John David Autin
A Louisiana Cajun by birth, John David Autin tool his B.A. degree in English Literature from the Catholic University of America in 1974, before studying French literature for one year at L'Universite Catholique in Angers, France. In 1975, he began a distinguished 33-year career with the US Department of Commerce. Among his accomplishments were the authorship of A Basic Guide to Exporting and an article on “The History of International Trade” for Colliers Encyclopedia. In 2004, Mr. Autin was diagnosed with Parkinson's, which ultimately led to his retirement five years later. He is married to Katherine Adams Johnson, daughter of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Haynes Johnson.