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Jacob Dyneley Beam ’29

Published in Nov. 10, 1993, issue

JAKE DIED Aug. 16. He prepared at Kent, and at Princeton, he was on the editorial board of the PRINCE and the TIGER and belonged to Colonial.

Jake's career of more than four decades in the foreign serviceincluding ambassadorships to Poland, Czechoslovakia, and the Soviet Unionleft him with a record described by the WASHINGTON POST as "one of the most respected foreign service is service officers of his generation." Incidental to h' in Poland, he was the liaison between the U.S. and the Chinese Communists, as continuing conversations took place in Warsaw years before establishment of diplomatic relations. Besides his ambassadorships, Jake also headed the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency in Washington, Jake was famous not only for his outstanding diplomatic skills, but also for his command of languages. He negotiated in French, German, Polish, Serbian, and Russian. His awards included the State Dept.'s Distinguished Honor Award and the Foreign Service Cup. In I 1 952, he married Margaret Glassford, and she survives, together with their son, Jacob Alexander. The class extends its sincere sympathy to Jake's family.

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