Reginald Bartholomew | Senior diplomat, 76

Posted: September 01, 2012

Reginald Bartholomew, 76, a senior diplomat and ambassador who served four presidents, negotiated for nuclear disarmament with the Soviet Union and for the preservation of U.S. military bases in Europe, and survived a bomb attack while he was ambassador to Lebanon in 1984, died Monday in New York City.

The cause was cancer, said his wife, Rose-Anne.

Mr. Bartholomew had already spent 15 years advising presidents and secretaries of state, and parachuting into places like Moscow and Cyprus to help extinguish diplomatic fires, when he received his first appointment as an ambassador, in 1983, to Lebanon.

The day after he arrived that October, a Marine barracks was bombed by terrorists, killing 241 people. Mr. Bartholomew toured the scene the next day, his first full one on the job.

In 1986, Mr. Bartholomew was appointed ambassador to Spain, where he led negotiations to preserve a greatly reduced military presence. He had worked on similar negotiations before and would again later, in his final post, Italy, where he served as ambassador from 1993 to 1997.

Mr. Bartholomew was born in Maine to Thomas (whose original family name was di Bartolomeo), and the former Corinne di Crecchio, who had immigrated from Italy.

Mr. Bartholomew was 20 and a student at Dartmouth when he married Rose-Anne Dognin, who had moved to the United States from France and was a few years older.

Besides his wife, he is survived by four children, seven grandchildren, and a brother. - N.Y. Times News Service

comments powered by Disqus
|
|
|
|
|