R.J. Mashburn, Educator for USDA, Dies

Robert J. Mashburn, 44, former director of the International Institute at the Department of Agriculture Graduate School, died April 25 at home in Washington. He had AIDS.

Dr. Mashburn was born in Gadsden, Ala. He graduated from the University of Alabama and received a master's degree in international administration from the School for International Training in Vermont and a doctorate in education from Columbia University.

Before moving to the Washington area in 1980, he was a Peace Corps volunteer in Korea, a technical language trainer in Saudi Arabia and a professional associate at the cultural learning center of the East West Center in Honolulu.

In Washington, he worked for AMIDEAST, an educational and training exchange organization; the Embassy of Thailand; and the Association of International Educators. In 1984, he became director of the International Institute at the USDA Graduate School. He retired there on disability in 1993.

Survivors include his parents, Bobbie and J.D. Mashburn of Boaz, Ala.; a grandmother, Jearldine Archer Miller of Boaz; two sisters, Gloria M. Cain of Albertville, Ala., and Kimberly Willis of Southside, Ala.; and a brother, Jim Mashburn of Boaz.

(Washington Post, April 27, 1995, Thursday, Final Edition)

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