“At the end of five decades in foreign affairs, there is an understandable instinct to look back and sum up I where have been and what have I experienced and contributed along the way,” said Amb. Quinn. “The website, with the title ‘From the Mississippi to the Mekong,’ captures my odyssey that drew me first to Asia and then to so many other destinations in Africa, Europe and Latin America, but always, in the end, pulled back to where my roots run deepest, in my home state of Iowa.”
The archive features a video memoir depicting the many achievements throughout Amb. Quinn’s life, as well as multiple short stories told by Amb. Quinn, and the impact that each event had on him and his family. It also has an extensive bibliography of articles he has written, speeches he has given and media reports about his involvement in various events and issues, from the recognition of President Nixon, to an espionage case, advocacy on behalf of refugees while serving on the staff of Iowa Governor Robert D. Ray and confronting terrorism.
“My most heartfelt appreciation goes out to Nicole Barreca, the Director of Communications at the World Food Prize, who conceived of this project, and Will Hamilton, Carmen Angel, Hannah Wiles, Geoffrey Purcell, Adam Kiesel, Tiffany Nelson, Alli Jones and Sophia Walker, who implemented her vision,” said Amb. Quinn. “Except for their dedication, attention to detail and endless research to locate so many documents, speeches and news articles, my legacy would be in a few boxes in my attic. Instead, they are marvelously organized and available on this sleek, easy-to-use website. I am grateful and I feel certain that my grandchildren and great grandchildren will be as well.”
ABOUT THE WORLD FOOD PRIZE: The World Food Prize is the foremost international award recognizing the achievements of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world. The Prize was founded in 1986 by Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, recipient of the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize. Since then, the World Food Prize has honored 49 outstanding individuals who have made vital contributions throughout the world. The World Food Prize annually hosts the Borlaug Dialogue international symposium and a variety of youth education programs to help further the discussion on cutting-edge global food security issues and inspire the next generation to end hunger.