- The Washington Times - Saturday, October 29, 2005

Clayton Frederick Ruebensaal Jr., a retired Foreign Service officer, died Oct. 19 of heart failure at his home in Bethesda. He was 53.

Born in New Haven, Conn., Mr. Ruebensaal — known as Rick — graduated from Staples High School in Westport, Conn., in 1970. He graduated from the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in 1974 and completed two years of graduate work there.

After becoming a Foreign Service officer with the Department of State in 1975,Mr. Ruebensaal administered relief and resettlement operations on the border of Cambodia and Thailand that served more than 500,000 Indochinese displaced by the Vietnam War. In 1982, he was involved in negotiations with Israeli authorities on food shipment procedures needed to continue feeding programs for 100,000 Palestinians.

Mr. Ruebensaal played a lead role as senior economic adviser in designing and negotiating a 20-year economic support program for the Federated States of Micronesia and was actively involved in negotiations to resolve missing-in-action and prisoner-of-war issues with Iraq after the Persian Gulf War.

His career with the Department of State included assignments to Bermuda, Israel, Thailand and Switzerland.

After his retirement in 2000, Mr. Ruebensaal continued to work as a senior foreign affairs officer in the Department of State’s Office of Conventional Weapons Threat Reduction in the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation.

Within the office, Mr. Ruebensaal had the lead in drafting and coordinating the interagency review of conventional arms-sanctions recommendations.

His family said Mr. Ruebensaal believed deeply in what he did and in the ability of individuals to make a difference in the world through their own actions.

Mr. Ruebensaal is survived by his wife, Blanca Alejandra Luisi Ruebensaal of Bethesda; a son, Clayton Frederick Ruebensaal III of New York City; two daughters, Virginia Alejandra Ruebensaal and Katherine Erika Ruebensaal of Bethesda; two sisters, Virginia Latrobe Humphreys of Lancaster, Pa., and Elizabeth Latrobe Place of Kent, Conn.; and his mother, Virginia Latrobe Ruebensaal of Greens Farms, Conn.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Red Cross, 36 Church Ave., Westport, Conn. 06880.

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