Title: Diplomat (Retired), Professional Society Administrator
Location: State College, Pennsylvania, United States
Robert Lamb, Diplomat (Retired) and Professional Society Administrator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in international relations.
After college, Mr. Lamb joined the United States Foreign Service 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 Mr. Lamb as assistant secretary of the State for Administration. He then became director of the Bureau of Diplomatic Security. In 1987, President Reagan named Mr. Lamb as the first Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security. Following this, President George H. W. Bush nominated Mr. Lamb as United States Ambassador to Cyprus. He retired from the Foreign Service in 1994 and became Executive Director of the American Philatelic Society in State College, Pennsylvania, retiring in 2006. Upon his retirement, the Society named the executive wing of the headquarters complex in Mr. Lamb’s honor.
Mr. Lamb knew from an early age he wanted to be a diplomat and was inspired by his high school teacher’s brother who was a diplomat and would tell him stories from his line of work. In 1962, he received a Bachelor of Arts in international relations from the University of Pennsylvania. In addition, he served in the US Marines from 1958 to 1961. From 1999 to 2001, Mr. Lamb was the published of the “Index of American Philatelic Literature.” In his career, he served on the governing board of the American Foreign Service Association and on the board of directors of the Bellefonte Chamber of Commerce. He is a former member of the Rotary Club and a former board member of the YMCA.
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