Robert S. Queener, USAID official

March 26, 2013

Robert S. Queener, 74, an official at the U.S. Agency for International Development who had served in Brazil, Thailand and Jamaica, died March 12 at his home in San Mateo, Calif.

He died of complications from Parkinson’s disease, said his son Brett Queener.

Mr. Queener worked for USAID from 1970 until he retired in 1997. His career included service as director of the agency’s mission in Jamaica. He retired after having held several consulting assignments.

Robert Sharp Queener was a native of Nashville and a 1961 graduate of Cornell University. In 1966, he received a master’s degree in public affairs from Princeton University. He worked for the Ford Foundation in New Delhi before joining USAID.

A former resident of Gaithersburg, he moved in 2002 to Kilmarnock, on Virginia’s Northern Neck, and then in 2011 to San Mateo.

Survivors include his wife, whom he married in 1965, Carolyn Wickham Queener of San Mateo; two sons, Brett A. Queener of Redwood City, Calif., and Mark E. Queener of Springfield; a sister; and four grandchildren.

— Bart Barnes

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