Table of Contents Table of Contents
Previous Page  84 / 96 Next Page
Basic version Information
Show Menu
Previous Page 84 / 96 Next Page
Page Background

84

NOVEMBER 2015

|

THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL

“[Petree] was fully prepared to serve loyally

under Kirkpatrick but … found himself left

out of the inner circle.”

Amb. Petree served as the first presi-

dent of the U.S.-Japan Foundation from

1981 until 1988. He was an active member

of the Council on Foreign Relations and

lectured at small U.S. colleges under the

WoodrowWilson Fellowship Program.

Amb. Petree is survived by his wife of 67

years, Virginia; three children: RichardW.

Petree Jr. of New York City, Susan H. Petree

of Newport, R.I., and Daniel H. Petree of

Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.; six grandchildren:

Sarah Petree, Catherine Petree, Emily

Petree, Isabel Petree, Laura Petree and

Richard Emir Petree; and brothers, Lt. Col.

Bruce E. Petree (USA, ret.) and Cdr. Noel

H. Petree (USN, ret.).

n

Robert A. Senser,

94, an FSO and

organized labor official, died of Parkin-

son’s disease on July 29 at his home in

Reston, Va.

Mr. Senser was born on July 21, 1921,

in Chicago, Ill. He served in the U.S. Army

during WorldWar II in positions as a cryp-

tographic technician and a public relations

specialist before being honorably dis-

charged as a staff sergeant (1942-1945). He

was also enlisted in the Air Force Reserve

and was a first lieutenant when he was

honorably discharged in 1957.

He earned a B.S. in social science

fromChicago’s Loyola University, where

he attended late afternoon and evening

classes while working full-time.

Mr. Senser joined the Foreign Service in

1961. His postings included Algiers, Bonn,

Brussels and Saigon as a labor attaché.

After leaving the department in 1983, he

spent a decade as programdirector for the

AFL-CIO’s Asian-American Free Labor

Institute.

Two important strands ran through

nearly all of his jobs: a basic concern for

human rights and a fondness for writing.

The two strands came together early. While

still in high school, he wrote a feature on a

blind Boy Scout troop that was published

in

This Week

and an exposé for

Common-

weal

on how a corrupt union leader got his

father fired.

His writing skills and human rights

concerns served himwell in the major jobs

he held, such as assistant editor of

Work

,

published by the Catholic Council on

Working Life in Chicago.

In retirement, Mr. Senser was active in

the Washington, D.C.-based Child Labor

Coalition and the International Commit-

tee for Human Rights in Vietnam. In the

summer of 1995, he worked pro bono on

an AFL-CIO campaign that helped win the

release of activist Harry Wu from a jail in

China.

He also traveled to various Asian

countries to gather first-person accounts of

factory conditions, which helped generate

public awareness of sweatshops and the

struggles of laborers.

In early 1996, Mr. Senser launched a

website,

Human Rights for Workers

(www.

senser.com), dedicated to exploring how

globalization affects working men and

women. In early 2008, it evolved into a blog

(www.humanrightsforworkers.blogspot

.

com), which he maintained until 2012.

His book Justice at Work: Globaliza- tion and the Human Rights of Workers

(Xlibris, 2009) has served as a college

textbook.

Mr. Senser was predeceased by his

parents, Anton and Frieda Senser, and his

sister, Louise Middleton. He is survived

by his wife, Dzung Senser; children: Thuy

Senser (and his wife, Kelly), Sonny Senser,

Han Arthurs and Tony Senser (and his

wife, Monika Kelley); grandchildren: Anton

Arthurs (fiancé Ciara West), Levi Arthurs,

Mai Senser andThuy Robert Senser; and

sister, Frances Denver.