Thanat Khoman


Age: 101

former foreign minister of Thailand from 1959 to 1971 who helped to cement his country's close relations with the U.S. during the Vietnam War as U.S. diplomats described him as shrewd and dedicated to seeking advantage for his country after shifting international politics saw him move from being an advocate of close links to Washington to a promoter of regional balance by establishing relations with China, a Cold War bogeyman.

Cause of Death: Old age ailments

Born: May 9, 1914

Died: March 3, 2016

Bangkok, Thailand