Former US envoy to Sri Lanka dead

September 18th, 2008 - 8:35 pm ICT by IANS  

Colombo, Sep 18 (IANS) William Howard Wriggins, who was the US ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives in 1977-79, has died, the embassay said Thursday.An embassy statement said that he died Aug 30 at Hannover, New Hampshire.

Born in 1918, Wriggins had an illustrious career in academia and public service. In 1960 he penned what became a landmark work, “Ceylon: Dilemmas of a New Nation”.

His interest in South Asia, specifically Sri Lanka, continued his entire life. He authored numerous book and papers on Sri Lanka, including a biography of former president J.R. Jayewardene, which he co-authored with K.M. de Silva.

Wriggins’ interest and love for Sri Lanka spanned 50 years. He traveled frequently to the island and maintained close contact with his many Sri Lankan friends up until his death.

He survived by his wife, Sally Hovey Wriggins, three children, and six grandchildren.

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