Speaking of Iran

Lethal Encounter in Tehran: The Attack on U.S. Vice Consul Robert W. Imbrie and Its Aftermath

April 28, 2022
Speaking of Iran
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Robert W. Imbrie (at left) poses in front of a vehicle in Tehran with a staff member and local aides, 1924
Robert W. Imbrie (at left) poses in front of a vehicle in Tehran with a staff member and local aides, 1924

Almost a century ago, US Vice Consul Robert W. Imbrie died in Iran at the hands of a mob. The implications reached far beyond Iran’s capital city. Michael Zirinsky reports for the latest issue of The Foreign Service Journal.

On Friday, June 22, 1956, my suburban New York family arrived in Tehran. The next day my father began his Cold War job as counsel to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Gulf District supervising construction contracts for Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

In September I began ninth grade at the American Presbyterian Mission’s Community School. Soon afterward, an uncle sent me his old Rolleiflex camera, a present for my 14th birthday.

As I readied it for use, my parents warned me strongly, “Do not take pictures in public!” They had heard that an American diplomat had been killed years earlier for doing so.

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