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William L. Eagleton

William L. Eagleton

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Ambassador William Lester Eagleton Jr, born in Peoria, Illinois August 17, 1926, passed away peacefully at his home in Taos, New Mexico on January 27, 2011.

He graduated from Peoria High School in 1943, served in the Navy at the end of WW2, graduated from Yale University, Institut des Sciences Politiques Paris, and Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.

William Eagleton embarked on a remarkable 42 year career in the US Foreign Service, which began in Madrid and subsequently took him to Syria, Lebanon, Northern Iraq, Iran, Mauritania, London, Yemen, Algeria, Libya, Iraq, and Syria again where he served as Ambassador. Following retirement from the Foreign Service, he launched a second career with the United Nations, first as Deputy of UNRWA in Vienna, then as Special Coordinator for Sarajevo during the Bosnian war, and finally as Special Representative to the Secretary General for Western Sahara. He briefly rejoined US Government service in 2003, as Special Adviser for Northern Iraq.

Author of two books, the Kurdish Republic of Mahabad (1954), and Kurdish Rugs and Other Weavings (1985), his friendship with the Kurdish people goes back to the early 1950s.

He was preceded in death by his father, William Eagleton Sr, his mother Mary Louise Eagleton (née Chandler), his brother Lee Eagleton, and his son Robert Eagleton. He is survived by his wife Kathleen Eagleton (née Flannigan) and his seven children: Diane Eagleton of Boulder, CO; Marc Eagleton of Altea, Spain; Richard Eagleton of Altea, Spain; Philip Eagleton of Altea, Spain; Anthony (Valerie) Eagleton of Paris, France; John (Bénédicte) Eagleton of Paris, France; and Mary Louise (Sebastian) Eagleton Meaney of Paramaribo, Suriname. Ambassador Eagleton is also survived by his brother Richard (Joyce) Eagleton of Peoria, IL, twenty grandchildren and four soon to be five great grandchildren.

A small gathering to celebrate his life will be held at his home in Taos, NM on February 1st.

A memorial service and interment of his ashes will take on Friday, July 15, 2011 from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm at St. Paul's Episcopal Church and Rock Creek Park Cemetery in Washington, DC. Please RSVP to Kay Eagleton, 575-758-5926.

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Nombre William L. Eagleton
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Fecha de defunción 27 enero, 2011
Ciudad de origen , AL, US 
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Nelly Charbonneaux Bonneville publicó una condolencia .

It is only today that I learn of Bill Eagleton's passing away. I recognized his photograph after all these years and often wondered what, Diane, Marc and Philip became? With all my sympathy, Nelly Charbonneaux Bonneville

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Charlotte Thomson Iserbyt publicó una condolencia .

Dear Kay and family: I just found out that your Bill had died and wanted you to know that my heart sank upon receiving this sad news. Bill was my first boss when I went to work in Near Eastern Affairs at State in 1956. Working in that office, with Bill's close friend Dick Parker(what a hoot he was!) Ed Waggoner, et al was not only very interesting but so much fun. Those old days at State were unique. But as to Bill, he was unique as well, such a well-rounded person: brilliant in his work as Ambassadors wherever, equally talented in his research and writing on oriental, esp. Kurdish, rugs, and a dear friend. I know life must be very strange for you, Kay, with such a huge personality missing from your life. My very tardy condolences to you and yours. If you come east, please know you and or your family are always welcome here on the river in Dresden, Maine. Charlotte

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Tarif Kari publicó una condolencia .

I just came to know he passed away last January. Bill was more to me than a neighbor and a friend's dad, he was an inspiration and a role model. Rest in Peace Mr. Eagleton. The world has lost a great man.

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Evangelos George Lambrou publicó una condolencia .

Rest in peace Ambassador. Thank you for your service to our great country and your example to those of us you honored with your friendship. We love you and miss you. αιώνια μνήμη-Memory Eternal.

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Tom Homan publicó una condolencia .

I was serving at the US Interests Section in Baghdad when Bill Eagleton arrived in 1979 to take charge of our fledgling operation there. Bill was there when the Iran-Iraq War broke out a short time later and Bill stayed up through the night to ensure that everone was accounted for and a safe evacuationof Americans was arranged. We watched the air raids by the Iranians into Baghdad from his office window. He was a wily and skilled diplomat cum politician and led a careful restructuring of the the fragile relationwhip between the US and Iraq at a crucial time. And he did it all with warmth and elan.

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John Fawcett publicó una condolencia .

I worked for Bill Eagleton for 18 months in Sarajevo. Though it was a war zone, he maintained a drive and vigor that put younger people to shame. I have many fond memories of Bill, including his chicken and rice suppers when you might find yourself across the table from a General, a Senator, a future president, or as in my case, a future wife. I will never forget him.

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Mcguire Gibson publicó una condolencia .

My condolences to his wife and family. I first met Bill in Baghdad, when he reopened diplomatic relations with Iraq in the 1980s. He and I shared an interest in archaeology (my field) and, more important, in carpets. The Iraqi government allowed him to go up to the Kurdish area fairly often, where he would add to his collection. My somewhat dusty field team went up to Baghdad at his invitation to attend a party for a group of visiting Americans. When I arrived, he broke away from his guests and came over to show me his newest rug purchase, getting down on his knees to show the density of the knotting. Later, we saw one another in Washington and in Damascus, and at international carpet meetings. He contributed rugs, an essay and a talk for the first serious exhibition on Kurdish weaving, held at Northwestern University. A year or two later,he published his definitive book on Kurdish weavings. He was a great diplomat and scholar, and a genuine and thoroughly likable human being.

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Harry B Evans publicó una condolencia .

I met Mr. Eagleton in 1979 when I was part of a group visiting Libya from the American Academy in Rome, and he was serving as charge d'affaires in Tripoli. He very graciously hosted a reception for us all, and then put one other professor and myself up in his residence for our last night in the country after the rest of the group had left for Tunisia, hospitality that was above and beyond the call of duty; when we thanked him then, he replied, "You might as well get something for your tax money." Then he gave us crucial advice for retrieving books from the Academy library that had been confiscated by Libyan customs when we entered the country, and negotiating the Tripoli airport, and even had his driver take us to the airport when we left. I have great memories of that trip, but especially of his kind assistance. His family has my greatest sympathy.

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Omar Jaff publicó una condolencia .

A dear friend to my father Mustafa jaff, and to the Kurdish people; my deepest condolences goes out to Mr Eagletons family. May god bless him

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L. Carl Brown publicó una condolencia .

Kay and family, Anne & I are pleased and proud to have known Bill and to have shared lives together, especially during those Princeton days but elsewhere as well. A great life well lived. Carl

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Valeria Sentowski publicó una condolencia .

Dear Kay & Family--a friend in DC alerted me to Bill's passing. I am so sorry -- he was a great guy. I really enjoyed working with him in Algiers and knowing you and the family. My prayers are with you all at this sad time. Sincerely, Valeria Sentowski, Wisconsin

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Roisin De Burca publicó una condolencia .

May the road rise up to meet you, May the wind be always at your back, May the sun shine warm upon your face, The rains fall soft upon your fields;and until you all meet again, May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

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Vanessa Andrews publicó una condolencia .

So sorry to hear sad news - love to ML and her family Vanessa (Nessie) Seb's godmother

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Annie publicó una condolencia .

I feel privileged to have met Bill and I am very thankfull for his help in raising Alex...I am sure he will be missed by everyone who knew him. I wish I could have come to see him before he left us.. My condolences and love to all who love and miss him..

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Tim Reid publicó una condolencia .

Hello, I am a friend of Mary Louise from her Congo days. I never met the Ambassador but he seems to have had an incredible life, and if his daughter is anything to go by, he seems to have been a wonderful father as well. My deepest condolences to the whole family in this time of loss. Tim Reid

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Pilarviviente publicó una condolencia .

The great Bill Eagleton, friendly and clever, an exception as a human being, an example of discretion and respect to others, a gentleman and a scholar My condolences to the family.

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Lynne Robinson publicó una condolencia .

Love and condolences to all Bill's family. He was an extraordinary man and will be missed.

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Anne-Marie Emanuelli publicó una condolencia .

Meilleurs sentiments et condoléances à votre famille, specialement à Diane et Philip que j'ai connu à Taos. Ayant dit adieu à ma mère, Mme. Paulette Emanuelli CLARK, cet été je suis touchée par les parallelles d'histoire que nos parents ont vécu. La leur était une génération incroyable qui a changé le monde.

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