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Walter John Stoessel, Edit Profile

diplomat , United States Deputy Secretary of State

Walter John Stoessel,, American, USSR diplomat. Served with United States Naval Reserve, 1944-1946. Member Council Foreign Relations, German Marshall Fund United States, Atlantic Council, United Nations Association United States (chairman parallel studies program with Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics), Phi Delta Theta Clubs: Chevy Chase, Metropolitan, Alibi.

Background

Stoessel,, Walter John was born on January 24, 1920 in Manhattan, Kansas, United States. Son of Walter John and Katherine (Haston) Stoessel.

Education

AB, Stanford, 1941; Student, Russian Institute, Columbia University, 1950. Student, Center International Affairs, Harvard University, 1960.

Career

Paternal side of his family had migrated to US from Western Germany in the middle of 19th century. A career officer of the United States Foreign Service, Stoessel served as the U.S. ambassador to Poland from 1968 to 1972, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Canadian Affairs from 1972 to 1974, the U.S. ambassador to the Soviet Union between 1974 and 1976, and the ambassador to West Germany from 1976 through 1980. During his term as ambassador to Poland, Stoessel initiated contact with China and hosted talks on behalf of the United States, directly opening the door for President Richard Nixon's famous visit to China.

In 1981, while ambassador to West Germany, he joined the delegation, with Walter Mondale, greeting the U.S. hostages released by Iran when they deplaned. In 1982, President Ronald Reagan appointed Stoessel as the United States Deputy Secretary of State. During his term he served briefly as acting Secretary of State between the tenures of Alexander M. Haig and George P. Shultz.

He died in Washington, D.C. of leukemia and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery. The U.S. Department of State awards a Walter J. Stoessel Award for Distinguished Diplomatic Service in his honor.

Membership

Served with United States Naval Reserve, 1944-1946. Member Council Foreign Relations, German Marshall Fund United States, Atlantic Council, United Nations Association United States (chairman parallel studies program with Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics), Phi Delta Theta Clubs: Chevy Chase, Metropolitan, Alibi.

Connections

Married Mary Ann Ferrandou, June 20, 1946. Children: Katherine, Suzanne, Christine.

father:
Walter John Stoessel,

mother:
Katherine (Haston) Stoessel,

spouse:
Mary Ann Ferrandou

children:
Katherine Stoessel,

Suzanne Stoessel,

Christine Stoessel,