Ambassador Max Kampelman was a diplomat, lawyer and educator. He served as ambassador to the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe, the counselor of the Department of State and as ambassador and head of the U.S. Delegation to the Negotiations on Nuclear and Space Arms with the Soviet Union in Geneva. He held the position of senior advisor to the U.S. Delegation to the UN and vice chairman of the U.S. Institute of Peace. In 1999, Kampelman was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the nation, and in 2000 he was among the first to be awarded the Library of Congress Living Legend award.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wrote of Kampelman, “[his] leadership was instrumental to the successful negotiation of human rights commitments and democratic norms that continue to be international gold standards. His contributions to arms control and international security ushered in a more stable, predictable geostrategic landscape. He never stopped working to control the threat posed by nuclear weapons, and he never stopped speaking out for the cause of human rights.” Kampelman passed away January 25, 2013.