January 31, 2020
The French-American Foundation mourns the loss of Ambassador Anne Cox Chambers, business leader, philanthropist, and diplomat, who died on Friday, January 31, 2020.
Ambassador Chambers was devoted to the relationship between France and the United States. A member of the French-American Foundation’s community for nearly 30 years, she was a Board member and important benefactor of the Young Leaders program. In 2009, she was awarded France’s “Commander in the Legion of Honor” for her service to the country.
Ambassador Chambers was a director of Cox Enterprises, a privately held media company that included newspapers, television, and radio. Active in politics, she served as US Ambassador to Belgium under President Jimmy Carter. She was also one of the first women to sit on the corporate boards of Coca-Cola and the Fulton National Bank.
She was widely admired for her support of charitable causes, primarily involving international affairs, the arts, and culture. She was a supporter of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum, the Louvre in Paris, and many local causes in Atlanta. She owned a house in Provence where she spent several months a year and frequently hosted the Foundation’s Young Leaders program.
In recognition of her long and unwavering support of the Foundation and the Young Leaders program, the Anne Cox Chambers Award is given at the annual Gala to a Foundation Young Leader whose work has made a significant impact on the transatlantic relationship.
We extend our deepest condolences to her family during this time.