Edward M. Korry

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Edward M. Korry (right) with President John F. Kennedy, 1963

Edward Malcolm Korry (January 7, 1922 – January 29, 2003)[1] was an American diplomat during the administrations of Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon.

Korry, a native of New York, was U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia (1963-1967) and to Chile (1967–1971). Upon hearing the news that Salvador Allende had been elected president of Chile, he proclaimed that "not a nut or bolt shall reach Chile under Allende. Once Allende comes to power we shall do all within our power to condemn Chile and all Chileans to utmost deprivation and poverty".[2] During the Allende administration, the U.S. under Nixon did implement a tougher economic policy toward Chile, decreased economic aid, prevented access to loans, taking many of the measures implied by Korry in this quote. The US support for the opposition culminated in the September 11th, 1973 coup that overthrew Allende, and resulted in the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet.

Prior to his appointment to Ethiopia by John F. Kennedy, Korry was European editor for Look magazine and a United Press correspondent in post-World War II Europe. In 1972 and 1973, he was president of the Association of American Publishers, and later, he was president of the United Nations Association of the United States of America. Korry was also a founding director of the Committee for East-West Relations and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Korry was greatly embittered by widespread press reports, many of them by journalists who had been his peers and friends during his reportorial career, to the effect that he had played an instrumental role in a military coup to depose and kill Allende, despite Korry's repeated public claims that he had known nothing of the CIA's plans to foment this, nor had he played any role in it. In 1981, The New York Times, in what Time magazine called a "2,300-word correction," wrote that although the CIA had attempted to orchestrate a military takeover in Chile, "none of this, it is now evident, was known to Ambassador Korry". This "correction" occurred while Korry was teaching a course on International Relations at Connecticut College in New London, CT.

Korry died from cancer on January 29, 2003 in Charlotte, North Carolina.


  1. ^ Statement of Hon. Edward M. Korry, US ambassador
  2. ^ Korry quoted in Stephen Kinzer (2006), Overthrow: America’s Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq; New York: Times Books, pg 182.
  • Barnes, Bart (2003-01-30). "Edward M. Korry Dies; Diplomat and Journalist". The Washington Post. p. B06. Retrieved 2007-08-22.

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Arthur L. Richards
United States Ambassador to Ethiopia
9 March 1963–22 September 1967
Succeeded by
William O. Hall
Preceded by
Ralph A. Dungan
United States Ambassador to Chile
16 October 1967–12 October 1971
Succeeded by
Nathaniel Davis