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Strauss, Robert S. (19 Oct. 1918–19 Mar. 2014), politician, lawyer, and ambassador, was born Robert Schwarz Strauss in Lockhart, Texas, the elder son of Edith Schwarz Strauss, a native Texan of German-Jewish descent, and Charles H. Strauss, who had emigrated from Germany several years earlier. Soon after Robert’s birth the family moved to West Texas, settling in Stamford, a town of three thousand people, where his parents owned a dry goods store in the town square. The hard-working Edith, who bore the brunt of work at the store and at home, played a significant role in encouraging Robert’s ambitions beyond West Texas. She convinced her son, a poor student who earned admission to the University of Texas in ...