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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
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OCTOBER 2012
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50 outstanding students each year from
Columbia’s graduate schools to use their
special talents in, for example, journal-
ism, business management, medicine or
even theology, internationally.
Mr. Barton returned to the State
Department in 1964 and was posted
to Madrid as assistant cultural attaché.
Among his accomplishments was an
agreement between the Metropolitan
Museum of Art and the Prado Museum
to bring a 12th-century apse from a small
mountain village to the Cloisters in New
York City. Applauded by then–New York
Governor Nelson Rockefeller, the agree-
ment involved a reciprocal “loan” of some
ancient Spanish bronzes to the Prado.
In 1966, he was assigned to Santo
Domingo as director of human resource
development for the U.S. Agency for
International Development, but public
riots turned into a civil war six months
after his arrival. After being evacuated
back to Washington, he worked on emer-
gency relief until being reassigned as
director of human resource development
for the Caribbean.
By the end of the year he had
accepted an ofer from USIA to serve as
cultural attaché in La Paz. While there
he authored a book,
A Short History of
Bolivia
(Editorial Los Amigos del Libro,
1968); but his most vivid memory was
having had dinner with the nation’s
president the day Che Guevara was cap-
tured and killed.
Mr. Barton’s next assignment was
as public afairs ofcer in Guadalajara.
While there, he completed his master’s
degree at the University of Oklahoma.
Four years later, he returned to Washing-
ton to help organize the State Depart-
ment’s Speakers Bureau.
In 1973, Mr. Barton joined the Sen-
ate Foreign Relations Committee as its
Republican adviser. For the next six years
“W
e are deeply saddened and
mourn the tragic loss of
Ambassador Chris Stevens, Foreign
Service Information Management
Specialist Sean Smith and their
colleagues in the outrageous and
cowardly attack on the U.S. consulate
in Benghazi,” AFSA President Susan R.
Johnson said in a statement issued on
Sept. 12. “We extend our heartfelt con-
dolences and sympathy to the families
and loved ones of those killed. Teir
service and example are an inspira-
tion to us all.”
U.S. Ambassador to Libya J. Chris-
topher Stephens, 52, a career FSO;
Information Management Specialist
Sean Smith, 34, an Air Force veteran
who joined the Foreign Service a
decade ago; Diplomatic Security agent
Tyrone S. Woods, a former Navy SEAL
who had served multiple tours in Iraq
and Afghanistan; and former Navy
SEAL Glen Doherty, who was assigned
to a State Department security detail
were killed when a mob stormed the
consulate, setting fre to the buildings,
during a protest on Sept. 11.
“Te violent attack on U.S. diplo-
matic compounds once again under-
scores the dangers that American dip-
lomats face in service to our country,”
the AFSA president continued.
“AFSA deplores attacks and use
of violence against diplomats and
diplomatic missions. We oppose
intentional eforts to ofend religious
feelings. We frmly believe in diplo-
macy and the commitment to sus-
tained dialogue to resolve diferences
of whatever sort and for better mutual
understanding among people of dif-
fering faiths, ideologies and cultures.”
President Barack Obama ordered
fags to be fown at half-mast and
further increased security for Ameri-
can diplomatic personnel around the
world in the wake of the attack. It was
the sixth time an American ambas-
sador has been killed in the line of
duty, the last being Adolph Dubs in
Afghanistan in 1979.
“I strongly condemn the outra-
geous attack on our diplomatic facility
in Benghazi,” Pres. Obama said, add-
ing that the four men “exemplifed
America’s commitment to freedom,
justice and partnership with nations
and people around the globe.”
In mourning “those we’ve lost,”
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham
Clinton emphasized the dedication of
all America’s diplomats. “All over the
world, every day, America’s diplomats
and development experts risk their
lives in the service of our country and
our values because they believe that
the United States must be a force for
peace and progress in the world, and
that these aspirations are worth striv-
ing and sacrifcing for,” Sec. Clinton
said. “Alongside our men and women
in uniform, they represent the best
traditions of a bold and generous
nation.”
Further tributes to the four dip-
lomats will appear in the November
Journal
.
AFSA Mourns the Deaths of
American Diplomats in Libya