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Kjeld Vibe
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Norwegian Ambassador Kjeld Vibe and his wife, Beate, have a special interest in the visit to the US by the king and queen of their country. October 16, 1995

Kjeld Vibe (5 October 1927 – 1 February 2011) was a Norwegian diplomat.

Born in Stavanger, and was a cand.jur. by education. He started working for the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1955, and served as embassy counsellor in the United States from 1965 to 1969, before becoming sub-director in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was promoted to deputy under-secretary of state in 1972, served as NATO ambassador from 1977 to 1984, then five years as permanent under-secretary of state. From 1989 to 1996 he was the Norwegian ambassador to the United States.[1] He was decorated as a Commander with Star of the Order of St. Olav in 1985.[2]

References

1. Henriksen, Petter, ed. (2007). "Kjeld Vibe". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 15 April 2010.
2. Torgersen, Rolf Normann (1987). Ordener (in Norwegian). Oslo: Nye Atheneum. p. 189. ISBN 82-7334-148-8.
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The Nobel Peace Prize 1996
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Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo
Prize share: 1/2

Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo - Facts

Born: 3 February 1948, Wailacama, East Timor

Residence at the time of the award: East Timor

Prize motivation: "for their work towards a just and peaceful solution to the conflict in East Timor"

Field: human rights, negotiation, peace movement

Prize share: 1/2

The Courageous Peace Bishop

The other East Timorese who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1996 was Carlos Felipe Ximenes Belo. He grew up in a farming family, began taking an interest in religious questions at an early age, and was ordained a Catholic priest in 1981.

Shortly after being elected head of the Catholic church in East Timor in 1983, Carlos Belo openly denounced the brutal Indonesian occupation of the province. The occupiers responded by placing Belo under strict surveillance, but the Bishop refused to be intimidated, even by numerous threats to his life. He continued to speak up for nonviolent resistance to the oppression.

In 1989 he demanded that the UN arrange a plebiscite on East Timor, and after a bloody massacre two years later he helped to smuggle two witnesses to Geneva, where they described the violations to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. Belo's struggle gained the sympathy of the Pope in Rome, who demonstrated it by visiting East Timor in the late 1980s.

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José Ramos-Horta
Prize share: 1/2

José Ramos-Horta - Facts

Born: 26 December 1949, Dili, East Timor

Residence at the time of the award: East Timor

Prize motivation: "for their work towards a just and peaceful solution to the conflict in East Timor"

Field: negotiation, peace movement

Prize share: 1/2

The Tireless Diplomat

In 1975, when Portugal had devolved its colonial rule, East Timor was occupied by Indonesia. José Ramos-Horta was one of the leaders of the resistance. He did not take up arms himself, but left the country as foreign minister in the government set up by the liberation movement FRETELIN (Revolutionary Front for an Independent East Timor). For the next twenty years he traveled all over the world pleading the cause of the East Timorese, above all in the United Nations. Ramos-Horta shared the Peace Prize with his countryman, Bishop Carlos Belo.

In the mid-1980s, Ramos-Horta began advocating dialogue with Indonesia, and in 1992 he presented a peace plan. It contained concrete proposals for humanitarian cooperation with the occupying power and a growing international presence headed by the UN. This was to lay the foundations for Indonesian withdrawal and self-determination for the East Timorese people.

Both these peace objectives were reached in 2001. According to Ramos-Horta, the Nobel Peace Prize contributed significantly to this end.

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The Nobel Peace Prize 1996 was awarded jointly to Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo and José Ramos-Horta "for their work towards a just and peaceful solution to the conflict in East Timor"

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Meyera Oberndorf
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Meyera Oberndorf
Virginia Beach Mayor speaking at CCC Dedication
23rd Mayor of Virginia Beach
In office
July 1, 1988 – January 1, 2009
Preceded by Robert G. Jones
Succeeded by Will Sessoms
Vice Mayor of Virginia Beach
In office
July 1, 1986 – June 30, 1988
Preceded by Reba McClanan
Succeeded by Robert Fentress
Member, Virginia Beach City Council
In office
July 1, 1976 – June 30, 1988
Member, Public Library Board
In office
1966 – June 30, 1976
Personal details
Born February 10, 1941
Died March 13, 2015 (aged 74)
Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Roger Oberndorf
Alma mater Old Dominion University (B.A.)
Profession public servant
Website [1]

Meyera E. Oberndorf (February 10, 1941 – March 13, 2015) was the 23rd mayor of Virginia Beach, Virginia. She was Virginia Beach's longest serving mayor, and she previously served as the city's vice mayor. She was the city's first female mayor and was the first woman elected to public office in the more than 300-year history of Virginia Beach or its predecessor, Princess Anne County.[1]

Life and career

Though she was Virginia Beach's first directly elected Mayor, her role was primarily to serve as the chair during City Council meetings, of which she had been a member since 1976, and to officiate at a wide array of ceremonial functions. This is because Virginia Beach has a council-manager form of government. Virginia Beach is the largest populated city in the Commonwealth of Virginia.[2]

In 1989, prior to an annual end of the summer event sponsored by African American college students, Oberndorf announced that the event had grown too large to handle and was not welcome in the city.[3] Combined with city officials denying use of public facilities for the event and new ordinances which led to the arrests and citations of hundreds of attendees for mostly minor offenses such as jay-walking and loud music, Oberndorf's statement heightened racial tensions which exploded with the "Greekfest" riots in which over 100 beachfront stores were damaged. Despite her claim that NAACP assertions of poor racial relations between the city and African Americans were "poppycock,"[4] city actions in 1989 and in the years following so damaged race relations that it wasn't until two decades later, at the tail end of Obendorf's long-time mayoralty, that Virginia Beach again began to have success drawing large numbers of African Americans to the resort beachfront.[5]

In April 2007, Oberndorf was criticized by Fox News Channel commentator Bill O'Reilly. O'Reilly claimed she mishandled a situation involving illegal immigrant Alfredo Ramos, who was accused and later convicted of causing a fatal drunk driving accident on March 30, 2007. O'Reilly said that Virginia Beach should have reported Ramos to Immigration and Customs Enforcement once they realized he was in the country illegally, since he had prior alcohol-related convictions, including DUI and public drunkenness. However, Virginia Beach didn't learn of the immigrant's status until after the accident.

On November 5, 2008, Oberndorf was defeated by Will Sessoms, ending her two decade run as mayor. On December 10, 2008, before her term expired, the city council unanimously voted to rename the city's Central Library the Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library.[6]

On March 4, 2013, the Diocese of Richmond and Catholic Charities of Eastern Virginia presented Oberndorf with the Bishop's Humanitarian Award for her public service.[7] She was posthumously named one of the Virginia Women in History for 2016.[8]

Subsequent career

After leaving her position as mayor, Oberndorf appeared in a series of commercials for ABNB Federal Credit Union in 2009. Governor Tim Kaine appointed her to the Virginia State Library Board in 2009 and she served there until resigning in December 2012.[9]

Personal life

Oberndorf's husband, Roger, died from complications of a brain injury in October 2012. Following her husband's death, she was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. She was also a breast cancer survivor and had two daughters.[10] Oberndorf died at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 13, 2015, at the age of 74.[11]

References

1. "Official City of Virginia Beach Website". City of Virginia Beach. Retrieved 2008-02-24.
2. "Virginia Population Estimates | Demographics". demographics.coopercenter.org. Retrieved 2017-02-03.
3. Why Virginia Beach Happened. The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 2013-09-01.
4. Virginia Beach Is Quiet After Violence. The New York Times; retrieved 2013-09-01.
5. The painful legacy of 1989's Greekfest endures. The Virginian-Pilot; retrieved 2013-09-01.
6. "Central Library Renamed for Mayor Meyera E. Oberndorf". City of Virginia Beach. December 10, 2008. Retrieved September 18, 2010.
7. "WAVY-TV". Retrieved 27 February 2017.
8. "Virginia Women in History 2016 Meyera Fran Ellenson Oberndorf". Retrieved 23 June 2016.
9. https://www.lva.virginia.gov/news/broad ... Spring.pdf
10. "Former Va. Beach mayor's new challenge: Alzheimer's". Retrieved 23 June2016.
11. Fox, Andy. "Former VB mayor Meyera Oberndorf dies at age 74". wavy.com/. Retrieved 13 March 2015.
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Andrew Fine Derr Jr. '27
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September 16, 1987

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Andy, who died on Jan. 7, 1986, was one of our traditional Princetonians, with at least nine alumni relatives as of 1962. One was the internationally famous theologian, Dr. Walter Lowrie 1890, who lived in Princeton.

Andy was eager to make his way in business, and left the campus early in 1926. He traveled for a while, then settled in New York, and, after a few years of service with a utility company, became a long career as an insurance broker with Francis C. Carr & Co. He became an associate and director of the firm. He was also a director of the Hanover and Fulton Fire Insurance Cos. and a member of the Insurance Brokers Assn. In World War II, Andy served in the Army Air Force in the U.S., Trinidad, England, and France, chiefly as an intelligence officer. He rose to the rank of captain.

He was one of the Class athletes -- a golfer, skier, bowler, and bicyclist -- and became deeply interested in boys' clubs in New Jersey and New York. He married Elizabeth C. Detwiller in 1932. Their children are Patricia and Andrew Fine, III. To them and all other relatives the Class extends sympathy in their bereavement.

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Welcome to St. Martin’s Episcopal School in Atlanta, Georgia! We look forward to sharing our world with you.

At St. Martin's Episcopal School, we believe in giving every student time to grow at his or her own pace. In our small classes and nurturing community, students safely explore, take risks, face challenges and celebrate each other's successes.

Since 1959, St. Martin's Episcopal School in Atlanta, Georgia, has offered a quality education in a loving, Christian environment. Serving more than 600 students in three academic divisions (3-year-olds through 8th grade), St. Martin's is a school where every child has a voice.

Small class size is vital to our students' successes. No child is left out of classroom discussions, hands-on projects or play time. Students can explore their potential in extracurricular activities as well. From drama to athletics to student government, children may participate in multiple organizations and enjoy leadership roles among their peers.

St. Martin's also seeks to educate the heart as well as the mind. As an Episcopal school, students' spiritual growth remains an important part of our mission, working to inspire good citizenship, service to God and our community, and love and respect for oneself and others. St. Martin's is a Christian school with an Episcopal identity, but we educate children of many faiths.

Please take the time to visit our campus and learn more about this special place that we call home each day. We look forward to seeing you!
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ABOUT WOODBERRY FOREST SCHOOL


Woodberry Forest School is an exceptional boarding school community for motivated boys in grades nine through twelve. We were founded in 1889 on a central Virginia farm originally owned by the family of President James Madison. Today our stunning, 1200-acre campus attracts students from all over the nation and around the world. Our academic and athletic facilities, some classic and others state-of-the-art, rival those at many small colleges. We offer all of the amenities essential in a quality residential community and a location convenient to Charlottesville, Richmond, and Washington, D.C.

Woodberry offers a challenging academic curriculum, including highly competitive sports and fine arts programs and international studies programs in China, Costa Rica, England (Oxford), France, Mexico, Nicaragua, Scotland, Spain, and South Africa. We also offer a wide variety of extracurricular activities to engage boys with many interests. Our legendary honor system has been teaching boys how to be honorable men for 125 years.

At Woodberry, we challenge boys to become successful leaders and active contributors to society and prepare them to enter the most selective colleges and universities. As alumni, they become leaders in business, public service, and nonprofit endeavors worldwide as well as enthusiastic supporters of each other and the school.

When boys leave Woodberry Forest they lead successful careers that are significant and rewarding. As men, they often reflect that during their time at Woodberry a real foundation is laid for later success in life. They comment that the honor system, the commitment to sportsmanship and a caring faculty have influenced them for a lifetime. They recognize the effect the school has had on their lives and want to make certain that future generations of boys have the opportunity to experience the excellence that is Woodberry Forest School. Our financial stability is the result of this support.
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His Excellency Robert E. Whitehead
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Ambassador Whitehead arrived in Lome on May 3, 2012 for his posting as U.S. Ambassador to Togo. Previously, he served in Washington as Director of the Africa office in the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research. Ambassador Whitehead is a member of the Senior Foreign Service and has received the Department's Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards. He speaks French and Romanian.

Robert E. Whitehead is a career Foreign Service Officer who entered the United States Foreign Service in 1983. His first assignment was as a Consular Officer in Georgetown (Guyana) in 1983. He then served as Political/Economic Officer in Kinshasa (Zaire, 1985), as Political and Press Officer in Belize City (Belize, 1987), as Desk Officer for Francophone West Africa (Washington, 1989-1991), as Deputy Chief of Mission in Bangui (Central African Republic, 1991), as Chargé d'Affaires a.i. in Kigali (Rwanda, 1994), as Political Counselor in Bucharest (Romania, 1995), and Deputy Chief of Mission in Lusaka (Zambia, 1998) and Harare (Zimbabwe, 2001). He was the first American Consul General in Juba, (then Sudan) in 2006, and Chargé d'Affaires in Khartoum from 2009-2011. He has also served as a Senior Inspector in the Office of the State Department Inspector General.

Mr. Whitehead graduated from Taylor University in 1972 and earned an M.A. in English Literature and linguistics from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, where he was a graduate fellow. From 1976 to 1980, he was a volunteer and a Fulbright lecturer at the National University of Zaire. It was there that he met his wife, the former Agathe Mukabutera. Their son Wesley Richard Whitehead currently serves in the United States Air Force.

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United States Embassy
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Phone: (+228) 261 5470
Fax: (+228) 261 5501

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White House Transport Plane Crash
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August 18, 1996

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Before leaving for his 50th birthday party in New York, President Clinton talked briefly to reporters about the crash of one of the White House transport planes leaving Jackson Hole, Wyoming for New York. He answered two questions from the press and then walked across the lawn with the first lady, Chelsea Clinton and a friend to board the Marine helicopter.

08-19-96

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[Reporter] As he was leaving the White House, he made brief remarks about the fatal crash of an Air Force transport plane in Wyoming yesterday.

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[Bill Clinton] Before I leave, I would just like to say how very sad and shocked Hillary and I were to receive word early this morning of the crash of the Air Force transport plane coming out of Wyoming. There are always significant dangers associated with our armed forces, the people in our Secret Service and others who do this work, but this is especially painful to us, because they worked for me. They did an invaluable service. And I'm very, very sad about it. The local law enforcement people are on the ground doing the search now. I have sent an Air Force team of inspectors there. We do not know what caused the crash at this time. And I think for the moment, I'd just like to say that our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the people who were lost, along with our everlasting gratitude. Thank you.

Q. [inaudible]

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[Bill Clinton] I cannot confirm any final reports. Last night, or maybe it was 2:30 this morning, or 2:45 -- it was about that time when I got a call. I was told they thought the pilot had turned around to come back to the airport. And that's the last word I have on the facts. But we should be able to tell you more by the end of the day, because they are out there.

Q.[inaudible]

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[Bill Clinton] I don't have any idea. You all watch it and tell me.

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I wouldn't know.

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But I'm just happy to be here, still standing. Thank you.

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[Reporter] And now from New York, President Clinton celebrates his 50th birthday.
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Tedson J. Meyers, Director
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Tedson Meyers

Tedson J. Meyers was a Washington, D.C. telecommunications attorney with Peabody, Lambert & Meyers, now retired, well-known for his work in satellite and international telecommunications. The first attorney to be elected President of the International Council for Computer Communication, Mr. Meyers is also an Honorary Academician of the International Telecommunication Academy of Russia, an arm of the Russian Academy of Science. In addition to his leadership role in ACCF, Mr. Meyers chairs the American Bar Association effort to expand the services of the Law Library of Congress, and is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. A holder of the U.S. Secretary of the Army’s Public Service Medal, he is also an Adjunct Professor of Communication at San Diego State University. Mr. Meyers served as Assistant to the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission; Assistant to the Director of the Peace Corps; and as a member of the Washington, D.C. City Council, appointed by the President of the United States and confirmed by the Senate. A former President of Washington, D.C.’s Cosmos Club, he also served as a Company Commander, First Marine Division, Korea, Mr. Meyers is a graduate of the Harvard Law School where he was Founding President of the Harvard Legislative Research Bureau. He now resides in Fairhope, Alabama.
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Cosmos Club
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Cosmos Club
Type: Private club
Founded: 1878; 139 years ago
Headquarters: 2121 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C.
Services: Hotel, Dining, Athletics, Meetings
Website: www.cosmosclub.org

The Cosmos Club is a private social club in Washington, D.C. that was founded by John Wesley Powell in 1878 as a gentlemen's club. Among its stated goals is "The advancement of its members in science, literature, and art".[1] Cosmos Club members have included three U.S. presidents, two U.S. vice presidents, a dozen Supreme Court justices, 36 Nobel Prize winners, 61 Pulitzer Prize winners, and 55 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.[1] Since 1988, women guests have been allowed to enter using the front door and to be nominated as members.

Since 1952, the club headquarters have been in the Townsend House on Embassy Row. Meetings in other communities also are held regularly at reciprocating private clubs, such as The Field Estate in Sarasota, Florida.

History

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Cosmos Club, ca. 1921, before its move to the Townsend house

In addition to Powell, original members included Clarence Edward Dutton, Henry Smith Pritchett, William Harkness, and John Shaw Billings. The Club originally met in the Corcoran Building on the corner of Fifteeth and F Streets, N.W., but moved to Lafayette Square in 1882. Eventually, the Club bought the Dolley Madison House in 1886, Nos. 23 and 25 Lafayette Square in 1906 and 1907 and razed them in 1909 to construct a new five story building, and in 1917 bought the Tayloe House. The Clubhouse in Lafayette Square was sold to the Federal Government in 1940 but, due to the effects of World War II, the Club continued to rent the property. In 1950 the Club purchased the Townsend Mansion and renovated the property before moving in two years later, in mid-1952.[2] The Lafayette Square property is now used by the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Since 1887, the regular meeting place of the Philosophical Society of Washington has been the assembly hall of the Cosmos Club, it now is called the John Wesley Powell auditorium. Many organizations have been founded at the Cosmos Club including the National Geographic Society in 1888, and The Wilderness Society in 1935.[citation needed]

For its first 110 years, the Cosmos Club did not permit women members, and it forbade female guests to enter by the front door, or to enter rooms reserved for members. In 1987, the Washington, D.C., Human Rights Office ruled that there was probable cause to believe that the club's men-only policy violated the city's anti-discrimination law. The office was ready to order public hearings on the case, which could have resulted in the loss of all city licenses and permits if the all-male policy had continued, but the Cosmos Club then voted on June 19, 1988, to accept women as members.[3]

In 1990, the Cosmos Club began publication of Cosmos: A Journal of Emerging Issues as an annual publication of original essays by its members.[4][5] However, publication of the Journal ceased in 2004. [6]

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Facade of the Townsend house (later home of the Cosmos Club), 1915, photograph by Frances Benjamin Johnston

Awards

The Cosmos Club offers two major awards:

* The Cosmos Club Award has been presented annually since 1964 to persons of national or international standing in a field of science, literature, the fine arts, the learned professions, or the public service. Notable recipients have included Edwin Land, Paul Volcker, C. Everett Koop, James Van Allen, Arthur Kornberg, Sandra Day O'Connor, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, and Elie Wiesel.[7]

* The John P. McGovern Award, which supports an annual series of lectures in science, literature, arts, and humanities (given by the award recipients). Notable recipients have included: J. Craig Venter, Mstislav Rostropovich, Stephen J. Gould, Edward O. Wilson, Saul Bellow, Derek Jacobi, and Leonard Slatkin.[8]

Membership

Election to membership in the Cosmos Club honors persons deemed to have "done meritorious original work in science, literature, or the arts, or... recognized as distinguished in a learned profession or in public service".[9] Members come from a wide variety of background, but a common theme among members is "a relation with scholarship, creative genius, or intellectual distinction".[10] Cosmos Club members have included three U.S. presidents, two U.S. vice presidents, a dozen Supreme Court justices, 36 Nobel Prize winners, 61 Pulitzer Prize winners, and 55 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.[1]

References

1. "Cosmos Club > Home". www.cosmosclub.org.
2. Washburn, Wilcomb E. The Cosmos Club of Washington: a Centennial History, 1878-1978. Washington, D.C.: The Cosmos Club.
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