Edward James Streator (December 12, 1930 – April 16, 2019) was an American diplomat. He was the 1991 winner of the Benjamin Franklin Medal for his significant contribution to global affairs through co-operation and collaboration between the United States and the United Kingdom. The Royal Society of Arts called him "a global ‘big thinker’." He was a member of White's.
Education and early career
Streator served as a career United States Foreign Service officer, starting in 1956, with postings in Addis Ababa (1958–1960), Lomé (1960–1962), Bureau of Intelligence and Research (1962–1964), and as staff assistant to the Secretary of State (1964–1966). Thereafter, he served at the U.S. Mission to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Paris. Returning to Washington, he was Director of NATO affairs at the Department of State, and then became Deputy United States Permanent Representative to NATO in Brussels. Afterwards, he became Deputy Chief of Mission in London from 1977-1984. Streator was a member of the Founding Council of the Rothermere American Institute at Oxford University.
Ambassador to OECD
In 1957, Streator married Priscilla Kenney, the daughter of W. John Kenney, former Under Secretary of the Navy and chief operating officer of the Marshall Plan under President Harry S Truman, at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, popularly known as the Washington National Cathedral. They had three children, who in 1981 donated to St. John's Church Lafayette Square a stained glass window in his honor. His daughter Elinor had a society wedding in 1986. A lifelong Episcopalian, he served as a member of the vestry to St. John's Episcopal Church.
Streator served on several prestigious civic boards after his service as a diplomat. From 1988 - 1993, he was President of the American Chamber of Commerce (U.K.) in London. He also was on the board of overseers of the Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University. He was founding chairman of the New Atlantic Initiative, "a network of policy institutes and individuals," which is affiliated with the American Enterprise Institute. He was a member of the Founding Council of the Rothermere American Institute and the University of Oxford.
Among other boards on which he served were: the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the Royal United Services Institute, the European Council of American Chambers of Commerce, the Development Board of the National Gallery of Art in London, the International Foundation of the British Museum of Natural History, and the American Hospital in Paris. He remained President of the Train Foundation in New York that awards an annual prize for civil courage.
- "Nomination of Edward J. Streator To Be the United States Representative to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development: July 28, 1984." Found at Ronald Reagan Library archives at the University of Texas website. Accessed June 29, 2010.
- Royal Society of Arts website Archived 2011-06-08 at the Wayback Machine. Accessed June 29, 2010.
- "Edward Streator New York, New York 1930 - 2019". New York Times. Retrieved 1 January 2021.
- "Founding Council | The Rothermere American Institute". Rothermere American Institute. Archived from the original on 2012-11-17. Retrieved 2012-11-22.
- American Enterprise Institute website New Atlantic Initiative page. Last accessed July 1, 2010.
- "Priscilla Kenney Bride in Capital; Daughter of Former Under Secretary of Navy Is Wed to Edward Streator Jr.," New York Times, February 17, 1957, p. 90. Abstract found at paysite for New York Times. Accessed July 1, 2010.
- Richard F. Grimmett, St. John's Church, Lafayette Square: The History and Heritage of the Church of the Presidents, Washington, DC (Hillcrest Publishing Group, 2009) ISBN 9781934248539. Found at Google Books. Accessed June 29, 2010.
- "Elinor Streator is affianced," New York Times, September 29, 1985. Found at New York Times archives. Accessed June 29, 2010.
- Seton Hall University website Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations board of overseers page. Accessed June 29, 2010.
- Craig R. Whitney, "Condom Journal: What's in a Name? Oddly, City Conceives Museum," New York Times, September 7, 1996. Found at New York Times archives. Accessed June 29, 2010.