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Richard W. Murphy

AKA Richard William Murphy

Born: 29-Jul-1929
Birthplace: Boston, MA

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Diplomat

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: US Ambassador to Syria, 1974-78

Military service: US Army (1953-55, ensign)

Named Career Ambassador in 1985.

Wife: Anne Cook (one son, two daughters)
Son: Richard
Daughter: Katherine
Daughter: Elizabeth

    University: BA History & Literature, Harvard University (1951)
    University: BA Anthropology, Emmanuel College, Cambridge University (1953)
    Administrator: Trustee, American University of Beirut

    US Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs (1983-89)
    US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia (1981-83)
    US Ambassador to the Philippines (1978-81)
    US Ambassador to Syria (1974-78)
    US Ambassador to Mauritania (1971-74)
    US State Department Country Director for the Arabian Peninsula (1968-71)
    US State Department Director of Personnel for the Near Eastern Bureau (1968-71)
    US State Department Arabic language training, FSI Field School, Beirut (1959-60?)
    US State Department Vice Consul, Salisbury, Zimbabwe (1955-58)
    Center for Strategic & International Studies
    Middle East Institute President (1993-2001)
    Council on Foreign Relations Director of Middle East Studies


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