- October 2, 1979
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Jules Bassin (1914-2009) was an American lawyer, member of the Foriegn Service and State Department representative. Bassin was born in 1914 to two young Russian immigrants in New York City. Bassin attended school in Brooklyn before going on to City College where he received a bachelor's degree in History and Mathematics in 1936. Two years later, he received a law degree from New York University. In 1942, he joined the Army and served on Gen. Douglas MacArthur's legal staff in 1945 negoitating the Treaty of Peace with Japan. After he left the Army in 1946, he served as the Law Division Chief until the end of the Occupation in 1952. Bassin joined the Foriegn Service and worked in Tokyo on legal issues related to the treaty. In 1960, he became a State Department Representative and faculty member at the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia. From 1969 until his retirement in 1975, Bassin served as a minister and deputy chief of the United States Diplomatic mission in Genevea. While retired he consulted for the State Department on affairs regarding refugee and immigration. Jules Bassin died in 2009 of a heart attack, but his accomplishments survive.