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George Walter Landau

From Austria | Former U.S. Ambassador to Paraguay, Chile, and Venezuela


George Walter Landau is a diplomat with a distinguished history of serving the U.S. Born in Vienna, Austria, in 1920, he attended New York University and George Washington University. From 1942 to 1947, he served in the U.S. Army, rising from Private to Captain, Military Intelligence. Later he entered the U.S. Foreign Service, serving as the ambassador to Paraguay, from 1972 to 1977, to Chile until 1982, and finally to Venezuela until 1985. Throughout, he promoted civil liberties and the rule of law; he also played a major role in solving the murder of the Chilean politician Orland Letelier. His many honors include the Presidential Meritorious Service Award, in 1984, and the American Foreign Service Association award for Lifetime Contributions to American Diplomacy, in 2013. After retiring from the Foreign Service, he served as president of the Americas Society and the Council of the Americas.

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