William Burnside Buffum
Class of 1939
Buffum was born in Binghamton, New York on September 10, 1921. He served in the United States Army during World War II. He later joined the United States Foreign Service. In 1970, President of the United States Richard Nixon nominated Buffum as United States Ambassador to Lebanon and Buffum held this post until 1974. Nixon then nominated Buffum as Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs; Buffum held this office from December 19, 1973 until December 18, 1975. In the later 1970s, Buffum was Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations for Political and General Assembly Affairs.
Buffum died on April 13, 2012 at his house on the island of Hawaii, Hawaii.
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