Henry Reiter Webb, 1929-2021

Henry Reiter Webb, Jr., 92, of Ashburn, VA, passed peacefully July 31, 2021 with his loving wife, Jane, by his side.

Born Jan. 7, 1929 in Memphis, TN, he was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and graduated Southwestern at Memphis (now Rhodes College) and earned a Juris Doctor degree from the Washington College of Law, The American University, Washington, DC, where he graduated magna cum laude and valedictorian in 1960. 

Mr. Webb enjoyed a long career with the federal government, working in the Foreign Agricultural Service in various roles promoting American agricultural exports, most notably cotton, grains, fruits and vegetables in markets around the world. His work took him to over 30 countries during the course of his career. 

He served as Agricultural Attache to the American Embassies in London, England and Cairo, Egypt, during the late 1960s and 70s, and was tapped to be Chief Negotiator for Textile Matters with the rank of Ambassador under President Jimmy Carter’s administration, 1979-81. He was instrumental in negotiating some of the first modern textile import/export terms with China. 

Mr. Webb retired from government service in 1981 and continued work as a private attorney. In retirement he volunteered extensively with the National Association of Federal Retired Employees (NARFE) and Foreign Agricultural Services Retirees (FAS).   
Mr. Webb is survived by his wife of 29 years, Jane McGowin Webb; brother David R. Webb, Cordova, TN; son Alan Webb, Warrenton, VA; daughter Karen Webb, Sperryville, VA; stepdaughter Ellen Moses, St. Petersburg, FL; stepson Chris Moses, Ashburn, VA; granddaughter Lindsey Puckett and husband Justin Puckett, Hampton, VA; granddaughters Alexandra Webb, NYC and Anastasia Webb, Harrisonburg, VA; step-grandson Justin Moncada and great-grandchildren Zoe and Hayes Puckett. He was preceded in death by a son, Kevin Webb.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept 25 at Ashburn Presbyterian Church, 20952 Ashburn Road, Ashburn, VA. Masks required. Memorial contributions may be made to the Ashby Ponds Benevolent Care Fund, 21170 Ashby Ponds Blvd., Ashburn, VA 20147.

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