THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
66, the husband of
Office Management Specialist (USNATO)
Virginia Baldwin, died on March 22, 2016,
in Brussels, one of four American victims
of terrorist attacks that day at the city’s
Mr. Baldwin had worked for the
Department of State as a classified pouch
supervisor and Engineering Services
Office logistician. In Tbilisi he received a
Superior Honor Award for his work as the
Born and raised in St. Louis, Mo., Mr.
Baldwin joined the U.S. Army, serving in
Vietnam. After an honorable discharge, he
moved to Arizona to work as a guide at the
South Rim of the Grand Canyon.
He did extensive hiking and camping
in the canyon, much of it on backcountry
trails; he rafted the Colorado River and
motored his own boat on the stretch of the
Colorado between Lake Powell and Lee’s
Ferry every chance he got.
Mr. Baldwin’s curiosity and enthusiasm
for exploration were boundless, making
every outing an adventure, whether climb-
ing on sheer cliffs on the North Rim of the
Canyon or jumping into icy streams in the
Rockies in the winter.
Banging around on desert back roads
in Jordan, exploring remote Caucasus
tower ruins, exploring the beauty of Syria or
careening around Cairo, he embraced it all.
An exceptionally generous person, he
took a strong interest in helping other For-
eign Service family members navigate the
department’s bureaucracy. He is missed
Robert L. Burns,
90, a retired
Foreign Service officer, died on Dec. 24 in
Santa Cruz, Calif.
Mr. Burns was born in Oakland, Calif.,
and grew up in Washington, D.C. He
served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific dur-
ing World War II and held a reserve com-
mission in naval intelligence. In 1949 he
graduated fromThe George Washington
University, where he also pursued gradu-
Mr. Burns entered the State Depart-
ment in 1949 as a member of its first
intern program. In 1952 he was assigned
to Beirut as acting political adviser to the
Secretary of State’s special representative
in the Near East for economic-technical
He returned to Washington, D.C.,
and in 1954 was named acting officer-in-
charge of Israel-Jordan affairs. He received
his Foreign Service commission in 1955,
and was posted to Jerusalem as a political
officer in 1958.
In 1961 Mr. Burns was detailed to the
Defense Department, a member of the
first State-Defense Exchange Program. He
then served as assistant political adviser at
the U.S. European Command in Paris, and
in 1965 was assigned as political-military
officer in Paris.
In 1967 he was named the first politi-
cal adviser to U.S. Air Forces Europe in
Wiesbaden. After an assignment to NATO
Affairs in the State Department and gradu-
ation from the Senior Seminar in 1972, he
served as political counselor at The Hague
and later in Wellington. Mr. Burns retired
Mr. Burns was a member of the
American Foreign Service Association, the
Military Officers Association of America
and the Sons in Retirement. He also
belonged to the Veterans of Foreign Wars,
the American Legion and the U.S.S. LCI
He settled in Santa Cruz in 1997 and,
for a period of years, served as an officer of
the United Veterans Council of Santa Cruz
Mr. Burns’ wife, Ruth, died in 1998. He
is survived by a daughter, Roberta Burns of
Santa Cruz; three sons, Arthur and Scott,
both of Santa Cruz, and Gregory of Cuper-
tino, Calif., and Singapore; and grandsons
Grant and Cole Margerum of Santa Cruz.
Contributions in his memory may be
made to Hospice of Santa Cruz County,
940 Disc Drive, Scotts Valley CA 95066.
Christian Addison Chapman,
a retired Foreign Service officer, died on
Nov. 27 at his home in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Chapman was born in Paris on
Sept. 19, 1921, to a French mother, Marthe,
a devout Catholic from a Parisian family of
wine merchants, and an American father,
Percy, who was a professor of French
literature at Princeton University.
His early life unfolded in an apartment
at Place de l’Estrapade in Paris. He and his
younger brothers, Francois and Antoine,
attended the local school, while his par-
ents spent the academic year in Princeton.
These were the days before large-scale
commercial flight, and the family travelled
back and forth to the United States on a
large ocean liner.
Eventually, the boys joined their
parents; Mr. Chapman attended Princeton
Country Day School and Exeter, going on
to Princeton University. During one of the
Atlantic crossings, on Mr. Chapman’s 15th
birthday, his father died of a sudden heart
When World War II broke out, Mr.
Chapman and his brother, Francois,
volunteered. Before the United States had
entered the war, he had signed up with
the Free French. Leaving Princeton after
his sophomore year, he joined a French
squadron under the British Royal Air
Force that trained on the Canadian plains.
Mr. Chapman, his family recalls, loved
flying the Spitfire and remained lifelong
friends with several of the French pilots
with whom he flew.
The squadron was relocated to the
staging area in Southern England for