William H. Dameron III was a career diplomat with the U.S. State Department, and served as Ambassador to Mali in 1993-1995. Before becoming ambassador, Dameron was director of the economics policy staff in the State Department's Bureau of African Affairs, a post he assumed in 1990. In 1992, he served for five months as acting deputy assistant secretary in the bureau.
Dameron had intended to major in chemistry at Georgia Tech, but found he enjoyed English and history so much that he became an industrial management major. After graduation, he worked for Caterpillar Tractor Co. in Peoria, Ill., and became a banker for the Trust Co. Bank in Atlanta. He earned an MBA in economics from Georgia State, and served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve during 1961-67. Dameron entered the foreign service in 1965 as an economics specialist. He speaks some Italian, Hungarian, French and Norwegian, and his overseas tours have included Norway, Hungary, Nigeria and Libya. His wife, Diana, was also a foreign service officer.
Dameron is also a classical music enthusiast and mineral collector; he sent back to the U.S. some of the first collector-quality specimens of Mali minerals. After returning to the U.S. he joined the Friends of Mineralogy and served for a number of years as its president. Today he is retired and living in Vancouver, Washington with his wife and his spectacular collection of barite (320 specimens) and other minerals (830 specimens).
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