Robert van Roijen Sr.

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Person.png Robert van Roijen Sr.Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(spook, book publisher)
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London, UK
Died1981 (Age 73)
NationalityUS (Born: Dutch)
Alma materUniversity of Utrecht
Children • Victoria
• Valaer
SiblingsHerman van Roijen
SpouseHildegarde Graham
Dutch-American spook and book publisher. Brother of Herman van Roijen.

Employment.png Covert operations officer

In office
1948 - 1962

Not to be confused with his son, the spook Robert van Roijen Jr.

Robert van Roijen was Dutch-American spook and book publisher.


Van Roijen's father was Dutch ambassador to the United States in the 1920s, and his brother Herman van Roijen had the very same appointment from 1950 to 1964.

He was born in London, where his father was stationed. He received a doctorate in law at the University of Utrecht in The Netherlands in 1936 and moved to New York City the same year to study journalism[1].


He became a U.S. citizen in 1942 and was an intelligence officer in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He saw service in North Africa and Europe.

In 1948, he joined the CIA as a covert operations officer. He was stationed in Germany for some time in the early 1950s. The rest of his career was in Washington. He retired in 1962.

In 1964, he purchased Robert B. Luce Inc., a Washington publishing firm, which might have functioned as a conduit for books the CIA wanted published. He sold it in 1978.[2]

He died of emphysema in 1981.

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