George Wildman Ball

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George Wildman Ball (1966)

George Wildman Ball (born December 21, 1909 in Des Moines , Iowa , † May 26, 1994 in New York City ) was an American lawyer and diplomat .

He became known as the mouthpiece of the pacifism movement against the Vietnam War when it escalated in the 1960s. Under President John F. Kennedy he was from February to December 1961, first under-secretary in the State Department of the United States with responsibility for economic affairs ( Under Secretary for Economic Affairs ). He then rose to the United States Under Secretary of State , which he was from December 4, 1961 to December 30, 1966 Deputy Secretary of State Dean Rusk under Presidents Kennedy and Johnson . From June 26 to September 25, 1968, he served as US Ambassador to the United Nations .

The Michigan State University awarded him in 1976 the honorary doctorate .


  • George Ball: The Past Has Another Pattern: Memoirs . WW Norton & Company , 1983, ISBN 0-393-30142-7 .
  • George W. and Douglas B. Ball: The Passionate Attachment: America's Involvement With Israel, 1947 to the Present . WW Norton & Company, 1992, ISBN 0-393-02933-6 .
  • David Dileo: George Ball, Vietnam, and the Rethinking of Containment . University of North Carolina Press, 1991, ISBN 0-8078-4297-4 .
  • James Bill: George Ball: Behind the Scenes in US Foreign Policy . Yale University Press, 1997.

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Individual evidence

  1. List of Honorary Doctorates from Michigan State University