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Diplomat, Academic, Historian

“Dr. Latimer’s professional preparation is formidable [...] I have heard him lecture on Atatürk. He gives an absorbing account and leaves the impression that a scholar has found an ideal subject, and the subject its ideal scholar.”

— Dr. William Mulder

Latimer was born on March 14, 1904 in Groton, Connecticut. He received his B.A. in French Language and Literature from Yale University in 1925. He served as US Consul in Istanbul from 1936 to 1941. Between 1950 and 1954, he was the Cultural Attaché and the First Secretary at the Ankara Embassy. In 1960, he received his Ph.D. from Princeton University; his dissertation was titled “The Political Philosophy of Mustapha Kemal Atatürk as Evidenced in His Public Speeches and Interviews.” From 1960 to 1964, Latimer was an associate professor at Utah University. As a Fulbright grantee in 1964-66, Latimer, who was fluent in Turkish and Ottoman, conducted research about the life and achievements of Atatürk at Ankara University’s Institute of Turkish Revolution History. During that period, he also lectured about Atatürk throughout various cities in Turkey. Latimer passed away in 1998.

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