- The Washington Times - Friday, September 23, 2005

David E. Mark, 81, ambassador

NEW YORK (AP) — David Everett Mark, a former U.S. ambassador to Burundi and deputy assistant secretary of state, died in a car accident Sept. 17 while on vacation in Montana. He was 81.

A native of New York, Mr. Mark joined the Foreign Service in 1946, serving in South Korea, Finland, Romania and Moscow.

In 1959, he moved to Geneva, where he joined the delegation to the Test Ban Treaty negotiations. He served as ambassador to Burundi from 1974 to 1977. Two years later, he was named deputy assistant secretary of state, a post he held until 1981.

Mr. Mark, a graduate of Columbia University School of Law, was fluent in Russian, German and French. With the breakup of the Soviet Union, he helped establish the American Embassy in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia, and helped the new government in writing its constitution.

For the past 15 years, Mr. Mark was an active member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City and an adjunct professor of global affairs at New York University.

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