THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
mbassador William C. Harrop isthe 2015 recipient of the Ameri- can Foreign Service Association’s Lifetime Contributions to American Diplomacy Award in recognition of
his distinguished Foreign Ser-
vice career and lifetime of public
During his 39-year career as a
Foreign Service officer, William Harrop served as United States
ambassador to Guinea (1975-1977), Kenya and the Seychelles
(1980-1983), the Democratic Republic of the Congo (then known
as Zaire, 1988-1991) and Israel (1992-1993).
Among other assignments, Ambassador Harrop was the
Inspector General of the State Department and Foreign Service
(1983-1988), principal deputy assistant secretary of State for Afri-
can affairs (1980-1983) and deputy chief of mission in Canberra
(1973-1975). He was also a member of the State Department’s
Policy Planning and Coordination Staff, and served in Italy and
Belgium as a junior officer.
Amb. Harrop chaired the association’s Governing Board
from 1972 to 1974, and has served on AFSA’s Scholarship
Committee (which he also chaired) and Awards and Plaques
Committee. He has received the Foreign Service Cup, conferred
by DACOR, as well as the State Department’s Distinguished
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A LIFETIME OF PUBLIC SERVICE:
Honor Award and the Presidential Distinguished Service Award,
among numerous other honors.
Since retiring in 1993, Amb. Harrop has dedicated himself
to supporting diplomacy and its practitioners. He is a board
member of the Henry L. Stimson Center, a think-tank which
promotes innovative solutions to global security challenges. In
addition to serving as a member of the Washington Institute of
Foreign Affairs and of the Foreign Affairs Council, he is a direc-
tor of the American Academy of Diplomacy, the Senior Living
Foundation of the American Foreign Service and American
Diplomacy Publishers. He is also a member and former chair-
man of the board of Population Services International, the larg-
est health social-marketing nongovernmental organization, and
the Humane Society of Washington, D.C.
For many years, Amb. Harrop has directed a sizable portion
of the charitable activities of the Nelson B. Delavan Foundation
toward projects strengthening the Foreign Service and AFSA.
In 2010, Amb. Harrop became president and chairman of the
Foreign Affairs Museum Council, which is now the Diplomacy
Center Foundation, at the State Department. The groundbreak-
ing ceremony for the project took place in September 2014.
Amb. Harrop and his wife of 53 years, the former Ann Dela-
van, have four sons and nine grandchildren.
Foreign Service Journal
Associate Editor Maria C. Livingston
interviewed Amb. Harrop on June 10.
The recipient of AFSA’s 2015 Lifetime Contributions to American Diplomacy Award
talks about his Foreign Service career, his pioneering role in AFSA and his view
of the challenges before the Foreign Service today.
BY MAR I A C . L I V I NGSTON