Waite, Terry(Terence Waite), 1939–, British church official. An adviser to Robert RuncieRuncie, Robert Alexander Kennedy
, 1921–2000, archbishop of Canterbury (1980–91). Bishop of St. Albans from 1970 to 1980, he was enthroned as the 102d archbishop of Canterbury in 1980, succeeding Donald Coggan.
..... Click the link for more information. , the archbishop of Canterbury, he successfully negotiated the release of British hostages in Iran (1981) and Libya (1985). His later efforts to free U.S. hostages in Beirut were unsuccessful and were compromised by his association with Lt. Col. Oliver NorthNorth, Oliver Laurence,
1943–, American military officer, b. San Antonio, Tex. Raised in Philmont, N.Y., he entered the U.S. Marines, graduated from Annapolis (1968), served in the Vietnam War, and attained the rank of lieutenant colonel.
..... Click the link for more information. (see also Iran-contra affairIran-contra affair,
in U.S. history, secret arrangement in the 1980s to provide funds to the Nicaraguan contra rebels from profits gained by selling arms to Iran. The Iran-contra affair was the product of two separate initiatives during the administration of President Ronald
..... Click the link for more information. ), and he was kidnapped (Jan., 1987) by Shiite Muslims during talks there. Waite was released in Nov., 1991.