Sol Linowitz

Sol Myron Linowitz (December 7, 1913 – March 18, 2005) was an American diplomat, lawyer,[1] and businessman.


Linowitz was born to a Jewish family[2] in Trenton, NJ.[3]

Linowitz helped negotiate the return of the Panama Canal to Panama under the direction of President Jimmy Carter. In 1964, Linowitz joined David Rockefeller to launch the International Executive Service Corps, which was established to help bring about prosperity and stability in developing nations through the growth of private enterprise.[4] Besides being a career diplomat, lawyer, and one time chairman of Xerox, he wrote two books, The Making of a Public Man: A Memoir, and The Betrayed Profession. He was a graduate of Trenton Central High School, Hamilton College class of 1935 and Cornell Law School class of 1938, where he served as a trustee.

From 1974 to 1978, Linowitz was head of the Federal City Council, a group of business, civic, education, and other leaders interested in economic development in Washington, D.C.[5]

He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.


  1. Legends in the Law: Sol Linowitz.
  2. Silbiger, Steve (May 25, 2000). The Jewish Phenomenon: Seven Keys to the Enduring Wealth of a People. Taylor Trade Publishing. p. 191.
  3. Joe Holley, Former Diplomat Sol Linowitz, 91, Dies, Washington Post, 18 March 2005.
  4. Holley, Joe (18 March 2005). "Former Diplomat Sol Linowitz, 91, Dies". The Washington Post. Retrieved 3 October 2013.
  5. Whitaker, Joseph D. (September 30, 1975). "New Housing Called Prime Need in D.C.". The Washington Post. p. C1; Lynton, Stephen J. (September 26, 1978). "Former OMB Chief Is Named Federal City Council Head". The Washington Post. p. B3.
Business positions
Preceded by
Harold S. Kuhns
Chairman of Xerox Corporation
April 18, 1961–1966
Succeeded by
Joseph C. Wilson

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