Ambassador Stephen W. Bosworth ’61

The Dickey Center mourns the passing of Ambassador Stephen W. Bosworth ’61, one of the nation’s most distinguished diplomats and chairman of the Dartmouth College Board of Trustees, (1996-1999) and Emeriti Trustee (1992-2002).

Steve Bosworth served as the United States’ ambassador in Tunisia, South Korea and the Philippines, where he played a pivotal role in pressing Ferdinand Marcos to step down, ushering in a new era of democratic governance in the country. Bosworth held many other positions at the State Department including Special Representative for North Korea Policy during the first Obama Administration. An outstanding scholar of international relations, he served as dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University 2001-2013 and held positions at Harvard, Johns Hopkins and Stanford. He was the author of several studies, numerous articles and Bosworth co-wrote Chasing the Sun: Rethinking East Asian Policy Since 1992 (2006) with Morton Abramowitz. 

Ambassador Bosworth contributed to Dartmouth in numerous ways. He had been a member of the Dickey Center Board of Visitors and spent two terms in residence as a Dickey Center Fellow in 1987, delivering several lectures, co-teaching a course on international politics and documenting his experiences in the Philippines. Dartmouth awarded him an honorary doctor of laws degree in 1986. 

We extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends.

The John Sloan Dickey Center