William Robert Rivkin (April 16, 1919 – March 19, 1967) was a United States diplomat who served as ambassador to Luxembourg, Senegal, and Gambia in the 1960s.
Early life and education
Rivkin was born in 1919, the first child of Samuel Wolf Rivkin, an immigrant from the Russian Empire who worked as a local tailor, and Florence Fryer, a British immigrant who had met Samuel in Muscatine, Iowa. He grew up in Davenport, Iowa and graduated from Davenport High School, now Davenport Central High School. He received a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Iowa in 1941 and a J.D. degree from Northwestern University in 1948. While at Iowa, he was the national intercollegiate oratorical champion. At Northwestern, he edited the Northwestern Law Review and finished first in his law class.
After graduation from Iowa, Rivkin joined the United States Army, where he rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel during World War II. He was awarded the Bronze Star and received the French