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Francois M. Dickman
Bachelor of Arts - History and Languages - 1947
Francois Dickman is the son of two of UW's best-loved faculty
members, A.J. and Henriette Dickman, who taught foreign languages. His
own fluency in three languages -- Spanish, French, and Arabic -- helped
undergird his successful foreign service career. He credits his A&S
education with the broad intellectual perspective which facilitated his
career as a Foreign Service Officer.
Dickman studied at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, from which he received his master's degree in 1948. He served in both WWII and the Korean Conflict. Service to his country continued in more than three decades as a diplomat; he held assignments in seven foreign countries and in Washington, D.C. He began in 1950 as a research assistant at the Brookings Institute. The following year he entered the United States Foreign Service and was sent to Barranquilla, Colombia, as a vice consul. Between this initial assignment and his retirement in 1984, he was Director of Arabian Peninsular Affairs (1972-76) and had been appointed Ambassador to two different countries -- the United Arab Emirates (1976-79) and Kuwait (1979-83) -by presidents Ford, Carter and Reagan. He is the first and only Foreign Service career officer from the University of Wyoming to be appointed Ambassador. Dickman holds the Department of State's Meritorious Honor Award, is a 1980 UW Distinguished Alumnus, and was Diplomat in Residence at Marquette University. As a UW Adjunct Professor of Political Science, he draws on his wealth of knowledge and experience in international affairs to benefit students. Of his favorite UW memories, he says, "I have several, but my fondest one is that shortly after being discharged from the Army and returning to UW in March 1946, I met my future wife on a blind date for one of the dance mixers at the Union.