On September 21, 2023, the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, the Center for the Study of Asia, and the Kilachand Honors College co-hosted a conference titled “Clandestine Operations Against China during the Early Cold War.” This conference was, in part, an effort to honor the service and sacrifice of CIA officer Richard “Dick” Fecteau, a Lynn, MA, native and Boston University alumnus.
The conference was convened by Prof. John Woodward, in his capacity as a Pardee Center Faculty Research Fellow. Delta Phi Epsilon, the BU chapter of the International Business and Foreign Service society, provided logistical and operational support.
The full conference schedule can be found below. A video recording of the conference is available on the Pardee Center’s YouTube channel. Read more about the conference on the Pardee School of Global Studies’ website.
About Richard Fecteau
Richard “Dick” Fecteau, a Massachusetts hero, is one of the CIA’s most highly decorated officers. He spent twenty years in a Communist Chinese prison enduring horrible conditions when a CIA clandestine operation into China, in which he was a participant, went horribly wrong in 1952. The Chinese released Fecteau from prison in 1972. He retired from the CIA and became an assistant athletic director at BU in 1976. Upon his retirement from BU, he enjoys a quiet retirement in his hometown. On September 23, BU honored Mr. Fecteau with its highest alumni award at a banquet on campus.
12:30-1:00 pm: Registration
1:00-1:10 pm: Welcome
Amb. Mark C. Storella (BU Pardee School)
1:10-2:00 pm: “Setting the Stage: The Early Cold War”
Prof. June Grasso (BU College of General Studies)
2:00-2:50 pm: “Secret Missions Against China in the 1950s”
Prof. Thomas Christensen (Columbia University)
2:50-3:10 pm: Break
3:10-4:00 pm: “The Service and Sacrifice of Richard Fecteau”
Dr. Nicholas Dujmovic (Retired CIA Deputy Chief Historian)
4:00-4:50 pm: Panel of BU Alumni: “Working with Dick Fecteau”
Panel Chair: Jack Parker (Former BU Men’s Ice Hockey Coach)
4:50-5:00 pm: Concluding Remarks
Prof. John Woodward (BU Pardee School)