Robert C. Strong

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Robert C. Strong (1915–1999) was a United States diplomat.


Born Robert Campbell Strong on September 29, 1915, in Chicago, Illinois,[1] Strong eventually moved to Beloit, Wisconsin. He attended Beloit College where he was a member of Sigma Pi fraternity, and graduated in 1938.[2] He then studied at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.[3]

Strong began his career in 1939 after passing a three day test to be admitted into the foreign service.[2] He served as U.S. Vice Consul in Prague, Czechoslovakia and in Durban, South Africa. For a while, he was stationed at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.[2] In April 1961, he was appointed Director of the Office of Near Eastern Affairs under Phillips Talbot.[4][5] President Kennedy appointed him U.S. Ambassador to Iraq on May 13, 1963.[6] He served in this capacity until 1967. On May 19, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson honored Strong with the National Civil Service League award.[7]

He died on December 28, 1999, in Tucson, Arizona, and was buried at Beloit.

Strong's son, Gridley Barstow Strong, served in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War and was killed during the Battle of Khe Sanh.


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  2. ^ a b c "Sigma Pi In The News: Ambassador to Iraq" (PDF). The Emerald of Sigma Pi. Vol. 50 no. 3. Fall 1963. pp. 119–120. 
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  4. ^ Panaspornprasit, Chookiat, US-Kuwaiti Relations, 1961-1992: An Uneasy Relationship (Routledge 2005). Print.
  5. ^ "List of Persons". U.S. Department of State. Retrieved August 7, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Strong Named New U.S. Ambassador to Iraq". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. 1963. Retrieved August 7, 2015. 
  7. ^ Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: Lyndon B. Johnson, 1965 (U.S. Government Printing Office), 563. Print.
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
John D. Jernegan
United States Ambassador to Iraq
Succeeded by
Enoch S. Duncan