Sunday, December 02, 2007

R.I.P. Dick Nolte, a gentlespoken and fairminded man

Richard H. Nolte, Middle East Expert, 86 - alt.obituaries | Google Groups

Though I have not seen him for twenty years, I remember Dick Nolte fondly from a number of encounters at Columbia University, where we met often in a J.C. Hurwitz's high-quality monthly seminar, as well as in Connecticut and New York. He was a lovely man, and he usually had thoughtful comments on the Middle East. Among his other life-highlights was his appointment as U.S. ambassador to Egypt in 1967. He was never allowed to present his credentials to President Gamal Abdel Nasser, so he left Egypt after the June war still as ambassador-designee.

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