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Guilford Dudley Jr., 94; Envoy to Denmark Under President Nixon

June 22, 2002|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Guilford Dudley Jr., 94, an ambassador to Denmark in the Nixon administration who later served as chairman of the trustees established to liquidate President Richard M. Nixon's campaign funds after his resignation in the Watergate scandal, died June 13 at his home in Nashville of causes associated with old age.

Born in Nashville, Dudley earned his bachelor's degree from Vanderbilt University and was a naval officer in the Pacific during World War II. After the war he returned to the insurance business in his home state, eventually becoming president of Life & Casualty Insurance Co. of Tennessee.

Named ambassador to Denmark in 1969, Dudley served until 1971 and became a business consultant in the Nixon White House. He eventually returned to Life & Casualty as the firm's chairman.

As chairman of the Campaign Liquidation Trust, Dudley was charged with dispersing nearly $4 million contributed to Nixon's 1972 Committee for the Re-Election of the President or, as it was more commonly known, CREEP. The trust completed the process in 1985, with most of the money going to pay legal fees of those charged but not convicted of wrongdoing in the Watergate scandal.

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