Nancy V. Rawls

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Nancy V. Rawls
6th United States Ambassador to Togo
In office
February 11, 1974 – August 8, 1976
President Jimmy Carter
Preceded by Dwight Dickinson
Succeeded by Ronald D. Palmer
8th United States Ambassador to Côte d'Ivoire
In office
January 16, 1980 – August 16, 1983
President Jimmy Carter
Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Monteagle Stearns
Succeeded by Robert Hopkins Miller[1]
Personal details
Born January 24, 1926
Clearwater, Florida
Died April 13, 1985
Norwalk, Connecticut
Profession Diplomat

Nancy Vivian Rawls (January 24, 1926 – April 13, 1985) was a former Foreign Service officer, U.S. diplomat, United States Ambassador to Togo (February 11, 1974-August 8, 1976) and to Côte d'Ivoire, (1979–1983).[2]

Rawls was born on January 24, 1926 in Clearwater, Florida. She received an A.B. from Shorter College in 1947.

She joined the Foreign Service in 1947. She was assigned to instructions in Vienna, Hamburg, and Montreal. After a tour of duty in West Germany, she was assigned to African countries, first to Liberia and then to Kenya. After a year of special studies at the National War College from 1970 to 1971, she became director of the State Department's policy planning staff for the Bureau of African Affairs in 1971. Rawls was one of the first U.S. Foreign Service women to rise to ambassadorial level and was the first woman to serve as ambassador in two African countries.

In 1974, Rawls became Ambassador to Togo. Two years later, she became the United States alternate delegate to the United Nations. She was then appointed as Senior Deputy to the Director General of the Foreign Service. She was then appointed as Ambassador to Côte d'Ivoire in 1979 and retired in 1983.[3]

Rawls died April 13, 1985 at the Norwalk Hospital, Norwalk, Connecticut, after a long illness. She was 59 years old and lived in Westport, Connecticut. Her parents were Eugene and Vivian Rawls, and her brother, Eugene, survives her. He lives in Atlanta.


Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Dwight Dickinson
United States Ambassador to Togo
Succeeded by
Ronald D. Palmer
Preceded by
Monteagle Stearns
United States Ambassador to Côte d'Ivoire
Succeeded by
Robert Hopkins Miller