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Robert Allyn Brand

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Robert Allyn Brand November 5, 1920 - July 10, 2013 State College, PA - Robert Allyn Brand, 92 years old, Native Son of Norwich, U.S. diplomat, and professor of international affairs at the Pennsylvania State University, died peacefully in State College, PA, July 10, 2013 after a short illness. Born November 5, 1920, in Norwich, Mr. Brand graduated from the Norwich Free Academy in 1937, and the University of Connecticut in1941 with a Bachelors of Liberal Arts and Sciences in English Literature and a minor in French. At various stages of his career, he studied international affairs in graduate programs at Georgetown University, the National War College, and Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. Mr. Brand served as an officer in the U.S. Army First Infantry Division during the North Africa and Sicily campaigns where his passion for international affairs was kindled. After WWII, Mr. Brand served for 40 years in the U.S. Foreign Service, culminating in appointment as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia Pacific Affairs in President Reagan's first term. During his long and varied career he served in Rome, Munich, the Hague, Manila, Washington, Paris, and Lagos in a variety of consular and economic posts, as Minister for Economic Affairs in the Paris and London embassies, and in his best-loved assignment, as Consul General in Melbourne, Australia for five years. In 1984, Mr. Brand went to Pennsylvania State University as Diplomat-in-Residence to help start the first Australia-New Zealand Studies Center in the US (currently housed at Georgetown University in Washington, DC). Later he became a professor of Political Science and International Affairs at the University and taught for more than a dozen years. Mr. Brand served as president of the English Speaking Union's Washington D.C. chapter and a member of its National Executive Committee. In State College he helped found the Central Pennsylvania ESU chapter and served on its Board. Mr. Brand also served as president and member of the Board of the Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra, and was a member of the Cosmos Club in Washington, D.C. Mr. Brand was honored as the 1979 Norwich Native Son and given the key to the City. He was a member of the Slater Museum and contributed a variety of historical material related to the life and times of his great-grandfather, Christopher Crandall Brand, the 19th century Norwich whaling gun manufacturer and City Councilmember. Mr. Brand served on the National Board of the Association to Unite the Democracies, and was a member of the Institut Atlantique des Affaires Internationales in Paris, the Atlantic Council of the U.S., the Australian-American Educational Foundation in Canberra, and the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London. Mr. Brand was predeceased by his wife of 47 years, Josephine Moulden, and is survived by his second wife Karen Blair, his sister Carol B. Connor of Norwich, CT, his children Nicholas Moulden Brand (Carole Steinheimer) of Chevy Chase, MD, Susan Brand Belding (David Belding) of Geneva, NY, and Allyn Morgan Brand (Marianne Rosica) of Penn Yan, NY, eight grandchildren, Juliana Belding (Leanne Rifenburg), Andrea Belding, Jonathan Brand (Elizabeth Berler), David Brand, Elyssa Belding Krivicich (Michael Krivicich), Ellen Brand, Francesca Brand, and Alana Brand, and one great-granddaughter, Ellis Belding Rifenburg. A Memorial Service in State College will be held, date to be announced. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mr. Brand's memory may be sent to the Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra, 119 South Fraser Street, Suite D, State College, PA 16801, or to the .

Published in Norwich Bulletin on July 24, 2013
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