Winter 2013

Remembering Robert Schwantes

 Robert Schwantes, a former Executive Vice President of The Asia Foundation, passed away on October 25 at the age of 90. Dr. Schwantes worked for the Foundation in many roles from 1954 to 1988 in both Japan and the U.S. After graduating from Harvard in 1943 with a Bachelor of Arts in History, he attended the U.S. Navy Japanese Language School and served in the Pacific Theater. He returned to Harvard and received his Ph.D. in 1950. Prior to joining the Foundation, Dr. Schwantes was a Research Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, which led to the publication of his study, Japanese and Americans: A Century of Cultural Relations. “In Bob’s passing The Asia Foundation has lost one of its pioneers,” said Ambassador Haydn Williams, who served as The Asia Foundation’s president from 1963-1989.