Rebecca Matlock

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Rebecca Matlock
Rebecca Inez Burrum

1928 (age 90–91)
Alma materDuke University

Rebecca Burrum Matlock (born 1928) is an American photographer and the wife of former U.S. Ambassador Jack F. Matlock, Jr.


Born Rebecca Inez Burrum in Manchester, Tennessee to Hugh H. Burrum and Leona M. Graham, she lived in Waverly and Gallatin, Tennessee. As an undergraduate at Duke University she met and married Jack F. Matlock, Jr.

After graduation, they moved to New York City where both took graduate studies at Columbia University. In 1953 they moved to Hanover, New Hampshire, where the first three of their children (James, Hugh, and Nell) were born. In 1956 the Matlocks joined the Foreign Service and were posted in following years to Vienna, Oberammergau, Moscow, Accra, Zanzibar, and Dar es Salaam. Two more children were born during their first tour in Moscow (David and Joseph).[2]

The Matlocks served four tours in the Soviet Union, between 1961 and 1991, and during that time she travelled to 14 of the 15 Union Republics.[3] They were posted to Moscow in 1961, 1974, 1981, and finally in 1987 when Jack Matlock was appointed U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union. During their final tour they lived at Spaso House in Moscow until 1991 and their retirement from the Foreign Service.

After leaving the Foreign Service they lived for five years in North Stonington, Connecticut, and New York City; and then moved to Princeton, New Jersey. In 2009 she was named Honorary Trustee of the Friends of Davis International Center of Princeton University.[4] The Matlocks now divide their time between a home in Princeton and her family farm in Booneville, Tennessee.

Sarah Caldwell biography[edit]

Matlock served on the board of the Opera Company of Boston and interviewed director Sarah Caldwell over the course of several years to produce her biography, Challenges: A Memoir of My Life in Opera.[5]

Photography exhibits[edit]

Matlock has had more than 50 exhibits of her photographs, as well as a series of exhibits by photographer Donald Schomacker.[2]

Some Exhibits of Rebecca Matlock's Photographs
Date City Venue Exhibit Reference
1983 Washington, DC American Foreign Service Club Library Black and White in Color [3]
1984 New York Columbia University On Architecture [2]
1984 New York Republican Women’s Club On Architecture [2]
1985 Seattle, WA University of Washington Art in Czechoslovakia, including exhibition by Donald Schomacker [2]
1988 Moscow Cinematographers Union International Film Festival [2]
1989 Moscow Photojournalists Union [2]
January 1990 Moscow Writer’s Union People [2]
1990 Vladivostok [2]
1990 Tbilisi, Georgia [2]
1990 Ulan Ude [2]
March 8, 1999 Princeton, NJ Stevenson Hall, Princeton University Rebecca Matlock Exhibit [3]
September, 1999 Princeton, NJ Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University Excursion to Georgia [3]
June 6, 2004 Tbilisi, Georgia Tbilisi Movie Actors' Theatre Special Places of Rebecca [6]
March 18, 2005 Greensboro, NC Nussbaum Center for Entrepreneurship The Time of Mikhail Gorbachev [7]
November 7–18, 2005 Princeton, NJ Chancellor Green café, Princeton University The Time of Mikhail Gorbachev [8][9]
September 1, 2006 New York, NY Harriman Institute, International Affairs Building Gorbachevs, Reagans and Bushes [10]
November 7, 2007 Princeton, NJ Rockefeller College Gallery, Princeton University Repairs of the Inca Bridge over Peru's Apurimac River [11]
November, 2008 Princeton, NJ International Center, Princeton University Black and White in Color [12]

Published works[edit]

  1. At Spaso House: People and meetings: Notes of the wife of an American ambassador (in Russian) Transl. from English by T. Kudriavtseva, Moscow: EKSMO, Algorithm, 2004 ISBN 5-699-05497-9
  2. Challenges: A Memoir of My Life in Opera by Caldwell, Sarah with Matlock, Rebecca, Middletown, Conn. : Wesleyan University Press, 2008 ISBN 0-8195-6885-6


  1. ^ "Matlock Biography, World Leaders Forum". Columbia University. Archived from the original on June 13, 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-07.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Squire, Patricia Interview with Rebecca Burrum Matlock Frontline Diplomacy, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. (January 11, 1990)
  3. ^ a b c d Rebecca Matlock Exhibit The Princeton Packet (March 19, 1999)
  4. ^ Friends of Davis International Center of Princeton University, Fall 2009 Newsletter
  5. ^ Blassnigg, Katharina, Challenges: A Memoir of My Life in Opera (review) Leonardo Reviews (December 1, 2008)
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  8. ^ Bartus, Tom (3 November 2005). "Photo exhibition focuses on Gorbachev era, Nov. 7-18". The Trustees of Princeton University. Retrieved 3 March 2015.
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