Langhorne “Tony” Anthony Motley, of Stuart, Fla., passed away peacefully at home with his daughters by his side on October 14, 2023.Tony was born to Ralph Edward Motley and Faith Bebiano Motley on June 5, 1938. The son of an American expatriate, Tony was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He graduated from The Citadel in 1960 with a degree in political science and a regular commission in the United States Air Force. While stationed at Scott Air Force Base in St. Louis he met Judith “Judy” Jones, and they were married on April 8, 1967. During his 10 years in the Air Force, Tony completed tours of duty in Great Britain, Panama and Alaska. While living in Anchorage, Alaska, Tony completed his military service and began a career in real estate. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Alaska National Bank of the North.Tony’s career in business was interrupted in 1974 when he agreed to lead the State of Alaska’s Commerce and Economic Development Department, which regulated the banking and insurance industries and where he directed the State’s loan programs and chaired the Alaska Municipal Bond Bank Authority. In 1977, Tony took charge of Citizens for the Management of Alaska Lands and put together a successful four-year lobbying effort to secure federal legislation providing balanced use of Alaskan lands through the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA). While living in Alaska, Tony and Judy had two daughters and participated in many things the Great Land has to offer. Tony enjoyed camping, boating, fishing and skiing, including planning and executing a ten-day trip on the Yukon River for a group of family and friends. He was known by many as a dad who would lead a group of kids down the ski hill on any given Saturday at Alyeska Resort in Girdwood, Alaska.In 1981, Tony was appointed United States Ambassador to Brazil by President Ronald Reagan, allowing him to return to the country of his birth with his family. After two years serving as Ambassador, the Motley family moved to Washington, D.C., where Tony served as Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs. In 1985, Tony left government service to found an international trade consulting firm. Secretary of State George Shultz presented him with the Department of State’s Distinguished Honor Award upon his departure, the first time in sixteen years the award had been given to a non-career officer of the Department.From 1985 to 2003, Tony co-chaired the Department of State’s ambassadorial seminars, which he coined, “Charm School,” where more than 800 first-time ambassadors participated in two-week orientation sessions. He also continued to contribute to U.S. foreign affairs as a frequent lecturer for programs in the Department of State, Department of Defense and other agencies. In 1999, Tony was appointed by Secretary of State Madeline Albright to the Overseas Presence Advisory Panel, a bipartisan body charged with analyzing and making policy recommendations on U.S. interagency structure overseas to be implemented by the Bush Administration. He went on to serve on the executive committee of the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Diplomacy.In recognition of Tony’s meaningful contributions to public service, he received Honorary Doctorate of Public Affairs degrees from the University of Alaska, Anchorage in 1983 and The Citadel in 1997. He was also designated as a “Distinguished Citadel Alumni,” one of approximately 160 individuals presented with this honor in the 181-year history of the College. But Tony’s impact went far beyond a traditional career in public service. He always made time to mentor and advise young people, including directing and fundraising for an internship program that allowed hundreds of Alaskan high school students to live and work in the nation’s capital. This service to others continued with Tony’s sponsorship of one of the first women cadets to graduate from The Citadel, one of his proudest accomplishments. Throughout their years in the Washington, D.C. area, Tony and Judy hosted countless Capitol Hill interns and staffers for meals, opened their home to friends of their two daughters, and left an unforgettable mark on the many young people whom he offered advice and guidance to, without judgment or reward. Tony was preceded in death by Judy, his wife of 56 years, who passed away in May. He is survived by his daughters Allison Motley (Andrew) Ellis; daughter Valerie Langhorne Motley (David Warren); grandchildren Hunter Ellis, Tyler Ellis, and Lilly Ellis. A memorial service will be held on January 12, 2024, at the Mariner Sands Country Club in Stuart, Fla. and a burial of both Tony and Judy at Arlington National Cemetery, date yet to be determined. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Autism Society of North Carolina (IGNITE Raleigh), The Citadel Foundation, or the Mariner Sands Foundation.