The Foreign Service Journal - July/August 2014 - page 72

in 1979, Mr. Sober taught for nine years
as a visiting and distinguished adjunct
professor at American University’s
School of International Service. He also
chaired South Asian area studies depart-
ment at the Foreign Service Institute for
16 years.
From 1981 to 2008 he worked part-time
for the State Department, reviewing offi-
cial documents on the Near East, South
Asia and the U.S. intelligence and foreign
policy communities prior to their publica-
tion in the department’s series,
Relations of the United States
Mr. Sober participated in local affairs
at his residential community in Bethesda,
Md., serving as president of the Sumner
Village Community Association. After
moving to a retirement community in
Prince George’s County, he was president
of the Collington Residents Association.
Mr. Sober was a member of the
American Foreign Service Associa-
tion, Diplomatic and Consular Officers,
Retired, the Asia Society and the Middle
East Institute.
He enjoyed reading and listening to
classical music. As a teenager, he was an
avid tennis player and then a member of
his college track team. Later, he took up
golf and became a devoted duffer.
Survivors include Elizabeth Holmes
Sober, his wife of 68 years, and a son,
Stephen, of Woodstock, Va. A daughter
died in 1979.
Sidney Weintraub
, 91, a retired For-
eign Service officer, died on April 10 at his
vacation home in Cuernavaca, Mexico.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1922, Mr.
Weintraub received his bachelor’s degree
from the City College of New York and his
master’s degree in economics from Yale
University. In 1966, he obtained a Ph.D. in
economics fromAmerican University.
After combat service as a tactical inter-
rogator in Europe during World War II
and a stint as a journalist, Mr. Weintraub
joined the Foreign Service. His first post-
ing was as vice consul in Tananarive (now
Antananarivo) from 1949 to 1951.
After serving as a consular and politi-
cal officer in Mexico City (1951-1954), he
returned to Washington, D.C., where he
worked on Japanese and Korean political
and economic affairs (1954-1957). He was
then posted to Tokyo as political adviser
(1958-1959), and then transferred to
Bangkok as economic officer (1959-1961).
From 1961 to 1965, Mr. Weintraub
worked on commercial policy and trade
negotiations in the Economic Bureau,
becoming chief of commercial policy.
He was posted overseas again in 1966,
serving simultaneously as economic
counselor and director of the USAID pro-
gram in Santiago until 1969. He returned
to Washington as deputy assistant secre-
tary for international finance and devel-
opment, a position he held until 1974.
In 1975, Mr. Weintraub became
assistant administrator for interagency
coordination at USAID. He retired from
the Foreign Service in 1976 to become the
Dean Rusk Professor of Economics and
Public Policy at the Lyndon B. Johnson
School of Public Affairs of the University
of Texas-Austin, a position he held until
Mr. Weintraub was the founding
director of the LBJ School’s program in
U.S.-Mexican policy studies and played a
significant role in research leading to the
North American Free Trade Agreement.
He directed a number of policy research
projects related to international affairs,
including studies of the use of public
services by undocumented workers in
Texas, the operations of the U.S.-Canada
automotive pact, the impact of tourism
on Mexico’s economy, and the impact on
Texas of free trade with Mexico.
In 2006, the Mexican government
awarded him the Order of the Aztec Eagle,
the highest decoration the country con-
fers on foreigners.
Mr. Weintraub also held the Simon
Chair in Political Economy at the Center
for Strategic and International Studies
from 1994 to 2011. He wrote more than
100 articles, books, monographs, chapters
and commissioned papers, and was also
the author of two mystery novels.
Mr. Weintraub was predeceased
in 2001 by his wife of 55 years, Gladys
Weintraub. He is survived by his wife of 10
years, Elizabeth Midgley; three children,
Jeff Weintraub, Marcia Weintraub Plunkett
and Deborah Weintraub Chilewich; five
grandchildren; and a great-grandson.
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