About William R Rivkin
William Robert Rivkin (1919-1967) -- also known as William R. Rivkin -- of Illinois. Born in Muscatine, Muscatine County, Iowa, 1919. Colonel in the U.S. Army during World War II; U.S. Ambassador to Luxembourg, 1962-65; U.S. Ambassador to Senegal, 1966-67; died in office 1967; U.S. Ambassador, 1966-67; died in office 1967. Member, Council on Foreign Relations; Phi Beta Kappa. Died, of a heart attack, in Dakar, Senegal, March 19, 1967. Interment at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia.
"William R. Rivkin, 1919–1967, was born in Muscatine, Iowa. He received a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Iowa in 1941 and a law degree from Northwestern University in 1948. While at Iowa, he was the national intercollegiate oratorical champion. At Northwestern, he edited the Northwestern Law Review and finished first in his law class."
"After graduation from Iowa, Ambassador Rivkin joined the United States Army where he rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel during World War II. He was awarded the Bronze Star and received the French l'ordre de la santé publique, rank of chevalier."
"In 1956, Ambassador Rivkin served as deputy director of Adlai E. Stevenson II's second Presidential campaign, and in 1960 was the Midwest coordinator of the Presidential Campaign of then-Senator John F. Kennedy."
"He was a U.S. diplomat, serving as Ambassador to Luxembourg under President John F. Kennedy, and to Senegal and The Gambia under President Lyndon B. Johnson. He was a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Phi Beta Kappa. He is interred at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. The annual Rivkin award of the United States Foreign Service is presented in his honour."
Ambassador Rivkin had four children: Laura Ledford; Julie Wheeler; Robert Rivkin, the current General Counsel of the United States Department of Transportation; and Charles Rivkin, the current United States Ambassador to France.
Name: William R. Rivkin State of Residency: Illinois Non-career appointee Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Appointment: Oct 13, 1966 Presentation of Credentials: Jan 16, 1967 Termination of Mission: Died at Dakar Mar 19, 1967 Note: Also accredited to Senegal; resident at Dakar.
RIVKIN, WILLIAM R MAJOR US ARMY VETERAN SERVICE DATES: Unknown DATE OF BIRTH: 04/16/1919 DATE OF DEATH: 03/19/1967 DATE OF INTERMENT: 03/22/1967 BURIED AT: SECTION 1 SITE 150-G ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY