About Evan Griffith "Van" Galbraith, Jr.
Evan (Van) Griffith Galbraith (July 2, 1928 – January 21, 2008) was the United States Ambassador to France from 1981 to 1985 under Ronald Reagan and the Secretary of Defense Representative in Europe under Donald Rumsfeld from 2002 to 2007.
Galbraith was born in Toledo, Ohio. He graduated from Ottawa Hills High School in 1946, and was a graduate of Yale University (class of 1950, member of Skull and Bones) and Harvard Law School. Galbraith served on active duty in the Navy from 1953 to 1957, attached to the Central Intelligence Agency. From 1960 to 1961, he was the confidential assistant to the Secretary of Commerce. He was a close personal friend and Yale classmate of William F. Buckley, Jr. who died one month after Galbraith.
In addition to his post as Ambassador to France under President Ronald Reagan Galbraith had spent more than twenty years in Europe, primarily as an investment banker. He was Managing Director of Dillon Read in London, an Advisory Director of Morgan Stanley in New York, Chairman of the Board of National Review and 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 the New York subsidiary of LVMH (Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton).
Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld appointed Evan G. Galbraith as his representative in Europe and the defense advisor to the U.S. mission to NATO. In making this appointment Rumsfeld said, "I wanted a seasoned, vigorous representative in Europe who will bring experienced leadership to this important mission."
Galbraith was also a member of the Center for Security Policy, Council of Foreign Relations and the Bohemian Club in San Francisco.
He was married to Marie "Bootsie" Galbraith and has three surviving children: John, Evan, and Christina.
Ambassador in Paris: The Reagan Years. (1987) ISBN 0-89526-577-X