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Request Username Can't sign in? Ball after the war supported the unification cause, in effect becoming its Washington representative. Lobbied for Common Market. It was a short step into the political arena after Mr. Stevenson, then Governor of Illinois, joined the race for President in Then, and again in , Mr. Ball was chief of volunteers in the Stevenson Presidential campaigns. In , he backed John F. When the Kennedy Administration took office, Mr.
But less than a year later, when Chester Bowles resigned in November , Mr. Ball was named Under Secretary of State. Ball became an Administration trouble-shooter, shuttling between Athens, Ankara and Nicosia to mediate crises over Cyprus, and dashing off to Pakistan, the Congo, the Dominican Republic and other trouble spots to ease tensions or halt fighting.
He was a prodigious toiler and traveler, often working six days a week and 70 hours at a stretch, and was usually at his best under pressure. In Kennedy's Inner Circle. He was one of a small circle of advisers to President Kennedy in the Cuban missile crisis in , when the discovery that Soviet missiles were being transported and installed in Cuba raised the specter of nuclear war with the Soviet Union.
Ball urged a naval blockade of Cuba coupled with a demand that the Soviet missiles be withdrawn, the course that was successfully followed. After Mr. Kennedy's assassination in November , Mr. Ball was one of the leaders who went to the White House to work out a transition to the new Administration. Resigning as Under Secretary in , he joined Lehman Brothers and, except for his service at the United Nations and occasional duty as a Presidential adviser, remained with the firm for the rest of his career.
In the Carter Administration, Mr. Ball helped draft long-range American policy in the Persian Gulf. As an adviser to the National Security Council on Iran, he was critical of supporting Shah Mohammed Riza Pahlevi, and favored formation of a broad coalition government in Teheran. He also helped mount a bipartisan effort for Senate ratification of the Panama Canal Treaties. Ball's wife, Ruth Murdoch Ball, whom he married in , died last August.
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