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QUEENER ROBERT SHARP QUEENER US Foreign Service Diplomat It is with a heavy heart that we announce that Robert "Bob" Sharp Queener died peacefully in his sleep on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 in San Mateo, CA. Bob was a gentle, selfless soul and a magnanimous husband, father, and friend to all. Suffering from Parkinson's, he thankfully passed before his disease could rob him of his sharp wit and supportive hands. Born in Nashville, Tennessee on September 5, 1938 to Jacob Sharp Queener and Lois Kenny Queener, Bob and his family moved to Wilmington, Delaware, where his father was an executive at the Du Pont Corporation. Bob was an Eagle Scout badge-winner, senior class president, and the salutatorian for the 1956 Mount Pleasant High School graduating class. He attended Cornell University where he served as the ROTC cadet brigade commander and graduated with honors and a Civil Engineering degree in 1961. After serving two years in Army Intelligence, Bob attended the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. It was during this time that he married the love of his life, Carolyn Lee Wickham on May 26, 1965. It was the beginning of a life-long adventure together that spanned multiple continents. The consummate diplomat - Bob had a long, illustrious public service career overseas. In 1966, the Ford Foundation sent him to New Delhi, India to work on developing manpower and agrarian self-sufficiency. After India, Bob joined the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). For the next 24 years, Bob served in Brazil, Thailand, and finally Jamaica - where he was the Mission Director. Upon retirement in 1994, Bob continued his work as a consultant to the next generation of emerging economies of Eastern Europe, including Ukraine, Russia, Albania, Bulgaria, Armenia, and Kazakhstan. Bob had three great loves: family, baseball, and travel. He will be remembered above all else for being an incredibly devoted husband and proud, supportive father. Bob was a die-hard baseball fan and was blessed in his final years to root successfully for his beloved Cardinals but also his adopted Giants (where three generations of Queener boys attended a World Series game). Finally, Bob was an avid traveller always in search of the perfect beach and sunset - which led to many joyous vacations with family and friends in Italy, the Seychelles, Hawaii, Mexico, California, and the Caribbean. Bob is survived by his loving wife, Carolyn; his sons Mark and Brett; his grandchildren Katia, Brendan, Sharp, and Sydney and his sister Barbara Queener Durden. In lieu of a large funeral or public memorial, the family will hold small, private celebrations of his life on the West and East coasts. In keeping with his wishes, his ashes will be scattered at one of his favorite beaches - at sunset. We ask that any memorial donations be made in his name to the .

Published in The Washington Post on Mar. 24, 2013
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