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Jacob M. Krulfeld, State Department desk officer

Jacob M. Krulfeld, 87, a desk officer who worked for the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development from 1957 until his retirement in 1982, died April 27 at the Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington.

He had a stroke, said his son, Michael Krulfeld. Mr. Krulfeld was an Arlington resident.

Mr. Krulfeld traveled extensively for his work and served as a representative to the Organization of American States. In the 1950s, he worked for the U.S. Geological Survey in Washington and in Brazil, where he also co-owned a gemstone business.

Jacob Mendel Krulfeld was born in Chelsea, Mass. He served in the Army in Europe during World War II and received decorations, including the Bronze Star Medal and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge.

He received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Vermont in 1950 and settled in the Washington area in 1957.

For work and for pleasure, he traveled around the world four times, his son said.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Ruth Pulwers Krulfeld of Arlington; and his son, Michael Krulfeld of Arlington.

Emily Langer

Emily Langer is a reporter on The Washington Post’s obituaries desk. She has written about national and world leaders, celebrated figures in science and the arts, and heroes from all walks of life.

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