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Quote about Abe Sirkin for possible obit

bronnere@nytimes.com 

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Jan 8, 2007 6:23 PM 

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Quote about Abe Sirkin for possible obit 
   I am sending this message to you at the suggestion of Susannah
Sirkin for possible use in an obit in the Times about her recently
deceased father. I have known the family for 40 years. Abe and I served
at the American embassy in Athens in the period 1966-70, he as the
Public Affairs Officer and I as a Political Officer. I later served as
the American ambassador to Greece from 1985 to 1989. Here is a suggested
quote that may be used in the obit or as the writer sees fit:
    QUOTE
      Abe Sirkin and I served together in the American embassy in
Athens in the second half of the 1960's. He was known for his strong
advocacy of human rights.  When a gang of Colonels seized control of the
government in a military coup d'etat in 1967--forty years ago next
April--Abe was one of the very few officers in our embassy who clearly
foresaw and predicted what damage that would do not only to Greek
democracy but also to America's standing in that small but important
ally in Europe. His views were not heeded, and they turned out to be right.
   END QUOTE

   Please phone or email me if you need further information.
Robert V. Keeley
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