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Robert Lloyd Eric Martin Funseth, American International consultant, lecturer, retired senior foreign service officer.


Funseth, Robert Lloyd Eric Martin was born on May 10, 1926 in International Falls, Minnesota, United States. Son of Martin Emmanuel and Agnes Evangeline (Guibault) Funseth.


Bachelor of Arts, Hobart College, 1948;postgraduate, Hobart College, 1950-1951;postgraduate, Cornell Univercity, 1950, 51;postgraduate, School Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, 1951-1952;Master of Science, George Washington University, 1969;LL.D, Hobart and William Smith Colls., 1978.


Editor Coachella Desert Barnacle, California, 1948. Managing editor Anaheim Gazette, 1948-1950. Correspondent Associated Press, 1950.

Resident tutor Hobart College, 1950-1951. Information officer United States Mutual Security Agency, 1952-1953. Editor United States Information Agency, 1953-1954.

Joined United States Foreign Service, 1954. Advanced to rank of minister-counselor Career Senior Foreign Service. Vice consul Tehran, Tabriz, Azerbaijan and Kurdistan, Iran, 1954-1956.

3d secretary American embassy, Beirut, 1957-1959. United Nations political affairs officer Department State, 1959-1961. American consul (Bordeaux), France, 1961-1964.

Portuguese desk officer Department State, Washington, 1964-1966. Member United States delegate 20th United Nations General Assembly, 1965. Deputy director Iberian affairs Department State, 1966-1968.

Assigned to National War College, 1968-1969. Director management United States diplomatic and consular posts Department State, Mexico and Central American, 1969-1970, coordinator Cuban affairs, 1970-1972, senior foreign service inspector, 1972-1973. Counselor American embassy, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, 1973-1974.

Deputy department spokesman and director office of press relations Department State, Washington, 1974-1975, department spokesman and special assistant to secretary of state for press relations, 1975-1977, director office Northern European affairs, 1977-1982, deputy assistant secretary for refugee resettlement, 1982-1983, senior deputy assistant secretary Bureau Refugee Programs, 1983-1991, consultant, since 1991. Trustee, former president Diplomatic and Consular Officers Retired-Bacon House Foundation, Washington. Detailed to the United States Falkland Island Peace Mission to London and Buenos Aires, 1982.

Visiting distinguished alumni scholar in residence Hobart and William Smith Colleges, 1978, National Cathedral Association. Visiting fellow Woodrow Wilson Foundation, Princeton, New Jersey. Lecturer American studies University Tabriz, 1955—1956.

Member United States Delaware North Atlantic Treaty Organization Ministerial Meeting, Ottawa, 1976—1989, Brussels, 1976—1989, Oslo, 1976—1989, former President Ford's state visit to Philippines, 1975, United States China Ministerial Consultations, Beijing, Organization of European Cooperation and Development, Paris, Strategic Arms Limitation Talks, Moscow, United States-Southern Africa Initiative, Nairobi, Dar es Salam, Lusaka, Kinshasa, Monrovia, Dakar, United Nations Trade and Development Conference, Kenya, Organization of American States Ministerial Meeting, Santiago, Chile, economic summit President Ford Puerto Rico, 1976, 1st United States South African Ministerial meeting, Grafenau, Germany, United States-Iran Joint Commission, Tehran, United States Bilateral Ministerial Consultations with Afghanistan and Pakistan, Inauguration Mexican President Lopez-Portillo, 1976. Head United States delegations United States-Vietnamese Refugee Consultations, Geneva, 1982—1990. Head United States delegate United States-Vietnamese negotiations, Resettlement Vietnamese Political Prisoners, Hanoi, Vietnam, 1988, Hanoi, 89, 2d international conference Indochinese Refugees, Geneva, 1989.

Lieutenant (junior grade) United States Naval Reserve, 1943-1946, PTO.


United States observer International Catholic Migration Commission Conference, Vatican City, 1990. Board directors Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop's Fund for World Relief. Member peace commission Episcopal Diocese of Washington.

Member of Johns Hopkins Alumni Association (executive council 1968-1970), Diplomatic and Consular Officers Retired (board governors since 1999, vice president 2001-2003, president 2003-2005, secretary, president Dacor-Bacon House Foundation, honorary trustee for life Dacor Bacon House Foundation since 2005), Association Diplomatic Studies (honorary governor for life Dacor, Inc. since 2005), American Foreign Service Association, United States Navy Memorial Foundation, Ebenezer School New York Alumni Association, George Washington University Alumni Association, Hobart College Alumni Association (medal of excellence 1997, Distinguished Service Alumni award 1998), School Advanced International Studies Alumni Association (member advisory council 1969, 1970, president), National War College Alumni Association, West Seneca (New York ) History Society, Military Order of Carabao (Distinguished Service award 2005), Phi Delta Journalism Society, Phi Sigma Kappa.


Married Marilyn Ann Schuelke, March 23, 1957. 1 child, Eric Christian.

Martin Emmanuel Funseth

Agnes Evangeline (Guibault) Funseth

Marilyn Ann Schuelke

Eric Christian Funseth