James Richard Cheek

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James Richard Cheek
United States Ambassador to Argentina
In office
May 28, 1993 – December 18, 1996
President Bill Clinton
Preceded by Terence A. Todman
Succeeded by Ronald D. Godard
United States Ambassador to Sudan
In office
October 10, 1989 – August 8, 1992
President George H.W. Bush
Preceded by G. Norman Anderson
Succeeded by Donald K. Petterson
Personal details
Born (1936-04-27)April 27, 1936
Decatur, Georgia
Died May 16, 2011(2011-05-16) (aged 75)
Little Rock, Arkansas
Nationality American
Profession Diplomat
Awards Distinguished Honor Award

James Richard Cheek (April 27, 1936 – May 16, 2011) was a United States diplomat.


Born in Decatur, Georgia, Cheek served as United States Ambassador to Sudan in 1989, succeeding G. Norman Anderson and later was the United States Ambassador to Argentina from 1993–1996. He lived in Little Rock, Arkansas.[1]

Foreign service career[edit]

Cheek served as a career member of the Foreign Service beginning in 1962. Over the years he served in many notable positions with the State Department including chief of the political section from 1971–1974, congressional fellow for the United States Senate and House of Representatives, 1974 – 1975; Deputy Director for Regional Affairs in the Bureau of Near East and South Asian Affairs, 1975 – 1977; and deputy chief of mission in Montevideo, 1977 – 1979. He has served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs, 1979 – 1981.

Mr. Cheek was a foreign affairs fellow at Howard University and Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, 1981 – 1982; deputy chief of mission in Kathmandu, 1982 – 1985; and chief of mission and Chargé d'Affaires in Addis Ababa, 1985 – 1988.

Since 1988 he was diplomat-in-residence at Howard University.[2]


Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
G. Norman Anderson
United States Ambassador to Sudan
Succeeded by
Donald K. Petterson
Preceded by
Terence A. Todman
United States Ambassador to Argentina
Succeeded by
Ronald D. Godard