Wednesday, 26 July 2017 16:12

Remembering William C. Sherman, Class of 1968

William C. Sherman, 93, a career Foreign Service officer and expert on Japanese politics who served as a top diplomat to the United Nations during the administration of Ronald Reagan, died July 3 at a retirement community in Washington. The cause was complications of congestive heart failure, said his daughter, Courtney Simon.


Mr. Sherman was born in Edmonton, Ky., and studied Japanese in the Navy at the close of World War II. He joined the Foreign Service in 1951 and was assigned to Yokohama and then Tokyo, where his language skills placed him in close contact with senior Japanese politicians and Secretary of State John Foster Dulles.

He eventually rose to become the State Department’s director of Japanese affairs and, in the late 1970s, its deputy chief of mission in Tokyo, where he was the No. 2 American diplomat behind Ambassador Mike Mansfield, the former Senate majority leader.

Mr. Sherman was named the U.S. deputy representative in the U.N. Security Council in 1981 and retired five years later as deputy assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs. He taught at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, and in 2002, he was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, a national honor in Japan.

Obituary Courtesy of Washington Post.

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