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Dean Acheson Chair

Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies

Established in 1972 by Alice Acheson, W. John Kenney, Paul H. Nitze, and Patricia Acheson in honor of Dean Acheson

AchesonDeanDEAN ACHESON, U.S. Secretary of State from 1949 to 1953 and an advisor to four presidents, was the principal creator of United States foreign policy in the Cold War period following World War II. Earlier, as undersecretary, he helped shape the Truman Doctrine and outlined the Marshall Plan. He received a Pulitzer Prize in 1970 for his memoir, Present at the Creation. Mr. Acheson, who died in 1971, was an active member of the SAIS Advisory Council and was awarded an honorary Hopkins doctorate in 1963.

His widow, ALICE ACHESON, who died in 1996, was an honorary member of the SAIS Advisory Council for nearly a decade. PATRICIA ACHESON is his daughter-in-law.