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Amd. Faith Whittlesey, Reagan Revolutionary and Conservative Pioneer, Dead at 79

Amd. Faith Whittlesey, Reagan Revolutionary and Conservative Pioneer, Dead at 79

Faith Whittlesey, President Ronald Reagan’s ambassador to Switzerland, who helped popularize the message of the “Reagan Revolution” and advocated for a staunch, traditional conservatism for decades, passed away Monday at 79.

“I became fluent in explaining Reagan’s foreign policy during that period,” Whittlesey told the American Conservative in a 2015 profile.

“Reagan’s foreign policy was strongly opposed—not only by Democrats, who ferociously opposed it, but by the establishment wing of his own party,” Whittlesey told the American Conservative of her time in the White House.

“We engaged the public, explained Ronald Reagan’s policies,” she said.

Ambassador Whittlesey remained active in American conservative politics, often advocating positions that were unpopular on the Right at the time, but have, in the age of Trump, found a much wider audience.

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