Biography and History

Owen W. Roberts was born in Ardmore, Oklahoma in 1924. He served in the United States Army from 1943-1946 and graduated from Princeton University (A.B., 1948) and from Columbia University (M.A., 1952; Ph.D., 1955). In 1955 he entered the Foreign Service as consular officer in Cairo and was commercial officer in Leopoldville in 1958-1960. In the Department he was desk officer for Africa in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research (1961-1962) and in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs (1963-1964). He was political officer in Lagos from 1964-1965, and deputy chief of mission in Ouagadougou from 1966-1968. He attended the Air War College from 1969 to 1970. In the Department he was staff director of the Board of Examiners for the Foreign Service (1970-1971), Deputy Director for Cultural Affairs for Africa (1971-1972), a member of the policy planning staff (1973), and Executive Director of the Office of Inspector General (1974-1975). From 1976-1978, he was Deputy Director of the Sinai Field Mission, Sinai Desert. He was Director of the African Office at the Department of Defense (on detail) from 1978-1979, and deputy chief of mission in Addis Ababa from 1979-1982. In 1983 he served as African adviser at the United Nations General Assembly. From 1982-1984, he was roving Charge in Victoria, Banjul, and then N'Djamena. In May 1984 Roberts was appointed Ambassador to the Republic of Togo, and held that post through September 1986. Owens retired in 1989.

Biography of Janet K. Roberts

Janet Read Kiehel Roberts was born in Philadelphia in 1926. She attended Vassar College, graduating in 1947 with a focus on creative writing and social anthropology. She married Owen Roberts in 1949.

Source: From the finding aid for MC226