Robert W. Duemling

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"After completing his B.A. and M.A. (1950 and 1953 respectively) from Yale University, Duemling received a Henry Fellowship to study at Cambridge University in England.

"While still a graduate student at Yale, he became a teaching assistant for a 19th-20th Century American Architecture course, leading a discussion session component to the course.

"Then from 1953-1957 he worked as an air intelligence officer in the U.S. Navy, serving in the Pacific fleet as well as at an air naval station in Japan, achieving the rank of Lieutenant (senior grade).

"In 1957, Duemling began his 30 year-long career working for the Foreign Service of the United States, specializing in political affairs in Southeast Asia and acting as executive assistant to the head of the East Asian Bureau of the State Department.

"Additionally, Duemling served as Ambassador to Suriname from 1982-84, as well as a principal negotiator for assembling the foreign military components of the Sinai peace-keeping force (1981-82), and director of the Nicaraguan Humanitarian Assistance Organization (1985-87).

"Upon his retirement from the Foreign Service in 1987, Duemling accepted the position of President and Director of the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. which he held for approximately six years." [1] He was succeeded in this post in Suriname in 1984 by Robert E. Barbour. [1]

His stepson is James Copeland Biddle, and his wife is Louisa Duemling.

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  1. New professor spotlight: Robert Duemling,, accessed October 3, 2011.
  2. The Courage to Lead Dinner, World Resources Institute, accessed October 3, 2011.