Robert K. Baron


The Washington Post Sunday - - OBITUARIES - — Me­gan Mcdonough

Robert K. Baron, 79, a re­tired U.S. In­for­ma­tion Agency of­fi­cer who then taught English at Howard Univer­sity and the Univer­sity of Mary­land, died Dec. 14 at his home in McLean.

He had can­cer, said his wife, Bar­bara Baron.

Mr. Baron joined USIA in 1963 and was a cul­tural af­fairs of­fi­cer in Venezuela, Colom­bia, Ser­bia and the former Yu­goslavia. His other as­sign­ments in­cluded pro­gram co­or­di­na­tor for East­ern Europe and chief of the old Yu­goslavia branch of Voice of Amer­ica.

He was a di­rec­tor of USIA’s Arts Amer­ica pro­gram, which spon­sored tours of pop­u­lar U.S. artists abroad, be­fore he re­tired from the agency in 1988.

Mr. Baron, who set­tled in the Washington area in 1977, taught English part time at Prince Ge­orge’s Com­mu­nity Col­lege from 1978 to 1987. Af­ter his USIA re­tire­ment, he be­came an English pro­fes­sor at Howard Univer­sity.

He taught tech­ni­cal writ­ing and ad­vanced com­po­si­tion at the Univer­sity of Mary­land from 1996 un­til his re­tire­ment in 1999. He then worked part time as an English com­po­si­tion, writ­ing and lan­guage tu­tor.

Robert Kerin Baron was a Philadel­phia na­tive. He re­ceived a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in ra­dio and tele­vi­sion com­mu­ni­ca­tions in 1954 and a master’s de­gree in English lit­er­a­ture in 1959, both from Tem­ple Univer­sity in Philadel­phia. In the late 1950s, he served in the Army Trans­porta­tion Corps.

Mr. Baron ap­peared in plays at the McLean Com­mu­nity Cen­ter.

Sur­vivors in­clude his wife of 50 years, Bar­bara Weglicki Baron of McLean; two daugh­ters, Vic­to­ria Baron of Fairfax and Elizabeth Baron of Kern­ersville, N.C.; a brother; and one grand­daugh­ter.

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