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Robert B. Keating

Robert B. Keating

United States Ambassador

Class of 1947
  • United States Ambassador to Madagascar and Comoros, 1983-1986



Robert B. Keating was born May 7, 1924 in Medford, MA. As part of the class of 1947, he and his classmates were graduated a year early in 1946 after an accelerated program due to WWII. After graduation, he served in the US Navy from 1946 to 1956, reaching the rank of lieutenant. In 1961, he graduated from George Washington University with a Master's in Engineering Administration.

From 1961 to 1962, he was a Chairman of the United States State Department Committee on Transport Technology for Developing Countries. He was a director of the Chile-California Program of Technical Cooperation from 1964 to 1967. Then, from 1967 to 1969 he was a senior adviser for transport and infrastructure projects at the Inter-American Development Bank, following which he was the Director General of the Bureau of Roads, Ministry of Public Works of the Government of Zaire in Kinshasa from 1970 to 1973. He then held the position of Vice President of Pure Water Systems, Inc., from 1979 to 1981. From 1981 to 1982, he served as consultant, international security affairs, office of the Secretary of Defense, and was part of the United States Delegation to the Law of the Sea Conference in Geneva 1981 and New York City in 1981 and 1982 respectively. Following this, he was a consultant to the office of the General Counsel at the Department of the Navy starting in 1982.

From 1983 to 1984 he was Chairman of the President's Third World Hunger Study, and from 1983-1986 he served as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Madagascar and Comoros. After serving as Ambassador, he became the Executive Director of the World Bank, until 1989. He then worked internationally as a consultant until he retired in 2008. Robert B. Keating passed away on March 4, 2012.

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