Henry Valpey Dearborn

January 30, 1913April 9, 2013

Henry Dearborn, age 100, a retired Foreign Service Officer and specialist in Latin American Affairs, died on April 9th, 2013. Mr. Dearborn was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts. He graduated from Dartmouth College (1936) and received a Masters degree from Yale University (1938). He also was a graduate of the National War College in Washington DC, class of 1959. After two years with the Washington Office of the Foreign Policy Association, he joined the Foreign Service. Beginning in 1941, his posts included: Barranquilla, Colombia; Manta and Guayaquil, Ecuador; Lima, Peru; Santo Domingo (then Ciudad Trujillo), Dominican Republic; Bogota, Colombia; and Mexico City, Mexico. He retired in 1970.

Mr. Dearborn was Charge d’Affaires in the Dominican Republic in August, 1960, when the United States severed diplomatic relations with the country. He remained as Consul General, which position he held until shortly after the assassination of Generalissimo Trujillo in May, 1961. Fourteen years later he appeared in executive session before the Senate Select Committee investigating allegations of US Government involvement in assassination plots against foreign leaders. (July 28, 1975)

Mr. Dearborn was a member of the Foreign Service Association, DACOR (Diplomatic and Consular Officers Retired), the Dartmouth and Yale Clubs of Washington, and the Kappa Sigmas fraternity. He is survived by his daughter, Dr. Pamela D. Hartigan of Vovray en Bornes, France, his son Henry M. Dearborn of Fairfield, Iowa, four grandchildren: Emilie and Jesse Hartigan and Henry Wenceslas Dearborn and Michael Dearborn, and two great-grandchildren: Nate and Ollie Hartigan- Abbiss. ***** Note: For references to Dearborn’s action in the Dominican Republic see 1)Washington Post article by Richard Greider, March 16, 1975; 2) Washington Post article June 13, 1975; Washington Post article July 19, 1975; 4) Report of the Senate Select Committee entitled “Alleged Assassination Plots Involving Foreign Leaders” dated November 18, 1975.


  • Memorial Service Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Henry Valpey Dearborn

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Antonia Maria Freites and Antonia Vasquez de Freites

April 28, 2013

Remembering your Dad and your family while in Santo Domingo.

Emilie Hartigan

April 14, 2013

I consider myself incredibly lucky to have had Henry Dearborn for my grandfather. Gramps was a constant in my life growing up- kind, funny, very wise and always interesting. He was my grandmother's perfect match. And together, they were the best grandparents any children could ever hope to have. Living in Australia, I have missed him very much over the years. His emails and our regular skype conversations helped to lessen the distance, and I took some comfort knowing he was able to meet his great-granchildren at least via video conference. I will always wish they could have had the chance to know him better, but I will try to do justice to his stories and jokes as I pass them along, and hopefully they will have some idea of the wonderful man who he was. I send all my love to my family and our friends who are making the journey on Tuesday to celebrate my grandfather's life. Thank you for your presence and I wish that I could be there with you in giving him a proper send-off.