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Mar 27, 2016 1:22 PM

Former UN ambassador Joseph Petrone, who lived with his wife in Dublin, dies at age 93


DUBLIN - A former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, who lived in Dublin NH for many years, has died.

Joseph C. Petrone, 93, died on March 24 in Naples, Fla. with his wife at his side, according to an obituary in the Keene Sentinel. Originally from Iowa, Petrone traveled the world after graduating from West Point and joining the military, ultimately representing the country as ambassador to the UN.

He and his wife, Augusta, moved permanently to Dublin in 1989, where they continued to be active in music and politics.

NH Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn issued a statement Sunday. The Petrones, she said, had chaired her Congressional campaigns.

"I will miss the sight of Joseph and Augusta walking together, hand in hand, smiling brightly at Lincoln Day dinners and summer political picnics, and he will forever hold a special place in my heart," she said, offering condolences to his wife and family.

Petrone was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to serve as U.S. permanent representative to the European Office of the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva from 1987 to 1989.

As a young man, he had enlisted in the 168th Infantry of the Iowa National Guard in 1938, where he served in all non-commissioned grades through 1940. From there, his military career as a regular Army officer prove to be a long one, spanning World War II, Korea and Vietnam.

From 1954 to 1956, Ambassador Petrone served as an aide to President Eisenhower. A decade later, he was sent to Paris where he served as an assistant military attache at the American Embassy.

A former member of the U.S. Delegation to the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Ambassador Petrone is the recipient of numerous awards and decorations, including three Battle Stars from General Patton’s 3rd Army, according to the Union Leader.

Services and burial will be private.


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