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Lord Sherfield, Former Ambassador In Washington

November 11, 1996

LONDON (AP) _ Career diplomat Lord Sherfield, who served as Britain’s ambassador to Washington from 1953 to 1956 during President Eisenhower’s first term, has died. He was 92.

Sherfield was known as Sir Roger Makins until he was made a hereditary peer in 1964. He lived at Basingstoke, 45 miles southwest of London, and died on Saturday, his family reported. No cause of death was stated.

Educated at Oxford University, he joined the Foreign Office in 1928. In a long career, he held a variety of posts, including chairman of the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Commission from 1960 to 1964.

Sherfield first met Gen. Eisenhower during World War II while working at the Allied Mediterranean Command headquarters, and the two got on well when Prime Minister Winston Churchill sent him to Washington.

He also enjoyed good relations with the formidable U.S. Secretary of State John Foster Dulles at a time of policy differences between Washington and London. Differences persisted over trade, policy in the Middle East and Far East and Churchill’s calls for a summit with the Soviet Union.

Americans liked the ambassador’s unstuffy public speaking style. ``The long-range development of foreign policy has been accurately compared to a game of chess,″ he said in one speech. ``The actual negotiations necessary for its day-to-day conduct more often resemble stud poker.″

On his retirement in 1964, Sherfield became chairman of the Industrial and Commercial Finance Corp. and in 1966 became chairman of the investment bank Hill Samuel.

He was Chancellor of the University of Reading near London from 1970 to 1992.

He married Alice Davis in 1934. Her father was Dwight Davis, donor of the Davis Cup and Secretary of War under President Coolidge. She died in 1985; Sherfield is survived by their two sons and five daughters.

No details of arrangements for his funeral were given.

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