Robert W. Huddleston, 87; Career Diplomat To Be Buried In Roseboom

IN MEMORIAM: Robert W. Huddleston, 87;

Career Diplomat To Be Buried In Roseboom

ROSEBOOM – Robert Webb Huddleston, 87, a career diplomat who summered here when a teenager with his maternal grandmother, Inez E. Webb, passed away Sept. 11, 2018, in Santa Fe, N.M.

A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, in Roseboom Cemetery, with the Rev. Elsie A. Rhodes, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Cooperstown, officiating. Military honors will be accorded by members of the state Military Forces Honor Guard and local veterans.

He was born in East Orange, N.J., the son of Surada Webb and Robert E. Huddleston. In addition to his grandmother, and his aunt and uncle, Badgley and Mary Webb, lived here.

He graduated from Williams College and joined the Foreign Service, serving both with the U.S. Department of State and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). His 30-year government career took him to Dar es Salaam, Nariobi, Rio de Janerio, Freetown, Bamako, Mali and Washington, D.C.

While stationed at Sandia Base as an Army intelligence officer in 1956, he came to love the Southwest. He and his wife retired to Santa Fe in 2015.

Bob is survived by his wife, Ambassador (ret.) Vicki Huddleston, who ended her career as U.S. deputy assistant secretary of defense for African Affairs; his children Michele, Stuart, Robert and Alexandra, four grandchildren, and three great grandchildren, as well as a cousin, John Webb of Cooperstown.

A graveside service will be offered at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 29, 2018, in Roseboom Cemetery, with the Rev. Elsie A. Rhodes, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Cooperstown officiating. Military Honors will be accorded by members of the New York State Military Forces Honor Guard and local veterans.

Local arrangements are entrusted to Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.

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