Ronald D. Palmer
Ronald Dewayne Palmer (born May 22, 1932) is a former United States Ambassador to Togo (1976-78), Malaysia (1981-83), and Mauritius (1986-89). He was born in Uniontown, Pennsylvania. He graduated from the University of Bordeaux and Howard University in 1955 and Johns Hopkins University in 1957.
Palmer entered the Foreign Service in 1957 as an intelligence research specialist in the Department of State. From 1959 to 1960 he attended Indonesian language training at the Foreign Service Institute. He was economic officer in Djakarta from 1960-1962 and in Kuala Lumpur from 1962 to 1963. He was Foreign Affairs Officer and staff assistant from 1964 to 1965 in the Department of state. He was cultural attach in Copenhagen, Denmark, and on detail to the International Communication Agency in from 1965 until 1967, and was s faculty member at the United States Military Academy from 1967 1970. He later served as international relations officer in the Department from 1975 to 1976. From then on until 1978 he was Ambassador to the Togo. He has been Director of Foreign Service Career Development and Assignments from 1978 to 1979, and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Personnel.
Under the Reagan Administration he served as ambassador to Malaysia and later Mauritius. He speaks Indonesian, French, and Danish.
Palmer was born May 22, 1932, in Uniontown, Pa. He graduated from He was a professor at the West Point US Military Academy from 1967-1969 and George Washington University from 1990-2001. He is also a member of the American Academy of Diplomacy and Council on Foreign Relations. He is married to Euna Scott and has 2 Children.
Dr. Ronald Palmer (left), Professor Emeritus at George Washington University