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, graduating in 1938, and then studied at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.[2]

Strong served as U.S. Vice Consul in Prague, Czechoslovakia and in Durban, South Africa. In April 1961, he was appointed Director of the Office of Near Eastern Affairs under Phillips Talbot.[3][4] President Kennedy appointed him U.S. Ambassador to Iraq on May 13, 1963.[5] He served in this capacity until 1967. On May 19, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson honored Strong with the National Civil Service League award.[6]

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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  3. ^ Panaspornprasit, Chookiat, US-Kuwaiti Relations, 1961-1992: An Uneasy Relationship (Routledge 2005). Print.
  4. ^ "List of Persons". U.S. Department of State. Retrieved August 7, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Strong Named New U.S. Ambassador to Iraq". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. 1963. Retrieved August 7, 2015. 
  6. ^ 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