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Former ambassador, women’s rights advocate Robin Chandler Duke dies at 92

By WITW Staff on February 8, 2016

Longtime women’s rights advocate Robin Chandler Duke, who served as ambassador to Norway, had a career as a model and journalist, and worked with dozens of nonprofit organizations fighting for women and health causes, died on Saturday at the age of 92. According to The New York Times, Duke worked her way up in journalism from newspaper jobs to a role as reporter on NBC’s Today show in the 1940s and 1950s. Her first marriage, to actor Jeffrey Lynn, ended in divorce in 1958.  Duke then married U.S. Ambassador Angier Biddle Duke, an heir to a tobacco fortune and cousin of Doris Duke.

As she moved among a powerful society set in New York City and the Hamptons in the 1970s and 1980s, Duke became deeply involved in social and political causes, working for the National Abortion Rights action League, the United Nations Fund for Population Activities, and the world Childhood Foundation, among others. In 2000, she was appointed Ambassador to Norway by President Bill Clinton. She campaigned for political candidates and fundraised throughout her life. She died in her retirement home in Charleston, South Carolina.

Read the full story at The New York Times.