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 Alain RENOUF

 

  Alan Renouf Ŕ nato a Sydney nel 1919 ed ha studiato prima alla Sydney Boys High School e poi alla Sidney University dove ha preso due lauree in Legge e un dottorato in storia della politica.

 Dopo essere stato militare nell'Australian Imperial Force tra il 1939 ed 1942 Ŕ entrato al Dipartimento degli Affari Esteri dove ha iniziato la sua carriera politica.

 Partecip˛ alla fondazione dell'ONU e ne divenne consulente legale presso la Segreteria.

 Nel 1948 spos˛ Emilia Mira Campins a Buenos Aires dalla quale ha avuto due figlie e un figlio e nel 1949 la sua carriera politica lo port˛ prima a Canberra, poi al Cairo, a Washington, a Parigi e a Bruxelles. In seguito divent˛ Alto Commissario per la Nigeria.

 Fu poi ambasciatore prima  in Jugoslavia e poi in Francia e nel 1974 torn˛ a Canberra come Segretario del Dipartimento degli Affari Esteri, finche nel 1978, non fu nominato ambasciatore degli Stati Uniti.

 Spirito libero che non ha mai mancati di esprimere il suo pensiero, dopo il pensionamento Ŕ stato consulente di un importante studio legale,  membro di un TAR e membro del CdA dell'UniversitÓ dove si era laureato.

 In giovent¨, nonostante i suoi numerosi impegni, ha praticato il surf, il golf, il rugby e lo sci, mentre, dopo il suo pensionamento, ha dedicato larga parte del suo tempo libero allo sport che forse ha amato di pi¨:  il Bridge.

 Scomparve nel 2008 dopo aver donato il suo corpo all'UniversitÓ di Sydney. 

  Alan Renouf (1919 - 2008)  was perhaps best known publicly as the secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Australian ambassador to Washington, but he was also a scholar, soldier, lawyer, author, sportsman and bridge player.

Throughout his distinguished international career, Renouf was realistic enough to accept the limits on Australia's ability to influence world events but patriotic enough to want to maximize that influence.

He was forthright and had a very Australian style, which was not always the case for Australians of his generation. He had his admirers and detractors, but nobody ever accused him of being boring.

He was always his own man and would stand up to politicians he worked for when he felt it necessary. This occasionally got him into trouble with those who did not like being questioned. He admired H.V. Evatt and Paul Hasluck, and some colleagues believe these were the only two he had unstinting admiration for. Evatt was clearly a strong intellectual influence on the young Renouf.

Renouf was not the stereotype of the retiring public servant but was, in his way, more of a public intellectual who liked to stimulate debate and encourage younger officers to come up with ideas. He opened up the Department of Foreign Affairs to women, both officers and spouses, in a way that had not been done before. His style was stimulating and decisive. While leaning towards the Labor Party, he served both sides of politics with equal professionalism.

Renouf was the first of the old diplomatic cadets to become department secretary. He saw active service in New Guinea and learned of his acceptance as a cadet while recovering in hospital from a sniper wound. In typical style, he is reported to have indicated in colorful language that this looked like a much better deal than where he had just come from.

Alan Philip Renouf was born in Sydney, the son of P.N. Renouf and his wife, Elsie Stevens. He went to Sydney Boys High School and Sydney University, where he completed two law degrees and later a PhD in political history. He served with the Australian Imperial Force from 1939-42 and joined the then Department of External Affairs in 1942.

From 1945 to 1949 he was involved in the birth of the United Nations - first on its preparatory commission, then as a member of the Australian delegation to the UN and then as legal counselor in the UN Secretariat.

In 1948 he married Emilia Mira Campins in Buenos Aires, and in 1949 resumed his diplomatic career in Canberra. Renouf served in Cairo, Washington, Paris and Brussels before becoming high commissioner to Nigeria and later minister at the Australian embassy in Washington.

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