Ambassador Von Balmoos Suffers Fatal Heart Attack in London

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The Liberian Ambassador to the Court of St. James in London, United Kingdom (UK), Rudolph von Ballmoos, died in a London hospital last Thursday night, a reliable source at the Foreign Ministry in Monrovia told the Daily Observer yesterday.

Ambassador von Ballmoos, older brother of National Social Security and Welfare Corporation (NASSCORP) head, DeWitt von Ballmoos, was in his 56th year. He died of a massive heart attack.

Rudolph had earlier served as First Secretary at the Liberian Embassy in London and later as Minister Counselor at the Liberian Diplomatic Mission in Geneva, Switzerland.

He was later appointed Liberian Ambassador to the Republic of Ghana. It was following his distinguished service in Ghana that President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf appointed Ambassador von Ballmoos to the Court of St. James in London. While in the UK he served concurrently as Liberian Ambassador to the Vatican and to the Sovereign Order of Malta.

Mr. von Ballmoos was also Deputy Chief of Protocol in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in Monrovia.

Rudolph von Ballmoos was born 55 years ago to the union of Mr. Rudolph von Ballmoos and his wife, Mrs. Agnes von Ballmoos.

Mrs. Von Ballmoos, a highly talented Liberian musician, was for many years the eminent Director of Music at the University of Liberia.

Mr. von Ballmoos Senior was a leading insurance executive in Ghana, and founder of Provident Insurance Company, Ltd. of Ghana. The website, Daily Guide Africa said Mr. von Ballmoos, Sr. died in Ghana last August. His two sons, Ambassador Rudolph von Ballmoos and his younger brother, Mr. DeWitt von Ballmoos, flew to Ghana for their father’s funeral.

Both von Ballmoos brothers were graduates of the University of Liberia, where their mother also taught music.

The Daily Observer tried desperately on several occasions to contact the Acting Foreign Minister, Elias Shoniyin, for an official confirmation of the ambassador’s death, but he chose not to answer his phone. A reliable source at the Foreign Ministry, however, told this newspaper that the Liberian government is arranging for the body of its Ambassador to London, Mr. Rudolph von Ballmoos, to be flown to Liberia in the very near future.

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