Raymond A. Hare (1902-1994), noted Arabist and career diplomat, served as ambassador to four Middle Eastern nations, as well as an Assistant Secretary of State. After graduating from Grinnell College with a B.A. in 1924, Hare accepted an offer to teach at Robert College in Istanbul, where he began to study Turkish and develop an interest in Islamic architecture. After passing the foreign service exam in 1927, Hare was sent by the State Department to study Arabic in Paris for three years where he met his future wife, Julia. Hare served as ambassador to Saudi Arabia from 1950 to 1953, to Lebanon from 1953 to 1954, to Egypt from 1956 to 1960 and to Turkey from 1961 to 1965. Additionally he was an envoy to India and Yemen, and the Washington based Director General of the Foreign Service from 1954 to 1956. Hare served as well as the Deputy Undersecretary for Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs. After retiring from the State Department in 1965, Ambassador Hare was president of the Middle East Institute in Washington from 1966-1969.