Thomas F. Stroock
|Thomas F. Strook|
|United States Ambassador to Guatemala|
|Preceded by||James H. Michel|
|Succeeded by||Marilyn McAfee|
|State Senator from Natrona County, Wyoming|
October 10, 1925|
New York City
|Died||December 13, 2009
Casper, Natrona County, Wyoming
|Alma mater||Yale University|
|Service/branch||United States Marine Corps|
|Battles/wars||World War II|
Born in New York City, Stroock attended Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, alongside future U.S. President George Herbert Walker Bush. He was a member of Chi Phi Fraternity. After graduation, he served in the United States Marine Corps during World War II and then relocated to Wyoming, where he devoted his remaining years.
Upon settling in Casper, he founded several petroleum companies.
He served as a member of the Wyoming State Senate from Natrona County in 1967, from 1971 to 1974, and finally from 1979 to 1989. He was the Senate vice president in 1989. In 1974, he left the state Senate to run unsuccessfully on the GOP ticket for Wyoming's at-large seat in the United States House of Representatives, having been defeated by the incumbent Democrat Teno Roncalio.
In 1989, he was named United States Ambassador to Guatemala by his former Yale classmate President Bush. He held that post until 1992. During his time as ambassador, he fought against drug trafficking. He also had to handle the case of the American nun Dianna Ortiz, who had been abducted, raped, and tortured by the Guatemalan military, with possible complicity of the United States, and whose account he was unwilling to accept.
He and his wife, Marta, had four daughters. He died on December 13, 2009 at the age of eighty-four.
- "Tom Stroock". legisweb.state.wy/us. Retrieved February 24, 2012.
- Former U.S. ambassador, oilman Stroock dies Trib.com
James H. Michel
|United States Ambassador to Guatemala
October 31, 1989–November 10, 1992