Willard Ames De Pree

Willard Ames De Pree is a career American diplomat and the former United States Ambassador to Bangladesh and Mozambique.

Willard Ames De Pree
U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh
In office
October 5, 1987 – August 17, 1990
PresidentRonald Reagan
Preceded byHoward Bruner Schaffer
Succeeded byWilliam Milam
United States Ambassador to Mozambique
In office
April 16, 1976 – July 7, 1980
PresidentRonald Reagan
Preceded byJohnnie Carson
Succeeded byDavid E. Simcox
Personal details
Born(1928-11-01)November 1, 1928
Zeeland, Michigan, United States

Early lifeEdit

Willard was born on November 1, 1928 in Zeeland, Michigan, United States. In 1950 he graduated with a B.A. from Harvard College. In 1952 he completed his M.A. from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He worked as a teaching assistant in the University of Michigan from 1951 to 1953. In 1952 he worked in the State Department as a student intern. From 1954 to 1956 he served in the United States Army.[1][2]


Willard joined the Foreign Service in 1956. From 1956 to 1957 he worked as a college relations officer in the State Department. In 1957 he was posted to Cairo, Egypt as a consular officer. From 1958 to 1960 he worked as the economic/consular officer in Nicosia, Cyprus. From 1960 to 1961 he received training in the African area from the Northwestern University. After his training he worked as an intelligence officer in the State Department from 1961 to 1964. From 1964 to 1968 he served as the Political Officer in the United States Embassy in Accra, Ghana. From 1968 to 1970 he was the deputy chief of mission in Freetown, Sierra Leone. He attended Foreign Service Institute studying foreign policy for a year.[1][3]

Willard worked as the deputy coordinator from 1971 to 1972 at the senior seminar of the State Department. From 1972 to 1975 he was a member of the State Department's Policy Planning Staff. From 1976 to 1980 he served as the United States Ambassador to Mozambique. After his term ended he was promoted to Senior Inspector in the State Department. He worked as the Executive Assistant to the Under Secretary of State for Management from 1982 to 1983. From 1983 to 1987 he served as the Director of the Office of Management Operations in the State Department.[1] On July 2, 1987 he was appointed the United States Ambassador to Bangladesh by President Ronald Reagan. He served as the United States Ambassador to Bangladesh from October 5, 1987 to August 17, 1990.[4][5]


  1. ^ a b c "Ronald Reagan: Nomination of Willard Ames De Pree To Be United States Ambassador to Bangladesh". presidency.ucsb.edu. The American Presidency Project. Retrieved 31 January 2018.
  2. ^ International, Rotary (1950). The Rotarian. Rotary International. p. 32. Retrieved 31 January 2018.
  3. ^ Ronald, Reagan (1989). Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: Ronald Reagan, 1987. Best Books on. p. 541. ISBN 9781623769505. Retrieved 31 January 2018.
  4. ^ "Willard Ames De Pree". history.state.gov. Office of the Historian. Retrieved 31 January 2018.
  5. ^ Daily Report: Near East & South Asia. The Service. 1987. Retrieved 31 January 2018.
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Howard Bruner Schaffer
United States Ambassador to Bangladesh
Succeeded by
William Milam
Preceded by
Johnnie Carson
United States Ambassador to Mozambique
Succeeded by
David E. Simcox