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Jewel Lafontant-Mankarious Edit Profile

also known as MRS. Naguib S. Mankarious

diplomat , Lawyer

Jewel Lafontant-Mankarious, American Diplomat, lawyer. Bar: Illinois 1947.


Lafontant-Mankarious, Jewel was born on April 28, 1922 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Daughter of Cornelius Francis Stradford and Aida Arabella Carter.


Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Oberlin College, 1943. Juris Doctor, University Chicago, 1946. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Cedar Crest College, 1973.

Doctor Humanitarian Service (honorary), Providence College, 1973. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Eastern Michigan University, 1973. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Howard University, 1974.

Doctor of Laws (honorary), Heidelberg College, 1975. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Lake Forest College, 1977. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Marymount Manhattan College, 1978.

Doctor of Laws (honorary), Oberlin College, 1979. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Governor's State University, 1980. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Governor's State University, 1980.

Citation for public service, University Chicago, 1980. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Chicago Medical School, 1982. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Loyola University of Chicago, 1982.

Doctor of Laws (honorary), Roosevelt University, 1990.


Assistant United State Attorneys, 1955-1958; senior partner, Lafontant, et al., Chicago, 1961-1983; senior partner, Vedder, Price, Kaufman & Kammholz, Chicago, 1983-1989; deputy solicitor general United States, Department State, Washington, 1972-1975; ambassador-at-large, United States coordinator for refugee affairs, Department State, Washington, 1989-1993; partner, Holleb & Coff, Chicago, since 1993. Board directors Mobil Corporation, Continental Bank, Foote, Cone & Belding, Equitable Life Assurance Society United States, Trans World Corporation, Revlon, Inc., Ariel-Capital Management, Harte-Hanks Communications, Inc., Pantry Pride, Inc., Revlon Group, Howard U. Past director Jewel Companies, Inc., Trans World Airlines, Hanes Corporation.

Past member United States Advisory Commission International Edition and Cultural Affairs, National Council Minority Business Enterprises, National Council on Ednl. Research; past chairman advisory board Civil Rights Commission. Member President's Private Sector Survey Cost Control.

President Executive Exchange. Past United States representative to United Nations.


  • Bar: Illinois 1947.


Former trustee Lake Forest (Illinois) College, Oberlin College, Howard U., Tuskegee Institute. Board of Governors Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation. Member Martin Luther King, Junior, Federal Holiday Commission.

Director Project Hope. Chairman Illinois advising committee United States Civil Rights Commission. Member board overseers Hoover Institution.

Member of national advisory board Salvation Army. Fellow International Academy Trial Lawyers. Member National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (secretary Chicago branch), American Civil Liberties Union (board directors), Chicago Bar Association (Board of Governors, Earl B. Dickerson award 1995), Commercial Club, Economics Club (past board directors), Rotary (honorary), Cosmospolitan Chamber of Commerce (chairperson 1996 benefit). F C.


Married John Rogers, 1946 (dissolved 1961). 1 child, John W. Rogers Junior. Married H. Ernest Lafontant, 1961 (deceased 1976).

Married Naguib Soby Mankarious, December 17, 1989.

Cornelius Francis Stradford

Aida Arabella Carter

Naguib Soby Mankarious

H. Ernest Lafontant

John Rogers

John W. Rogers Junior Lafontant-Mankarious