Willard Leon Beaulac, a native Rhode Islander, attended Brown University and then served in the Navy during World War I. After that conflict, Beaulac enrolled in the new Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, graduating in 1921. Beaulac joined the State Department in 1921, holding consular posts in Central America for the next 10 years. For part of World War II, he served as counselor and deputy chief of mission in Spain. In 1944, Beaulac earned his first ambassadorial assignment to Paraguay. In 1947, he became ambassador to Colombia. Between 1951 and 1953, Beaulac was ambassador to Cuba. Next, he served as ambassador to Chile from 1953 to 1956. He then was U.S. ambassador in Argentina between 1956 and 1960. His final assignment was as deputy commandant for foreign affairs at the National War College. His book "Career Ambassador" was published in 1951. Beaulac taught at Southern Illinois and Ball State after retiring from the State Department. Other books by Beaulac include "Career Diplomat," "A Diplomat Looks at Aid to Latin America," "The Fractured Continent," and "Franco: Silent Ally in World War II." Willard Leon Beaulac died in 1990 at the age of 91.
[Source: "Washington Post," 5/27/1990, p. B6.]