Shepard Stone

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Person.png Shepard Stone   PowerbaseRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(spook, propagandist)
Shepard Stone.jpg
BornMarch 31, 1908
DiedMay 4, 1990 (Age 82)
Cause of death
heart attack
Alma materDartmouth College, University of Berlin
Founder ofAspen Institute Germany
Member ofAspen Institute Germany, Bilderberg/Steering committee
Bilderberg Steering committee member who was Director of International Affairs of the Ford Foundation for 15 years.

Dr. Shepard Stone was a US propagandist and member of the Bilderberg Steering committee.


Stone graduated from Dartmouth College in 1929 with a history degree. He also earned a doctorate in history from the University of Berlin. [1]


Stone joined the New York Times in 1933, but in 1942 joined the U.S. army and was active in wartime intelligence work. He worked in Military Government in 1945, establishing a press in the American Occupation Zone in Germany.[2] He rejoined the NY Times in 1946, but in 1949 returned to Germany, having been recruited as Assistant Director of Public Affairs for Occupied Germany by the newly appointed High Commissioner John J. McCloy. He was subsequently promoted to Director.

On McCloy's departure, Stone returned to the States as Director of International Affairs at the Ford Foundation, serving from 1952 to 1967.

From 1967 to 1974, he was President of the International Association For Cultural Freedom.

In 1974, Stone went again to Berlin in a role as first director of Aspen in Berlin, a partner institute to American non-profit organization, the Aspen Institute. He remained there until his retirement in 1988.


He was a participant in many of the Bilderberg and Pugwash conferences, and the index of his papers has assisted in decoding the Bilderberg reports.[3] He was a member of the Steering Committee of the Bilderberg Group.[4]

Denis Healey wrote in his memoirs that on 27 October 1957 he was at the 1957 Bilderberg meeting and approached Shepard Stone to ask for a £1,000 to continue the distribution of American articles among his associates at the International Institute for Strategic Studies. Stone replied that the Ford Foundation would not provide anything less than $100,000.[5] Healey returned to London and drafted the application and the Ford Foundation duly granted $150,000.


Events Participated in

Bilderberg/1957 October4 October 19576 October 1957Italy
Bilderberg/196121 April 196123 April 1961Canada
Bilderberg/196420 March 196422 March 1964US
Bilderberg/19652 April 19654 April 1965Italy
Villa d'Este
Bilderberg/196625 March 196627 March 1966Germany
Hotel Nassauer Hof
Bilderberg/196731 March 19672 April 1967St John's College (Cambridge)
Bilderberg/196826 April 196828 April 1968Canada
Mont Tremblant
Bilderberg/19699 May 196911 May 1969Denmark
Hotel Marienlyst
Bilderberg/197017 April 197019 April 1970Switzerland
Hotel Quellenhof
Bad Ragaz
Bilderberg/197123 April 197125 April 1971US
Woodstock Inn
Bilderberg/197221 April 197223 April 1972Belgium
Hotel La Reserve
Bilderberg/197311 May 197313 May 1973Sweden
The meeting at which the 1973 oil crisis appears to have been planned.
Bilderberg/197419 April 197421 April 1974France
Hotel Martinez
Bilderberg/197525 April 197527 April 1975Turkey
Golden Dolphin Hotel
Bilderberg/198018 April 198020 April 1980Germany
Parkhotel Quellenhof
Bad Aachen


  2. "Guide to the Papers of Shepard Stone, 1925 - 1990".Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "CSS").
  4. "Former Steering Committee Members". Bilderberg Group. Retrieved 2014-02-08.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "CSS").
  5. Denis Healey, The Time of My Life (London: Penguin, 1989) p.239