Edward E. Masters

Edward E. Masters (June 21, 1924 – March 21, 2014) is an American diplomat and statesman.

Edward E. Masters
U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia
In office
November 3, 1977 – November 10, 1981
PresidentJimmy Carter
Preceded byDavid D. Newsom
Succeeded byJohn Herbert Holdridge
U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh
In office
October 5, 1976 – November 27, 1977
PresidentGerald Ford
Preceded byDavis Eugene Boster
Succeeded byDavid T. Schneider
Personal details
Born(1924-06-21)June 21, 1924
Columbus, Ohio, United States
DiedMarch 21, 2014(2014-03-21) (aged 89)
Washington, DC, United States

Early lifeEdit

Masters was on June 21, 1924 in Columbus, Ohio, United States. He graduated from high school in 1942. He joined Denison University but left soon to join the army. He served in the army for three years.[1] He completed his undergraduate from George Washington University in 1948 and in 1949 he completed his masters from Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.[2]


Masters served as an intelligent analyst in the State Department from 1949 to 1950. From 1950 to 1952 he was the resident officer and later military liaison officer in Frankfurt, West Germany. From 1953 to 1954 he was the political officer of the US embassy in Karachi, Pakistan. From 1955 to 1958 was the political officer in Madras, India. He was an intelligence specialist from 1958 to 1960 in the State Department.[2]

He served as the chief intelligence officer of Indonesia-Malaya branch of the Intelligence Research Analysis branch Asia from 1960 to 1962. He was the head of the Thailand affairs at the State Department from 1962 to 1963.[2] He served as the deputy chief of the United States embassy in Thailand from 1971 to 1975.[1]

He was appointed the ambassador of the United States to Bangladesh on October 4, 1976. He left the post on November 27, 1977.[3] He was appointed ambassador to Indonesia in November 3, 1977. he served there till November 10, 1981.[3] He visited East Timor in September 14, 1977 after the Indonesian invasion.[4] He was the founding president of United States-Indonesia society, a post he held from 1994 to 2001.[5][1]

Personal lifeEdit

Masters was married to Allene Masters.[1]


Masters died on March 21, 2014 in his home in Washington, DC, United States.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "EDWARD E. MASTERS's Obituary on The Washington Post". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2017-02-16.
  2. ^ a b c Jimmy, Carter (1977-01-01). Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: Jimmy Carter, 1977. Best Books on. p. 1811. ISBN 9781623767662.
  3. ^ a b "Edward E. Masters - People - Department History - Office of the Historian". history.state.gov. Retrieved 2017-02-16.
  4. ^ Gunderson, Shane (2015-03-06). Momentum and the East Timor Independence Movement: The Origins of America’s Debate on East Timor. Lexington Books. p. 25. ISBN 9781498502351.
  5. ^ Gardner, Paul F. (1997-01-01). Shared Hopes, Separate Fears: Fifty Years of U.S.-Indonesian Relations. University of Pennsylvania Press. pp. xv. ISBN 0813331900.
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Davis Eugene Boster
United States Ambassador to Bangladesh
Succeeded by
David T. Schneider
Preceded by
David D. Newsom
United States Ambassador to Indonesia
Succeeded by
John Herbert Holdridge