Guide to the Oral history interview with John S. Dickey, 1975 - 1978Manuscript DOH-1

Biography

John Sloan Dickey was born in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania on November 4, 1907. He completed his undergraduate degree at Dartmouth in 1929 and received his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1932. Dickey worked for the Massachusetts Dept. of Corrections and was in private legal practice in Boston from 1932 to 1940. For the next five years, he served in numerous capacities at the U.S. Department of State: Special Assistant to Assistant Secretary of State Francis B. Sayre; Special Assistant to Secretary of State Cordell Hull; Special Assistant to Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs Nelson A. Rockefeller; Chief, Division of World Trade Intelligence; Director of the Office of Public Affairs; and Public Liaison Officer, U.S. Delegation to the San Francisco Conference on International Organization. In addition, Dickey was on the faculty of the School of Advanced International Studies in Washington DC at its inception, 1944-45. In 1945, he became President of Dartmouth College and remained president for 25 years, retiring in 1970. While president, he also served on President Truman's 1947 Committee on Civil Rights, the United Nations Collective Measures Committee in 1951, and as consultant to Secretary of State Acheson on disarmament. After stepping down as president, Dickey continued his affiliation with Dartmouth by teaching Canadian-American relations as the Bicentennial Professor of Public Affairs. Dickey died in Hanover on February 9, 1991.

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