Former U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia Passes

Ambassador Robert Blake and the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta express condolences to the family of former U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia Edward E. Masters who passed away on March 21, 2014.

Edward Masters had a thirty year career with the U.S. Department of State, including serving as Ambassador to Indonesia (1977-81) and Bangladesh (1976-77).  Following his retirement from the State Department, he taught at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

As a former U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia Masters recognized the importance of the promoting greater understanding between Indonesia and the United States to support a stronger bilateral relationship.  As a result, he founded the United States-Indonesia Society (USINDO) in 1994 as a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing U.S.-Indonesia ties.  Edward Masters served as USINDO’s President until 2001, afterwards as U.S. Co-Chair, and later as Co-Chair Emeritus. For his commitment and advancement of the US-Indonesia relationship, the Indonesian government awarded him the Bintang Jawa Utama, the highest award given to a foreigner.