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Monteagle Stearns
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Stearns in 1981
United States Ambassador to Ivory Coast
In office
President Gerald Ford
Jimmy Carter
Preceded by Robert S. Smith
Succeeded by Nancy V. Rawls
United States Ambassador to Greece
In office
President Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Robert J. McCloskey
Succeeded by Robert Vossler Keeley
Personal details
Born (1924-12-05)December 5, 1924
Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.
Died May 14, 2016(2016-05-14) (aged 91)
Belmont, Massachusetts, U.S.
Spouse Antonia Riddleberger
Children 6
Education Columbia University
Profession Diplomat

Monteagle "Monty" Stearns (December 5, 1924 – May 14, 2016) was an American diplomat and author. He served as Ambassador to Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast; 1976–79) and Greece (1981–85).

Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, he attended Columbia University in 1948 and graduated with his B.A. He was a member of the American Academy of Diplomacy and Council on Foreign Relations. He was married to Antonia Riddleberger and had 6 children. He was the son-in-law of James W. Riddleberger.

Stearns grew up in Carmel, California and in New England. In 1943, while at Stanford, he enlisted in the Marine Corps, completed Officer Candidate School and was assigned to the U.S.S. West Virginia. Following WWII, he graduated from the College with a degree in English. A Foreign Service officer for more than 40 years, he served in Turkey, the Congo, the UK, Laos, as U.S. Ambassador to the Ivory Coast, and three tours in Greece, the last also as ambassador.


In 2014, he was made Grand Commander of the Order of the Phoenix by the president of the Hellenic Republic.


Stearns died on May 14, 2016, aged 91, in Belmont, Massachusetts. He was survived by his wife of 57 years, Antonia Stearns (née Riddleberger); a sister (Mrs. Mary Lou Roppoli), six children, and eight grandchildren.


  • Stearns, Monteagle (1992). Entangled Allies: U.S. Policy Toward Greece, Turkey, and Cyprus. Council on Foreign Relations Press. ISBN 0-87609-110-9.
  • Stearns, Monteagle (1996). Talking to Strangers: Improving American Diplomacy at Home and Abroad. Princeton University Press. ISBN 0-691-01130-3.
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