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Nitya Pibulsonggram ‘62 R.I.P.

Nitya Pibulsonggram.jpgDespite daily protestations to the contrary, the College has long been a diverse place. Thailand’s Nitya Pibulsonggram ‘62 was evidence of that fact. In addition to being a respected, honorable man who made the best of difficult times — the Thai foreign ministry in which he served was largely insulated from the country’s political tribulations — he had many admirers in the U.S. State Department.

Nitya was the sixth child of forceful and visionary Thai leader Field Marshal Plaek Phibunsongkhram, the Prime Minister from 1938-1944 and 1948-1957. After graduating from the College, he earned a Masters in Political Science from Brown, and then began a long diplomatic career: longtime Thai ambassador to the United Nations and to the U.S., Thailand’s chief negotiator for a Thai-US free trade agreement, and finally Foreign Minister of Thailand (2006-2008).

He donated money to Dartmouth over many decades.

Addendum: The College has long been a home to students from abroad, and her embrace of them should be a source of pride to all of us.

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