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Lunch with Putney Westerfield

Perspectives of a CIA operative in Vietnam

YALE Club of SF
Putney Westerfield '51
for a talk on

Friday, September 12th
Olympic Club
524 Post Street (x Mason St.)
San Francisco CA
$30 for YCSF members/$40 for non-members

Putney Westerfield will speak about being a CIA Operative in Vietnam: historical perspectives, selected case studies, economic resurgence.  In addition, he will speak about living and working in Saigon with a family in the 1950s.

Putney Westerfield has made six trips back to Vietnam, starting in 1988.  He is also the co-founder of East Meets West Foundation, which is now the largest NGO in Vietnam.

Putney Westerfield grew up on the Yale campus.  His father was an Economics Professor for 42 years — especially Investment and Commercial Banking.  His mother came down from Wellesley for a Yale PhD in the Classics - and became an inspiring teacher.  Brother Bradford Westerfield taught American Foreign Policy at Yale for 44 years (1957 - 2001 and was often voted Yale’s most popular professor by the students.)  
Professor Westerfield also launched the nation’s first university course on the Role of Intelligence in World Affairs – nicknamed “Spies and Lies” -- He used to say he was inspired by the activities of his younger brother, Putney.
Graduating in 1951, Putney chose the CIA over the military options.  After assignments in Southeast Asia and Korea, he arrived in Saigon in early 1955.
He resigned in late 1957 and joined TIME Inc, serving successively as Associate Publisher of TIME, then LIFE and finally as Publisher of FORTUNE.   Later, he was President of Chase World Information Corporation, a Chase Manhattan subsidiary, before being named CEO of Boyden Global Search, an executive search firm with 70 offices around the world.
Putney is known for his love of “adventure travel.”    He has visited 115 countries – so far -- and plans to add four new ones this Fall.   

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