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Robert South Barrett IV ’48

Published in Mar. 9, 2005, issue

Bob, a retired Foreign Service officer and ambassador to Djibouti in East Africa from 1989-91, died of cancer Dec. 24, 2004, at Georgetown University Hospital. He was 77.

Bob lived in Washington and Charleston, S.C. He began his Foreign Service career in 1953 and served as a consular and diplomatic officer in Iran, Cambodia, France, Martinique, Vietnam, Lebanon, and Bermuda. He was chief of mission in Madagascar in the mid-1970s and was a Middle East specialist at the United Nations. He retired in 1992.

Bob was born in Berlin. He grew up in Paris, Washington, and Alexandria, where he graduated from Episcopal High School. At Princeton he played intramural tennis and basketball and dined at Cloister. His AB was in politics. He earned a master's in economics from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Bob played tennis all his life and kept a skipjack for sailing on the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay, and even to the Bahamas.

To his widow, Mavis; daughters Jane and Elizabeth; and his brother, Tupper; the class extends condolences on the death of a very special and loyal Princetonian.

The Class of 1948

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