BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) _ Romania’s new deputy foreign minister has died of a stroke, a government member said today. He was 68.
Corneliu Bogdan died late Monday, said Sergiu Nicolaescu, a film director and member of the National Salvation Front leadership that has sought to run the country since the hated dictator Nicolae Ceausescu was deposed.
Nicolaescu told journalists that Bogdan was ″a man of honor, and a very close friend.″
Earlier, a stepdaughter, Svetlana Hoge, who lives in Washington, had reported the death and said it was believed Bogdan had died of an aneurysm.
She said Romanian officials notified relatives in Washington by telephone from Bucharest and that her stepfather had a history of heart trouble.
Bogdan served as Romanian ambassador to the United States from 1969 through 1977. He returned to Bucharest and was out of government for a time but later was named to a post in the foreign ministry that gave him authority over Western Hemisphere relations, she said.
Mrs. Hoge said, however, that there was friction between her father and the government of Ceausescu and that he again left the ministry and was placed under what amounted to house arrest.
She said he was allowed to travel to Washington in 1988 on a Woodrow Wilson fellowship and that he remained in the United States until a month ago.
Bogdan was born Nov. 5, 1921, into a Jewish family in Bucharest. Mrs. Hoge said he enrolled in the Polytechnical Institute in that city but was forced to halt his studies by the coming of fascism and World War II. She said he joined the Communist Party at about that time.
Besides Mrs. Hoge, survivors include his widow, Emilia Bogdan, and two daughters, Olga Bogdan of Washington and Illeana Popa of Bucharest.