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94

SEPTEMBER 2017

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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL

nist rule. He was part of the first postwar

U.S. delegation to Hanoi that sought

resolution of the MIA issue and that also

explored the possibility of establishing

relations. The latter effort was premature

and unsuccessful, and the two countries

had no relations for the next 17 years.

Mr. Rosenthal followed this tour with

an assignment as deputy chief of mission

in Kuala Lumpur, where he was instru-

mental in assisting the very successful

Indochina refugee program.

His next posting was as DCM in

Manila, then the largest U.S. mission

abroad. He not only continued to oversee

refugee programs, but also dealt with

many issues involving the major U.S. mili-

tary bases then located in the Philippines.

President Ronald Reagan appointed

Mr. Rosenthal U.S. ambassador to the

Republic of Guinea in 1983. During his

tour the country’s nationalist leader,

President Ahmed Sékou Touré died, and

Guinea began a transition to a more open

society and market-oriented economy.

Ambassador Rosenthal concluded his

34-year diplomatic career as deputy direc-

tor of operations at the State Department.

In 1990 he retired from the Foreign

Service, returning to his native San

Francisco to become executive director

of the prestigious Commonwealth Club

of California. He hosted numerous heads

of state, high-level politicians and other

prominent personalities to this nationally

renowned forum.

He retired again in 1996, and then

spent much of his time leading and

lecturing on tours to Southeast Asia and

around the world. He also greatly enjoyed

the company of his children, all of whom

were born abroad, and six grandchildren,

and delighted in getting the entire clan

together for cruises and resort stays every

year.

Amb. Rosenthal served on the boards

of the Lowell Alumni Association, the

World Affairs Council and the Marines

Memorial Club. He was board president

of the International Diplomacy Council,

as well as the University of San Fran-

cisco’s Center for Asian Studies. He was

also chairman of the Foreign Service

Association of Northern California for

many years.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years,

Britta, of San Francisco, Calif., and his

three children: Carolyn, Stephen and

Suzanne.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contri-

butions can be made to the American

Foreign Service Association or DACOR

Bacon House in Washington, D.C.

n

William C. Sherman

, 93, a retired

Foreign Service officer and former

ambassador, died on July 3 at the Ingle-

side Retirement Community in Washing-

ton, D.C.

Born in Edmonton, Ky., in 1923, Mr.

Sherman graduated from the University

of Louisville. He served with the U.S.

Navy for more than three years during

and immediately following World War II

and joined the Foreign Service in 1951.

In addition to Japanese, he spoke Italian

and French.

During an impressive 35-year career

in the Foreign Service, Mr. Sherman held

top positions at the Department of State

and served in important posts in Asia and

Europe.

A leading expert on Asian affairs,

Mr. Sherman spent more than 14 years

in Japan. He was director for Japanese

affairs from 1973 to 1977, after which he

was selected as Ambassador Mike Mans-

field’s deputy chief of mission in Tokyo.

During earlier assignments in Japan

he served as counselor for political affairs

and as consul general in Osaka. He also

served extensively in Europe, and was