Sat Aug 17, 1:42 AM ET
Richard I. Queen, one of 66 people taken hostage by Islamic militants who seized the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, Iran, in 1979, died Wednesday of complications of multiple sclerosis. He was 51.
Queen, of suburban Falls Church, Va., had been a State Department consular officer at the embassy for about four months when he was seized with the others. He was released in July 1980 after 250 days in captivity after Iranian doctors discovered an undetermined illness that turned out to be multiple sclerosis.
After the remaining hostages were released on Jan. 20, 1981, Queen resumed his diplomatic career as an aide to the U.S. ambassador to Britain and as a consular officer in Toronto, but illness forced his retirement in 1995.
Survivors include his mother and a brother.
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