Dr. David L. Stratmon, retired diplomat and educator


HOLLY SPRINGS —Dr. David L. Stratmon, 84, a retired professor of political science and social science division chair at Rust College, died May 1.

Services were held May 7 at St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Stratmon, had a nearly 30-year diplomat career (1956-1984) in the U.S. State Department Foreign Service and U.S. Information Agency (USIA), as cultural affairs officer and director of American Center, with postings and assignments in several countries, including Lebanon, Liberia, Ghana, Tunisia, Chad, Congo, Jordan, France and England.

He served also as director of Fulbright program in the State Department and coordinator of Smithsonian Cooperative Education Program in Washington, D.C.

Stratmon received his education at North Carolina A&T University, Howard University, University of Michigan, National War College and Georgetown University Law Center.

With his retirement from State Department, Stratmon taught at Rust from 1984 until 1995.

He recently published his autobiography, dedicated to his wife, Dr. Lillian Jean Stratmon, My Story - From A Small Town to The World, that chronicles his early years growing up in Southport, N.C., to his accomplishments as a career diplomat in Africa, Europe and the Middle East.