updated 6/25/2005 9:21:48 PM ET 2005-06-26T01:21:48

Frederick G. Dutton, an adviser to President Kennedy and an assistant secretary of state, died Saturday. He was 82.

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Dutton was admitted to George Washington University Hospital on June 6 for treatment of a moderate hemorrhagic bleed, according to his wife, Nancy. He had a mild stroke several days later and died of complications Saturday, she said.

In his first foray into politics, he ran Adlai Stevenson’s presidential campaign in Southern California in 1956. He joined John F. Kennedy’s presidential campaign in 1960 and, after Kennedy’s victory, served the president as an assistant for interdepartmental affairs and intergovernmental affairs. He moved on to the State Department, where he was assistant secretary for congressional affairs.

Dutton later worked on the presidential campaigns of Lyndon Johnson in 1964 and Robert F. Kennedy in 1968. Since the mid-1970s, he was a lawyer and consultant for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Saudi Arabia and the Saudi Embassy in Washington.

Dutton was born in 1923 in Julesburg, Colo. He served in the Army during World War II and the Korean War. He graduated from Stanford Law School in 1949.

Besides his wife, he is survived by four daughters and a son and seven grandchildren.


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