Ambassador Melrose Discusses Foreign Service Career

Ambassador (Ret.) Joseph H. Melrose Jr. recently spoke with 150 students at Conrad Weiser High School in Berks County, Pa., about his career as a foreign diplomat. He discussed the recent terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, human trafficking, blood diamonds, international democracy and other issues. Melrose was scheduled to speak with the students a month earlier, but had to reschedule when he was called to participate in a State Department panel looking at increasing security at U.S. embassies in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attack in Benghazi.

Melrose, who graduated from Ursinus in 1966, was invited to speak at the high school by his former student, Jullien Searfoss 2005, a global studies teacher. Her students have been learning about many of the topics Melrose discussed during his presentation, she said. “We’re actually really lucky to have him here today, with all that’s going on in the world,” Searfoss said. See full story here>