Story posted July 12, 2010
Dr. Barbara Hendrie '80 received the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) from Charles, Prince of Wales, during an investiture ceremony held at Buckingham Palace July 9, 2010.
Hendrie, a social anthropologist, holds dual American-British citizenship, allowing eligibility for the national award of merit.
Hendrie did her graduate work at University College in London after serving as a volunteer in the famine camps during the first Ethiopian famine. She also received one of the College's first Common Good Awards.
Hendrie, a senior civil service officer of the British government, returned from a nine-month assignment in Baghdad in late 2009 and is currently in New York City, where is she is counselor for International Development and Human Rights to the British Mission to the United Nations.
The OBE is bestowed by the queen and is given to people who have notable accomplishments in a variety of fields, from finance and humanitarianism to the arts.
Hendrie was named an officer, which is higher than a member but below the commanders and knight commanders.