- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 22, 2004

Philip E. Barringer, 87, defense official

Philip E. Barringer, who helped establish the legal framework for the Allied occupation of Germany, died Jan. 4 in Bethesda of complications resulting from a series of pulmonary embolisms. He was 87.

Mr. Barringer served most of his 50-year career in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense, International Security Affairs, as director of Foreign Military Rights Affairs. He was responsible for negotiating agreements on the stationing, status and access rights of U.S. forces abroad.

A native of Philadelphia, where he graduated from the Episcopal Academy, Mr. Barringer joined the Defense Department in 1949 after receiving a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania. His legal studies had begun just after he graduated from Princeton University in 1938, but were interrupted by the outbreak of World War II.

During and after the war, he served with the 28th Artillery Division in Headquarters Army Ground Forces. He later became secretary of the Legal Division of the Allied Control Council for Germany. In 1945, he was one of the U.S. negotiators who deliberated with France, the United Kingdom and the Soviet Union over the legal status of the occupying powers.

He left the Army as a lieutenant colonel and returned to law school.

In his subsequent career with the Defense Department, which ended in 1999, he participated in negotiating the original NATO status of forces agreement.

After attending the National War College in 1950 and 1951, he returned to Germany as a member of the delegation to the 1954 Berlin Conference, assigned to provide support for West Germany’s effort to contribute to NATO’s defense.

From 1964 to 1966, Mr. Barringer served as the politico-military attache at the U.S. Embassy in London, laying the foundations for the legal separation of Mauritius and Diego Garcia, the strategic Indian Ocean island that provided a crucial base for U.S. forces during the 1991 Persian Gulf war and the recent war in Iraq.

As director of Foreign Military Rights Affairs, beginning in 1968, he handled negotiations with 25 countries — from Spain to Turkey to the Philippines.

Mr. Barringer was an outdoorsman who hiked and maintained miles of trails as a member, and later president, of the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club. He climbed four 14,000-foot peaks in Colorado.

He also played bassoon in a local chamber music group for several decades.

A D.C. resident, he was a member of the Cosmos Club, the Princeton Club, the Tenleytown Neighborhood Association and All Souls Unitarian Church.

He was also a director of the Barringer Crater Co., based in Flagstaff, Ariz.

Mr. Barringer is survived by his second wife, Bettyanne Rusen; and three children, Thomas H. of Annapolis, C. Frances of Hartford, Conn., and Paul M. of Boston. His first wife, Sophia Hazard, died in 1979.

Plans for a memorial service have not been finalized.

The family suggests memorial donations be made to Habitat for Humanity International and Second Genesis, a rehabilitation center in Silver Spring.

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