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Donald B. Easum : biography

August 27, 1923 -

Donald Boyd Easum (born August 27, 1923) spent 27 years in the United States Foreign Service at posts in Nicaragua, Indonesia, Senegal, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Niger, Upper Volta (Ambassador, 1971–74) and Nigeria (Ambassador, 1975–79). He served in the Pacific theater during World War II.

Personal life

As of 2006, he lives in New York City. He has four children and eight grandchildren whose birthplaces include Tokyo, Amsterdam, Dakar, São Paulo, Jakarta, and Managua. He plays the trumpet and sings in choirs.

Foreign service

During the Nixon/Ford Administration, Ambassador Easum served as Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs. Earlier State Department assignments included Executive Secretary of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Staff Director of the United States National Security Council's Interdepartmental Group for Latin America. Ambassador Easum was also president of the Africa-America Institute from 1980 to 1988. He has held consultant positions with USAID, WorldSpace, River Blindness Foundation, Volunteers in Technical Assistance and Global Business Access. In April 2003, he was a member of the National Democratic Institute's monitoring team for the Nigerian elections. He is a Board member of the American School of Tangier / The American School of Marrakesh, Pact (Washington, DC), and the Rothko Chapel in Houston.


  • La Prensa and the Freedom of the Press in Argentina, 1951
  • "United States Policy Toward South Africa," Chapter 12 in Race and Politics in South Africa, edited by Ian Robertson and Philip Whitten, Transaction, Inc., New Brunswick, NJ, 1978
  • The call for black studies, (U.S. Foreign Service Institute. Senior Seminar in Foreign Policy. Case study)


He was Senior Fellow at Yale University's Stimson Seminar from 1998 to 2004 and has taught at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He has lectured widely in the United States, Europe and Africa on U.S.-African relations. Ambassador Easum holds a B.A. degree (Phi Beta Kappa) from the University of Wisconsin–Madison as well as M.P.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Princeton University. He also studied at the University of London on a Fulbright scholarship and in Buenos Aires on a Doherty Foundation grant and a Penfield fellowship. He is a member of the American Academy of Diplomacy and Council on Foreign Relations.

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Living octopus

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