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ANSI Remembers Vincent Travaglini, Decorated WWII Veteran, Commerce Official, Standardization Expert


February 1, 1920-September 18, 2019

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) pays tribute to Vincent Travaglini, a former U.S. Department of Commerce official in international trade, economist and attorney, World War II combat veteran, and former ANSI Washington representative, who passed away September 18 at the age of 99 in Potomac, MD.

A truck platoon commander in support of combat operations in France and Germany, Mr. Travaglini was awarded the bronze star for meritorious service, and achieved the rank of first lieutenant at the time of his discharge.

At the Commerce Department, Mr. Travaglini had a distinguished career serving as director of the Office of International Finance and Investment in the Bureau of International Economic Policy and Research.

Over the course of his career, he specialized in international standardization, foreign licensing, joint venture agreements, operations abroad of U.S. service industries, tax treatment of U.S. exporters' earnings, and commercial arbitration to settle international disputes. Mr. Travaglini also planned and directed programs to assist U.S. industry in foreign business, and analyzed foreign requirements affecting antitrust exemptions for U.S. firms in export operations.

Mr. Travaglini helped secure U.S. adoption of the U.N. Convention on the Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards, and represented the American government at international diplomatic conferences addressing intellectual property. He worked on international copyright protections for recordings, broadcasts, and performances. He also spoke before trade and export organizations.

Following his retirement from the Department of Commerce in 1980 after 39 years of federal service, he continued consulting on international business as a Washington representative for ANSI and focused on trade, investment and licensing services, and export trading companies. He served on U.S. delegations to international conferences on standards, technology transfer, and restrictive business practices.

In addition to other accomplishments, he was a charter member of the federal government's Senior Executive Service and a member of the International Standards Council and of the District of Columbia bar.

ANSI mourns the passing of Mr. Travaglini (February 1, 1920 - September 18, 2019) for his contributions to the country and the standardization community.

A memorial service with final military honors will be held on Friday, October 11, at 3 p.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church of Georgetown, 3240 O St. NW in Washington, DC.


Jana Zabinski

Senior Director, Communications & Public Relations


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Beth Goodbaum

Journalist/Communications Specialist


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