- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 17, 2004

Howard Meyers, 86, Foreign Service officer

Howard Meyers, a retired Foreign Service officerdied of complications after coronary artery bypass surgery Feb. 6 at the Washington Hospital Center. He was 86.

Born in New York City, he graduated from the University of Michigan in 1937 and from Harvard Law School in 1940.

He practiced law in New York City before military service in the Army Counterintelligence Corps from 1942 to 1946.

He joined the State Department in November 1949 and subsequently the Foreign Service, initially as a specialist in international-security issues, becoming the principal staff officer responsible for developing State Department policies on arms control and international atomic energy problems.

He was staff director of the Presidential General Advisory Committee on Arms Control and Disarmament and later special assistant to the director of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency from 1974 to 1977. In 1977, he headed two U.S. delegations to international arms-control conferences in Geneva and served as U.S. representative to the Conference of the Committee on Disarmament.

He retired from the Foreign Service in May 1977, but continued to work in the State Department until 1996. From 1982 to 1996, he was a member of the State Department Board of Appellate Review.

He was a founding member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London and had been a governor of the Diplomatic and Consular Officers, Retired.

He was active for many years in Georgetown Presbyterian Church, where he served as a deacon and ruling elder.

Survivors include a son, Nicholas MacBride Meyers of Falls Church, and a grandson. His wife of 48 years, Hope Lewis MacBride Meyers, died in 1991. A daughter, Elizabeth Hope Meyers, died in 1980.

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