William R. Rivkin
William R. Rivkin, 1919–1967, was a United States diplomat who served as ambassador to Luxembourg, Senegal, and Gambia in the 1960s.
Early life and education
William Rivkin was born in Muscatine, Iowa in 1919. He received a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Iowa in 1941 and a law degree from Northwestern University in 1948. While at Iowa, he was the national intercollegiate oratorical champion. At Northwestern, he edited the Northwestern Law Review and finished first in his law class.
After graduation from Iowa, Ambassador Rivkin joined the United States Army where he rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel during World War II. He was awarded the Bronze Star and received the French l'ordre de la santé publique, rank of chevalier.
In 1956, Rivkin served as deputy director of Adlai E. Stevenson II's second Presidential campaign, and in 1960 was the Midwest coordinator of the Presidential Campaign of then-Senator John F. Kennedy.
He was a U.S. diplomat, serving as Ambassador to Luxembourg (1962-1965) under President John F. Kennedy, and to Senegal (1966-1967) and the Gambia (1966-1967) under President Lyndon B. Johnson. He was a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Phi Beta Kappa.
Personal life and death
In 1959, Rivkin married Enid Hammerman. Enid's grandfather founded J.K. Industries in Chicago and her father, Sol Hammerman, grew it into one of the nation's largest children's clothing manufacturers at the time. They remained married until his death in 1967. They had four children:
- Laura Ledford;
- Julie Wheeler;
- Robert S. Rivkin, a current senior vice president of Delta Airlines, and the former General Counsel of the United States Department of Transportation (since April 2009). He is married to Cindy Moelis who was appointed by President Obama to serve as the Director of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships in April 2009.
- Charles Rivkin, the current United States Ambassador to France.
In 1971, Enid remarried to Dr. John Sterry Long and dedicated the rest of her life to humanitarian causes particularly focusing on the delivery of medical and food aid to distressed populations in remote regions of the world.
- Arlington National Cemetery Website: "William Robert Rivkin retrieved February 20, 2013
- Chicago Tribune: "Enid H. Long, 71 - Served on college board, medical relief missions" By James Janega January 29, 2002
- Chicago Tribune: "Dr. John Sterry Long, 1921-2013 - Rush obstetrician-gynecologist delivered more than 10,000 babies" By Patrick Svitek January 11, 2013 | Neal Ball, the committee's founder, met Dr. Long and his second wife, the late Enid Hammerman Rivkin Long
- Chicago Tribune: "Robert Rivkin takes on challenge of Toyota inquest with Transportation Department - Chicago attorney’s family ties to national politics run deep" By Melissa Harris February 28, 2010
- Chicago Tribune: "Robert S. Rivkin - Department of Transportation General Counsel retrieved February 20, 2013
- New York Times: "Cindy Moelis and Robert Rivkin Marry" May 08, 1988
- White House website Staff Bios: "Cindy S. Moelis, Director" retrieved February 20, 2013
- New York Times: "New U.S. Envoy Takes Up Post" By BRIAN KNOWLTON August 16, 2009