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J. William Middendorf
|United States Ambassador to the European Union|
July 12, 1985 – February 1, 1987
|Preceded by||George S. Vest|
|Succeeded by||Alfred H. Kingon|
|United States Ambassador to the Organization of American States|
July 1, 1981 – June 20, 1985
|Preceded by||Gale W. McGee|
|Succeeded by||Richard T. McCormack|
|62nd United States Secretary of the Navy|
April 8, 1974 – January 20, 1977
|Preceded by||John Warner|
|Succeeded by||W. Graham Claytor Jr.|
|United States Ambassador to the Netherlands|
July 9, 1969 – June 10, 1973
|Preceded by||William R. Tyler|
|Succeeded by||Kingdon Gould Jr.|
John William Middendorf II
September 22, 1924
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
|Education||College of the Holy Cross (BS)
Harvard University (BA)
New York University (MBA)
|Branch/service||United States Navy|
|Battles/wars||World War II|
Education and military service
John William Middendorf II received a Bachelor of Naval Science (BNS) degree from College of the Holy Cross in 1945.
He earned a BA degree from Harvard College in 1947, where he was a member of the Hasty Pudding Theatricals and the Owl Club. He also graduated from New York University's Graduate School of Business Administration, receiving an MBA degree in 1954.
He became an investment banker and in 1963 in partnership with Austen Colgate formed his own company, Middendorf, Colgate and Company (with a seat on the New York Stock Exchange). An early member of Barry Goldwater's presidential campaign, he served as treasurer of that campaign, and continued to have the same duties with the Republican National Committee from 1965–1969.
Other pursuits and interests
In 2006, Middendorf published a book describing his work with the Goldwater campaign. Glorious Disaster: Barry Goldwater's Presidential Campaign and the Origins of the Conservative Movement details how Goldwater's campaign became the foundation of the modern Conservative movement.
In 2011, he published his autobiography, Potomac Fever.
He is a prolific composer of symphonies (including the Holland Symphony, presented to Queen Juliana of the Netherlands on the 25th anniversary of her ascension to the throne) and 100 marches for ships of the U.S. Navy.
Ambassador Middendorf is a member of the board of directors of the International Republican Institute. He is a member of the board of trustees for the Heritage Foundation, an influential Washington, D.C. based public policy research institute.
He is also a member of the Rhode Island Society of the Sons of the Revolution and the Naval Order of the United States.
Middendorf studied stained glass production with Dutch-born expert Joep Nicolas. He is on the board of the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture.
Honors and awards
Foreign orders, decorations and medals
- Grand Officer of Order of Orange-Nassau, The Netherlands, 1985
- Order of the Arab Republic of Egypt – Rank A (highest foreign decoration) by President Sadat
- Grand Officer of the Order of Naval Merit – Republic of Brazil, 1974
- Naval Distinguished Service Medal, Brazil, 1976
Middendorf has received the "Edwin Franko Goldman Award" from the American Bandmasters Association and is a member of the American Society of Composers and Performers (ASCAP). Other honors include:
- Hudson River Museum Honoree, Hudson River Museum, 2009
- Maritime Security Lifetime Excellence Award, 2002
- Arleigh Burke Award – Navy League of the United States, 1998
- Ludwig von Mises Free Market Award – 1985
- Distinguished Service Award, Purdue University Band
- Gold Medal, The Netherlands Society of the Sons of American Revolution
- Medal of Honor, Midwest National Band and Orchestra Association
- Alumnus of the Year, New York University Graduate School of Business
- Association of Harvard Clubs of American Award (Music) (Keogh Award)
- NYU Eugene Keogh Award for Distinguished Public Service (1989)
- American Friends of Turkey Leadership Award, 1989
- Presidential Physical Fitness Award, 1990
- Distinguished Patriot Award, SAR of State of New York, 1975
- Award of Merit, Art League of Virginia (Portrait of Del), 1996
- U.S. Olympic Committee Gold Shield Award
- Gold Medal, Holland Society of New York, 1996
- American Bandmasters Association Edwin Franko Goldman Award
- American Music Award, Harvard Clubs
- Troy State University – Doctor of Law
- School of the Ozarks – Doctor of Letters
- American Christian College – Doctor of Letters
- Francisco Marroquin University – Doctor of Social Sciences
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