Diego Cortes Asencio (SFS’52) had a long and illustrious State Department career. While serving as the United States Ambassador to Colombia, he was taken hostage for 61 days by revolutionary Guerrilla fighters.
An overview of the intertwining histories of the School of Foreign Service and China, over the School’s 100 year history.
Shlomo Argov (SFS’52) was born in Jerusalem in 1929. His family had lived in the Holy Land for seven generations. At that time the city lay within the British Mandate for Palestine, though during Argov’s life, the State of Israel would burst into existence during the 1948 War of Independence.
A Palestinian immigrant who became one of the most prominent Arab-Americans of the early 20th century, Howar touched the lives of countless people during his 103+ years.
Alumnus Lane Kirkland (SFS’48) had a monumental impact in the American labor movement, acting as President of AFL-CIO from 1979 to 1995. His most celebrated contribution to history however was his support of the independent Polish trade union, Solidarity, that helped end Communist control in Eastern Europe.
Edward Bennett Lawson (SFS’24, MSFS’25) was a World War I veteran who attended Georgetown as one of the first students of the SFS. He had a full career, traveling all over the world for various diplomatic posts, ultimately becoming a US Ambassador, first to Iceland, then to Israel, until his retirement.