The Obit For Warren Lavorel

Warren A. Lavorel, trade negotiator
By Matt Schudel
Thursday, March 31, 2011

Warren A. Lavorel, 75, who was involved in international trade policy and treaty negotiations for more than two decades, and who became a deputy director general of the World Trade Organization, died Feb. 27 at a hospital in Tucson of a ruptured aorta.

Mr. Lavorel began his career as an economist with the CIA in the early 1960s and later joined the State Department.

In the 1970s, he served in the State Department’s Trade Agreements Division and as an economic and commercial officer at the U.S. Embassy in Luxembourg.

From 1975 to 1978, he was a negotiator in multilateral trade negotiations in Geneva and later served as the U.S. representative to the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade.

He served in the office of the U.S. trade representative in Geneva from 1981 to 1987. He returned to Washington and was appointed by the White House as the U.S. coordinator for international trade negotiations in Uruguay.

From 1993 until retiring in 1999, Mr. Lavorel served as deputy director general of GATT and its successor, the WTO.

Warren Arnold Lavorel was born in Oakland, Calif. He was a star baseball player at the University of California at Berkeley and played on the Golden Bears’ 1957 NCAA championship team.

Mr. Lavorel played in the New York Yankees’ minor-league system and served in the Army in the late 1950s. He graduated from Berkeley in 1961 and received a master’s degree in economics from Stanford University in 1970.

He moved to California in 1999 and settled in Tucson in 2008.

His marriage to Sharon McNamara Lavorel ended in divorce.

His second wife, Jeanne Farmiloe Lavorel, died in 2000.

Survivors include his third wife, Sharron Andrews Lavorel of Tucson; two sons from his first marriage, Michael Lavorel of Bethesda and Dan Lavorel of Petaluma, Calif.; two stepchildren, Katherine Paul of Santa Rosa, Calif., and Eric Quistgard of Lake Tahoe, Calif.; and six grandchildren.