Stephen W. Bosworth

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Stephen W. Bosworth
Stephen W. Bosworth. U.S. State Department official photograph
Stephen Warren Bosworth

(1939-12-04)December 4, 1939
DiedJanuary 4, 2016(2016-01-04) (aged 76)
Alma materDartmouth College
OccupationAcademic, diplomat
EmployerFletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
Board member ofCouncil 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)
AwardsAmerican 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)

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]

Ambassador Bosworth (left) and Mrs. Bosworth (far right) with Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos in Leyte in October 1984.

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]


  • Abramowitz, Morton I.; Stephen W. Bosworth (2006). Chasing the Sun: Rethinking East Asian Policy Since 1992. New York: Century Foundation. ISBN 978-0-87078-500-9.


  1. ^ a b c "Biographical information on Stephen Bosworth". ABC news. Associated Press. March 3, 2009. Archived from the original on January 2, 2013.
  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". Archived from the original on October 14, 2013. Retrieved March 11, 2009.
  6. ^ Landler, Mark (February 20, 2009). "Clinton Addresses N. Korea Succession". New York Times. Archived from the original on 2016-02-22. Retrieved 2009-07-31.
  7. ^ Carter, Jimmy (January 1980). Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: Jimmy Carter, 1979. p. 101. ISBN 9781623767723. Archived from the original on 2016-01-19. Retrieved 2016-01-05.
  8. ^ Bohn, Lauren (March 3, 2009). "Special Envoy Stephen Bosworth". Time. Archived from the original on 2009-05-25. Retrieved 2009-07-31.
  9. ^ "Ballot Access News » Blog Archive » Christine Todd Whitman Encourages Jon Huntsman to Seek Americans Elect Nomination". Archived from the original on 2011-12-04. 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. Archived from the original on 2016-01-16. Retrieved January 17, 2016.
  12. ^ "Ex-U.S. Amb. Stephen Bosworth dies". Archived from the original on 2016-01-05. 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