Robert J. McCloskey

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Robert J. McCloskey
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Robert James McCloskey (l.) (1978)
54th United States Ambassador to the Netherlands
In office
October 22, 1976 – March 10, 1978
President Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter
Preceded by Kingdon Gould, Jr.
Succeeded by Geri M. Joseph
Personal details
Born (1922-11-25)November 25, 1922
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died November 28, 1996(1996-11-28) (aged 74)
Chevy Chase, Maryland

Robert James McCloskey was born November 25, 1922 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – son of Thomas McCloskey and Anna Wallace;[1] died November 28, 1996 in Chevy Chase, Maryland.[2] He was spokesperson for the United States Department of State from 1964–1973 but after a short stint (June 20, 1973 to January 14, 1974) as United States Ambassador to Cyprus, he was asked to return to his old job as spokesperson. From February 21, 1975 to September 10, 1976 he served as Assistant Secretary of State for Congressional Relations. He later served as United States Ambassador to the Netherlands and to Greece.

His government career was followed by a stint as ombudsman at the Washington Post, then as senior vice president of International Catholic Relief Services.

He married Anne Taylor Phelan on July 8, 1961. They had two daughters, Lisa and Andre. He died of leukemia in 1996.[3]


  1. ^ "NNDB". 
  2. ^ Cooper, Michael (November 30, 1996). "New York Times obituary". The New York Times. 
  3. ^ Cooper, Michael (November 30, 1996). "Robert J. McCloskey, State Dept. Spokesman, Dies at 74". The New York Times. 
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
David H. Popper
United States Ambassador to Cyprus
Succeeded by
Rodger P. Davies
Government offices
Preceded by
A. Linwood Holton, Jr.
Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs
February 21, 1975 – September 10, 1976
Succeeded by
Douglas J. Bennet
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Kingdon Gould, Jr.
United States Ambassador to the Netherlands
Succeeded by
Geri M. Joseph
Preceded by
Jack Bloom Kubisch
United States Ambassador to Greece
Succeeded by
Monteagle Stearns