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ambassador , research executive

David Manker Abshire, American former ambassador, research executive.


Abshire, David Manker was born on April 11, 1926 in Chattanooga. Son of James Ernest and Phyllis (Patten) Abshire.


Student, University Chattanooga, 1945. Bachelor of Science, United States Military Academy, 1951. Doctor of Philosophy, Georgetown University, 1959.

Doctor of Humane Letters, Virginia Theological Seminary, 1992. Data Control Language (honorary), University of the South, 1994. Doctor of Humane Letters, Georgetown University, Washington.


Member minority staff, United States House Representatives, 1958-1960; director special projects, American Enterprise Institute, Washington, 1961-1962; executive director, Center Strategic and International Studies, Georgetown University, 1962-1970; chairman, Center Strategic and International Studies, Georgetown University, 1973-1982; president, Center Strategic and International Studies, Georgetown University, 1982-1983; chancellor, Center Strategic and International Studies, Georgetown University, 1987-1988; president, Center Strategic and International Studies, Georgetown University, since 1988; ambassador, United States permanent representative, North Atlantic Council, 1983-1987; special counsellor to president, White House, 1987. Assistant secretary state for congressional relations, 1970-1973. Presidential appointee Congressional Commision on Organisation of Government for Conduct of Foreign Policy, 1973-1975.

Chairman United States Board for International Broadcasting, 1974-1977. Director national security groupTransition Office of President-Elect Reagan, 1980-1981. Director Ogden Corporation, 1987-1996.

Member of advisory board BP American, President's Task Force on United States Government International Broadcasting, 1991, board Procter and Gamble. Adjunct Professor Georgetown University, 1973-1983.



Member advisory board Naval War College, 1975-1979. Vice-chairman board Youth for Understanding, 1979-1980. Trustee Baylor School, since 1980.

Member President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, 1981-1983. Board directors Spaak Foundation, Brussels. Trustee George W. Marshall Foundation With Army of the United States, 1945-1946.

1st lieutenant 1951-1956. Captain Reserve retired. Member Council American Ambassadors, Council on Competitiveness, Council Foreign Relations, Institute Strategic Studies, Trinity National Leadership Roundtable (co-founder), Gold Key Society, Alfalfa Club, Metropolitan Club, Cosmos Club, Alibi Club, Phi Alpha Theta.


Married Carolyn Lamar Sample, September 7, 1957. Children: Lupton Patten, Anna Lamra Abshire Bowman, Mary Lee Sample Abshire Jensvold, Phyllis Anderson Abshire d'Hoop, Carolyn Abshire Hall.

James Ernest Abshire

Phyllis (Patten) Abshire

Carolyn Lamar Sample

Mary Lee Sample Abshire Jensvold Abshire

Carolyn Abshire Hall Abshire

Phyllis Anderson Abshire d'Hoop Abshire

Anna Lamra Abshire Bowman Abshire

Lupton Patten Abshire