Terence Todman

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Terence A. Todman
Terence Todman and Ronald Reagan.jpg
1985
United States Ambassador to Chad
In office
1969–1972
PresidentRichard Nixon
Preceded bySheldon B. Vance
Succeeded byEdward W. Mulcahy
United States Ambassador to Guinea
In office
1972–1975
PresidentRichard Nixon
Preceded byAlbert W. Sherer, Jr.
Succeeded byWilliam Caldwell Harrop
United States Ambassador to Costa Rica
In office
March 17, 1975 – January 24, 1977
PresidentGerald Ford
Preceded byViron P. Vaky
Succeeded byMarvin Weissman
United States Ambassador to Spain
In office
1978–1983
PresidentRonald Reagan
Preceded byWells Stabler
Succeeded byThomas Ostrom Enders
United States Ambassador to Denmark
In office
1983–1989
PresidentRonald Reagan
Preceded byLangeloth Loeb, Jr.
Succeeded byKeith Lapham Brown
United States Ambassador to Argentina
In office
13 June 1989 – 28 June 1993
PresidentGeorge H. W. Bush
Preceded byTheodore E. Gildred
Succeeded byJames Richard Cheek
Personal details
Born(1926-03-13)March 13, 1926
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
DiedAugust 13, 2014(2014-08-13) (aged 88)
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
NationalityAmerican
Spouse(s)Doris Weston
ProfessionCareer Ambassador
AwardsDistinguished Service Award

Terence Alphonso Todman (March 13, 1926 – August 13, 2014) was an American diplomat who served as the United States Ambassador to Chad, Guinea, Costa Rica, Spain, Denmark, and Argentina. In 1990, he was awarded the rank of Career Ambassador.[1]

Life[edit]

He was born on Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, on March 13, 1926. He was drafted and served in Japan from 1945 to 1949.[2]

He graduated from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico summa cum laude, and earned an M.P.A. degree from the Maxwell Graduate School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, which is the number-one ranked and most prestigious graduate school of public administration.[3] During his Ambassadorship in Guinea, his embassy was under eavesdropping of KGB, Soviet Union.[4] His appointment as ambassador of Costa Rica in 1974 represented the first African American to be given the title in a Spanish-speaking country.[5]

Todman was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.[6] He was a director of Exxcel Group. [3] On August 13, 2014, he died at the age of 88 at a hospital in Saint Thomas.[7]

Family[edit]

He married Doris Weston; they had four children.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ann Devroy; John E. Yang; Kenneth J. Cooper (15 May 1990). "Two Named Career Ambassadors". Washington Post. p. a.21. Retrieved 22 December 2010.
  2. ^ a b Highfield, Arnold (March 11, 2011). "Virgin Islander Terence Todman, ambassador extraordinaire". Virgin Islands Daily News. Archived from the original on 17 February 2013. Retrieved 29 January 2013.
  3. ^ a b "The Exxel Group: CEO and Executives - Businessweek". Investing.businessweek.com. Retrieved 2016-05-25.
  4. ^ Andrew, Christopher; Mitrokhin, Vasili (1999). The Sword and the Shield: The Mitrokhin Archive and the Secret History of the KGB. Basic Books. p. 342. ISBN 0-465-00310-9.
  5. ^ Langer, Emily (August 16, 2014). "Terence A Todman, US Ambassador to Six Nations, Dies at 88". The Washington Post. Retrieved February 28, 2019.
  6. ^ Alpha Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc
  7. ^ Terence A. Todman, U.S ambassador to six nations, dies at 88

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Sheldon B. Vance
United States Ambassador to Chad
1969–1972
Succeeded by
Edward W. Mulcahy
Preceded by
Albert W. Sherer, Jr.
United States Ambassador to Guinea
1972–1975
Succeeded by
William Caldwell Harrop
Preceded by
Viron P. Vaky
United States Ambassador to Costa Rica
March 17, 1975–January 24, 1977
Succeeded by
Marvin Weissman
Preceded by
Wells Stabler
United States Ambassador to Spain
1978–1983
Succeeded by
Thomas Ostrom Enders
Preceded by
Langeloth Loeb, Jr.
United States Ambassador to Denmark
1983–1989
Succeeded by
Keith Lapham Brown
Preceded by
Theodore E. Gildred
United States Ambassador to Argentina
13 June 1989–28 June 1993
Succeeded by
James Richard Cheek
Government offices
Preceded by
Harry W. Shlaudeman
Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs
April 1, 1977 – June 27, 1978
Succeeded by
Viron P. Vaky