Walter Curley

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Walter Curley
57th United States Ambassador to France
In office
July 6, 1989 – February 11, 1993
President George H. W. Bush
Preceded by Joe M. Rodgers
Succeeded by Pamela Harriman
United States Ambassador to Ireland
In office
President Gerald Ford
Preceded by John D. J. Moore
Succeeded by William V. Shannon
Personal details
Born Walter Joseph Patrick Curley II
(1922-09-17)September 17, 1922
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Died June 2, 2016(2016-06-02) (aged 93)
New York City, New York
Spouse(s) Mary Walton Curley
Children Margaret C. Wiles
Patrick Curley
John Walton Curley
James Curley
Residence New York, New York
Alma mater Yale University
Harvard University
Occupation Diplomat, Businessman

Walter Joseph Patrick Curley II (September 17, 1922 – June 2, 2016) was the 57th United States Ambassador to France from 1989 to 1993 and the United States Ambassador to Ireland from 1975 to 1977. Curley was New York City's Commissioner of Public Events and Chief of Protocol from 1973 to 1974, during the administrations of John Lindsay and Abraham Beame.[1]

He wrote two books on royalty, Vanishing Kingdoms, and Monarchs in Waiting, as well as two memoirs, Letters from the Pacific: 1943-1946, and Almost a Century: An American Life East and West of Suez. Curley was a graduate of Phillips Academy, Yale University and Harvard Business School. Curley was in the U.S. Marines during World War Two, serving from 1943-1946, seeing combat on Iwo Jima and Okinawa. He was a captain and was decorated with a Bronze star. Curley died in New York City.[2]



  1. ^ "Walter J. P. Curley". NNDB. Retrieved 2009-02-21. 
  2. ^ Walter Curley-obituary

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Joe M. Rodgers
U.S. Ambassador to France
Succeeded by
Pamela Harriman
Preceded by
John D. J. Moore
U.S. Ambassador to Ireland
Succeeded by
William V. Shannon