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Harry Barnes, Former Diplomat, Dies at 86

August 15, 2012

Harry Barnes, former diplomat and a member of NCNK, passed away on August 9. He was 86 years old.

Barnes made numerous trips to North Korea during the 1990s while working as the director of the Carter Center's Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Programs. Representing one of the first U.S. NGOs to operate in North Korea, he worked to provide agriculture assistance and food security during the famine years.

Prior to his work with the Carter Center, Barnes had a distinguished career in the U.S. foreign service, serving as ambassador to Romania, India, and Chile. He was also Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Personnel in the State Department. 

"Harry Barnes was one of our country's finest and most admired representatives abroad," President Carter said in a statement. "His life was an example for those who desire to advance American values of human rights through the diplomatic service." 

Barnes also worked as a Senior Advisor to the Asia Society, and served on the boards of numerous organizations.