John O'Leary (b. 1947) was the U.S. Ambassador to Chile from 1998 to 2001. He was nominated by Bill Clinton on April 28, 1998 and confirmed by the Senate on June 26, 1998. O'Leary focused on Chilean politics during his undergraduate years at Yale. He graduated in 1969 and went on to earn his M.A. as a Mellon Fellow at Clare College, Cambridge University. O'Leary received his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1974.
O'Leary met Bill Clinton as a fellow classmate at Yale. O'Leary was an associate at Pierce Atwood, Maine's largest law firm, from 1974 until 1979 and a partner from 1980 until 1998. In 1996 he was appointed by the American Bar Association as the chair of the Environmental Law Committee. A long-time resident of Portland, Maine O'Leary served the Portland Public Library Board, the City Council from 1975-1982 and as mayor, 1980-1981.
O'Leary is married to Patricia Cepeda. The couple has two daughters, Alejandra Cepeda O'Leary and Gabriela Joyce O'Leary. Patricia Cepeda is a native of Columbia. She is a 1977 graduate of Yale College and a professional interpreter. Gabriel Garcia Marquez is a friend of her family and the godfather of her eldest daughter, Alejandra.
U.S. Embassy Officials:
James Carragher - Deputy Chief of Mission
Stephen Wesche - Econ/Political Counselor
Kathleen Brion - Counselor for Public Affairs
Richard Blabey - Agricultural Counselor
John Harris - Commercial Counselor
Augusto Pinochet - Coup Leader, President of Chile (1974-1990)
Patricio Alywin - President of Chile (1990-1994)
Eduardo Frei - President of Chile (1994-1999)
Ricardo Lagos - President of Chile (2000 - )
Soledad Alvear - Minister of Foreign Relations (2000 - )
[Sources: Day, Adam. Mainebiz. "Santiago Calling," 23 July, 2001.]