March 3, 2021, marks 110 years since the birth of Latvian diplomat Anatols Dinbergs. Anatols Dinbergs was laid to rest at Rock Creek Cemetery in Washington, D.C. To mark his birthday, Ambassador of Latvia Māris Selga and members of the Latvian community paid their respects. The Ambassador said, “Anatols Dinbergs was an excellent diplomat, statesman and true patriot of Latvia. His legacy continues to live on and inspire the Latvian Foreign Service.”
Dinbergs joined the Latvian Foreign Service in 1932 and began working in the USA in 1937 – first in New York and later in Washington, DC. Dinbergs served as envoy to the USA from 1970 to 1991. In 1971, he was appointed as the head of the Latvian diplomatic service, which he continued to lead until the restoration of independence of Latvia. Throughout these years, he played a crucial role in keeping the attention of the international community on the illegal occupation of Latvia by the USSR. After independence was restored, Dinbergs became Latvia's first ambassador to the USA in 1991, before passing on his position to Ojārs Ēriks Kalniņš in 1993 and remaining a counsellor at the Embassy. Dinbergs passed away on 9 November 1993 having spent 61 years working for the Latvian Foreign Service.