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Michael Alfred Wenner

(1921-), Diplomat, Ambassador to El Salvador

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Michael Alfred Wenner, by Walter Bird - NPG x186078

Michael Alfred Wenner

by Walter Bird
bromide print, 10 August 1967
NPG x186078

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Raven Wenner

09 June 2017, 18:20

Note re: Tomas Risbecker's note on the late Gunilla Wenner: Her father, diplomat Nils Ståhl, was after WW II awarded the CBE for his monumental work with the Nobel Foundation for prisoners of war, notably British prisoners of war.

Tomas Risbecker

29 January 2017, 19:30

His first wife was GUNILLA (note:spelling) STÅHLE, daughter of the Managing Director of the Nobel Foundation Nils Ståhle (1901-1994) also an envoy of the Swedish Foreign Office.

Raven Wenner

03 December 2015, 15:47

Michael Alfred Wenner, Stonyhurst '39; MA Oxon. (Oriel) 1949.
Michael A. Wenner is the founder (1970) of the Academia Britànica Cuscatleca technical college in El Salvador. He is the author of a memoir, "So It Was" covering his early life, his WW II military service (151-156 Para Commando) , to his retirement from the Foreign Service. He also wrote a book on German wines, and "Telephone Tales" a book of 3-minute children's stories.
He then moved to Houston, Texas and became economic advisor to the Swiss Consulate General until mandatory retirement age (70). Wenner was a free-lance translator (French, German, Spanish, Swedish) for Houston's Baker Institute, and anonymously helped several Consuls-General posted to Houston from many new nations to write speeches in English, and to navigate protocol. At this time he became an American citizen.
A lifelong Roman Catholic, from 1990 Mr Wenner actively supported the American prototype (Anglican Use / Pastoral Provision) which since 2010 has become the Anglican Ordinariate in the UK; and in 2012 in the USA.
In 2008 he and his wife returned to the UK to retire to his home in Cheshire; and to enjoy the countryside at "Laythams" his family farm in the Forest of Bowland, Lancashire.
Michael Wenner was married
1) in 1950 to Gunnilla Ståhle (1931-1986) of Sweden with whom he had four sons:
the third of whom, Christopher Wenner, was a presenter for "Blue Peter" ;
2) In 1990 to Holly (Raven) Johnson (1948- ) of Texas, USA.

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