Gregory Elftmann ’68

20 July 2005

Class: 1968

Major: Greek

Deceased: July 4, 2005

Private services were held Saturday in Minneapolis for Gregory Elftmann, a career diplomat with the State Department who died of an apparent heart attack in Stockholm on July 4 while jogging. He was 58. Born in Minneapolis, Elftmann was a 1964 graduate of Edina High School. He received a bachelor’s degree in the classic cultures of ancient Greece and Rome at Carleton College in Northfield, Minn., and a master’s and Ph. D. at the University of Pennsylvania. He taught classics at several colleges before joining the State Department in 1983. “He had a desire for public service and to do some traveling,” said his brother-in-law, Craig Wildfang of Eden Prairie. His posts- from Quinto, Ecuador, to Riga, Latvia- were mostly in public affairs, interacting with local government officials and local media. “He was putting the best face on the U.S.,” Wildfang said. His title in Stockholm was public affairs counselor, “which made him one of the more senior people at the embassy,” he said. Elftmann met his wife, Sylvia, in high school; they married in 1977. In addition to his wife and brother-in-law, survivors include a brother, Steven Elftmann of St. Petersburg, FL, and his mother, Melba Elftmann of Richfield.

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