Diplomat. A first cousin of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Robbins graduated from Harvard in 1908. In 1909, he began a career in the US Foreign Service when he was appointed secretary to the Ambassador to Portugal. He later carried out assignments in Argentina, France, Guatemala, Chile, Germany, and Italy, as well as at the US State Department in Washington, DC. In 1929 Robbins became Ambassador to El Salvador. In 1930 he became White House Ceremonial Officer, responsible for greeting and escorting foreign dignitaries. In 1931 Robbins was appointed Chief of Protocol at the State Department. In 1933 President Roosevelt named him Ambassador to Canada, a position he held until shortly before his death from pneumonia. In 1937 Robbins' widow Irene de Bruyn, a Belgian who grew up in Argentina, was appointed Assistant Chief of the Department of State's Foreign Service Buildings Office, responsible for furnishing and decorating US embassies, consulates and other facilities.
Bio by: Bill McKern
Irene DeBruyn Robbins