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Jim Sasser. former senator and ambassador, donates papers to Vanderbilt

News release from Vanderbilt University:
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – James R. Sasser, a former three-term U.S. senator from Tennessee and ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, and his wife, Mary Sasser, have donated their papers to Vanderbilt University’s Special Collections.
“We are deeply grateful that Jim and Mary Sasser, treasured alumni who have devoted their lives to outstanding public service on behalf of Tennessee and the nation, have chosen Vanderbilt as the home for their archives,” Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos said. “Having first-hand information from Jim’s career as a senator and ambassador and from Mary’s work in bridging cultures will offer Vanderbilt scholars an invaluable level of insight into a vital time in our world’s history. These papers will be a pivotal part of the work of researchers for many generations to come in advancing understanding of global affairs.”
“Mary and I have chosen Vanderbilt as the home for our records because in many ways it is where our journey began,” James Sasser said. “We met as students there in the ’50s and the education that it provided us, as undergraduates and then for me as a law student, proved to be the foundation for decades of public service for which we are both enormously grateful. We are hopeful that this record, and all of the stories that it tells, will be useful to future students, scholars and researchers.”

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Mary Nell Sasser Dies, Aged 96

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Mary Nell Sasser, mother of former U.S. senator and ex-ambassador to China Jim Sasser, has died. She was 96.
Mary Nell Sasser died last Friday in Dallas after a long illness. She was a longtime resident of Nashville.
Services will be Thursday in Nashville. Survivors also include two daughters.
Jim Sasser was a senator representing Tennessee from 1977 to 1995. Then-President Bill Clinton appointed him ambassador to China in 1995, a post he held until 2001.