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Stephen W. Bosworth
Stephen W. Bosworth. U.S. State Department official photograph
Stephen W. Bosworth
Born Stephen Warren Bosworth
(1939-12-04)December 4, 1939
Grand Rapids, Michigan, US
Died January 4, 2016(2016-01-04) (aged 76)
Boston, Massachusetts, US
Cause of death Pancreatic cancer
Citizenship American
Alma mater Dartmouth College
Occupation Academic, diplomat
Employer Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
Title Dean
Board member of Council on Foreign Relations
Japan Society of Boston
International Board of Advisers for the President of the Republic of the Philippines
Spouse(s) Sandra De Puit (divorced)
Christine Holmes (m. 1984)
Children 4
Awards American Academy of Diplomacy’s Diplomat of the Year Award in 1987
Department of State’s Distinguished Service Award in 1976 and 1986
Department of Energy’s Distinguished Service Award in 1979
Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star (Japan, 2005)
Ambassador Bosworth (left) and Mrs. Bosworth (far right) with Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos in Leyte in October 1984.

Stephen Warren Bosworth (December 4, 1939 – January 4, 2016) was an American academic and diplomat. He served as Dean of The Fletcher School at Tufts University and served as United States Special Representative for North Korea Policy from March 2009 to October 2011. He served three times as a U.S. Ambassador, to Tunisia (1979–1981),[3] to the Philippines (1984–1987), and to South Korea (1997–2001).[4] In 1987, he received the American Academy of Diplomacy's Diplomat of the Year Award.

In February 2009, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton named Bosworth a Special Representative for North Korea policy.[5][6]

Early life and education[edit]

Bosworth was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1939.[7] He graduated with a B.A. in international relations (1961) and an honorary doctorate (1986) from Dartmouth College. He was also a graduate student at George Washington University. He has two brothers, Brian Bosworth (head of the corporation FutureWorks) and Barry Bosworth (involved in advertisement)[8]

Private career[edit]

Prior to 1984, his previous foreign service assignments include Paris, Madrid, Panama City, and Washington, D.C. where he was the State Department’s Director of Policy Planning, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for inter-American affairs, and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic Affairs.

He was a member of the International Board of Advisers for the President of the Philippines, and also a member of the boards of International Textile Group and Franklin Templeton Investment Trust Management Co. (Korea). He was a member of the Trilateral Commission.

At times he has held teaching and oversight positions at various colleges and universities: Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (1990–1994); Linowitz Chair of International Studies, Hamilton College (1993); Trustee, Dartmouth College (1992–2002), Chairman of Board of Trustees, (1996–1999).[1]

Before his appointment as Ambassador to South Korea, he was the Executive Director of the Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization (1995–1997). Before coming to KEDO, he was president of the United States Japan Foundation.[1]

Political career[edit]

He served on the Executive Committee of Americans Elect, a political party seeking to gain ballot access in every state in 2012.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Bosworth was married to Sandra De Puit, with whom he had a son and a daughter, but ended in a divorce. From 1984 until his death in 2016, he was married to Christine Holmes, from whom he had two stepchildren.[10][11]


On January 4, 2016, Bosworth died at the age of 76 due to pancreatic cancer in Boston, Massachusetts.[10][12]



  1. ^ a b c "Biographical information on Stephen Bosworth". ABC news. Associated Press. March 3, 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-31. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Fletcher School biography". Archived from the original on 2009-11-02. Retrieved 2009-07-31. 
  3. ^ "U.S. Ambassadors to Tunisia". U.S. Department of State. Retrieved 2009-07-31. 
  4. ^ "U.S. Ambassadors to Korea". U.S. Department of State. Retrieved 2009-07-31. 
  5. ^ Hillary Clinton (February 20, 2009). "Appointment of Ambassador Stephen Bosworth as Special Representative for North Korea Policy". Retrieved 2009-03-11. 
  6. ^ Landler, Mark (February 20, 2009). "Clinton Addresses N. Korea Succession". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-07-31. 
  7. ^ Carter, Jimmy. "Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: Jimmy Carter, 1979". p. 101. Retrieved 2016-01-05. 
  8. ^ Bohn, Lauren (March 3, 2009). "Special Envoy Stephen Bosworth". Time (magazine). Retrieved 2009-07-31. 
  9. ^ "Ballot Access News » Blog Archive » Christine Todd Whitman Encourages Jon Huntsman to Seek Americans Elect Nomination". Retrieved 2 December 2011. 
  10. ^ a b Langer, Emily (2016-01-06). "Stephen W. Bosworth, three-time U.S. ambassador, dies at 76". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2016-01-07. 
  11. ^ Marquard, Bryan (January 12, 2016). "Stephen W. Bosworth, 76; former ambassador, Tufts dean". The Boston Globe. Retrieved January 17, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Ex-U.S. Amb. Stephen Bosworth dies". Retrieved 2016-01-05. 

External links[edit]

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Christopher R. Hill
U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Policy
Succeeded by
Sung Kim
Preceded by
James T. Laney
United States Ambassador to South Korea
Succeeded by
Thomas C. Hubbard
Preceded by
Michael Armacost
United States Ambassador to the Philippines
Succeeded by
Nicholas Platt
Preceded by
Edward W. Mulcahy
United States Ambassador to Tunisia
Succeeded by
Walter Leon Cutler