Thomas W. Simons Jr.

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Thomas Winston Simons Jr. (born September 4, 1938) is an American diplomat and academic. He served as ambassador to Poland from 1990 to 1993, and ambassador to Pakistan from 1996 to 1998.

Born in Crosby, Minnesota, Simons is of German, English and Scots-Irish descent. [1] He attended Karachi Grammar School and Sidwell Friends School and is a graduate of Yale and Harvard. [1] [2] Simons escorted Duke Ellington during his tour of the Middle East and Pakistan. [1]

In 1969, he worked as a deputy to the U.S. Ambassador to Poland, Walter Stoessel, and assisted in making connections which eventually resulted in President Richard M. Nixon's historic visit to China. [3]

He taught at Stanford University upon his retirement from the United States Foreign Service, and holds visiting appointments at Harvard and Cornell. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Simons was an adjunct professor at Brown University.

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  1. 1 2 3 Kennedy, Charles Stuart (July 22, 2004). "Ambassador Thomas W. Simons Jr. (interview)" (PDF). Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training . Retrieved August 6, 2017.
  2. "Nomination of Thomas W. Simons Jr. To Be United States Ambassador to Poland". The American Presidency Project. May 23, 1990. Retrieved September 13, 2015.
  3. "The Great Wager: Richard Nixon's 'crazy' idea: Make befriending the Chinese Communist Party his legacy". WBUR. Retrieved 18 February 2022.

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Preceded by United States Ambassador to Poland
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Preceded by United States Ambassador to Pakistan
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