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Ralph Bunche

Ralph BuncheAKA Ralph Johnson Bunche

Born: 4-Aug-1904
Birthplace: Detroit, MI
Died: 9-Dec-1971
Location of death: New York City
Cause of death: Kidney failure
Remains: Buried, Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, NY

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: Black
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Diplomat, Activist

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: UN Mediator in Palestine 1948

Military service: OSS (WWII)

Appointed UN Mediator in Palestine after Count Bernadotte was assassinated on 17 September 1948, where he was successful in gaining an armistice.

Father: Fred Bunch (barber, abandoned the family)
Mother: Olive Johnson (amateur musician, d. 1914 tuberculosis)
Mother: Lucy Johnson (his grandmother, raised him in loco parentis)
Sister: Grace
Wife: Ruth Ethel Harris (m. 23-Jun-1930, until his death, three children)
Daughter: Joan (d. Oct-1966 suicide)
Daughter: Jane
Son: Ralph Bunche, Jr.

    High School: Jefferson High School, Los Angeles, CA
    University: BA, University of California at Los Angeles (1927, summa cum laude)
    University: MA, Harvard University (1928)
    University: PhD Political Science, Harvard University (1934)
    Professor: Political Science, Howard University (1932-36)
    Administrator: Co-Director, Institute of Race Relations, Swarthmore College (1936)
    Scholar: London School of Economics (post-doctoral research)
    Scholar: Northwestern University
    Scholar: Capetown University, South Africa

    Nobel Peace Prize 1950
    UN Official Under Secretary-General for Political Affairs (1954-71)
    American Political Science Association President (1953-54)
    UN Envoy Palestine (1948-49)
    UN Official Secretary, UN Special Committee on Palestine (1947-48)
    UN Official Director, UN Trusteeship Division (1946-47)
    US State Department Director, Division of Dependent Area Affairs (1944-46)
    OSS Agent Chief of Research & Analysis, Africa (1941-44)
    National Negro Congress (1930s)
    Rosenwald Fellowship
    Toppan Prize 1934
    Presidential Medal of Freedom 1963
    Spingarn Medal 1949
    Tonsillectomy (May-1930)
    Draft Deferment: World War II
    Risk Factors: Diabetes

Author of books:
A World View of Race (1936, pamphlet)
The Political Status of the Negro in the Age of FDR (1973, history)

Appears on postage stamps:
USA, Scott #1860 (20 cents, issued 12-Jan-1982)


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