From the SMU press release:
R. Richard Rubottom Jr., who had a distinguished career in the Foreign Service and higher education, died December 6 in Austin, Texas, at the age of 98.
Ambassador Rubottom’s lengthy career included leadership positions with Southern Methodist University, the U.S. Department of State, University of the Americas and the City of Dallas.
Rubottom, an SMU alumnus (B.S. in ’32 and M.A. in ’33), served SMU from 1964 to 1971 as Vice President for University Life, Administrative Vice President and Vice President for Planning.
After a two-year period, where he served as president of the University of the Americas in Puebla, Mexico, he returned to SMU as a political science professor and scholar-in-residence. Rubottom was named professor emeritus in 1975.
A memorial service and reception will be held in Dallas at Highland Park United Methodist Church on Saturday, January 15, 2011, at 10 a.m.