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In Memoriam: James G. Lowenstein

Updated: Apr 14, 2023



James G. Lowenstein, a former U.S. ambassador to Luxembourg and Senate Foreign Relations Committee staffer under Senator J. William Fulbright, died on January 3, 2023, aged 95.


Jim had a distinguished career that led him from the Marshall Plan in Paris and the U.S. food aid program in Sarajevo in the 1950s to Sri Lanka and Belgrade in the late 1950s and 1960s at the height of the "American Century."


Perhaps his most notable contributions, though, came during his nine-year stint on Capitol Hill during the late 1960s and early 1970s. There, with fellow staffer Richard M. Moose, his resourceful and courageous investigative reporting in the jungles and deltas of Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia exposed the limits of American military power and helped Congress reassert its institutional prerogatives as a check against executive overreach.


Jim was also a man of exceptional energy, with a boundless enthusiasm for all that is good in life—travel, languages, culture, conversation, and above all friendship.


It was our great privilege to have known and worked with Jim as a client. We extend our deepest condolences to his family and many friends around the world.


For more on Jim's life, see his obituary in the New York Times.

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