September 4, 2002 - Bangkok Post: Thailand RPCV Robert Burrows dies in Rayong

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By Admin1 (admin) on Wednesday, September 04, 2002 - 2:42 pm: Edit Post

Thailand RPCV Robert Burrows dies in Rayong

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Ex-journalist Burrows dies

Robert Burrows, a former journalist and information officer of the United Nations refugee agency in Bangkok, has drowned, his wife Loraine said yesterday.

His body was found on Sunday on a beach in Rayong. An autopsy found Burrows, 56, had drowned but further details were not known. Police refused to provide any details.

Born in Long Island, New York, Burrows first came to Thailand in the late 1960s as a member of the Peace Corps.

In 1970, he joined the Bangkok World, then sister paper of the Bangkok Post, as a sub-editor. Two years later, he went to Saigon to cover the Vietnam War as a freelance journalist.

In 1973, he worked for the Associated Press in Laos, where he and his English wife Loraine stayed until shortly before the communist takeover in December 1975.

He joined the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Bangkok in 1981 as information officer. Thereafter he worked for the UNHCR and the UN Border Relief Operation until December 2000.

Bathing rites will be held at Wat That Thong today at 4 pm, followed by evening prayers, which will also be held on Thursday and Friday. Cremation will take place on Saturday. _ Bangkok Post, AP

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By Anonymous ( - on Wednesday, January 17, 2007 - 7:16 am: Edit Post

I am so sorry to see this news - I used to work with Rob when he was with UNHCR - and when I first came to live in Singapore (some 20 years ago) I went back to Thailand and bumped into Rob in the Hotel - he was a GREAT guy and certainly did not deserve to die this way - terrible - my thoughts go to his family.........

By John Dixon ( on Friday, August 24, 2012 - 10:56 am: Edit Post

Rob and I were great friends -- I was a volunteer in Malaysia and we went to Cambodia togehter in 1970 after the war started. Spent 10 days visiting Phnom Phen and Angkor -- exited via land to Thailand. Many adventures. If anyone knows how to contact Loraine please let me know.

I still have letter (and photos) from him that were sent from VietNam. I can be reached in Hawaii at

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