02/21/1939 - 05/21/2018

WHITTLESEY, Faith Ryan, a Representative from Delaware County; born in Jersey City, Hudson County, NJ, February 21, 1939; graduated, Williamsville Central High School, 1956; B.A., history, Wells College, 1960; J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1963; Ford Foundation Grant to attend Academy of International Law, The Hague, Netherlands; honorary doctorates, Boston University, Widener University and King's College; English teacher; research analyst, Pennsylvania Banking Revision Project; law clerk; attorney, Pennsylvania Department of Welfare; Assistant United States Attorney, Eastern District of Pennsylvania; special assistant, Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office; elected as a Republican to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the 1973 and 1975 terms; resigned from the House, December 31, 1975; elected, commissioner, Delaware County (1976-1984); Pennsylvania co-chair, Ronald Regan for President (1980); presidential appointee, United States Ambassador to Switzerland (1981-1983 and 1985-1988); assistant for Public Liaison in the White House (1983-1985); president and chair, American Swiss Foundation (1989-2006); contributor, New York Times (1995-2001), Washington Times (1995, 2002), Wall Street Journal (1996), Financial Times (2009); featured as herself, “With God on Our Side: George W. Bush and the Rise of the Religious Right in America” (1996); president and CEO, Maybrook Associates (1998-2018); United States delegate, United Nations Conference on Small Arms and Light Weapons (2001); official advisor to John Bolton, United States Ambassador to the United Nations, United Nations Conference on Small Arms and Light Weapons (2006); died, May 21, 2018 in Washington, District of Columbia.


Whittlesey, Faith.  Soviet Global Strategy and the Caribbean: America by the Throat?  Rockford, IL: Rockford Institute, 1984.

Whittlesey, Faith and Edson I. Gaylord. Straight Talk on the Economy: The Capital Goods Industry Between the Great Depressions of the 1930’s and the 1980’s.  Rockford, IL: Rockford Institute, 1984.

Whittlesey, Faith.  “Switzerland on Trial.”  The Ambassadors REVIEW.  Council of American Ambassadors, Fall 1997.

Whittlesey, Faith.  “Switzerland and the Honor of America.”  The Ambassadors REVIEW.  Council of American Ambassadors, Fall 1998.

Schelbert, Leo, ed., with foreword by Faith Whittlesey.  Switzerland under Siege, 1939-1945: A Neutral Nation's Struggle for Survival.  Rockland: Picton Press, 2000.

Carty, Thomas J.  Backwards in High Heels: Faith Whittlesey, Reagan’s Madam Ambassador in Switzerland and the West Wing.  Philadelphia: Casemate, 2002.


Archival Collections

Faith R. Whittlesey Collection, Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, Boston University, Boston, Ma.

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