Peter Jon de Vos

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Peter Jon de Vos (deceased 2008)

In April 1990 "The President today announced his intention to nominate Peter Jon de Vos, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Liberia. He would succeed James Keough Bishop.

"Since 1989 Mr. de Vos has served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs. Prior to this, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Science and Technology, 1987 - 1989; Ambassador to the People's Republic of Mozambique, 1983 - 1987; Ambassador to the Republic of Guinea-Bissau and to the Republic of Cape Verde, 1980 - 1983; Deputy Director of Southern African Affairs at the Department of State, 1979 - 1980; National War College, 1978 - 1979; political officer in Athens, Greece, 1975 - 1978; Special Assistant for the Bureau of Inter-American Affairs at the Department of State, 1973 - 1975; political officer in Brasilia, Brazil, 1971 - 1973; political officer in Sao Paulo, Brazil, 1970 - 1971; deputy principal officer in Luanda, Angola, 1968 - 1970; political officer in Naples, Italy, 1966 - 1968; desk officer for Brazil, 1964 - 1966; and a Foreign Service officer general in Recife, Brazil, 1962 - 1964.

"Mr. de Vos graduated from Princeton University (B.A., 1960) and Johns Hopkins University (M.A., 1962). He was born December 24, 1938, in San Diego, CA. He is married and resides in Cabin John, MD." [1]

"In 1992, Pete was a special envoy to Somalia conducting negotiations between warlords, which he described as the scariest moments in his life. Afterward he had relatively tranquil ambassadorships to Tanzania and Costa Rica." [2]

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  1. Nomination of Peter Jon de Vos To Be United States Ambassador to Liberia, presidency.ucsb, accessed June 26, 2009.
  2. Peter Jon De Vos '60, paw.princeton, accessed June 26, 2009.