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Amb. Max M. Kampelman

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Biography:

Max M. Kampelman was a lawyer, diplomat and educator who served on the Leadership Council of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

President Jimmy Carter appointed Mr. Kampelman as ambassador to the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE) from 1980 to 1983, a position to which President Ronald Reagan reappointed him. He subsequently served as ambassador and head of the U.S. delegation to the CSCE Copenhagen Conference on the Human Dimension in June 1990, the CSCE Geneva Conference on National Minorities in July 1991, and the CSCE Moscow Conference on the Human Dimension in September 1991.

Mr. Kampelman also was named the head of the U.S. delegation to the negotiations with the Soviet Union on Nuclear and Space Arms in Geneva from 1985 to 1989, and as a counselor with the Department of State from 1987 to 1989 before rejoining the law firm of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, which he first joined in 1955.

Earlier in his career, he was a senior advisor to the U.S. Delegation to the United Nations and from 1949 to 1955 served as legislative counsel to Senator Hubert H. Humphrey.

Mr. Kampelman served as vice chairman of the United States Institute of Peace by presidential appointment from 1992 to 2001. From 1989 to 1993, he was chairman of the Board of Governors of the United Nations Association.

Mr. Kampelman also served as chairman emeritus of the American Academy of Diplomacy at Georgetown University's Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and Freedom House as well as Counselor of the American Bar Association Committee on Law and National Security and ABA’s Special Committee on the Central and Eastern European Law Initiative.

HarperCollins published his book, Entering New Worlds: The Memoirs of a Private Man in Public Life, in 1991. Praeger Press published an earlier book, The Communist Party vs. The C.I.O: A Study in Power Politics, in 1957.

President Reagan awarded Mr. Kampelman the Presidential Citizens Medal in 1989, which recognizes "citizens of the United States who have performed exemplary deeds of service for their country or their fellow citizens," and in 1999 he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Bill Clinton.

Mr. Kampelman had also been the recipient of the Knight Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. In April 2000, he was among those receiving the first Library of Congress “Living Legend” award.

An educator, he received his J.D. from New York University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Minnesota, where he taught from l946 to l948. Over the course of his career he served on the faculties of Bennington College, Claremont College, the University of Wisconsin and Howard University. He received thirteen honorary Doctorate degrees, served on the governing boards of a number of universities, and was an honorary governor with Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Mr. Kampelman was a founder and moderator of the public affairs program on public television, "Washington Week in Review." He was chairman of the Washington public broadcasting radio and television stations from l963 to l970. From 1958 to 1960, he was the founding Chairman of the Friends of the National Zoo.

He is survived by his wife, Marjorie, five children and five grandchildren.

Max M. Kampelman was a lawyer, diplomat and educator who served on the Leadership Council of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

President Jimmy Carter appointed Mr. Kampelman as ambassador to the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE) from 1980 to 1983, a position to which President Ronald Reagan reappointed him. He subsequently served as ambassador and head of the U.S. delegation to the CSCE Copenhagen Conference on the Human Dimension in June 1990, the CSCE Geneva Conference on National Minorities in July 1991, and the CSCE Moscow Conference on the Human Dimension in September 1991.

Mr. Kampelman also was named the head of the U.S. delegation to the negotiations with the Soviet Union on Nuclear and Space Arms in Geneva from 1985 to 1989, and as a counselor with the Department of State from 1987 to 1989 before rejoining the law firm of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, which he first joined in 1955.

Earlier in his career, he was a senior advisor to the U.S. Delegation to the United Nations and from 1949 to 1955 served as legislative counsel to Senator Hubert H. Humphrey.

Mr. Kampelman served as vice chairman of the United States Institute of Peace by presidential appointment from 1992 to 2001. From 1989 to 1993, he was chairman of the Board of Governors of the United Nations Association.

Mr. Kampelman also served as chairman emeritus of the American Academy of Diplomacy at Georgetown University's Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and Freedom House as well as Counselor of the American Bar Association Committee on Law and National Security and ABA’s Special Committee on the Central and Eastern European Law Initiative.

HarperCollins published his book, Entering New Worlds: The Memoirs of a Private Man in Public Life, in 1991. Praeger Press published an earlier book, The Communist Party vs. The C.I.O: A Study in Power Politics, in 1957.

President Reagan awarded Mr. Kampelman the Presidential Citizens Medal in 1989, which recognizes "citizens of the United States who have performed exemplary deeds of service for their country or their fellow citizens," and in 1999 he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Bill Clinton.

Mr. Kampelman had also been the recipient of the Knight Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. In April 2000, he was among those receiving the first Library of Congress “Living Legend” award.

An educator, he received his J.D. from New York University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Minnesota, where he taught from l946 to l948. Over the course of his career he served on the faculties of Bennington College, Claremont College, the University of Wisconsin and Howard University. He received thirteen honorary Doctorate degrees, served on the governing boards of a number of universities, and was an honorary governor with Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Mr. Kampelman was a founder and moderator of the public affairs program on public television, "Washington Week in Review." He was chairman of the Washington public broadcasting radio and television stations from l963 to l970. From 1958 to 1960, he was the founding Chairman of the Friends of the National Zoo.

He is survived by his wife, Marjorie, five children and five grandchildren.