David K. E. Bruce Edit Profile
Bruce graduated from the University of Virginia in 1920.
He was the only American to serve as Ambassador to France, the Republic of Germany, and the United Kingdom. Bruce served in the United States Army during World War I. He went to the University of Maryland Law School and was admitted to the Maryland bar. He served in the Maryland House of Delegates 1924-1926 and the Virginia House of Delegates 1939-1942.
They divorced on April 20, 1945. No trace of the plane, pilot, or passengers was ever found. Audrey and Stephen Currier left three children: Andrea, Lavinia, and Michael.
Bruce married Evangeline Bell (1914–1995) on April 23, 1945, three days after his divorce. Alexandra died under mysterious circumstances (possibly murder or suicide) in 1975 at age 29 at the Bruce family home in Virginia. Other OSS functions included the use of propaganda, subversion, and post-war planning.
He observed the invasion of Normandy landing there the day after the initial invasion. He served as the United States Ambassador to France from 1949 to 1952, United States Ambassador to West Germany from 1957 to 1959, and United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom from 1961 to 1969. He was an American envoy at the Paris peace talks between the United States and North Vietnam in 1970 and 1971.
Bruce also served as the first United States emissary to the People's Republic of China from 1973 to 1974. He was the ambassador to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization from late 1974 to 1976. Bruce was a candidate for director of its successor the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in 1950.
Bruce purchased and restored Staunton Hill, his family's former estate in Charlotte County, Virginia. Bruce served as the Honorary Chair on the Board of Trustees of the American School in London during his diplomatic career in the United Kingdom. The David K.E. Bruce Award was established in 2007 at the school.
He died on December 5, 1977 of a heart attack at Georgetown University Medical Center.
Member Maryland. House of Delegates, 1924-1926, Virginia House Delegates, 1939-1942. Served with United States Army, 1917-1920, Army of the United States, 1942-1945.
Married Ailsa Mellon.; married Evangeline Bell. Children: Alexandra (deceased), David, Nicholas.