On Wednesday evening, William J. vanden Heuvel received The Municipal Art Society’s 2016 Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Medal in recognition of his role in building Four Freedoms Park, as well as his six decades of distinguished public service. The medal was presented by journalist Bill Moyers in a ceremony that included speeches by MAS President Gina Pollara and Chairman Frederick Iseman, as well as a video greeting from United States Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy. Peter Duchin and His Orchestra provided live music for the evening.
Ambassador vanden Heuvel has served as Deputy U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations and as U.S. Ambassador to the European Office of the U.N. An international lawyer, he is also Senior Advisor to Allen and Company, a New York investment banking firm. Ambassador vanden Heuvel has served as President of the International Rescue Committee, as Chairman of the Board of Governors of the United Nations Association of the United States of America, and as Chairman of the New York City Board of Correction. He was Vice President of the 1967 Constitutional Convention. A graduate of the Cornell University Law School, he was Editor-in-Chief of the Cornell Law Review and later served as Executive Assistant to General William J. “Wild Bill” Donovan, Special Counsel to Governor Averell Harriman and Assistant to Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy. Ambassador vanden Heuvel is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Founder and Chair Emeritus of the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute and the Four Freedoms Park Conservancy, Inc., Co-Chair of the Council of American Ambassadors, and Chair of the Open Medical Institute. He is a director of the American Committee for East-West Accord.