A teacher and a writer

Print edition : October 24, 1998

ARTHUR SAMUEL LALL settled in Manhattan at the end of his diplomatic career and taught international relations at the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs.

"He belonged to a generation of Indian diplomats when the Indian Foreign Service used to recruit the very best of what India has to offer," said Sumit Ganguly, a Professor of political science at the City University of New York. "This was the time of extraordinary international activism in Indian diplomacy, and people like Arthur Lall were linchpins."

In 1967, Lall wrote How China Negotiates, based in large measure on his experiences and knowledge. He also wrote Modern International Negotiations: Principles and Practices (Columbia University Press, 1967). In 1981 he took a last academic look at his homeland in The Emergence of Modern India. Lall, a quietly good-humoured and elegant man remained a familiar figure in New York research and policy organisations until his death. He wrote two novels, The House at Adampur in 1956 and Seasons of Jupiter in 1958. He also wrote poetry.

In 1963 he married Betty Goetz, a former Professor of labour relations at Cornell and an arms-control specialist whom he met in 1962 at a disarmament conference in Geneva. Betty Goetz survives him.

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