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In Memory of Richard Fairbanks

Ambassador Richard Fairbanks has died. He was 71.

"We are both sad and grateful to report that Dick Fairbanks died on a beautiful Florida day at his home in Miami, surrounded by his family," said his wife Shannon.

"This weekend we will have a small family Mass with the children and grandchildren. Later this Spring we will host a dinner with friends in D.C., in celebration of Dick."

Ambassador Fairbanks had been suffering from melanoma.

He was an early and important member of the Nixon White House, and served on the Domestic Policy Council as Associate Director of the Energy, Environment and Natural Resources division. He served as Assistant Secretary of State under President Reagan and was integral to the Middle East Peace Process, serving as special negotiator.

After his work in the Executive Branch, Ambassador Fairbanks served as President and CEO of the Center for Strategic and International Studies and founded the Washington-based diplomacy initiative Layalina Productions to improve U.S. public diplomacy presence across the Middle East. He was a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Council of American Ambassadors.

Ambassador Fairbanks graduated from Yale University, served in the Navy, and earned his juris doctorate from Columbia University School of Law, where he graduated magna cum laude.

"Dick was a close friend of mine for many years," said Ron Walker. "During my term as Chairman and President of the Richard Nixon Foundation, Dick was always available to help and participate. For his support, I am thankful. Anne and I would like Shannon to know that she and her family are in our thoughts and prayers. I will miss my golfing buddy."

Video: In 2010, Frank Gannon interviewed Amb. Fairbanks about his years on the Domestic Council spearheading the direction of Energy policy.

Ambassador Fairbanks participated in the inaugural Nixon Legacy Forum on January 8, 2010 at the Library which provided an overview of Richard Nixon's domestic policy. Click here to watch.

On October 13, 2011, he chaired a forum on "Responding to America's First Energy Crisis" at the Center for International and Strategic Studies in Washington, D.C., where he was formerly Chairman and CEO. Click here to watch.