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In Memory of Ambassador George W. Landau

U.S. President Ronald Reagan (L), receiving the 1987 Gold Insigne from AS/COA President Emeritus George W. Landau and David Rockefeller.

U.S. President Ronald Reagan (L) receiving Americas Society's 1987 Gold Insigne from Ambassador George W. Landau and AS/COA Founder David Rockefeller.

October 09, 2018

It is with great sadness that Americas Society and Council of the Americas (AS/COA) share news of the passing of Ambassador George W. Landau. He was 98 years old. The Ambassador was the organizations’ President from 1985 to 1993, and he remained active and devoted as AS/COA President Emeritus for a number of years. 

“Ambassador Laundau was a friend and mentor to many of us and he will be missed,” said AS/COA President and CEO Susan Segal.

A long-time diplomat, the Ambassador began his foreign service career as the U.S. embassy’s commercial attaché in Uruguay and was part of the delegation that created the Alliance for Progress in Punta del Este in 1961. He went on to serve as U.S. ambassador to Chile (1977–1982), Paraguay (1972–1977), and Venezuela (1982–1985). In addition, he was awarded the United States’ Presidential Meritorious Service Award in 1984 and, over the course of his life, was also decorated by the governments of Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay, Peru, and Venezuela.

Americas Society and Council of the Americas offer their sincerest condolences to the family of Ambassador George Landau.