Roy Austin

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Roy Leslie Austin (born 1939) was United States Ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago October 2001 to December 2009.


Born in Kingstown, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, he moved to the United States to study and later became a U.S. citizen. He attended Yale University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in sociology. While there he befriended future President George W. Bush and both were inducted to the secret society Skull and Bones.[1][2][3] He earned a Master of Arts and Ph.D in sociology from the University of Washington.

Austin was Associate Professor of Sociology, Justice, and African American Studies at Pennsylvania State University and served as director of the Crime, Law, and Justice Program and the Africana Research Center.

Bush appointed Austin to the post of Ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago. He was sworn in October 19, 2001.[3] He left the post on December 18, 2009.


  1. ^ Alexandra Robbins, Secrets of the Tomb: Skull and Bones, the Ivy League, and the Hidden Paths of Power, Little, Brown and Company, 2002, page 177, 181-2.
  2. ^ Don Oldenburg, "Tippy-Top Secret; Yalies Bush and Kerry Share a Patrician Past Of Skull and Bones", Washington Post, April 4, 2004
  3. ^ a b George W. Bush, Decision Points, London: Virgin Books, 2010, p. 14

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Edward E. Shumaker III
United States Ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago
Succeeded by
Beatrice Wilkinson Welters