Robert K. German 1927 – 2018

Robert (Bob) K. German passed away peacefully on March 11 with his daughter by his side. In his words, the cause was a matter of “too many birthdays.” His wife of 57 years, Jean Wesley German, passed away in 2012. Bob was born on Aug. 27, 1927 in Sherman, Texas, and lived on the family farm near Whitewright until moving to Bonhan for third grade. He graduated from Bonham High School in 1944, then took the train to Austin and enrolled in the University of Texas, where he completed a BA in 1947 an LLB in 1952. Before completing law school, from 1948-1950 (Stalinist years), Bob worked at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, U.S.S.R. After finishing law school and passing the Bar exam, Bob began a 35-year career. His assignments included tours in Yokohama and Tokyo, Japan; the U.S Army Russian Language School in Oberammergau, Germany; Oslo, Norway; Berlin and Bonn, Germany and Washington, D.C. In Washington, he served as Director of the Office of Soviet Union Affairs (the “Soviet Desk”), Director of the Office of Analysis for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, and as Dean of the School of Area Studies at the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute, and graduated from the U.S. Naval War College. Bob also had short assignments with travel throughout Eastern Europe, and to Africa, the Middle East and South Asia. After retiring as a Minister Counselor from the Foreign Service, he worked for a year with the Carnegie Endowment for World Peace and twice held a visiting professorship at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at U.T. (1985-86 and 1989). He and Jean retired in her hometown of Austin. Throughout his life, Bob was active in many community organizations. As a UT student, he was a member of Delta Tau Delta, the Cowboys and Longhorn Band. After retirement, he remained active with the Delt Foundation, the Austin Rotary Club, and Town and Gown. Despite the serious nature of his career, Bob had a wonderful sense of humor and was a gracious and kind friend and a man of faith. He is survived by his daughter Elizabeth German of San Pedro and Albuquerque, and by many friends all over the world from all walks of life. He and Beth are especially grateful for the help and friendship given to him by Nicholas Daly during the past five years, and for the care provided by those at Brookdale Parmer Lane and Brookdale Hospice.