Nancy Halliday Ely-Raphel

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Nancy Halliday Ely-Raphel
3rd United States Ambassador to Slovenia
In office
September 2, 1998 – September 27, 2001
President Bill Clinton
Preceded by Victor Jackovich
Succeeded by Johnny Young
Personal details
Born Nancy Halliday
1937 (age 79–80)
Political party Nonpartisan[1]
Spouse(s) Robert A. Duff (first husband; divorced)
John Hart Ely (second husband; divorced)
Arnold Lewis Raphel (third husband; 1987-1988; his death)[2]
Children With Robert A. Duff:[3]
John D. Ely
Robert D. Ely
Alma mater Syracuse University
University of San Diego School of Law
Profession Diplomat
Nickname(s) Nancy Ely[4]

Nancy Halliday Ely-Raphel (born 1937) is an American diplomat. She was the United States Ambassador to Slovenia from 1998 to 2001.[5][6][7]


Ely-Raphel was born in 1937 to Margaret Merritt Halliday and Thomas Clarkson Halliday.[8][9] She has one brother, Thomas Clarkson Halliday III.[9] She graduated from Syracuse University in New York and attended the University of Wurzburg in Würzburg, Germany. In 1968, she graduated from University of San Diego School of Law with a juris doctor.[10]

Prior to joining the United States Foreign Service, she was a lawyer and Associate Dean of Boston University School of Law.[11][12] From 2001 to 2003 she was the Director of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons at the U.S. State Department. On June 29, 1998, she was appointed by President Clinton to be the United States Ambassador to Slovenia.[13]

She was presented her credentials on September 2, 1998, and left the post on September 27, 2001.

She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations,[14] and is a resident of the District of Columbia.[12]

She was previously known as Nancy Ely.[4]


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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Victor Jackovich
United States Ambassador to Slovenia
Succeeded by
Johnny Young

 This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Department of State website (Background Notes).