Secretary of State Colin L. Powell offers condolences
on death of U.S. Ambassador Richard C. Brown
Ambassador Brown served as U.S. Ambassador
to Uruguay from 1990-93 and had previously served in Montevideo
as Deputy Chief of Mission
April 13, 2004
Colin L. Powell
April 14, 2004
It is with great sadness that I note the
death of U.S. Ambassador Richard C. Brown.
Ambassador Brown was popular with and deeply
respected by his State Department colleagues. Among his
many contributions, Ambassador Brown will be remembered
for his role as the Executive Secretary of the Accountability
Review Board looking into the bombing of our embassies in
Nairobi and Dar-es-Salaam in 1998.
During the 1990s, he also served as Senior
Coordinator for the Summit of the Americas, where he headed
the special staff formed to coordinate the U.S. government
s policy positions and implement the Summit's Special Action
Plan. Until very recently, Ambassador Brown served as Senior
Area Advisor for the Western Hemisphere at the United Nations
General Assembly, where he actively promoted U.S. foreign
policy initiatives in cooperation with our neighbors in
Latin America, the Caribbean, and Canada.
Ambassador Brown's distinguished career
with the State Department began in 1963. Before being named
Ambassador to Uruguay, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary
of Defense for Inter-American Affairs at the Pentagon. He
had previous assignments in Uruguay, Brazil, Mauritius,
Barcelona, and Vietnam. Ambassador Brown headed the Grenada
Task Force, which planned and implemented the military rescue
mission in 1983 and 1984. He received the Secretary's Distinguished
Service Award, as well as many commendations from both the
State and Defense Departments, for his superior service.
We extend our deepest condolences to Ambassador
Brown's wife, Ann, and to his family.