Henry Dearborn Obituary

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Henry Valpey Dearborn

January 30, 1913 - April 9, 2013
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Henry Dearborn, age 100, a retired Foreign Service Officer and specialist in Latin American Affairs, died on April 9th, 2013. Mr. Dearborn was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts. He graduated from Dartmouth College (1936) and received a Masters degree from Yale University (1938). He also was a graduate of the National War College in Washington DC, class of 1959. After two years with the Washington Office of the Foreign Policy Association, he joined the Foreign Service. Beginning in 1941, his posts included: Barranquilla, Colombia; Manta and Guayaquil, Ecuador; Lima, Peru; Santo Domingo (then Ciudad Trujillo), Dominican Republic; Bogota,...
Henry Dearborn, age 100, a retired Foreign Service Officer and specialist in Latin American Affairs, died on April 9th, 2013.
Mr. Dearborn was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts. He graduated from Dartmouth College (1936) and received a Masters degree from Yale University (1938). He also was a graduate of the National War College in Washington DC, class of 1959.
After two years with the Washington Office of the Foreign Policy Association, he joined the Foreign Service. Beginning in 1941, his posts included: Barranquilla, Colombia; Manta and Guayaquil, Ecuador; Lima, Peru; Santo Domingo (then Ciudad Trujillo), Dominican Republic; Bogota, Colombia; and Mexico City, Mexico. He retired in 1970.

Mr. Dearborn was Charge d'Affaires in the Dominican Republic in August, 1960, when the United States severed diplomatic relations with the country. He remained as Consul General, which position he held until shortly after the assassination of Generalissimo Trujillo in May, 1961. Fourteen years later he appeared in executive session before the Senate Select Committee investigating allegations of US Government involvement in assassination plots against foreign leaders. (July 28, 1975)

Mr. Dearborn was a member of the Foreign Service Association, DACOR (Diplomatic and Consular Officers Retired), the Dartmouth and Yale Clubs of Washington, and the Kappa Sigmas fraternity. He is survived by his daughter, Dr. Pamela D. Hartigan of Vovray en Bornes, France, his son Henry M. Dearborn of Fairfield, Iowa, four grandchildren: Emilie and Jesse Hartigan and Henry Wenceslas Dearborn and Michael Dearborn, and two great-grandchildren: Nate and Ollie Hartigan- Abbiss.
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Note: For references to Dearborn's action in the Dominican Republic see 1)Washington Post article by Richard Greider, March 16, 1975; 2) Washington Post article June 13, 1975; Washington Post article July 19, 1975; 4) Report of the Senate Select Committee entitled "Alleged Assassination Plots Involving Foreign Leaders" dated November 18, 1975.

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