Dr. Tamar Oppenheimer

United Nation Passport Of Dr. Tamar Oppenheimer

Recently the United Nation Passport of Tamar M.Oppenheimer was at auction. Dr.Oppenheimer was the Director of the Narcotic Drug Division. The passport or to be more precise the Laissez-passer was issued in April 1982 at the headquarters of the UN in New York and was valid till 1985. The document has various visa and stamps e.g. from Peru, Republic of Botswana, Republic of Singapore, England, Great Britain, Republic of Kenya, Africa, Republic Indonesia, Thailand, USA, République de Côte d’Ivoire, Ivory Coast, République de Madagascar and more.

Dr. Tamar Oppenheimer (BA’46, LLD’94) was the first Canadian woman to serve as Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and began her distinguished career with the UN in 1946, three weeks after her graduation from McGill University. Over the course of more than 40 years at the UN, she held a number of high-level posts in the human rights, settlements, and narcotic drugs divisions, and as Deputy to the Director General of the UN office in Vienna.

Congratulations to the buyer who got a nice and rare collectible and to the seller who got a fair price for this UN document.

I do hold also 2 types of UN Laissez-passer. One is a quite early issue from 1957 signed by the 2nd UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskjöld who was killed in a plane crash Sep 1961 when he was on a trip via Northern Rhodesia. Hammarskjöld was one of four people to have been awarded a posthumous Nobel Peace Prize and remains the only U.N. Secretary-General to die in office. American President John F. Kennedy called Hammarskjöld “the greatest statesman of our century”.


United Nation Passport Of Dr. Tamar Oppenheimer