Robert Albert Bauer, 93, a retired Foreign Service and U.S. Information Service officer who wrote and lectured about international relations, died of a stroke Sept. 27 at Sibley Memorial Hospital. He lived in Washington.
Mr. Bauer served abroad as a public and cultural affairs officer in Iran, France, Egypt and India between 1958 and 1972. Earlier, he was a commentator and division chief with the Voice of America. After he retired, he was director of the public affairs program at Kenyon College and taught political science in the 1970s.
He also lectured at American University and on assignment abroad for the State Department, and he was a consultant to the Brookings Institution. He was an editor and writer of books that included "The U.S. in World Affairs," "Austrian Solution" and "The Threat of International Terrorism." He also wrote for the West Ost Journal.
Mr. Bauer was a native of Austria, where he received degrees in economics and law from the University of Vienna. He began his career there as a lawyer in the 1930s. After the Nazi annexation of Austria, he fled to Prague and joined the Free Austria movement. In 1939 and 1940, he was editor in chief of the Austrian Freedom broadcasting station in Normandy, France.
He immigrated to the United States in 1940 and became a German language broadcaster with radio station WLWO in Cincinnati. He joined the Voice of America in 1942 and became chief of the German radio section of the American Broadcasting Station in Europe two years later.
While in the diplomatic service, Mr. Bauer received a master's degree in Arabic studies from American University in Cairo. His honors included a Meritorious Honor Award from the domestic U.S. Information Agency.
He was a project director for Diplomatic and Consular Officers Retired and a member of the American Foreign Service Association, National Press Club and the trustees board of the Foundation Documentary Archive of the Austrian Resistance.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Maria Kahler Bauer of Washington; two children, Virginia Rose Ceaser and Robert F. Bauer, both of Chevy Chase; seven grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.