Concise Encyclopedia of Tufts History

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Eliot, Jr., Theodore L., 1928


Theodore L. Eliot, Jr. (b.1928), former United States Ambassador to Afghanistan and executive secretary of the Department of State, was the fourth dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

A member of a prominent Boston family and descendent of one of Harvard University's best-known presidents, Eliot was born on January 24, 1928 in New York City. He received both his B.A. (1948) and M.P.A. (1956) from Harvard. Regarded as a career diplomat, he served as an embassy officer for the United States in various countries, including the former USSR, Ceylon, West Germany, and Iran. From 1969-1973, Eliot held the position of Executive Secretary of the Department of State. In conjunction with his Department of State duties, Eliot also served two years as president of the American Foreign Service Association, ending his term in 1971.In 1973, he was appointed Ambassador to Afghanistan. He became the youngest member of the foreign service at the time to be named a career minister in 1975.

From 1979-1985, Eliot served as the fourth dean and professor of diplomacy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He left the position in 1985, becoming the first executive director of The Asia Foundation's Center for Asian Pacific Affairs, of which he was made a trustee in 1990.Eliot was a senior research fellow at the Hoover Institute from 1987-1990.He has also been a vice-chairman of the World Affairs Council of Northern California and president of the Point Reyes Bird Observatory. Eliot has the distinction of being the first winner of the State Department's Repolgle Award for Management Improvement in 1973.

Source: VF; TC, October 1978

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Dame, Lorin Low, 1838-1903
Dana, Charles A., 1881-1975
Dana Laboratory, 1963
Daniel Ounjian Prize in Economics,
Davies, Caroline Stodder, 1864-1939
Davies House, 1894
De Florez Prize in Human Engineering, 1964
de Pacheco, Kaye MacKinnon, ca. 1910-ca. 1985
Dean Hall, 1887-1963
Dean, Oliver, 1783-1871
Dearborn, Heman Allen, 1831-1897
Department of Anatomy and Cellular Biology, 1893
Department of Anesthesia, 1970
Department of Art and Art History, 1930
Department of Biochemistry, 1893
Department of Chemistry, 1882
Department of Community Health, 1930
Department of Dermatology, 1897
The Department of Economics, 1946
Department of Medicine, 1893
Department of Molecular Biology and Microbiology
Department of Neurology, 1893
Department of Neuroscience, 1983
Department of Neurosurgery, 1951
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 1893
Department of Ophthamology, 1893
Department of Orthopedic Surgery, 1906
Department of Otolaryngology, 1895
Department of Pathology, 1893
Department of Pediatrics, 1930
Department of Pharmacology, 1915
Department of Physics and Astronomy, 1854
Department of Physiology, 1893
Department of Psychiatry, 1928
Department of Radiation Oncology, 1968
Department of Radiology, 1915
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, 1955
Department of Surgery, 1893
Department of Urban and Environmental Policy, 1973
Department of Urology, 1910
Dental Health Sciences Building, 1969
Dewick, Cora Alma (Polk), 1875-1977
Dewick/MacPhie Dining Hall, 1959
Dickson Professorship of English and American History, 1913
Dirlam, Arland A., 1905-1979
Dog Cart, 1900
Dolbear, Amos Emerson, 1837-1910
Donald A. Cowdery Memorial Scholarship, 1946
Dr. Benjamin Andrews Professorship of Surgery, 1987
Dr. Philip E. A. Sheridan Prize, 1977
The Drug Bust, 1970
Dudley, Henry Watson, 1831-1906
Dugger, Edward Jr., 1919-75
Durkee, Frank W., 1861-1939
Durkee, Henrietta Noble Brown, 1871-1946
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