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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
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SEPTEMBER 2013
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scratch, which was extremely cumbersome. But he was always
patient, friendly and disarming, and, in the end, successful.
FSJ:
Are there other people you worked with that you felt
were outstanding?
GWL:
Yes, another fgure I admired is John Leddy, who was
assistant secretary for European afairs during the 1960s. A
civil servant who came from Treasury, John was an outstand-
ing economist and a fair-minded boss.
Te same was true of his successor, Martin Hillenbrand,
later ambassador to Germany. A superb Foreign Service of-
cer, he was knowledgeable and went out of his way to assist his
staf at all times.
I also want to mention Margaret Joy “Tibby” Tibbetts. She
was deputy assistant secretary for European afairs while
I worked on Spain and Portugal. Previously she had been
ambassador to Norway. An early breaker of the glass ceiling,
she was admired by all who worked for her.
Finally, let me single out Joe Sisco, who served as assistant
secretary for Near Eastern afairs and, later, as under secretary
for political afairs. Tough Joe was an FSO, he spent his entire
career in Washington. He was the ultimate operator, and I
mean that in a good sense.
Joe knew what was going on everywhere and was a mover
and a shaker. Yet he never used his position for personal gain
or advancement, but only for the good of the country. He was
an indispensable consigliere to various Secretaries of State.
FSJ:
Any fnal thoughts?
GWL
: Yes, I want to clarify something I mentioned earlier.
When I fnally retired from the Army Reserve in 1974, I became
entitled to be buried in Arlington Cemetery. My wife, Mary,
who passed away in 2010, is already laid to rest there.
One day I will follow her. And that strikes me—and I don’t
mean to make light of it—as a ftting end to my American
dream.
FSJ:
Thank you very much, Ambassador Landau
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