The Wilson Center mourns the loss of its long-time friend and colleague, Dr. Nancy Bernkopf Tucker, who passed away in the early hours of December 1, after a courageous battle against cancer. A noted diplomatic historian, a prolific scholar and student of United States-East Asian relations, an accomplished teacher and mentor, and a Wilson Center Senior Scholar, Nancy’s work as both a scholar and a government official made her one of the most respected historians of her generation. 

Nancy enriched the lives of all those who were fortunate enough to come into contact with her – her students and colleagues at Georgetown, scholars of U.S. relations with East Asia, policy practitioners, the global community of historians – indeed, all who shared her thirst for knowledge and her passion for history.  

Our thoughts and condolences go out to her husband, Dr. Warren Cohen, also a Wilson Center Senior Scholar and also a distinguished scholar of United States-East Asian relations.

The Wilson Center recently announced the establishment of an annual Nancy Bernkopf Tucker Lecture in American-East Asian Relations.  The inaugural lecture will be offered in 2013.

Robert M. Hathaway, director of the Wilson Center’s Asia Program