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Richard Boswell Finn (1917-1998) was a naval intelligence officer, diplomat, and scholar. Finn graduated from Harvard College in 1939 and Harvard Law in 1942. After college, Finn joined the Navy and attened the Navy's Japanese Language School at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Finn became a naval intelligence officier, then joined the Foreign Service. He remained in Japan with his wife until 1954. He served as an adjunct professor at American University and from 1983 to 1987 he administrated the United States-Japan program at Harvard. Finn authored "Winners in Peace: MacArthur, Yoshida, and Post-war Japan" and also served as editor for a series issued by Transaction Press on US and Japan relations. In 1987, he was awarded an imperial decoration by the Japanese government. In 1998, RIchard Finn passed away.