INTER- AMERICAN FOUNDATION EXECUTIVE
Robert Mashek, 74, who was executive vice president of the Inter-American Foundation, died Dec. 27 at the Powhatan Nursing Home in Falls Church of complications from a heart ailment.
Mr. Mashek served in the Foreign Service for eight years in the 1960s and spent three years working in the Bureau of the Budget before joining the Inter-American Foundation in 1971, not long after it was founded. The IAF is an independent agency of theU.S. government that provides grants to nongovernmental organizations in Latin America and the Caribbean for development initiatives.
Mr. Mashek began as the IAF’s coordinator for Brazil and went on to head departments for the Caribbean and Brazil, and later for southern South America, before serving as interim president and executive vice president.
After retiring in 1988, he was an international development consultant to private and government organizations.
Robert William Mashek was born in Decorah, Iowa. He graduated from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, in 1958 and received a master’s degree in English from Columbia University in 1959.
His marriage to the former Mary Catherine Condon ended in divorce.
Survivors include three children, Stephanie Mashek of Oak Bluffs, Mass., Vincent Mashek of Frederick and Amy Stephenson of Arlington County; a brother; two sisters; and four grandchildren.