Robert E. Lamb

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Robert E. Lamb (born 1936) was United States Assistant Secretary of State for Administration from 1983 to 1985; Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security from 1987 to 1989; and United States Ambassador to Cyprus from 1990 to 1993.

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Robert E. Lamb was born in Atlanta, Georgia on November 17, 1936. He was educated at the University of Pennsylvania, receiving an A.B. in 1962.

After college, Lamb joined the United States Foreign Service beginning a career as a Foreign Service Officer. A career diplomat, he rose through the ranks of the United States Department of State to become Director of the United States Passport Office in the Bureau of Consular Affairs and Director of Financial Services.

In 1983, President of the United States Ronald Reagan nominated Lamb as Assistant Secretary of State for Administration, and Lamb held this office from December 19, 1983 until July 1, 1985. He then became Director of the Bureau of Diplomatic Security. In 1987, the head of the Bureau of Diplomatic Security was elevated to the rank of Assistant Secretary and President Reagan named Lamb as the first Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security. Lamb held this office from June 19, 1987 until August 9, 1989.

President George H. W. Bush then nominated Lamb as United States Ambassador to Cyprus, with Lamb presenting his credentials on November 30, 1990 and serving as Ambassador to Cyprus until October 24, 1993.

Lamb retired from the Foreign Service in 1994. He then became Executive Director of the American Philatelic Society in State College, Pennsylvania. He retired from that position in 2006. Under his administration, the Society moved its headquarters to an historic, former Match Factory in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. Upon his retirement, the Society named the Executive wing of the headquarters complex in his honor.

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Government offices
Preceded by
Thomas M. Tracy
Assistant Secretary of State for Administration
December 19, 1983 – July 1, 1985
Succeeded by
Donald J. Bouchard
Preceded by
New Office
Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security
June 19, 1987 – August 9, 1989
Succeeded by
Sheldon J. Krys
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Bill K. Perrin
United States Ambassador to Cyprus
November 30, 1990 – October 24, 1993
Succeeded by
Richard Boucher