Remembering Chris Stevens

This site has been set up by the family of Chris Stevens to capture the memories of people touched by Chris, far and near.

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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.

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Ambassador Chris Stevens

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…

1 year ago

A Note From The Family of Chris 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. 

Thank you. 

The Family of Chris Stevens

Calif. School Board to Name Library After Chris Stevens

1 year ago - 1

Essay: On the anniversary of Chris Stevens' death, the region he loved is in turmoil

1 year ago

I Remember.

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.

I am looking over the mountains of the Hindu Kush.
The same dusty brown hills like a year ago.
The same blue sky and blinding sun like a year ago.
A man on a bicycle, and a dog barking.
The call of the muezzin from the minaret.
Everything the same, and yet, nothing is.
I can still hear your voice telling me to be careful.
***
It has been a horrible year. I and many others miss you so very much. 

 

I am looking over the mountains of the Hindu Kush.

The same dusty brown hills like a year ago.

The same blue sky and blinding sun like a year ago.

A man on a bicycle, and a dog barking.

The call of the muezzin from the minaret.

Everything the same, and yet, nothing is.

I can still hear your voice telling me to be careful.

***

It has been a horrible year. I and many others miss you so very much. 

 

Remembering Chris today for all he did.  Thanks for his tremendous service, not just to the American people, but to people all over the world.  To his family, I am tremendously sorry for your loss.  The world will miss his contributions, but I am sure you miss his smile.

Annapolis, MD

Class Of 1978

The class of 1978 will about to meet for its 35th reunion without Ambassador Stevens.
 
I think you all know through personal experience or sharing from friends the feeling of loss. We have that now.
 
I choose at this time to remind those close to me I travelled to the MLK memorial in Atlanta and in front is Mahatma Gandhi. Chris worked the same as ”Bapu” did in India, only in Morocco for the Peace Corp, in North Africa as a diplomat and the Middle East as a brother. Chris had many friends in Libya!
 
I looked up my notes from Poly Sci at Berkeley, a class we took together, taught by Professor Muir, and I have Special Ambassador Philip Habib’s quotes:
 
"Hatred, based on nationalistic, territorial, religious and other grounds exists widely in the world today. Hatred is a strong word but internationally it exists widely. Distrust is even more prevalent. Beyond hatred and distrust there are other depreciating levels of animosity."
 
Chris knew all this as he and I met across the years and he explained.
 
I found in my notes Prof Muir’s words, “other than clubs can be trumps,” and “leadership involves capturing the tools of reciprocity and morality necessary for its exercise. Building is what leadership is all about.”
 
Chris built. We must continue his work.
 
Dr. King looked to the day of brotherhood at a table set for all. I do too.

Elmer Mark Kropp, MD

Thank you

I did not ever know you or your family. I want to tell your family the saddest I and my husband feel around your loss.

We continue to monitor what happen and hope you are feeling some peace. Please know that many of us quiet americans do watch and care about what happened.

A TRUE American Hero

God bless you Chris Stevens. America needs more like you. You, and the very hard work you have done will NEVER be forgotten.