.