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USVI Native and Diplomatic Pioneer Terence Todman Honored with Dedicated Conference Room in Buenos Aires

  • Tsehai Alfred
  • June 13, 2024

On Wednesday, the U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina unveiled the Terence A. Todman Conference Room— an official meeting space honoring and displaying the life and work of the USVI-born diplomat. “If you walk through that room, you're going to learn a lot more about his career and the courage that one person took to change the world,” said Marc Stanley, the U.S. Ambassador to Argentina, during the unveiling event. Born in 1926 on St. Thomas, Terence Todman served as a U.S. ambassador to six nations— Chad, Guinea, Costa Rica, Spain, Denmark, and Argentina— before retiring in 2014 on his home island and passing away later that same year. As the son of a maid and a grocery store clerk who went on to become a high-ranking diplomat fluent in seven languages, Mr. Todman broke many barriers, which the conference room—named “A Life Less Ordinary”— highlighted. A rendering of the Terence A. Todman Conference Room  “The courage it took to be a Black ambassador for the United States in...