Alumni Stories

The Hon. Christopher “Kit” Ashby (F’68)

Former U.S. Ambassador to Uruguay

Location: Georgetown Public Policy Institute
Interviewer/Producer: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06)
Editor: Lisa Fthenakis (C’10) Christopher “Kit” Ashby

Ashby remembers the turmoil and excitement of the 1960s. Because of his last name, he was housed near another freshman, Bill Clinton (F’68), in their dormitory. Their friendship grew over conversations at dinner, and both worked for U.S. senators: Clinton for Senator J. William Fulbright and Ashby for Senator Henry Jackson. Ashby was part of the Marine Corps detail during President Nixon’s second inauguration. Here, he remembers the events of 1968, from North Korean patrol boats capturing the USS Pueblo to Robert Kennedy’s assassination.

Appointed by President Clinton, Ashby served as the United States ambassador to Uruguay from 1997-2001. Ashby spent four years in the Marine Corps as an infantry officer and served in Vietnam as a platoon commander. He has worked in international banking with Chemical Bank and Chase Manhattan Bank since 1973. In 1975, he was posted to Jakarta, Indonesia, where he became president-director of the Joint Venture Merchant Bank. In 1979, he was transferred to Madrid, Spain, to open the Chemical Bank operation there, and in 1981 became general manager for Spain and Portugal. In 1989, he returned to the United States, where he managed relationships with the United Nations, the U.N. Development Programme, the U.N. International Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the New York diplomatic community.

Additional Resources

The Whole World Was Watching: An oral history of 1968
http://www.stg.brown.edu/projects/1968/reference/timeline.html

United Nations
http://www.un.org/en/

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