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Higgins might have headed NROTC

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Higgins might have headed NROTC

Marine Lt. Col. William Higgins, the American hostage believed executed by his pro-Iranian captors in Lebanon, had hoped to come to MIT when his assignment in Lebanon ended. Higgins wanted to head the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps program based at the Institute.

"I have decided to ask the Marine Corps that I be stationed as the commanding officer to the NROTC at Harvard-MIT in Cambridge," Higgins wrote Suzanne Berger, head of the Department of Political Science, in January 1988. The letter was written one month before Higgins was abducted while serving as part of a United Nations peacekeeping force.

Berger and Higgins met when he was a fellow in 1986-87 at an MIT program in Washington that gives senior military and civilian officials insight into foreign cultures.