GLEN COVE, N.Y. — Arthur Hobson Dean, a New York lawyer who served as the chief U.S. negotiator at the Geneva disarmament conference in the early 1960s, died of pneumonia Monday. He was 89.
Dean, who lived in Oyster Bay, served President John F. Kennedy for nearly two years at the arduous Geneva sessions on a proposed pact to end atomic testing and at meetings on general disarmament proposals.
He also represented his country at a Geneva conference on the law of the sea in 1958 and for seven weeks in 1953 negotiated for the United States and the United Nations at talks in Panmunjom aimed at ending the Korean War.
After walking out at Panmunjom, he said, "The Communists have been using the negotiations as a forum for their propaganda. It's all part of their psychological war. They insult you all day long."