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april 2013
In Memory
Robert Kerin Baron
, 79, a retired
U.S. Information Agency ofcer who
later taught English at Howard Univer-
sity and the University of Maryland, died
on Dec. 14 at his home in McLean, Va.,
of cancer.
Mr. Baron was born and raised in
Philadelphia, Pa. He received a bache-
lor’s degree in radio and television
communications in 1954 and a master’s
degree in English literature in 1959, both
from Temple University in Philadelphia.
In the late 1950s, he served in the Army
Transportation Corps.
Mr. Baron joined USIA in 1963 and
was a cultural afairs ofcer in Venezu-
ela, Colombia, Serbia and the former
Yugoslavia. He also served as program
illiam I. Bacchus
, 72, a civil servant who played a key role in drafting the
Foreign Service Act of 1980, died on Jan. 23 at the Capital Caring hospice in
Arlington, Va. He had esophageal cancer and liver cancer.
Mr. Bacchus, who was a nephew of the science fction writer Robert A. Hein-
lein, was born in Oklahoma City, Okla., and raised in Albuquerque, N.M. He was a
1962 graduate of Princeton University. After service in the U.S. Navy, he received a
doctorate in political science from Yale University in 1970.
Early in his career, Mr. Bacchus was an assistant professor of government and
foreign afairs at the University of Virginia and a senior staf member of the Com-
mission on the Organization of the Government for the Conduct of Foreign Policy.
Starting in 1975, Mr. Bacchus spent more than 15 years working in personnel
management at the State Department. He played a key role in drafting the Foreign
Service Act of 1980, which covered employment, career advancement and griev-
ance procedures, among other major administrative procedures for members of
the Foreign Service.
Mr. Bacchus helped oversee a management study used in the transition from
the George H.W. Bush administration to the Clinton White House in 1993. He then
joined USAID as executive director of the Quality Council and later was execu-
tive director of the agency’s Management Council before retiring. He worked as a
consultant in foreign afairs until his death.
His honors included the State Department’s Distinguished Service Award.
He is the author of four books:
Foreign Policy & the Bureaucratic Process: Te
State Department’s Country Director System
(Princeton University Press, 1974),
Stafng for Foreign Afairs: Personnel Systems for the 1980s and 1990s
University Press, 1983),
Inside the Legislative Process: Te Passage of the Foreign
Service Act of 1980
(Westview Press, 1984) and
Te Price of American Foreign
Policy: Congress, the Executive and International Afairs Funding
University Press, 1993).
Mr. Bacchus is survived by his wife of 47 years, Mary Dreiling Bacchus of Arling-
ton, Va., and a brother.
coordinator for Eastern Europe and
chief of the old Yugoslavia branch of the
Voice of America. Finally, he served as a
director of USIA’s Arts America program,
which sponsored tours of popular U.S.
artists abroad, before retiring from the
agency in 1988.
Mr. Baron settled in the Washington,
D.C., area in 1977, and taught English
part-time at Prince George’s Community
College from 1978 to 1987. After his USIA
retirement, he became a professor of
English at Howard University.
He taught technical writing and
advanced composition at the University
of Maryland from 1996 until his retire-
ment in 1999. He then worked part-time
as an English composition, writing and
language tutor. He also appeared in a
number of plays at the McLean Commu-
nity Center.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years,
Barbara Weglicki Baron of McLean, Va.;
two daughters, Victoria Baron of Fairfax,
Va., and Elizabeth Baron of Kernersville,
N.C.; a brother; and one granddaughter.
Richard Holden Curtiss
, 85, a
retired Foreign Service ofcer with the
U.S. Information Agency, died on Jan. 31
in Silver Springs, Md.
Mr. Curtiss was born in 1927 and
earned a degree in journalism at the
University of Southern California, where
he also received the Sigma Delta Chi
award from the Society of Professional
Journalists. After Army service in Berlin,
he worked with United Press Interna-
In 1951, Mr. Curtiss joined the Foreign
Service. During a 31-year diplomatic
career, he served in Indonesia, Germany,
Turkey, Lebanon (on three separate
assignments), Iraq, Syria and Greece. He
was particularly proud of his work with
the Voice of America’s Arabic Service
Remembering Bill Bacchus:
Key Drafter of the 1980 Foreign Service Act