Robert E. White


Age: 88

Summary: career diplomat and former U.S. ambassador to El Salvador under the Carter administration who concluded that El Salvadoran government death squads had been complicit in the crimes and conveyed his suspicions to the U.S. State Department after four American human rights churchwomen, including three nuns, were abducted, raped, and murdered in the capital city of San Salvador in 1980, but the U.S. was supporting the military government in El Salvador in its struggle against leftist revolutionaries, and who was recalled and forced out of the Foreign Service after his suspicions about the deaths were later confirmed.

Cause of Death: Cancer

Born: September 21, 1926

Died: January 13, 2015

Arlington, Virginia