Born in Salem, Oregon, Carlton Savage graduated from the University of Oregon in 1921. In 1927 he joined the U.S. Department of State, beginning a distinguished career in diplomacy and international affairs. In 1945, Savage was in the U.S. delegation to the San Francisco Conference that established the United Nations. After retiring from the State Department, Savage taught international relations at the University of Utah and American University.
Establishment of the Chair and Endowment
In 1987, Carlton Raymond Savage gave a generous gift of $500,000 on his own behalf and in memory of his late wife, Wilberta Ripley Savage, to the university to endow a visiting professorship in international relations and peace. In 1990, the Oregon State Legislature, through its new Endowment for Excellence Program, matched the original endowment with an equal grant of state funds. With this additional financial support, the Savage endowment has become a centerpiece in the University of Oregon’s growing reputation as a leader in the fields of international relations and peace.