U.S. Department of State

A diplomat from central casting

Former U. S. Ambassador Robert (Bob) Fritts, a Williamsburg resident, passed away in September, leaving behind a rich legacy.

His appearance and demeanor has always been one of a proper diplomat. Central Casting of Hollywood couldn't have done a more credible job than the State Department did when it selected Fritts in 1986 as diplomat-in-residence at the College of William and Mary.

Appearance aside, Fritts, a career foreign service officer also had a distinguished record of service in diplomatic posts around the globe. In his last post he served as U. S. Ambassador to the African country of Ghana. While there, he was at center-stage of a diplomatic mini-crisis involving...