Dr. Stephen R. Lyne


Title: Professor
Company: Boston University
Location: Rancho Cucamonga, California, United States

Dr. Stephen R. Lyne, Professor at Boston University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in international relations and history.

Dr. Lyne became involved in his profession because of his upbringing, which shaped his career. His father and mother, Horace James and Anne, introduced him to the history of the United States at a very early age. He read about the American Revolution and early colonization of New England. He grew up in Vermont, which created a sense of independence, thereby resulting in him acquiring self-confidence. Because of the Revolutionary War, he had great respect for it and grew up wanting to do more for his country. When he was 13 or 14 years old, he knew he wanted to be a diplomat. Later on, his first wife, Mary was very instrumental to the contribution in his life, which meant so much to him. Dr. Lyne started his higher education at Amherst College, where he earned a BA in history in 1958. He then matriculated at Stanford University earning an MA in history in 1961 and a PhD in history in 1965. In 1973, he became a Congressional intern for the American Political Science Association Congressional Internship Program until 1975. Dr. Lyne also took a senior seminar in national and international affairs at the Foreign Service Institute at the U.S. Department of State from 1977 to 1978.

The highlight of Dr. Lyne’s career was being the ambassador to Ghana. The ceremony was the most moving experience in his entire career, the band of Ghana was playing the U.S. National Anthem for him and he will never forget that. Dr. Lyne began his career as a political officer for the American Embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia from 1962 to 1964 and then Saigon, Vietnam from 1965 to 1966. He then became the section head of South Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia for the Bureau for East Asia at the U.S. Department of State in 1967. Three years later, he became a deputy chief of mission for the U.S. Embassy in Libreville, Gabon from 1971 to 1973, Algiers, Algeria from 1975 to 1977, Canberra, ACT, Australia from 1980 to 1984 and Beirut, Lebanon from 1984 to 1985. In between those positions, Dr. Lyne was an office director for Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia for the Bureau of East Asia at the U.S. Department of State from 1978 to 1980. In 1985, he joined Boston University as a diplomat-in-residence and an adjunct professor until 1986. He then moved up to professor of international relations and history in the Department of International Relations in 1990, where he remains to this day. He was also an Ambassador for the U.S. Embassy in Accra, Ghana from 1987 to 1989.

As a testament to his success, Dr. Lyne has received Diplomat of the Year from Ghana in 1987, the Presidential Meritorious Honor Award in 1986, the Joint Honor Award in 1982 and 1985 and the Individual Superior Honor Award in 1971 and 1984. In his spare time, Dr. Lyne enjoys tennis and bridge.

Dr. Lyne was born on May 20, 1935, in Fall River, Massachusetts.  He currently resides in California with his second wife Shanshan Lyne. He is the proud father of two children and three grandsons and two granddaughters.

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