Carl Fehring Norden

Foreign Service Officer

Carl Fehring Norden, 94, a Foreign Service officer who specialized in international finance, died of a heart attack Nov. 30 at his home in Washington.

Mr. Norden served 29 years in the Foreign Service before retiring in 1968.

He was vice consul in Berlin before World War II and then was posted in German-occupied Czechoslovakia.

During the war, he served on the staffs of the Allied force headquarters in Algiers, Italy and Yugoslavia. At the end of the war, he participated in the United Nations organizing conference in San Francisco.

Later he held commercial, trade and finance positions in Cuba, Argentina, Chile and Iran, served in an economics position at NATO, negotiated trade pacts under the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade in Geneva and was counselor of economic affairs in Venezuela.

He retired as assistant director of the office of Colombian-Venezuelan affairs.

He served 20 years on the board of the Barden Corp., a Danbury, Conn., ball bearing firm.

Mr. Norden was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and graduated from Dartmouth College. He was a banker in New York, London and Paris before joining the Foreign Service.

He received a master's degree in government and economics at Harvard. He was fluent in seven languages.

Mr. Norden was a member of the Chevy Chase Club and the Cosmos Club. He had a farm in The Plains, Va., and another home in Holden, Maine.

His first wife, Ellen Hartt Norden, died around 1980.

Survivors include his wife, Vivian Archer Norden of Washington; four daughters from his first marriage, Susan of Colorado, Bettina of Oregon, Elaina of The Plains and Caroline of Maine; and a stepdaughter, Sarah Archer of Toronto.