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STEARNS, Monteagle Of Cambridge (and the world) died on May 14, 2016 following a period of declining health. He was 91. A career Foreign Service officer for over 40 years, his overseas assignments included Turkey, the Congo, the United Kingdom, Laos, U.S. Ambassador to the Ivory Coast, and three lengthy tours in Greece, the last also as U.S. Ambassador. In Washington, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs and Vice-President of the National Defense University. After retiring from government service, Monty held the Warburg Chair for International Relations at Simmons College in Boston, also publishing two books and numerous articles on United States foreign policy under the aegis of the Council on Foreign Relations and Princeton University. In 2014, in recognition of his "unbending professionalism and deep respect for the history and culture of Greece" he was made Grand Commander of the Order of the Phoenix by the President of the Hellenic Republic. Born in Cambridge to Gwendolyn Monteagle Stearns and William F. Stearns, Monty grew up in Carmel, CA and New England. In 1943 he left Stanford University after his freshman year to enlist in the Marine Corps, graduating in 1948 with a degree in English from Columbia University. Monty is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years Antonia (Riddleberger) Stearns; a half-sister, Mary Lou Stearns Roppoli of Indian Mills, NJ; six children: Joanne Stearns of Wynnwood PA; Pamela Pollack (Fred) of Palm City, FL; Christopher Stearns of Silver Spring, MD; Jonathan Stearns (Barbara) of Brussels, Belgium; David Stearns (Virginie) of London, UK; Emily Stearns Fertik (Elliot) of Chennai, India, and 8 grandchildren: Emma, Zoe, Pauline, Charlotte, Amélie, Alexander, Daniel, and Ian. Memorial services in Cambridge and Washington, DC will be scheduled later this year. Online guestbook www.brownandhickey.com Brown & Hickey Funeral Home 617-484-2534 617-547-1500
Published in The Boston Globe on May 19, 2016
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