Thomas F. Stroock

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Thomas F. Strook
United States Ambassador to Guatemala
In office
1989–1992
Preceded by James H. Michel
Succeeded by Marilyn McAfee
State Senator from Natrona County, Wyoming
In office
1967–1967
In office
1971–1974
In office
1979–1989
Personal details
Born (1925-10-10)October 10, 1925
New York City
Died December 13, 2009(2009-12-13) (aged 84)
Casper, Natrona County, Wyoming
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Marta Stroock
Children Four daughters
Residence Casper, Wyoming
Alma mater Yale University
Occupation Oil executive
Military service
Service/branch United States Marine Corps
Battles/wars World War II

Thomas F. Stroock (October 10, 1925–December 13, 2009) was an American businessman, ambassador, and a Republican politician from Casper, Wyoming.[1]

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

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.

Career[edit]

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.[2] 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.

Personal life[edit]

He and his wife, Marta, had four daughters. He died on December 13, 2009 at the age of eighty-four.[3]

References[edit]

Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
James H. Michel
United States Ambassador to Guatemala
October 31, 1989–November 10, 1992
Succeeded by
Marilyn McAfee