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Bruce Laingen
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Laingen in 2011
United States Ambassador to Iran
In office
June 16, 1979 – April 7, 1980
President Jimmy Carter
Preceded by William H. Sullivan
Succeeded by Diplomatic relations severed
United States Ambassador to Malta
In office
January 11, 1977 – January 20, 1979
President Gerald Ford
Jimmy Carter
Preceded by Robert P. Smith
Succeeded by Joan M. Clark
Personal details
Born
Lowell Bruce Laingen

(1922-08-06)August 6, 1922
Butterfield, Minnesota, U.S.
Died July 15, 2019(2019-07-15) (aged 96)
Bethesda, Maryland, U.S.
Alma mater St. Olaf College
University of Minnesota
Military service
Allegiance  United States of America
Branch/service  United States Navy
Years of service 1943–1946
Battles/wars World War II

Lowell Bruce Laingen (August 6, 1922 – July 15, 2019) was an American diplomat. He was the U.S. Ambassador to Malta from 1977 to 1979. He worked under the Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter presidencies. He was a World War II veteran. Laingen was best known for having been the most senior American official held hostage during the Iran hostage crisis.

He was the chargé d'affaires (head of diplomatic mission) at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran at the time of the crisis. He was born in Butterfield, Minnesota.

Laingen died on July 15, 2019 at a hospital in Bethesda, Maryland of problems caused from Parkinson's disease, aged 96.

Bruce Laingen
Laingen speaking at the White House on January 27, 1981, with President Ronald Reagan
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