William A. Wilson
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|William A. Wilson|
With the President in 1984
|1st United States Ambassador to the Holy See|
|Succeeded by||Frank Shakespeare|
November 3, 1914|
Los Angeles, California
|Died||December 5, 2009
William Albert Wilson (November 3, 1914 – December 5, 2009) was an American diplomat and businessman from Los Angeles.
Wilson met his wife, Elizabeth "Betty" Johnson, at Stanford University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1936 and a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1937 before marrying in 1938. They had two daughters. His wife died in 1996.
A close friend of President Ronald Reagan, Wilson was appointed on 11 February 1981 as the personal representative of the President to the Holy See, when the United States still did not have full diplomatic relations with the Vatican, and in 1984 as the first United States Ambassador to the Holy See with the establishment of official relations.
- William A. Wilson Papers Georgetown University Libraries Special Collections
- The Hon. William Wilson 1999 profile from Thomas Aquinas College
- Amb. William A. Wilson, Director profile from Commodore Applied Technologies, Inc.
- Carl Bernstein, The U.S. and The Vatican on Birth Control Time, February 24, 1992
- Appearances on C-SPAN
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