Robert Mashek


The Washington Post Sunday - - LOCAL OPINIONS - — Emma Brown

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.

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