Ambassador Donald F. McHenry from East St. Louis was the third Illinoisan in history to serve as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. His two Illinois predecessors were Gov. Aldai E. Stevenson 1961-1965 and former Supreme Court Justice Arthur J. Goldberg 1965-1968.
Donald F. McHenry served as Ambassador and U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations from September 1979 until January 20, 1981. As chief United States representative to the United Nations, he also served as a member of President Carter's Cabinet. At the time of his appointment, Ambassador McHenry was Ambassador and U.S. Deputy Representative to the U.N. Security Council, a position to which he was appointed in March 1977. Ambassador McHenry is currently University Research Professor of Diplomacy and International Affairs at Georgetown. University and President of the IRC Group, an international consulting firm. He has studied, taught and worked primarily in the fields of foreign policy and international law. He joined the U.S. Department of State in 1963 and served eight years in various positions related to U.S. foreign policy. In 1966, he received the State Department's Superior Honor Award. Ambassador McHenry has taught at Southern Illinois, Howard, American and Georgetown Universities.
Ambassador McHenry serves on the Board of Directors of the International Paper Company, the Coca-Cola Company, BankBoston, SmithKline Beecham, AT&T, and several non-profit organizations. He grew up in East St. Louis, Illinois and is a graduate of Illinois State University. He received a master's degree from Southern Illinois University with majors in International Affairs and in Rhetoric and Public Address.
McHenry was born in East St. Louis, Illinois in 1936 and graduated from Illinois State University in 1957 and received an M.A. in international affairs from Southern Illinois University in 1959.