Ambassador Diego Asencio (F'1952)
A graduate of Georgetown University's Foreign Service School in 1952, Asencio served as both U.S. Ambassador to Colombia (1977-1980) and U.S. Ambassador to Brazil (1983-1986). While serving in Colombia,he was taken hostage in February 1980, along with 14 other ambassadors and dozens of civilians, by Colombian M-19 guerrillas following a siege on the Dominican Embassy in Bogotá. Having been trained for high risk environments and armed with extensive cultural and political knowledge of the area, Asencio was able to play a vital role in securing his release and ending the hostage situation. He and his wife, Nancy, would later write a book about their experience called 'Our Man is Inside.'
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