RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA, April 09, 2020 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Stephen R. Lyne, PhD, with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Dr. Lyne celebrates many years' experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.
Dr. Lyne was fascinated by United States history as a child, reading about the Revolutionary War and the history of early New England, which led to an adolescent interest in cultural exchange and international relations. By the age of 14, he knew he was interested in becoming a diplomat. Dr. Lyne completed a Bachelor of Arts from Amherst College in Massachusetts in 1958. He continued his education at Stanford University, earning a Master of Arts in 1960 and a Doctor of Philosophy in 1965.
Ambassador Lyne began his career as a political officer in American embassies in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 1962-64 and Saigon, 1965-1966, during the beginning of the American war in Vietnam. These two assignments were the foundation for his career. They instilled in him a fascination with East Asia, led to later appointments in Washington where he worked on the Indochina war, and he subsequently taught The Viet Nam War as a professor of history and international relations at Boston University where he wrote and spoke about the war until he retired.
After a three-year tour in Washington as section head in South Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia, 19677-1970, Ambassador Lyne became deputy chief of mission Libreville, Gabon, 1971-1973, before serving as a congressional intern of the American Political Science Association in Washington , D.C. from 1974-1975. He then served as deputy chief of mission in Algiers, Algeria, from 1975-1977, followed by an assignment to the State Department's year-long training program for young senior officers, 1977-1978.
He then became office director for Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia in the State Department in Washington D.C. from 1978 1980.
He then returned to the diplomatic service abroad, serving as deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Canberra until 1984, when he was relocated as deputy chief of mission at the U.S Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon through 1985. From 1986-1989 he served as the U.S. Ambassador to Ghana, stationed at the U.S. embassy in Accra.
Ambassador Lyne submitted his resignation to the State Department at the end of his time in Ghana simply because both he and his wife wanted to move to a new career as a full tenured professor at Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts.
The State Department asked if he would take one more assignment, as an U,S. Ambassador at the United Nations General Assembly's session for fall 1989, which would have a three-day Special Session on Apartheid at the end of the regular meeting. The United States was in a difficult position when it came to voting to condemn Apartheid or not. It had either voted no or abstained on every U.N. resolution which had come up, always with only one or two other countries. A Special Session on the issue apart from the General Assembly thrust the U.S. position into the spotlight.
The U.N. staff prepared a first draft proposal of the resolution and submitted it to a committee of the most interested countries.
Ambassador Lyne was the lead U.S. negotiator and received a list of 76 changes Washington wanted in the resolution before it could vote for it. Facing representatives of roughly 20 countries who supported the resolution as submitted by the staff, Ambassador Lyne argued the U.S. case for 12 straight hours and obtained the necessary changes in 74 of the 76 objectionable sections.
The U.S. was finally able to vote, for the first time, to condemn Apartheid in South Africa. It was the end and the highlight of his career.
In addition to his diplomatic career, Dr. Lyne served as a professor of history and international relations at Boston University from 1980 to 2002. He is the recipient of a Presidential Meritorious Honor Award and a two-time recipient of the Superior Honor Award from the United States State Department as a foreign service officer. Married with two children and two grandchildren, Dr. Lyne enjoys playing tennis and bridge in his spare time.
In recognition of outstanding contributions to his profession and the Marquis Who's Who community, Dr. Lyne has been featured on the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement website. Please visit www.ltachievers.com for more information about this honor.
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