Sally Shelton-Colby

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Sally Shelton-Colby
United States Ambassador to Barbados
In office
June 7, 1979 – February 24, 1981
President Jimmy Carter
Preceded by Frank V. Ortiz, Jr.
Succeeded by Milan D. Bish
Personal details
Born (1944-08-29) August 29, 1944 (age 70)
San Antonio, Texas
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s)

William Colby
Alma mater University of Missouri;
Johns Hopkins University;
Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris.
Profession Diplomat, Professor

Sally Shelton-Colby (born 1944) is an American diplomat. She was Ambassador of the United States to Barbados, Grenada and Dominica as well as Minister to St Lucia, and Special Representative to Antigua, St. Christopher-Nevis-Anguilla, and St. Vincent from 1979 to 1981, under Jimmy Carter.[1][2][3][4]

Early life[edit]

Sally Shelton-Colby was born on 29 August 1944 in San Antonio, Texas.[5] She grew up in Missouri.[6] She initially attended Southern Methodist University but transferred to the University of Missouri,[7] where she received a B.A. in French. She received an MA in International relations from Johns Hopkins University's Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). She was also a Fulbright scholar at the Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris.[1][4][8]

Career[edit]

She worked as legislative assistant to Texas Senator Lloyd Bentsen during his 1976-onwards mandate.[1][4] She was United States Ambassador to Grenada and Barbados from 1979 to 1981.[1] At the Center for International Affairs from 1981 to 1982 she was International Fellow, frequent campus lecturer and "op-ed" writer. In the Clinton administration, she was an Assistant Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development.[4][9] She was also Deputy Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).[9][4] She was Vice-President for the Bankers Trust in New York City.[9][4] She also worked for Valero Energy Corporation.[9][4]

She has taught at Georgetown University,[10][11] Texas A&M University, the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, American University and Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.[9] She currently teaches at American University in Washington, D.C..[3][4]

She has been involved with Helen Keller International, the National Endowment for Democracy, the International Planned Parenthood Federation, the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, the Atlantic Council of the U.S, the Center for International Environmental Law, the American Hospital of Paris,[9] the Osgood Center for International Studies,[12] the American Academy of Diplomacy,[13] etc. She is currently a board member of the Pan American Health and Education Foundation and serves as Director of the La Pietra Coalition at Vital Voices.[9][14]

Personal life[edit]

Her first husband was an ambassador of the Mexican government.[3] She met him at the SAIS.[6] The Executive Female, a publication of the National Association for Female Executives, stated that the husband was Eduardo Jimenez and that he worked as a lawyer.[15] Shelton-Colby stated he was employed by President of Mexico Adolfo López Mateos and was a part of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI).[6]

She met her second husband, former Director of Central Intelligence William Colby, in 1982, when he was still married to his first wife, Barbara Colby.[3] Their wedding took place in Italy in 1984.[3] They lived in Georgetown, Washington, D.C. and remained married until his death in 1996.[3][16] In 2011, she disavowed The Man Nobody Knew, a documentary directed and narrated by her stepson Carl Colby.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d U.S. Department of State, Archives
  2. ^ U.S. Department of State, Barbados
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Ian Shapira, A film by the son of CIA spymaster William Colby has divided the Colby clan, The Washington Post, November 19, 2011. "The couple bonded over their backgrounds in foreign policy. And she, too, had been in a tired marriage — to a Mexican ambassador — that fell apart."
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h American University faculty webpage
  5. ^ Europa Publications, The International Who's Who 2004, Routledge, 2003, p. 1536 [1]
  6. ^ a b c Kennedy, Charles Stewart (interviewer). "Foreign Affairs Oral History Project Women Ambassadors Series AMBASSADOR SALLY SHELTON-COLBY" (Archive). Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training (ADST). Interviews began: July 22, 1991.
  7. ^ Kennedy, p. 3.
  8. ^ Former Fullbrighters of Note
  9. ^ a b c d e f g PAHEF
  10. ^ Jon Nordheimer, 'Couples Who Tread 225-Mile Tightrope', New York Times, August 22, 1991 [2]
  11. ^ Georgetown University Faculty
  12. ^ Osgood Center for International Studies Board members
  13. ^ American Academy of Diplomacy
  14. ^ Vital Voices
  15. ^ The Executive Female, Volumes 3-4. National Association for Female Executives, 1980. Page 51. "Then she fell in love, and through the man she later married, Eduardo Jimenez, a Mexican lawyer, she became interested in Latin America and the Caribbean."
  16. ^ Tim Weiner, Body of William Colby Is Found on Riverbank, The New York Times, May 7, 1996
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Frank V. Ortiz, Jr.
United States Ambassador to Barbados
July 7, 1979–February 24, 1981
Succeeded by
Milan D. Bish
Preceded by
Frank V. Ortiz, Jr.
United States Ambassador to Grenada
July 23, 1979–February 24, 1981
Succeeded by
Charles A. Gillespie, Jr.
Preceded by
Frank V. Ortiz, Jr.
United States Ambassador to Dominica
1979-1981
Succeeded by
Milan D. Bish
Preceded by
Frank V. Ortiz, Jr.
United States Ambassador to Saint Lucia
1979-1981
Succeeded by
Milan D. Bish
Preceded by
Frank V. Ortiz, Jr.
United States Ambassador to Antigua
1979-1981
Succeeded by
Milan D. Bish
Preceded by
Frank V. Ortiz, Jr.
United States Ambassador to St. Christopher-Nevis-Anguilla
1979-1981
Succeeded by
Milan D. Bish
Preceded by
Frank V. Ortiz, Jr.
United States Ambassador to St. Vincent
1979-1981
Succeeded by
Milan D. Bish