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MARCH 2017




Bruce Baldwin,

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

APO supervisor.

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

by many.


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-

ate studies.

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

in 1976.

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