William Butts Macomber Jr., the former ambassador to Jordan and Turkey, died on Nov. 19 from complications of Parkinson’s disease. He was 82.
Macomber received a master’s degree in government from Yale University, a master’s degree in social science from the University of Chicago and a law degree from Harvard University. During World War II, he served as a lieutenant in the Marines, working for the Office of Strategic Services.
After his tour of duty ended, Macomber taught government at Boston University, spent two years with the CIA, then joined the State Department. President John F. Kennedy appointed him ambassador to Jordan in 1961, and three years later, he became an assistant administer at the U.S. Agency for International Development.
From 1969 to 1973, Macomber served as the assistant secretary of state for congressional relations and the deputy undersecretary of state for administration and management. Although President Richard Nixon made him the ambassador to Turkey in 1973, Macomber refused Nixon’s order to punish all Foreign Service officers who protested against the Vietnam War.
Macomber spent the 1980s as the president of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The author of “The Angels’ Game: A Handbook of Modern Diplomacy,” Macomber was also a founding member of the American Academy of Diplomacy.