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Nov. 19, 2008

Vol. 109, No. 5


Peter Jon De Vos ’60

Published in the Nov. 19, 2008, issue

Pete died suddenly June 9, 2008, at his home in Grant-Valkaria, Fla., after a distinguished career in the Foreign Service.

Pete was born in San Diego and came to Princeton from St. Albans School in Washington, D.C. He studied in the Woodrow Wilson School and was a member of Tiger Inn. After graduation, Pete earned a master’s degree at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and then joined the Foreign Service.

Among his posts were Naples, Luanda, Athens, and São Paulo. He met his wife, Nancy, while assigned in Recife, Brazil. In 1979, Pete was appointed ambassador to Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde Islands, the first of five ambassadorships. He later served as ambassador to Mozambique and to Liberia during civil strife in both countries.

In 1992, Pete was a special envoy to Somalia conducting negotiations between warlords, which he described as the scariest moments in his life. Afterward he had relatively tranquil ambassadorships to Tanzania and Costa Rica.

After leaving the Foreign Service, Pete was a distinguished guest lecturer at the University of Chicago and the Rivers Chair Professor at East Carolina University before retiring to Grant-Valkaria, where he especially enjoyed fishing.

Pete is survived by his wife, Nancy, to whom the class extends its sincerest

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