Robert Barber ’68

Former United States Ambassador to Iceland. Director, Abbot Academy Fund.

Rob has worked most of the past three-plus decades as a lawyer in Boston, with a business law practice. He often serves as outside general counsel to start up, small and medium-sized companies, and their principals. Rob came to Andover from Charleston, South Carolina in 1966 as an Upper. He graduated from Harvard College in 1972, and in 1977 earned a law degree from Boston University School of Law, and a Masters in City Planning from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. His eldest son Nick is a PA graduate, Class of 2003.

Rob left the law practice (and everything else, including the AAF Board!) to serve as United States Ambassador to Iceland from January 2, 2015—January 20, 2017.

Rob has been Treasurer of the Social Law Library in Boston, and a Trustee of Phillips Brooks House Association, the Harvard undergraduate social service/social action organization. Rob has been head class agent and reunion chair for his PA ’68 class, and previously served on the Alumni Council and as head of the Andover Abbot Alumni of New England, and on the AAF Board from 2010-2014.  He recently headed up his 50th PA Reunion.

Since returning from Iceland, Rob has resumed law practice at Prince Lobel Tye LLP in Boston, and joined the boards of nonprofits International Fund for Animal Welfare and Council for a Livable World, and rejoined AAF to complete his second term.

Rob also is active in local, state, and national Democratic political campaigns. He lives in Cambridge, MA.

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