William Clatanoff

William B. Clatanoff, 72, a labor and trade specialist who retired in 2005 as assistant U.S. trade representative for labor, an office he had held four years, died July 13 at a hospice center in Pasadena, Md. The cause was complications from cancer, said his wife, Katherine Clatanoff.

Mr. Clatanoff, an Annapolis native and resident, entered government service in 1974. He was a USAID officer in Egypt, deputy director of the D.C. Department of Employment Services, and adviser to Bahrain’s Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs before joining the U.S. Labor Department in 1984.

Later he was a labor officer at the U.S. embassy in Tokyo, a United Nations labor officer in Geneva and a labor and social affairs adviser in Baghdad.

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