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Chris had a passion for building bridges between the peoples of the Middle East, North Africa, and the United States. In this spirit, a fund has been established in his name to support this important, yet unfinished, endeavor.
Whenever I got an email from Chris it would say, “Shelby, got any time for me?” My answer was always a quick yes. Chris was the type of player we coaches LOVE to do lessons with because he was just as good as I. So as opposed to a lesson, it would simply be he and I battling point after point. Til this day, I still dont think he ever frowned. The man wore a smile like no other and when he was on the court, I could tell he loved every minute of it as his escape from his adventurous and serious business life. I would always say, “you damn lefties.” He had a kick serve to the corner that drove me nuts especially when he followed it into the net. Gosh, I miss that guy. Special man. If any of his friends or family are in the DC area and you play, please contact me. No charge, Just a hit and talk in Chris’ honor. Peace and may he rest in peace.
Ambassador Stevens was everything we hope for in an Ambassador of the United States. His goals, as you have described, are the highest form of love and understanding. He did not touch my life directly, but because of who he was, I am a member of a group on Facebook founded in his memory called Libyans and Americans United of Peace and Friendship. His memory is very alive in this group and his purposes are being acted on every day. Thanks Chris Stevens.
One year after the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, took the lives of U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans, UC Berkeley announced a gift from the friends and family of the late diplomat that establishes an endowed fund at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies to see his work continue in future generations of students at his alma mater.
KPIX 5 Mornings anchor Frank Mallicoat remembers his fraternity brother Chris Stevens with two of the ambassador’s friends.
Everybody over the age of about 15 years old can tell you what they were doing 12 years ago this morning. September 11, 2001 is seared into our hearts and minds. It changed our country and it changed us.
Last year there was another September 11 attack killing 4 Americans, but this time it happened in Benghazi, not New York and Washington DC and in the skies over Pennsylvania. There are far fewer of us who remember that day as clearly as we do 2001. But I am one of them because one of those four Americans was our friend Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens…
September 11 will always be a difficult day for our family. However, we remain firm in our commitment to looking forward. We have been bolstered by each of you – friends, family, and many more whom we have never had the opportunity to meet. Your strength, your support, your funny stories, and your enthusiasm to change the world have inspired us.
We are touched and grateful.
One year ago this week, in response to a tremendous outpouring of support from around the world, we launched the J. Christopher Stevens Fund. The mission of the Fund is to support activities that build bridges between the people of the United States and those of the broader Middle East. This was the mission to which Chris dedicated his life.
We are grateful for each contribution received – from friends and family, from the Government of Libya, and from people near and far moved by Chris and his story.
In the coming weeks and months, we will launch a number of innovative programs and initiatives. The focus of our activity is on young people, both here in America and across the Middle East and North Africa.
Chris served in the Peace Corps in Morocco, and his death was felt acutely by the Peace Corps family. Last year, in response to numerous queries from returned Peace Corps Volunteers during Peace Corps Week, we encouraged returned volunteers to fan out across America and speak with youth about their experiences abroad. We are now working with the Peace Corps to expand their reach into schools and communities across this country.
Today the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, where Chris studied as an undergraduate, announces the Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens Memorial Fund for Middle Eastern Studies, endowed by the J. Christopher Stevens Fund. Our purpose is to encourage and inspire students in Middle Eastern and North African scholarship.
Later this fall, together with a coalition of public and private partners, we will launch the J. Christopher Stevens Virtual Exchange Initiative. This initiative will embrace the power of technology to fuel the largest ever increase in people-to-people exchanges between the United States and the broader Middle East, vastly increasing the number and diversity of youth who have a meaningful cross-cultural experience as part of their formative education, and reaching over one million youth by 2020.
Tonight in Piedmont, CA, where Chris spent his teen years, the Piedmont Unified School District Board of Education will vote to name the Piedmont High library the Ambassador Christopher Stevens Memorial Library. Chris was inspired by the Piedmont High School motto “Achieve the Honorable”.
Later this year, the University of California’s Hastings College of the Law, from which Chris graduated in 1989, will host the Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens Symposium. The event will emphasize law and public policy as used in practice to advance global understanding and peace, principles to which Chris was committed.
There have been more awards bestowed, and honors given, in Chris’ memory than we could have ever thought possible. But as we’ve said before, we have received letters from thousands of people all over the world who were touched by Chris’ example. His openness touched a chord in their hearts.
Chris would have wanted to be remembered for that.
The Family of Chris Stevens
On the one-year anniversary of his death in Benghazi, Libya, the school board in slain Ambassador Chris Stevens’ hometown plans to name his old high school library after him.
A year after US Ambassador Chris Stevens was killed in Benghazi, American diplomacy needs his guile and wisdom in the Middle East.
I shed a tear today as I remember Ambassador Chris Steven’s. I shed a tear for every loved one that he left behind. What a wonderful man and what a wonderful life taken away from this Earth. I have faith that he is shining his light down on all of America from the Heavens today. My deepest sympathy to his family and friends.