Mary Carlin Yates

Lois Roth Award, 1997

The award citation reads: For outstanding creativity, initiative and sensitivity in directing and managing USIS programs in Zaire from 1993 to 1995.  Her achievement in reaching out to newly-formed political groups and the Zairian intellectual community restored the U.S. as a leading force for justice and will form the basis of American-Zairian relations in coming decades. Her dynamism, sensitivity and integrity fully reflect the legacy of Lois Roth.  

In her letter of thanks she wrote, “Every year, when I read the criteria for the Lois Award, I recommit myself to trying to live up to her high standard.”  Mary Carlin Yates went on to be come U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Burundi from 1999 until June 2002, and as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Ghana from November 2002 to 2005.