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In 2018, Rogelio Pardo-Maure gave a news conference at the Daniel Morgan Academy in Washington, DC, USA.

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Former U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense dies in Costa Rica

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Published on Monday, March 18, 2024
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

On Sunday, the Red Cross reported the death of Rogelio Pardo-Maurer (60), the former United States Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense. 

According to a Red Cross Accident Monitor Department report, Pardo drowned at Escondida Beach in Puntarenas Province.

The rescue crew stated they received an emergency call at 9 a.m. about a man who was swimming and was swept away by a rip current.

Local lifeguards recovered Pardo's body shortly after. They carried him to the beach.

When the paramedics arrived, Pardo had no signs of life, he was declared clinically dead.

Later, forensic staff members from the Judicial Investigation Organization transported the body to the Judicial Forensic Medicine Complex in Heredia Province.

Rogelio (also known as Roger) Pardo-Maurer was born on June 10, 1963, in Danbury, Connecticut, USA. He is the son of Costa Rican Rogelio Pardo-Evans (former Minister of Health) and U.S. citizen Susan Clarke Maurer.

Pardo oversaw the Future of North America Program (FONA), which was established to analyze initiatives aimed at making North America (Canada, the United States, and Mexico) the most wealthy and competitive area in the world.

Pardo was awarded the Medal for Distinguished Public Service by the United States Department of Defense in 2006 for his almost five years of departmental leadership.

From 2001 until 2006, he served as the United States Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Western Hemisphere Affairs.

From 1992 until 2001, he served as President of Emerging Market Access, which was based in Washington, DC.

Pardo achieved a postgraduate degree from Cambridge University in 1986. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Yale University in 1984.

According to the U.S. Embassy, in situations resulting in the death of a U.S. citizen the Consular Section can assist depending upon whether a deceased U.S. citizen was accompanied by family and whether he/she was a visitor to Costa Rica or was residing here.

"The Consular Section can provide information on funeral homes that will arrange for local burials or prepare remains for shipment to a designated location in the United States," said the embassy in its statement. "The Consular Section will also issue a Consular Report of Death Abroad, which serves as a death certificate in the United States for probate and other legal purposes."

The Embassy does not provide funds to pay for the funeral, repatriation, or burial expenses of Americans who die abroad.

Also, families of the deceased do not necessarily have to travel to Costa Rica to make decisions and arrangements regarding the disposition of remains. " U.S. Embassy representatives can act on behalf of the family in working with local authorities and service providers in many cases," they added.

Individuals interested in more information about U.S. Embassy support in Costa Rica should contact them by calling 506-2519-2590 or 506-2519-2093. For after-hours or weekend emergencies phone line is available at (506) 2519-2000.

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