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Death of Former MFO Director General, Ambassador Wat T. Cluverius IV

Ambassador Cluverius was the MFO’s longest serving Director General.  He led the organization for ten years, from July 1988 to August 1998, and worked diligently to strengthen the MFO as a resource for the Treaty Parties and as a model for peace in the region.

Prior to his service with the MFO, Ambassador Cluverius had a distinguished career as a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. State Department (1967 – 1988) where he served as Ambassador to Bahrain (1976 – 1978), as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs, and Consul General in Jerusalem (1983 – 1985). In 1985 he was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of State as Senior Advisor for Middle East Peace, a position he held until retiring from the State Department to join the MFO.


Born in 1934, Ambassador Cluverius obtained a Bachelor’s Degree from Northwestern University and a Master’s Degree from Indiana University, Bloomington. He served as a naval officer for five years before joining the Foreign Service.


At his death, he was a member of the Board and former President of the Cleveland Council on World Affairs, a non-profit organization founded in 1923 to promote world peace.