The Honorable Donald Read Heath served 41 years in the U.S. Foreign Service, including 14 years as an ambassador to Bulgaria 1947-50; to Laos, Cambodia and South Vietnam 1950-54; to Lebanon 1955-59; to Yemen 1957-59; and to Saudi Arabia 1958-61. He joined the Foreign Service in 1920 and served as vice consul and then as consul in Bucharest, Warsaw, Berne and Haiti. He was first secretary of the U.S. Embassy in Berlin 1938-41 and served briefly in South America. In 1944, he was assigned as deputy political adviser to General Eisenhower and then served 1945-47 as director of political affairs, the U.S. Military Occupation of Germany. A Topeka native, Heath was enrolled at Washburn 1914-17 and joined Phi Theta Delta fraternity. His studies were interrupted by World War I, and he served in France with the Washburn Ambulance Corp. In 1920, he married Sue Louise Bell, ba 1918. He received a Distinguished Service Award from Washburn in 1950 and an honorary doctor of law was conferred on him in 1958.