John Weinmann – Class of 1950


1929 - 2016 Mr. Weinmann was ambassador to Finland from 1989 to 1991 and chief of protocol from 1991 to 1993. The latter position is a State Department post; its holder advises the president, vice president and secretary of state on protocol matters. In a 1996 interview, Mr. Weinmann said his first day as chief of protocol was nerve-racking. Four hours after he was sworn in, he had to have everything ready for Czech President Vaclav Havel's arrival at the White House. "I was very nervous," he said. "I knew nothing about the job - I mean, nothing." [...]