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Arnold Lewis Raphel

Arnold Lewis Raphel
18th U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan
In office
January 1987 – 17 August 1988
President Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Deane R. Hinton
Succeeded by Robert B. Oakley
Personal details
Born Arnold Lewis Raphel
(1943-03-16)March 16, 1943
Troy, New York, US
Died August 17, 1988(1988-08-17) (aged 45)
Bahawalpur, Pakistan
Nationality American
Spouse(s) Myrna Feigenbaum (first wife)
Robin Raphel (second wife)
Nancy Halliday Ely-Raphel (1987-1988; third wife)
Children 1 (with Myrna Feigenbaum)
Alma mater Hamilton College (New York)
Occupation Diplomat

Arnold Lewis Raphel (March 16, 1943 – August 17, 1988) was the 18th United States Ambassador to Pakistan. He died along with Pakistani President Muhammad Zia ul-Haq, U.S. Brigadier General Herbert M. Wassom and others, when the Lockheed C-130 Hercules they were on-board crashed shortly after takeoff from Bahawalpur Airport in Pakistan.


  • Early life and education 1
  • Personal life 2
  • Career 3
    • Iran hostage crisis 3.1
    • Office of United States Secretary of State 3.2
    • Ambassador to Pakistan 3.3
    • Awards 3.4
  • Death 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Early life and education

Raphel was born in [1] Raphel graduated from Hamilton College (B.A., 1964) and the Maxwell School at Syracuse University (M.A., 1966).[2]

He spoke Urdu, French, Persian and English.

Personal life

Raphel was married three times. He had one daughter, Stephanie, with his first wife, Myrna Feigenbaum.[1] His second marriage was to fellow diplomat [1]


Raphel joined the US State Department in 1966.

Raphel held a variety of positions throughout his career until his death in 1988. He was mainly a diplomat for the US Government.[3]

Iran hostage crisis

In 1979, Raphel was a key member of the State Department's Special Operations Group set up to free the American hostages seized by Iranian militants at the United States Embassy in Teheran.[2][3]

Office of United States Secretary of State

In 1981, Raphel served as the Special Assistant to Secretary of State Edmund Muskie.[4] Afterward, he became the Deputy Assistant to the United States Secretary of State in 1985.[5][6]

Ambassador to Pakistan

Raphel was nominated by President Ronald Reagan and succeeded Dean Roesch Hinton as US Ambassador to Pakistan in January 1987.[2]



Raphel died in a plane crash in Pakistan on August 17, 1988 in which Pakistani President Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq and 29 others also died.[7] He was 45 years old at the time of his death.

See also


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  2. ^ a b c Binder, David (August 18, 1988). "Arnold L. Raphel: An Envoy of Deep Commitment".  
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  4. ^,2705241&dq=united+states+deputy+secretary+of+state+arnold+raphel&hl=en
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External links

  • Former US Ambassadors to Pakistan
  • President Reagan's Statement on the deaths of President Zia-ul-Haq and Arnold Raphel
  • Nomination of Arnold Lewis Raphel To Be United States Ambassador to Pakistan
  • Arnold L. Raphel, United States Ambassador Arlington National Cemetery
  • Congressional gold medal to the family of Arnold Raphel
  • : A resolution to express the deep regret of the Senate regarding the death of Ambassador Arnold Lewis Raphel
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