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William Clark, American Political advisor. Recipient Superior Svc. award Department Army, 1971, Outstanding Svc. award Department Army, 1972, Distinguished Svc. award President United States, 1985, MeritoriousSvc. award President United States, 1987, 89, Distinguished Honor award Department State, 1989, Charles E. Cobb award Department State, 1991, Distinguished lecturer Foreign Svc. Institute, 1995.


Clark,, William was born on October 12, 1930 in Oakland, California, United States. Son of William and Mary Edith (Coady) Clark.


Bachelor, San Jose State University, 1955. Postgraduate, Columbia University, 1967—1968. Diploma with distinction, National War College, 1977.

Doctor of Letters (honorary), California State University, 1992.


Director liaison department, United States Civil Administration, Naha, Japan, 1970-1972; United States-Japan Trade Officer, American Embassy, Tokyo, 1972-1974; minister, American Embassy, Tokyo, 1981-1985; political counselor, American Embassy, Seoul, Republic of Korea, 1977-1980; minister, American Embassy, Cairo, 1985-1986; charge d'affaires, American Embassy, Cairo, 1986; director special trade activities, Department of State, Washington, 1974-1976; director Japanese Affairs, Department of State, Washington, 1980-1981; deputy assistant secretary state, Department of State, Washington, 1986-1989; ambassador to India, 1989-1992; assistant secretary of state East Asian and Pacific affairs, Department of State, Washington, 1992-1993; Japan chair, senior advisor, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, 1993-1995; president, Japan Society, New York City, since 1996; senior advisor, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, since 1996.


Lieutenant (junior grade) United States Navy, 1950-1953. Member of Council Foreign Relations, American Japan Society (board directors 1981-1985), Japan American Society 1994—2000, Asia Society (board advisory), American Foreign Service Association, American Chamber of Commerce (honorary member Tokyo 1981-1985, Cairo 1985-1986), COSMOS Club (Washington), Gizira Club, Chevy Chase Club (Washington), President's Estate Polo Club (New Delhi), Tokyo American Club.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: tennis, riding, skiing, golf.


Married Judith Lee Riley, September 11, 1954. 1 child, Jared Riley.

William Clark,

Mary Edith (Coady) Clark,

Judith Lee Riley

Jared Riley Clark,