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Robert M.

Robert Marion Sayre (August 18, 1924 – March 31, 2016) was a career diplomat of the United States Foreign Service, and was the United States Ambassador to Uruguay, Panama and Brazil. He received a B.A. from Willamette University in 1949, an M.A. from Stanford University in 1960, and a J.D. from the George Washington University in 1956. He served in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1946.

Sayre began his Government career in 1949 in the State Department’s intern program, and then served as an international economist. From 1957 to 1960, he was chief of the political section in Lima, and in 1960 and 1961, he was financial officer in Havana. From 1961 to 1964, he was officer in charge of Mexican affairs.

In 1964 and 1965, Sayre was a senior staff member on the National Security Council. From 1965 to 1967, he was Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Inter-American Affairs. In 1967 and 1968, he was acting Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs.

In 1968 and 1969, Sayre was Ambassador to Uruguay, and from 1969 to 1974, he was Ambassador to Panama. In 1974 and 1975, he was a Foreign Service inspector, and since 1975 he has been Inspector General of the Foreign Service.

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