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Image from, (not from below article) with caption: U.S. ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert waves as he leaves a hospital in Seoul March 10, 2015.
US Ambassador Mark Lippert has been championing public diplomacy since he arrived as Washington’s youngest-ever representative to Seoul in October 2014 at age 41.
He reached out to ordinary citizens by traveling across the country, opening his home to the public and attending baseball games, while walking his dog Grigsby around downtown in a Doosan Bears jersey. He gave Korean middle names to his son and daughter, who were both born here, Sejun and Seahee.
A knife attack on him in the middle of a breakfast seminar in March 2015 posed a test to his efforts. With nerve damage and 80 stitches, however, the envoy reemerged on downtown walkways unscathed, thanking South Koreans for their well wishes and support.
“Leaving this country is extremely bittersweet,” Lippert said during a news conference at his residence in central Seoul on Friday, with his wife Robyn standing by him. ...