Evan G. Galbraith

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Evan G. Galbraith Jr., (died in 2008).

"For 15 years before accepting the ambassadorship in 1981, Mr. Galbraith, who was also an international banker, had been chairman of National Review, the conservative magazine founded by William F. Buckley Jr. He and Mr. Buckley were friends from their days together at Yale in the late 1940s. “Extremely close friends,” Mr. Buckley said in a telephone interview on Thursday, observing that he and Mr. Galbraith had sailed together across the Atlantic three times and across the Pacific once...

"As President Ronald Reagan’s ambassador to France from 1981 to 1985, Mr. Galbraith frequently irritated the government of President François Mitterrand with his positions, suggesting in 1984, for example, that Mr. Mitterrand’s Socialist Party was quite likely to lose its parliamentary majority in coming elections. He also said the Communist Party was “sort of outside the law” and should no longer be allowed to take part in the French government. The government called his statements “unacceptable.”

"A year later, Mr. Galbraith said that the majority of career Foreign Service officers were “liberals” who were not carrying out Mr. Reagan’s policies with enthusiasm: the best argument, he said, for placing political appointees like himself in important ambassadorial posts...

"After working at a New York law firm, Mr. Galbraith joined the Eisenhower administration as an assistant to the secretary of commerce. He later held management positions in banking, including the chairmanship of Bankers Trust International in London. He was also chairman of a United States holding company for LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the French conglomerate." [1]

He was a "member of the board of the Groupe Lagardère S.A. Paris. Together with Daimler Benz, the Groupe Lagardère S.A. controls EADS (European Aerospace and Defense Systems), Europe's largest defense contractor and principal owner of Airbus. Galbraith also served on several other commercial boards and until 1998, was Chairman of the Board of LVMH (Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton) USA." wiki

When his son Evan Griffith Galbraith got married in 2001 he was "the board chairman of National Review magazine and an advisory director at Morgan Stanley, the investment bank in Manhattan." [1]

His wife was Marie Galbraith.

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  1. NYT Evan Galbraith, Ambassador, Dies at 79, organizational web page, accessed July 23, 2013.