WVC community lecture series features former Ambassador Ryan Crocker on Jan. 6
Wenatchee Valley College invites students and the community to hear former U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker speak about his experiences in the Middle East on Wednesday, Jan. 6, at 7 p.m. in Van Tassell Center. The presentation is part of the WVC Lecture Series and is free and open to the public.
Crocker was born in Spokane and attended Whitman College in Walla Walla. He served as U.S. Ambassador to Iraq from March 2007 until February 2009, as well as Ambassador to Syria from 1998-2001, Ambassador to Kuwait from 1994-97 and Ambassador to Lebanon from 1990-1993.
Since joining the Foreign Service in 1971, he also completed assignments in Iran, Qatar, Egypt and Washington, D.C. He survived the bombings of the U.S. Embassy and Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon, in 1983.
Former president George W. Bush called Crocker “America’s Lawrence of Arabia.” In 2004, Bush conferred on Crocker the personal rank of Career Ambassador, the Foreign Service’s highest award, and, in 2007, presented him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award.
Crocker is now retired and living with his wife Christine near Spokane.
The lecture series event is sponsored by the Wenatchee Valley College Foundation.
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