AMBASSADOR BANNY DE BRUM
His Excellency Ambassador Banny deBrum has served as Ambassador of the Marshall Islands to the United States from 1995 to 2011 (except for a short period between 2008 and 2009). His career has included serving as acting permanent representative in the absence of the Marshall Islands ambassador to the United Nations. He has also served as ambassador to Canada from 1999 to 2008.
From 1994 -1995, Ambassador deBrum served as chairman of the Washington Pacific Committee, composed of representatives of Pacific Embassies, including the three Freely Associated States (Republic of the Marshall Islands, Republic of Palau and the Federated States of Micronesia). The committee promotes regional, political and cultural interests in Washington D.C.
Ambassador deBrum was one of the Republic of the Marshall Islands' most dedicated public servants. He was one of a kind, a true statesman. He was actively involved in the negotiations of the present Compact as amended between the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the United States of America.
A native of Majuro, Marshall Islands, Ambassador deBrum obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology (1981) from the Regis University, a Jesuit institution in Denver, Colorado.
Ambassador Banny deBrum is survived by wife Honor deBrum and four (4) children.
NOTE: In 2011, Ambassador Banny De Brum passed away. In June 2015, when I arrived in Majuro, Marshall Islands, the first thing I did was visit the home of the late Ambassador Banny DeBrum where he was laid to rest. Whenever I travel to other countries, I get excited for a new adventure. This time, traveling to the Marshall Islands has a different purpose... to be reunited with someone I have high regard and respect, not just a boss, but a true friend. I am very happy to be reunited also with the Honorable Senator and former President Kessai H. Note. in serving the people of Majuro through his foundation (www.reimanlok.org). (Vince Sinining)