Alden Doud

Written by on October 2, 2012 in Obituaries

Alden Lowell Doud, 77, of Iowa City, formerly of Douds died Monday October 1, 2012, at Lantern Park Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Coralville. He was born March 17, 1935, in Ottumwa the only child of Alden Loring and Edna May Bralliar Doud. He spent his early years in Douds, a village founded by his great-grandfather, was educated in the public schools of Douds-Leando and graduated with honors from Iowa Wesleyan College, Mt. Pleasant and Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA.

Following law school, he joined the Army Judge Advocate General’s Corp, and was stationed at its Headquarters at the Pentagon. He held the ranks of First Lieutenant and Captain. After leaving the Army, he practiced law with the firm now known as Sidley, Austin, Brown and Wood in Chicago. In 1967, he returned to Washington, D.C. to join the Office of the Legal Adviser in the U.S. State Department. He was its first Assistant Legal Adviser for Environmental Affairs, and attended the first UN Conference on the Human Environment in Stockholm in 1972 as part of the U.S. delegation. He wrote the first drafts of several environmental treaties including the World Heritage Convention and the Ocean Dumping Convention, and participated in many international negotiations. He was also a member of the U.S. delegation in the negotiations forming the International Telecommunications Satellite Consortium (INTELSAT). In 1968, he was a Senior Fellow at the University of Michigan Law School researching European Communities law under a Ford Foundation grant.

Mr. Doud joined the Legal Department of the World Bank in 1973 as its principal administrative lawyer and retired in 1996 with the title Chief Counsel, Administration. After retirement, he studied at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, from which he received a diploma, and studied further at the Bard Graduate Center in New York City. He moved to Iowa City in 1998, where he remained until his death. He was a Trustee of Iowa Wesleyan College, and was Chairman of its Board of Trustees from 1998 until 2005, when he received the honorary degree Ll. D. and was made Chairman Emeritus. He was a member of the University of Iowa President’s Club, the Members’ Council of the University Museum of Art, other arts-related organizations, the Harvard Club of New York City and the Episcopal Church. Relatives and friends survive.

A burial liturgy service will be held at 2 P.M. Thursday October 4, 2012, in Trinity Episcopal Church, Iowa City, Rev. Benjamin Webb and Rev. Michael Lankford officiating. Visitation will be open at the church 12-2 P.M. prior to the service. The funeral service will be at 11 A.M. Friday October 5, 2012, in Mt Moriah Church, 14889 120th Street, rural Douds, Rev. Herbert Schafer officiating. Visitation will be 10-11 A.M. at the church prior to the service. In accord with Lowell’s wishes, the casket will remain closed. Burial will be in Mt. Moriah Cemetery. Memorials to Iowa Wesleyan College, University of Iowa Museum of Art or Mt. Moriah Cemetery may be left at either service or mailed to Jon P. Finney, 17248 Hwy. 1, Keosauqua, IA 52565. Pedrick Funeral Home, Keosauqua is handling arrangements.

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