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Dale Peters Bryant, 95, died on Jan. 26, 2015 in New London, N.H.

She was born to Nina (McBrier) and Francis Grant Peters on June 13, 1919 in Coraopolis, Pa. A graduate of Mary Baldwin College, she became a Rockefeller Foundation intern with the National Institute of Public Affairs, then an analyst with the War Production Board and Office of War Information during WWII, as well as a Red Cross nurses’ aide.

She developed a deep interest in the people and cultures of Latin America while living there for many years with her husband, Robert James Bryant, a U.S. Foreign Service officer, and their four children. Her research into sixteenth century documents at the Colegio de Mexico and Mexican village records culminated in her receiving a master’s degree with honors from the Universidad de las Americas in 1955 and informed her career as a CIA analyst and writer on Latin America.

With her husband, she retired to long-abandoned 1820 Inn on Height of Land in Grafton, N.H., which they spent 18 years renovating. Dale loved sailing in the Chesapeake Bay area where she and Bob inherited her parents’ home on the East River, Miles P.O., Va. Since 1989, the Bryants lived in a 1774 Hanover, N.H. house that they had carefully restored.

Bob, whom she married in 1942, died in January 1996. She is survived by their children, Susan Barrett Carnduff of Newburyport, Mass., Robert James Jr. (Susan) of North Sutton, N.H., Peter McBrier (Michael Downing) of Cambridge, Mass. and Douglas Stuart (Anna Vascott) of Alexandria, Va., and their families, including three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Else Boyd Peters of Exton, Pa., and a nephew and niece. Dale’s brother, George McBrier Peters, died in 1971.

Memorial contributions to Howe Library, 13 South Street, or to the Upper Valley Land Trust, 19 Buck, Hanover, N.H. 03755 would honor her values and memory.

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