William Clark Jr. (diplomat)

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William Clark Jr.
Born (1930-10-12)October 12, 1930
Oakland, California, U.S.
Died January 22, 2008(2008-01-22) (aged 77)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Nationality United States

William Clark Jr. (October 12, 1930 – January 22, 2008) was a diplomat in the United States Foreign Service and a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor. He was named Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to India in 1989. He succeeded John R. Hubbard.

Clark was born in Oakland, California. Prior to his ambassadorial appointment, Mr. Clark served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Department of State Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs. Prior to this, he served for 4 years as Minister and deputy chief of mission for the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, Japan; and as deputy chief of mission and Chargé d'affaires for the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt.

After his tour as ambassador, Clark was president of the Japan Society, Inc. As of 2007, he was Managing Director of Hills and Company.[1]

Mr. Clark received a bachelor's degree and honorary Doctor of Letters from San Jose State College. He studied at the University of Southern California Law School and Columbia University School of International Affairs. He served in the U.S. Navy, 1949–1953.[2]

Ambassador Clark received numerous awards, including the Order of the Sacred Treasure Gold and Silver Star, conferred by the Emperor of Japan (2000), and the Department of State Distinguished Honor Award (1989). Mr. Clark was married and had one son.


Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
John R. Hubbard
United States Ambassador to India
Succeeded by
Thomas R. Pickering
Government offices
Preceded by
Richard H. Solomon
Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs
July 10, 1992 – April 23, 1993
Succeeded by
Winston Lord