Ryan Crocker ’71, ambassador to Iraq – and who is scheduled to serve as Commencement speaker for his alma mater May 24 at Whitman – received the nation’s highest civil honor, The Medal of Freedom, on Jan. 15 from then U.S. President George W. Bush.

At the ceremony, Bush called Crocker “America’s Lawrence of Arabia,” and said Crocker’s understanding of the region is unmatched.

More accolades came in the Jan. 18 Washington Post. David Ignatius, op-ed columnist, wrote about why he considers Crocker to be a hero of his:

“I’ve watched over the years as he took on the toughest challenges in the Foreign Service and became a superstar diplomat without ever losing his mordant sense of humor or his determination to speak truth to power.”

The entire piece is online at The Washington Post.