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Geri Mack Joseph Edit Profile

also known as Geraldine Joseph

ambassador , educator , journalist

Geri Mack Joseph, American former ambassador, educator, journalist. Vice chairman Governor's Commission on Taxation, 1983-1984; trustee Carleton College, 1975-1994; member Democratic National Committee, 1960-1972, vice chairman, 1968-1972; president National Mental Health Association, 1970-1972, co-chairperson Minnesota Women's Campaign Fund, 1982-1984; co-chairman Attorney General's Committee on Child Abuse within the Family, 1986.


Geraldine (Mack) Joseph was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota on June 19, 1923.


Bachelor of Science, University Minnesota, 1946. Doctor of Laws, Bates College, 1982. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Macalester College, 1997.

Doctor of Laws, Carleton College, 1998. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary).


In 1948 she worked as a speechwriter for Hubert H. Humphrey during his successful campaign for United States Senator. In 1956 she was active in the campaign of Adlai Stevenson. She served on the National Commission on Income Maintenance Programs from 1967 to 1969.

Joseph served as President of the National Mental Health Association from 1968 to 1969. Active in Democratic Party politics, Joseph served as Chairwoman of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party. From 1972 to 1978 Joseph was a contributing editor and columnist for the Star-Tribune.

In 1977 she was appointed to the U.S. Commission on Mental Health. Joseph was appointed U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands in 1978, and served until 1981. From 1983 to 1993 Ambassador Joseph was a Senior Fellow at the University of Minnesota's Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

Ambassador Joseph's awards include honorary doctorates from Bates College, Macalester College and Carleton College. She has also been recognized by the University of Minnesota's School of Journalism, the Anti-Defamation League, and the Humphrey Institute. Her husband and she are Jewish and have been active in their congregation.

Her attorney, Richard Hendrickson was also wounded in the attack. Berkovitz was convicted and is serving a life sentence. Office of the Historian, U.S. department of State, Record of Appointment.


From 1962 to 1963 she became a member of the National Commission on Youth Employment, and from 1962 to 1967 she served on the National Institute of Mental Health Advisory Council. In 1959 she was named a member of the Democratic National Committee from Minnesota and in 1968 she became Vice Chairwoman of the DNC. Joseph has also served as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the Carleton College Council. She has also been a member of the board of directors for companies including Honeywell, Hormel, Northwestern Bell and Northwestern National Bank.