Robert R. Bowie

Robert Richardson Bowie (August 24, 1909 – November 2, 2013) was an American diplomat and scholar.

Robert R. Bowie
Counselor of the United States Department of State
In office
September 21, 1966 – April 1, 1968
PresidentLyndon B. Johnson
Preceded byWalt Whitman Rostow
Succeeded byRichard F. Pedersen
Personal details
Born(1909-08-24)August 24, 1909
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
DiedNovember 2, 2013(2013-11-02) (aged 104)
Towson, Maryland, U.S.
EducationPrinceton University
Harvard University

Bowie graduated from Princeton University in 1931 and received a law degree from Harvard University in 1934 and turned down offers to work as a corporate lawyer with New York's major law firms, returning to Baltimore to work in his father's law firm, Bowie and Burke. He served in the U.S. Army (1942–1946) as a commissioned officer with the Pentagon and in occupied Germany from 1945 until 1946. In 1946 he resigned as a lieutenant-colonel. He taught at Harvard from 1946-1955. The youngest professor of the school, he was a trusted confidant to John J. McCloy, the "unofficial chairman of the American establishment." During periods of leave from Harvard between 1950 and 1952 Bowie worked for McCloy as one of his legal advisers in West Germany.[1]

He served as Director of Policy Planning from 1953–1957; co-founder, with Henry Kissinger, of Harvard's Center for International Affairs (1958); Counselor for the State Department from 1966-1968. He was a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Trilateral Commission, the American Law Institute, and the American Academy of Diplomacy. He is a recipient of the Legion of Merit and the Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.[2]

He served as CIA chief National Intelligence Officer from 1977-1979.

He died at the age of 104 in November 2013.[3]


  • Waging Peace: How Eisenhower Shaped an Enduring Cold War Strategy, by Robert R. Bowie and Richard H. Immerman, Oxford UP, 1998, ISBN 0-19-506264-7. Endnotes
  • Suez, 1956, Oxford UP
  • Shaping the Future: Foreign Policy in an Age of Transition, Columbia UP


  1. ^ McFadzean, Andrew (1 July 1999). "Interviews With Robert Bowie: The Use of Oral Testimony in Writing the Biography of Professor Robert Richardson Bowie, Washington Policy Planner and Harvard University Professor". The Oral History Review. The Oral History Association. 26 (2): 29–46. doi:10.1093/ohr/26.2.29.
  2. ^ "OF NOTE: AWARDS: Robert Bowie Receives the Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany". Centerpiece: Newsletter of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. 23 (2). Spring 2009. Archived from the original on February 15, 2012.
  3. ^ "Professor Robert R. Bowie dies at 104". Harvard Gazette. Harvard University. 6 November 2013. Retrieved 3 March 2018.

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