Lilley, James R.

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Lilley, James R. Gender: M
James Roderick Lilley
born on 15 January 1928 at 02:00 (= 02:00 AM )
Place Qingdao (Shandong), China, 36n0555, 120e2219
Timezone AWST h8e (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 23°20' s_mo.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 21°53 Asc.s_scocol.18.gif 13°45'

James R. Lilley


American diplomat who served as United States ambassador to China at the time of the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989.

Born to American parents in China, Lilley learned Mandarin at a young age before his family moved back to the United States at the outbreak of World War II. He also spoke French fluently, in addition to English. He served in the United States Army before earning an undergraduate degree from Yale University and a master's in international relations from George Washington University. He then joined the Central Intelligence Agency, where he would work for nearly 30 years in a variety of Asian countries prior to becoming a diplomat.

Before being appointed ambassador to China in 1989, he was director of the American Institute in Taiwan, Washington's de facto embassy on the island, and ambassador to South Korea. After the suppression of the Tiananmen Square protests, Lilley was critical of the Chinese crackdown and harboured a prominent dissident in the embassy, but worked to prevent long-term damage to United States–China relations. After his retirement, he published a memoir, China Hands (2004), and worked as a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.

In 1954, he married Sally Booth, with whom he had three sons. James R. Lilley died on 12 November 2009, aged 81, at Sibley Hospital in Washington, D.C., from complications of prostate cancer.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Relationship : Marriage 1954 (Sally Booth)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 2004 (Memoir, "China Hands")
  • Death by Disease 12 November 2009 (Prostate cancer, age 81)
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Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided U.S. Consular Report of Birth.


  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Cancer (Prostate)
  • Family : Relationship : Marriage more than 15 Yrs (Sally Booth)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (Three sons)
  • Lifestyle : Home : Expatriate (U.S. expatriate in China)
  • Personal : Death : Illness/ Disease (Prostate cancer)
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 81)
  • Vocation : Law : CIA
  • Vocation : Military : Military service (U.S. Army)
  • Vocation : Politics : Diplomat (U.S. Ambassador to South Korea, 1986-1989)
  • Vocation : Politics : Diplomat (U.S. Ambassador to China, 1989-1991)
  • Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer (Memoir, "China Hands")
  • Notable : Extraordinary Talents : For Languages (Spoke English, Mandarin, French fluently)