New York, NY, January 28, 2013 ... The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today mourned the loss of Ambassador Max Kampelman, a unique leader whose wisdom and judgment were appreciated for many decades.
Ambassador Kampelman, who was 92, was an attorney, scholar, statesman and a longtime Honorary Vice Chair of ADL’s National Commission. He began his career in public service under Hubert H. Humphrey and went on to serve as a diplomat under President Ronald Reagan. He was presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Bill Clinton in August 1999.
In the 1970s Ambassador Kampelman was the head of a committee of Jewish organizations set up to counteract the Arab boycott of companies who do business with Israel, part of a collaborative effort led by ADL and others that led to the eventual passage of anti-boycott laws in 1977 and 1978 forestalling American participation in the Arab blacklist. He was recently interviewed for a documentary film on the history of ADL, which is celebrating its centennial year in 2013.
Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, issued the following statement:
Ambassador Kampelman was a unique leader who had the passion, commitment and skills to address issues affecting America as a whole as well as his beloved Jewish community. His resume only begins to scratch the surface of his contributions as a wise counselor and advisor to many in government and the Jewish world.
A passionate advocate for advancing the interests of the United States, Ambassador Kampelman was the consummate Washington insider who never lost touch with his roots. His wisdom and judgment were appreciated for many decades. He provided presidents of both political parties with wise counsel and sage advice to help preserve peace and promote human rights. Most memorable for ADL was his close collaboration with us in countering the Arab economic boycott of Israel.
He will be remembered with deep affection and respect, and he will be sorely missed.