Larry Colbert (T-4)

1940 – Feb 4, 2022

Larry Colbert was born in Glouster, Ohio, and earned his bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Ohio University. After graduating from the University of Missouri with a master’s degree in European history, Colbert served as a Volunteer in Turkey 1964–66. Afterward, he joined the Foreign Service, where he met his wife, Christina. For his first post, Colbert was a refugee advisor in Da Nang, Vietnam, where he witnessed the Tet Offensive from the roof of his apartment. During his assignment in Oran, Algeria — where he had been promoted to a one-officer position — Colbert decided to focus on the consular side and became head of the consular section at his next post in Dublin, Ireland. He returned to the State Department in Washington, D.C., as the director of visa operations and attended National War College, graduating in 1987. Colbert spent 14 years as consul general in locations from Tijuana and Madrid to Ciudad Juarez and Paris. Colbert retired in 2001 but continued working as an inspector with the State Department’s Office of the Inspector General, conducting audits on U.S. consulates and embassies for several years.​​

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Association of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and Friends of Turkey