Sol Linowitz

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Sol Myron Linowitz (December 7, 1913 – March 18, 2005) was an American diplomat, lawyer,[1] and businessman born in Trenton, NJ.[2]

Linowitz helped negotiate the return of the Panama Canal to Panama under the direction of President Jimmy Carter. In 1964, Linowitz joined David Rockefeller to launch the International Executive Service Corps, which was established to help bring about prosperity and stability in developing nations through the growth of private enterprise.[3] Besides being a career diplomat, lawyer, and one time chairman of Xerox, he wrote two books, "The Making of a Public Man: A Memoir", and "The Betrayed Profession". He was a graduate of Trenton Central High School, Hamilton College class of 1935 and Cornell Law School class of 1938, where he served as a trustee.

He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.


  1. ^ Legends in the Law: Sol Linowitz.
  2. ^ Joe Holley, Former Diplomat Sol Linowitz, 91, Dies, Washington Post, 18 March 2005.
  3. ^ Holley, Joe (18 March 2005). "Former Diplomat Sol Linowitz, 91, Dies". The Washington Post. Retrieved 3 October 2013. 
Business positions
Preceded by
Harold S. Kuhns
Chairman of Xerox Corporation
April 18, 1961–1966
Succeeded by
Joseph C. Wilson