2008 John Clarke Laureate


The John Clarke Laureate is bestowed by the John Clarke Society to meritorious individuals who have furthered the mission of the John Clarke Society or who have strived to increase democracy and freedoms throughout the world.


2009 Inductee

Ambassador John L. Loeb Jr.

The Honorable John L. Loeb Jr., former ambassador to Denmark and good friend to the John Clarke Society.

Ambassador Loeb, was honored with the John Clarke Laureate for his continuing work to foster religious freedom. His  commands an extraordinary record of public and philanthropic service with various governmental and benevolent institutes, the International Rescue Committee, Museum of the City of New York, American-Scandinavian Foundation, and Winston Churchill Foundation amongst many other posts.

Most recently, Ambassador Loeb founded the George Washington Institute for Religious Freedom and built the Loeb Visitor Center at Touro Synagogue in Newport, RI. The George Washington Institute for Religious Freedom is a not-for-profit organization promoting understanding of freedom of religion and separation of church and state in America.


2008 Inductee

 Ambassador J. William Middendorf II


Ambassador J. William Middendorf II, John Clarke Society founding advisor.

Ambassador Middendorf, former Ambassador to the Netherlands and Secretary of the Navy, was honored by the John Clarke Society for his continuing work to spread American style democracy throughout the world. He is a co-founder of the Heritage Foundation and a member of the International Republican Institute, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization advancing international freedom and democracy by developing political parties, civic institutions, open elections, democratic governance, and the rule of law. Most recently, Ambassador Middendorf has worked with the OAS to write democratic constitutions for emerging countries.