Pacific Islands Development Program/East-West Center
Center for Pacific Islands Studies/University of Hawai‘i at Manoa


HONOLULU, Hawai‘i (February 17, 1999 - PIDP/CPIS/Hulsen)---The third President of the Federated States of Micronesia, Bailey Olter, died Tuesday at his home in Kolonia, Pohnpei, after a prolonged illness resulting from a stroke.

In honor of the late President, Vice President Leo Falcam has proclaimed a national period of mourning, which is to remain in effect until the conclusion of a State Funeral planned for Monday, February 22.

President Olter, who was about to turn 67, was born March 27, 1932 in Mwoakilloa, Pohnpei.

Prior to being elected FSM President in 1991 and again in 1995, he was the nation's second Vice President.

A prominent Pohnpei businessman, Olter's career included serving as Pohnpei State Treasurer, Chairman of External Affairs in the FSM First and Second Congresses and Micronesian Advisor to the U.S. Delegation to the U.N. Trusteeship Council.

He also was a former science and mathematics instructor and a designer and builder of outrigger canoes.

Olter, who graduated from the University of Hawai‘i with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science, is survived by his wife, Amalia, and six children.

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