David Thorne (diplomat)

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David Thorne
U.S. Ambassador to Italy David Thorne.jpg
United States Ambassador to Italy
In office
September 4, 2009 – July 30, 2013
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Ronald Spogli
Succeeded by John Phillips
United States Ambassador to San Marino
In office
September 4, 2009 – July 30, 2013
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Ronald Spogli
Succeeded by John Phillips
Personal details
Born (1944-09-16) September 16, 1944 (age 72)
Alma mater Yale University
Columbia University
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch  United States Navy
Years of service 1966–1970
Battles/wars Vietnam War

David Thorne (born September 16, 1944)[1] is an American businessman and diplomat who served as United States Ambassador to Italy and Ambassador to San Marino from 2009 to 2013. He was nominated by President Barack Obama and sworn in August 17, 2009.[2]

David Thorne's parents were Alice Smith (Barry) and Landon Ketchum Thorne, Jr. David lived in Italy for a decade while his father helped administer the Marshall Plan.[2] David's twin sister Julia was the first wife of John Kerry.[1] Thorne graduated from Yale University in 1966 with a B.A. in American History, where he roomed with Kerry and both were members of Skull and Bones,[3]:85 and then from Columbia University in 1971 with a master's degree in Journalism.[4] He served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War, and worked in political consulting, real estate development, and publishing. He is married and has two grown children.[2]

Honours and decorations[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Feeney, Mark (2006-04-28). "Julia Thorne, at 61; author, activist was ex-wife of Senator Kerry". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2009-09-08. 
  2. ^ a b c Smith, James F. (2009-08-20). "Many hats, one perfect fit". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2009-08-24. 
  3. ^ Robbins, Alexandra (2002). Secrets of the Tomb: Skull and Bones, the Ivy League, and the Hidden Paths of Power. Boston: Little, Brown. ISBN 0-316-72091-7. 
  4. ^ https://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/biog/215840.htm
  5. ^ "Communication from the Quirinal Palace". The official website of the Presidency of the Italian Republic. Archived from the original on 2016-03-05. 

External links[edit]

Media related to David Thorne at Wikimedia Commons

Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Ronald Spogli
United States Ambassador to Italy
2009–2013
Succeeded by
John Phillips
United States Ambassador to San Marino
2009–2013