Sir Major John Emsley Fretwell was born on June 15, 1930 and died on March 30, 2017.
He was a British diplomat.
He was educated at Chesterfield Grammar School, the University of Lausanne and King’s College, Cambridge.
Fretwell served in the Royal Regiment of Artillery 1948–50 and joined the Diplomatic Service in 1953.
Fretwell served in Hong Kong, Peking, Moscow and Washington, D.C., as Commercial Counsellor in Warsaw 1971–73, at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London as Head of the European Integration Department 1973–76 and as Assistant Under-Secretary 1976–79.
Fretwell was Minister in Washington, D.C. 1980–81, British Ambassador to France 1982–87 and Political Director and Deputy to the Permanent Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs 1987–90.
When Fretwell retired from the Diplomatic Service, Fretwell was a member of the Council of Lloyd’s 1991–92, specialist adviser to the House of Lords 1992–93 and specialist assessor for the Higher Education Funding Council 1995–96.
Fretwell was also chairman of the Franco-British Society 1995–2005.
Sir Major John Emsley Fretwell passed away at 86 years old.