DIPLOMACY: Careerman Extraordinary

As General Eisenhower's diplomatic troubleshooter before and during the World War II North Africa invasion, U.S. Foreign Service Officer Robert Daniel Murphy worked with the French underground so brilliantly that he worked out an all-but-bloodless surrender of Algiers. Last week, rated by the same Eisenhower as the U.S.'s No. 1 global troubleshooter, Under Secretary of State Bob Murphy announced his resignation.

Murphy, a career diplomat extraordinary, was retiring because 1) he had just reached retirement age of 65; 2) after serving more than 30 of his 42 years of service abroad, he...

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