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Oilman, philanthropist

Roy M. Huffington, an oilman and philanthropist who served as an ambassador to Austria, died Friday while traveling out of the country, according to funeral home George H. Lewis and Sons in Houston.

Mr. Huffington founded the Huffington Foundation, which donated millions of dollars to Houston charities, and also served as the chairman of the New York-based Asia Society for more than seven years in the 1980s.

He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and upon his return, became a field geologist for Humble Oil Co. Mr. Huffington later established his own gas and oil firm, Huffco.

The company was sold for roughly $600 million in the early 1990s, after Mr. Huffington accepted the post as U.S. ambassador to Austria.

Mr. Huffington and his wife, who died in 2003, also established the Huffington Center on Aging at the Baylor College of Medicine.

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