New Dr. Jerry L. Weaver, age 77, of Newark, OH died Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at his residence. His birth was registered, 9 March 1939 in Columbus, Ohio.
Weaver’s adoptive parents, Lee and Martha Weaver, precede in him death. A lifelong agnostic, Weaver had a deep admiration for Islam and Judaism and had many close friends in both communities.
A 1957 Newark High School graduate, he was a three-year class officer, along with his football teammate, Jim Tyrer. While in high school, Weaver joined the 737th Battalion of the Ohio National Guard where he served three years.
Weaver attended Ohio University, where he earned B.A. and M.A. degrees followed by a PhD in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh. During his academic career, he taught at the University of Texas at Austin, California State University Long Beach and UCLA. He published more than 50 books, monographs and articles. His 1976 book “Health Care and the Underserved” was named “Book of the Year” by the American Nurses Association.
In 1977 Weaver accepted what was supposed to be a one-year assignment as Social Science Analyst with the U.S. State Department. He resigned from UCLA in 1978 and joined the U.S. Foreign Service and was assigned to the USAID Mission to Sudan. He became Refugee Affairs Counselor in 1982.
In 1985, Vice President George Bush presented Weaver with the State Departments’ “Superior Honors” award for designing and leading “Operation Moses”, the clandestine movement of more than 10,000 Ethiopian Jews from Sudan to Israel.
Weaver returned in 1988 to Licking County and began his third career, raising cattle on his “Blue Nile Farm.” He served more than 16 years as a Licking County Parks Commissioner until he resigned in April 2011 after a heated rejection of the unwillingness of the County Commissioners to fund adequately the Park’s budget.
John Cole Cool
New John Cole Cool, who passed away on April 6, 2017, was born in 1936 Ohio, the son of Mary Louise (nee Cole) a high school teacher and social worker and William Leslie Irvin Cool an engineer. He was raised in the small steel town of Beaver in western Pennsylvania.
Cool was an American diplomat, anthropologist, international development agent, philanthropist, and a naval officer, with a career spanning 55 years, 4 continents, 10 countries and had a meaningful positive impact on a great swath of the world’s population. He served in the U.S. Navy at the end of WW II, the Department of the Interior in Samoa, the State Department (USAID) in Laos, Nepal, and India, the Ford Foundation in India, Pakistan and the Philippines, the Agricultural Development Council and Winrock International in Nepal and Thailand and the Aga Khan Foundation in Pakistan.
Early in 1961, John accepted an assignment in the Kingdom of Nepal as USOM’s (soon to become USAID) Chief of Village Development. In this role, he was deeply committed to building participatory development by combining democratic institutions with the traditional Nepali Panchayat system of governance. He worked at the national level with His Majesty’s Government to plan and establish a broad program of self-help development through more than 3700 elected village councils (panchayats) and 75 district councils. While doing this, he also managed the U.S. assistance program in agriculture, forestry, health and population in Nepal and he took a strong interest in and mentored the very first Peace Corps Volunteers in Nepal, guiding their training in cross-cultural understanding and befriending them. Many remained close friends throughout his lifetime.
In 1964, John was appointed Deputy Director of the USAID Mission to Nepal and from 1965 until 1967 he was de facto responsible for overall management of the USAID program. His impact and legacy in Nepal is measurable and felt to this day.
In 1968, John accepted an assignment as the Assistant Director for the USAID Mission to India. Based in New Delhi, he was responsible for U.S. assistance to the Government of India in Population, Labor and Area Development programs. He worked closely with state and national officials to plan and finance rural works and area development activities, introduce spatial planning concepts and settlement strategies, develop infrastructure investment strategies designed to shape settlement patterns and promote human scale urban growth.
In 1970, John left USAID to some degree due to the increasingly political pressures the Nixon administration was introducing into U.S. foreign aid programs worldwide. The Ford Foundation offered him a job immediately and asked him to stay in India where he had built deep respect and friendships within key networks of Indian officials as well as at USAID and at NGOs.
John Cole Cool outlived many of his contemporaries, but his loss is deeply felt by a worldwide network of colleagues and friends in international development whom he inspired and mentored.
He is survived and deeply mourned by Catharine, his wife of 65 years and loving, devoted partner throughout all his overseas assignments and adventures, by his son Jonathan and daughter-in-law Erika, of Great Falls, VA, by his daughter, Jennifer, son, Christopher, daughter-in-law Marita, and grandchildren Kaitlyn and Cameron, of Los Angeles, CA.
New Sidney Schmukler died peacefully at home in McLean, Virginia on May 24, 2017 at the age of 97. Sidney had a distinguished career as an economist and Foreign Service Officer.
He was born on June 30, 1919 to Banit and Bessie Virnik Schmukler in New York City. He attended James Madison High School in Brooklyn and earned his BA in economics at Brooklyn College. He received his MA and PhD (1947) in economics at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He served in the U.S. Army from 1943-1946, rising to the rank of Captain in the Supply Corps, stationed in Persia.
After three years as a professor of economics at the University of Connecticut and Drake University (Des Moines, Iowa), Sidney joined the Department of State as a civil servant in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research and subsequently the Bureau for Economic and Business Affairs, specializing in East and Southeast Asian development. He joined the Foreign Service in 1961, when the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) was established, serving as the Deputy Director of the USAID Mission and First Economic Secretary of the U.S. Embassy in Peru and then as Associate Coordinator of the Alliance for Progess at USAID. In 1968, Sidney was detailed to the new InterAmerican Development Bank, where he held the position of Deputy Manager of the Operations Department for South America. He retired from that position in 1984 and went on to lend his knowledge and skill to a non-governmental organization, Esquel, that pursued development in Latin America as well as to other non-profit and civic organizations.
Sidney lived a life of meaning and purpose. He was devoted to his family and dedicated to making the world a better place. He often spoke of being inspired by his Army service to be involved in work that would improve the lives of those on distant continents. He valued learning and read and traveled widely. He was generous, beloved by his family and friends and admired by his co-workers.
Sidney is survived by his wife of nearly 70 years, Clarine (nee Shapiro) daughter, Joan Schmukler Atherton; son, Laurence Schmukler (Mariana Pardo) and son, Philip Harris (Erica Dunn). Together with his wife Clarine, Sidney was a founding member of Temple Rodef Shalom in Falls Church, Virginia.*
New On Thursday afternoon, May 25th, Gary Bryan Alphonse Bisson of Winchester, Virginia died peacefully from complications of pancreatic cancer at his home on the campus of Shenandoah Valley’s Westminister-Canterbury. Gary was born in Gorham, New Hampshire on June 28, 1936, the younger of two sons born to Antonio (Tony) Bisson and his wife, Alice (Philippon). He attended local schools, graduated from the University of New Hampshire and earned two law degrees from George Washington University, an LLB (now referred to as a JD) and an LLM in Government Contracting.
For more than 50 years, Gary worked for the Federal Government or with organizations serving U.S. interests here and abroad, beginning with a part-time job at the Library of Congress’s Central Reading Desk during law school. He then became the Smithsonian Institution’s first in-house attorney with responsibilities for legislation and contracting. When the Office of General Counsel was inaugurated in 1964, he was named one of two Assistant General Counsels. Gary’s tenure during the 1960s coincided with a decade of extensive growth for the Institution. He drafted legislation creating the Hirshhorn Museum, the National Air & Space Museum, the National Portrait Gallery, a major expansion of the National Zoo, and several other unique facilities for what is America’s most iconic museum group. Following were almost seven years with his family in Asia as Assistant General Counsel in Taipei and Bangkok for CIA’s proprietary corporation, Air America, and its affiliated entities, traveling almost constantly to negotiate and administer the company’s military and civilian contracts in Vietnam and neighboring countries. As the last of the lawyers in the field, he was instrumental in closing down the entire Southeast Asian operation following the fall of Saigon. His vast collection of records, files and memorabilia is available among the CAT/Air America archives at the University of Texas @ Dallas’s History of Aviation Collection in the Eugene McDermott Library.
Gary’s Federal service concluded with 20 years of assignments within the General Counsel’s office of the Agency for International Development (USAID). International postings included Kenya, Swaziland, and Indonesia, all as the Regional Legal Advisor to USAID’s area Mission Directors and staff offices, contracting for and administering Federal grants, cooperative agreements and claims resolutions. In addition to foreign assignments, he also traveled extensively on temporary assignments, often to remote locations where our U.S. presence was minimal. When asked recently about projects which had been particularly memorable, he cited drafting the preparatory Executive Order and then serving as attorney for the Sinai Procurement Task Force working under Secretary of State Henry Kissinger’s mandate to establish a permanent peacekeeping community in the Sinai Desert following the 1973 Yom Kippur War. That community became a separate government unit and was one of the critical steps leading to the Camp David Accords. Another unusual effort was as principal negotiator and USAID representative for the government’s delegation working with industry representatives to negotiate a funding agreement for a U.S.-South Pacific Tuna Treaty governing international maritime fishing law. Also among his most significant accomplishments was drafting/negotiating a series of economic agreements which established the first U.S. assistance programs in Cambodia, Mongolia, Mozambique and Fiji. In 1994, he retired from USAID as a member of the Senior Foreign Service. Upon completion of his U.S. Government career, Gary’s passports reflected residence in or professional travel to 37 different countries as small as the Seychelles and Fiji to as large as South Africa and Egypt.
In 1994, Gary then began a private law practice in Arlington, VA, specializing in development law, always in the field of government contracts, advising corporate and academic clients contracted, usually by USAID, to implement foreign assistance programs, primarily in Asia and Africa. He retired from private practice in 2006. For almost 10 years, Gary served as Corporate Secretary and most recently as Vice Chair on the Board for Medical Care Development, Inc., an international health care non-profit based in Augusta, ME. He was a 50+ year member of the Virginia Bar Association and, during Federal Service, he held a District of Columbia Bar Association membership. He had also served for some years on the Board of Directors of USAID’s Lafayette Federal Credit Union (Kensington, MD). Gary was an active member of the Air America Association, DACOR, Inc. (Diplomats & Consular Officers Retired), UAA (USAID Alumni Association), and AFIO (Association of Former Intelligence Officers). Since he and his wife moved to Shenandoah Valley Westminster-Canterbury from Arlington in 2010, Gary has chaired the committee which publishes an annual History project, has served on the Residents’ Association Nominating Committee and has corralled SVWC’s golfers for their weekly rounds at nearby Rock Harbor Golf Course. And he was an enthusiastic participant with SVWC friends in weekly poker and pool groups, too.
Gary Bisson was a humble man, admired by his colleagues for his professional integrity and good counsel, a steadfast and loyal friend who was full of patience and wit. He cherished his wife of almost 57 years, Ellen (Knowles), and was a loving father and grandfather to Mark (Arlington, VA), Todd and Dante (both of Los Angeles). Older brother, Barry, predeceased him in May 2016. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Marie, nieces Gigi and Mimi and nephew Tony, all of California, along with his many Bisson and Philippon relatives throughout New England. In addition to being devoted to his family, Gary was a proud member of the Red Sox Nation his entire life. Go Sox!
A remembrance celebration service is being planned for later in the summer. The family suggests that gifts in Gary’s memory would be deeply appreciated by George Washington University Law School/Government Procurement Law Program (2000 H Street, NW, Washington, DC 20052).
Jarold (Jerry) Kieffer
New Jerry Kieffer died March 22, 2017 at home surrounded by family and others who loved him. Born May 5, 1923, raised in Minneapolis, MN, he was the beloved husband (68 years) of Fran; father of Edith, Charles (Meg) and Philip (Claudia); grandfather of Aaron, Daniel, Alisa and Erika; great-grandfather of Caleb and Raymond.
After WWII Pacific service, he graduated from University of Minnesota (BA, PhD). His lifetime of public service included Executive Director, National Cultural Center (Kennedy Center) and positions in the Truman, Eisenhower, Nixon, Ford and Carter administrations, including Asst. Admin. AID and Deputy Commissioner, Social Security Administration. During his time in USAID in the early 1970s, he was Director of the Office of International Training and then Assistant Administrator for Population and Humanitarian Assistance. He also served as Board Chair, Senior Employment Resources, President, Fairfax Alliance for Human Services, and Board member of the Fairfax Symphony.
He loved telling stories and wrote books and articles on government organization, productive aging and public transportation. He and Fran shared their love of family, friends, community, music, reading and nature.
New On May 7, USAID alumna Charline Ann Reeves passed away. She was born on July 31, 1941, to Charles and Elizabeth Ensor Reeves. She grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee, where she may have astonished her folks by working at the Highlander Center, a pioneering social justice institution, and attended the University of Tennessee, where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.
After graduation, Charline joined the Peace Corps, which sent her to Afghanistan. There she was assigned to work with staff at the Afghan national airline, Ariana (known locally as “Scariana”). In 1966, she went to Vietnam as a secretary with the U. S. Agency for International Development (USAID), where she spent four sometimes exciting years. She must have liked international development, because she made USAID her career for the next 30 years. Her work ethic, common sense, and honesty were so greatly valued by her supervisors and colleagues that she was sent to Syracuse University for a multi-month training program to convert from secretarial work to professional. Thereafter she was a prized member of the high-stress USAID budget office, with occasional work trips to Africa.
Charline retired in 2006. In 1984, she met the love of her life, Bradley Turner. They became devoted partners, and, in 2005, they married. Charline and Brad had a dozen splendid years together as husband and wife, until her death.
Charline is survived by her devoted husband Brad; her brothers Charles and James (Mary); her nephews Clay, Aaron, and Chip; and many, many friends. A memorial service will be held at Macedonia Baptist Church, 3412 22nd St. S, Arlington, VA, 22204, on Thursday, May 25, 2017, at noon.
New Paul Guedet, 78, was born and raised in Merced, California. Following high school, he served two years as a US Marine. Upon return, he earned a BA and an MBA from Chico State in California. He later obtained a second masters degree from MIT.
After a brief stint in the shipping industry, Paul spent 30 years as a Foreign Service Officer with the United States Agency for International Development serving in Uganda, Kenya, Pakistan, Nepal, and Botswana. Paul was known for his sharp analytical mind, his ability to cut through red tape and his commitment to his American and host country colleagues. He was an outstanding officer and representative of his country, rising to the rank of Senior Foreign Service. Paul retired from USAID in 1994.
Paul married the love of his life, Laurie Mailloux, also a Foreign Service Officer, in 1979. Paul and Laurie were totally devoted to one another all of their married lives. They retired to Vashon Island, WA in 1999.
Paul had a great sense of humor and enjoyed life to its fullest. Paul aimed for quality in everything he undertook, devoting the time and effort needed to achieve it. He boxed, skied, hunted, and played rugby and squash. In the era when hunting was legal, he hunted all the major game in Africa, later donating these trophies to the Burke Museum the University of Washington. In his career he won awards for his professionalism and productivity. His commitment to excellence did not abate in his 35-year struggle to lead a normal life despite his Parkinson’s disease. Paul’s courage, tenacity and refusal to complain as he faced this dreadful disease struck awe in all who knew him. Certainly nothing interfered with his commitment to being the best husband and friend to those he loved and who loved him.
Paul died at his home on Vashon Island April 16, 2017.
New Donor M. Lion, a distinguished Career Minister in the Senior Foreign Service at the United States Agency for International Development, died peacefully in McLean, VA, with his wife by his side, on April 22, 2017, eleven days shy of his 93rd birthday.
Donor will be remembered for his trademark bowtie and pipe, fierce intellect, dry sense of humor, and his kind, gentle, and loving ways. He was admired and respected by his colleagues, especially those whom he mentored over the years. However, the love of his family and their accomplishments were his greatest source of satisfaction, pride, and joy.
Donor was born on May 3, 1924 in New York City, the eldest of three sons. His parents gave him his unusual name because they wanted him to be a giver. He grew up in Brooklyn, New York and graduated from Erasmus Hall High School, as President of the Senior Class. He earned his A.B. and Ph.D. from Harvard University and his M.A. from the University of Buffalo, all in economics. Donor’s first foray into the U.S. government’s foreign assistance program began in Oslo, Norway in 1952 where he helped to implement the Marshall Plan. Two years later, he joined the private sector as an economic consultant, spending three years at Robert R. Nathan Associates in Washington, DC and five years at Booz Allen Hamilton in Chicago. A former Marshall Plan colleague recruited him in 1962 to join the United States Agency for International Development. His parents’ hopes and dreams would be fulfilled.
Donor began his USAID career in Brazil in support of the Alliance for Progress, starting out in Rio de Janeiro for two years and then serving five years in Recife. He was the first person to hold dual roles as Director of USAID’s Northeast Brazil Mission and the U.S. Embassy’s Consul General. His mandate was to help develop Brazil’s most impoverished region by providing assistance in education, agriculture, health, and infrastructure. He returned to Washington, DC in 1971 to attend the year-long Senior Seminar, a coveted Department of State program whose participants were chosen because of their demonstrated potential for executive leadership positions in the government. Donor spent the next five years in several senior positions in Washington in the Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean, ultimately rising to the top position of Acting Assistant Administrator. In 1977, he moved to Jamaica, again serving in a unique dual capacity as USAID Mission Director and the U.S. Embassy’s Economic Counselor. Here he concentrated on economic policy, health, family planning, education, and agriculture. Over the next ten years (1979 – 1989), he was the USAID Mission Director in Guyana, Pakistan, and Peru, with a year (1985 – 1986) in Washington as USAID’s Chief Economist. He retired from USAID in July 1989 after a distinguished career and numerous awards and accolades.
For the next five years, Donor did development consulting work both domestically and abroad with, for example, the Ministry of Finance in Hungary and the Ministry of Agriculture in the Dominican Republic. He was an adjunct professor in the Economics Department at American University in Washington DC where he taught a popular seminar on Development Assistance. In 1994, Donor and the family moved to Bangkok where his wife, Linda, served as USAID Mission Director to Thailand. He enjoyed his numerous assignments with the United Nations Development Program, Thailand’s National Institute for Development Administration, and Thommasat University. He also contributed articles on development as a guest writer for the local newspaper.
Donor fully retired in 1996 and actively pursued his passions – vegetable gardening, tournament bridge, ping pong, golf, and gourmet cooking. He finally succeeded in getting his wife to retire from USAID in 2002 so that they could enjoy life together, spend time with their girls and their families, and take long trips to countries including Turkey, Vietnam, Russia, Eastern Europe, Ireland, Egypt, Jordan, and Canada.
Donor is survived by his wife and best friend of 39 years, Linda N. Lion nee Kranetz; daughters, Ann Lion (Marc Luoma), Kristin Lion Torres (Juan Pablo), and Karin Lion (Bonnie Levin); granddaughters, Sara Coleman Hernandez (Phil), Ali Coleman, and Mia Lion Torres; sisters-in-law, Barbara Kranetz Green and Jo Lechay Lion; nieces, Jaime Green Roberts (Jeff), Jenny Lion (Steven Matheson), and Angel Lion; and nephew, Jason Green (Tovah). He was preceded in death by his parents, David and Anna Holstein Lion; daughter, Amy Lion; brothers, Paul and Eugene Lion; and former wife, Elizabeth Kennedy Lion.
A private family burial will be held at King David Memorial Gardens in Falls Church, VA on May 3, 2017, Donor’s birthday. The burial will be followed by a Celebration of Life service at 11:00 am at National Funeral Home in Falls Church, VA, and a feijoada lunch to honor, remember, and celebrate Donor’s seven very gratifying years of service in Rio de Janiero and Recife, Brazil.
For those who have asked, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Donor’s name to the Louis August Jonas Foundation in New York. In 1930, the Foundation established and still operates Camp Rising Sun, an international leadership program for young adults where Donor spent four very meaningful summers.
New Deane R. Hinton, a career diplomat who served as U.S. envoy to five nations, most notably El Salvador in the early 1980s, where he presided over an embassy protected by sandbag gun emplacements amid civil war, died March 28 at his home in Escazú, Costa Rica. He was 94.
The cause was kidney infection and failure, said a son-in-law, Eric Chenoweth.
Mr. Hinton joined the Foreign Service in 1946, ascended to the rank of career ambassador and became known, journalist Christopher Dickey once wrote in Newsweek magazine, as “America’s closest approximation to the Roman Empire’s troubleshooting proconsuls.”
Mr. Hinton held his first ambassadorship under President Gerald R. Ford, serving as representative to what was then Zaire, where President Mobutu Sese Seko expelled him for an alleged assassination conspiracy. “Total nonsense,” Mr. Hinton said. “If I’d been out to get him, he’d have been dead.”
President Ronald Reagan selected Mr. Hinton to serve as ambassador to Pakistan and Costa Rica. President George H.W. Bush sent him to Panama in 1990, shortly after the U.S. invasion that removed President Manuel Antonio Noriega from power.
Mr. Hinton drew widest notice during his tenure in El Salvador, where he served from 1981 to 1983, and where he succeeded Robert E. White. White, serving under President Jimmy Carter, had aggressively denounced killings carried out by the Salvadoran military and its supporters.
Mr. Hinton generally voiced support for Reagan’s policy of providing substantial economic and military assistance to the ruling junta in its fight against leftist guerrillas. But in 1982, speaking in Spanish before the U.S.-Salvadoran Chamber of Commerce in San Salvador, he delivered a rebuke of the Salvadoran government, condemning political killings and kidnappings that he described as associated with “some elements of the security forces.” He compared rightist “gorillas” to leftist guerrillas.
“Every day we receive new reports of disappearances under tragic circumstances,” he said, in remarks uncharacteristically outspoken for an ambassador. “American citizens in El Salvador have been among the murdered, among the ‘disappeared.’ Is it any wonder that much of the world is predisposed to believe the worst of a system which almost never brings to justice either those who perpetrate these acts or those who order them?”
He said that if the Salvadoran government did not improve on human rights — a condition for the U.S. aid that in 1982 amounted to more than $230 million — “the United States, in spite of our other interests, in spite of our commitment in the struggle against communism, could be forced to deny assistance to El Salvador.”
The speech was a bombshell in El Salvador, where the Chamber of Commerce and Industry declared the ambassador’s remarks “appropriate to a delegate of the Roman Empire before a conquered people.” White House spokesman Larry Speakes said publicly that Mr. Hinton’s “statements do represent United States policy,” but an unnamed administration official told the New York Times shortly after Mr. Hinton’s address that “the decibel level had risen higher than our policy has allowed in the past.”
Interviewed later by The Washington Post, Mr. Hinton acknowledged that his speech represented a departure from the “quiet diplomacy” advocated by Reagan. “But there is provision for exception,” he added. “I decided the time had come to go public.”
In January 1983, Reagan certified sufficient progress in human rights for El Salvador to continue receiving aid. “Any president or any administration that thinks it would be a disaster if this country was taken over by a totalitarian Marxist regime is going to hesitate a long time and the evidence would have to be very strong before he decides not to certify,” Mr. Hinton said.
By April 1983, Mr. Hinton said that he was “weary” of the job. The next month, the administration announced that Mr. Hinton would be replaced. The post eventually went to Thomas R. Pickering, later ambassador to nations including Israel and Russia. Mr. Hinton retired in 1994.
Deane Roesch Hinton was born in Missoula, Mont., on March 12, 1923. He received a bachelor’s degree in social studies and economics from the University of Chicago in 1943 and served in the Army Signal Corps in North Africa and Italy during World War II.
His Foreign Service appointments including postings in Syria, Kenya, France and Belgium. In Guatemala and Chile, he oversaw USAID programs. In between ambassadorships, he served as U.S. representative to the European Union and assistant secretary of state for economic, energy and business affairs. He was the author of a memoir, “Economics and Diplomacy” (2015).
His first marriage, to Angela Peyraud, ended in divorce. His second wife, Miren de Aretxabala, whom he married in 1971, died in 1979.
New Herb Morris passed away peacefully in his sleep on Monday, March 27, 2017, after a long illness. He had been a resident of Washington, DC since 1957. He was born April 11, 1926, in New Haven, CT, the last child of Gertrude and Max Morris. He is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years, Michele, (nee Rottiers); loving children, Valerie Gaine (David) of Owings Mills, MD and Donald of San Diego, CA; as well as his grand-daughters, Taylor and Paige Morris.
After graduating from New Haven High School, Herb served in the U.S. Army in Europe from 1944 to 1946. He earned his B.A. from Yale College (1950) and his LL.B from Yale Law School (1953). He clerked for U.S. District Judge J. Joseph Smith, was a Teaching Fellow at Stanford University Law School and devoted the rest of his career to government service as an attorney in the Departments of Justice, Civil Appellate Section, (1957 – 1963) and State, Agency for International Development, (1963 – 1996). Member of the Senior Executive Service since 1995, he retired as Deputy General Counsel of A.I.D.
He enjoyed reading, listening to classical music, playing tennis, following the Red Sox, and birding on four continents. He visited many parts of the world during his working years and in retirement.
Numerous family members and friends on both sides of the Atlantic will remember him as a true loyal and principled person, kind, caring, generous and often humorous. He was an excellent advocate, who could argue skillfully and passionately and yet always remained open-minded and fair.
His final resting place will be at Arlington National Cemetery and a memorial gathering will occur at that point, later this year.
Frank Kimball lost his three year battle with myelofibrosis on December 10. He died at home. Born in Albuquerque, NM, his Osage heritage was an influence and source of pride throughout his life. To the Osage, he is “Bald Eagle”.
He attended Landon School in Bethesda, Maryland. He was captain of the football team the year Landon won the state championship. He graduated from St. George’s School in Newport, Rhode Island and went on to Yale University where he graduated with a B.A. in Economics.
He had an adventurous career in the Foreign Service, first being posted in Peru. He subsequently served as Mission Director for U.S.AID with posts in Honduras, Bolivia, Bangladesh and Egypt. After retiring from the Foreign Service he was an international consultant and acted as Executive Director of a Presidential Commission for President George H. W. Bush.
Frank loved golfing at Harbour Town and gardening at Heritage Farm where he
served as President for six years. Frank took great pride in the farm’s support of Deep Well. He leaves behind his wife of 43 years, Rosemary Kimball, his “Wild Rose” and his children Raymond, Rebecca, William, Russell, Mark and Blair Robbins who entered his life three years ago and gave him much love and happiness.
He will be remembered for his keen wit, sense of humor, intelligence, handsomeness and, perhaps, most importantly, humanity. Frank had a true joy of life and will be greatly missed. However, one never dies who lives in the hearts of those they leave behind.
Yvonne Thomas, widow of USAID officer Howard F. Thomas, died February 22, 2017 in Washington, D.C. Born in Istanbul, Turkey in 1922, she was a singer, pianist, actress and dancer. She met her husband while he was an Army Intelligence Officer stationed at the American Embassy in Istanbul in 1947. She worked for the Department of State and in her retirement she served as a Senior Docent with the Folger Shakespeare Library. In addition to her husband; her sister Regine predeceased her.
Fred J. Bieganski, a former Foreign Service officer with USAID, died on December 23, 2016, at the age of 89. He was a resident of Washington, D.C. He earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from London University in 1952. He joined USAID in 1980 and was assigned to Cairo as an infrastructure development officer. He returned to USAID headquarters in 1986 to work in its European department. He retired in 1994. He leaves his niece and nephew Lisa Barton and Mark Bieganski of England. His wife Eugenie died several years ago.
Jerry Lipson, a former reporter who worked for a decade and a half as an aide to Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill, died Feb. 28 at a skilled nursing facility in Springfield, Va. He was 81. The cause was complications from cancer, said his son, Jonathan C. Lipson.
Gerald Lipson was born in Chicago on Aug. 27, 1935. He received a bachelor’s degree in history from Roosevelt University in Chicago in 1957 and a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., in 1961.
In the 1960s, Mr. Lipson reported for publications including the Wilmington News Journal in Delaware, the old Washington Star and the old Chicago Daily News, where he covered the 1968 Democratic National Convention and the legal case of James Earl Ray, who assassinated civil rights leader the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968.
In the early 1970s, Mr. Lipson embarked on a career on Capitol Hill. He was press secretary for Sen. Charles H. Percy (R-Ill.) and Rep. John B. Anderson (R-Ill.), according to his son, as well as for Rep. John J. Rhodes (R-Ariz.) during his tenure as House minority leader and for the House International Relations Committee under Chairman Benjamin A. Gilman (R-N.Y.).
In the 1980s, Mr. Lipson returned to journalism, reporting for the New York Post and the Chicago Sun-Times. In the late ’80s and early ’90s, he was spokesman for the U.S. Agency for International Development.
Mr. Lipson was a delegate to the 1980 Republican National Convention in Detroit and campaign manager for Maryland state delegate Constance A. Morella (R) when she was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1986. His memberships included the Washington Press Club.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, the former Lois Zittler of Alexandria, Va.; two children, Jonathan C. Lipson of Philadelphia and Greg Lipson of Sykesville, Md.; a sister; and four grandchildren.
Robbin Burkhart passed away on Saturday, March 4, in Texas.
He had an illustrious 27-year career as one of USAID’s finest Controllers and a Senior Foreign Service Officer. He served in Haiti, The Gambia, Ukraine Regional, Ghana Regional, Afghanistan, and Washington. He retired in December 2016 from USAID Kenya and East Africa where he served from 2013. Robbin has touched many lives and will be remembered fondly.
Helen Louise French Ide, wife of former Mission Director Carter Ide, was born in Omaha, NE on June 19, 1924, the only child of William E. and Edna E. French. Her people were from Kansas and Indiana, but she grew up in Boulder City, NV, where her parents migrated during the Depression. Her memories of Las Vegas went back to when it was home to tent neighborhoods with dusty roads where she and her mother lived while her father helped to build Boulder (now Hoover) Dam and the homes that became Boulder City. All her life, she would gladly describe herself as a “desert rat.” She was valedictorian of the first graduating class of Boulder City High School, and Phi Beta Kappa at Pomona College where she majored in Spanish and music.
Helen married William Carter Ide in 1949 and accompanied him to Washington, DC and Foreign Service posts in Denmark, France, Pakistan, Dominican Republic, India and Nepal. While traveling the world, she raised seven children and graciously fulfilled the social expectations of the diplomatic life. In each new location, Helen was noted for her interest in others and in different cultures, and for her contributions as a Spanish teacher, church organist, pianist, singer, and volunteer. She loved babies, dogs, walks, afternoon tea, sweet things, music, mountains and deserts. In her later years she described herself as a “Zen Episcopalian,” and she followed a daily spiritual practice until she became too frail to continue.
Helen was predeceased by her husband, Carter, in 2007, and her grandson Will in 1996. She is survived by her seven children: Gretchen Kossack (Bob) of Shrewsbury, MA; David Ide (Lian Hu) of Bethesda, MD; Jennifer Taylor-Ide of Franklin, WV; Rebecca Lowe (Tom) of Ojai, CA; Peter Ide (Safa Ghani) of Abijan, Ivory Coast; Susan Patton (Paul) of Vienna, VA; and Nicholas Ide (Laure Redifer) of Washington, DC; eleven grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. The family includes in its circle Celestine Denys of Milford, CT; Daniel Taylor of Franklin, WV; Meri Siegel of Falls Church, VA; Julie Ide of Portland, OR; Shree Sharma and family of Olympia, WA and Rita Gurung and family of New York City. The family is very grateful to the many kind and dedicated individuals who provided care to our mother over the past several years, including Shukria Hassan, Jia-ying Liu, and foremost among them Isatu Roberts, who also cared for our father at the end of his life.
Dr. William R. Miner, a resident of Arbor Glen in Bridgewater since March 2000, died there on Feb. 11, 2017. He was 92.
Actively involved in the Arbor Glen community, he was selected a Living Treasure in 2002, served as vice president and president of the Residents Association, 2004-08. In 2008-11, he was the first elected resident representative member of the Arbor Glen governing board.
Born in Wooster on April 13, 1924, he earned a B.A. degree from Hiram College (1945), an MSW from the University of Michigan (1950), a PhD. from Brandeis University (1976), and received an honorary LLD from The College of Wooster (1969).
Miner had a varied career in the USA and overseas spanning more than 50 years. He worked for the YMCA and a pilot community service delivery project in Detroit, Mich., and for the county tuberculosis association in Indianapolis, Ind.
His first overseas assignment was with the American Friends Service Committee (Quakers) in an Arab village development project in Israel. He later served as the United Nations Community Development Expert to the Government of Liberia.
Miner was on the staff of the U.S. foreign aid agency (USAID) for 38 years. There were short-term assignments as community development adviser to the national governments of Korea, Tanzania and Togo. He served for four years in that capacity to the Government of Kenya, two years before and after independence. In headquarters in Washington, D.C., he worked in four geographic bureaus and four central technical bureaus. He was founding director of the Office of Urban Development, a position he held for 10 years. He was official U.S.A. delegate to international meetings in London, Paris, Rome, Geneva, Manila, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo, Vancouver and New York, and was a permanent U.S.A. representative on the United Nations Commission on Human Settlements. Miner retired in 1998.
He was a founding member of the National Association of Social Workers and its Academy of Certified Social Workers and member emeritus of the American Public Health Association. He also was a member of The Presbyterian Church at Bound Brook, N.J. As a tenor soloist, he performed in the U.S.A. and overseas.
Surviving are his wife, LaVerne; his stepson, Edward Wright (Meghan); a foster sister, Shirley Smith; and many nieces and nephews.
Dr. Robert (Bob) Aten passed away on Friday February 24, 2017. He is survived by daughter Diane Aten; step daughters Caren Stearns (Frank) and Wendy Oshiki (Tim); and three grandchildren Colleen, Patrick, and Sean.
Bob was a deeply devoted father and grandfather; a brilliant economist and conversationalist. He also was a lover of chess, golf, bridge, and swimming. He lived life to the fullest, working in Indonesia for nine years, traveling extensively overseas, including to Jamaica, Egypt, Asia, and the Middle East. He served in the Army and worked for the government throughout his career, retiring from USAID. He was very loving and supportive of his friends and family, and raised his daughter Diane, on his own for many years.
Jerry Knoll, long time USAID officer, passed away Sunday, February 12 at Grand Oaks Senior Apartments in Washington D.C. Born in Ohio in 1924, he served in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1945. Jerry earned his A.B. and his M.B.A from the University of Chicago in 1947. He was a lifetime and proud member of the Harper Society at the University and was on the Visiting Committee of the Graduate School of Public Policy there since 1988.
Jerry’s career, like many of his contemporaries, began with the United States Military Government in Germany in 1948 and then with the Allied High Commission. He joined the Mutual Security Administration Mission in 1952 as Special Assistant to the Director and then spent two years with the Foreign Operations Administration before serving in the State Department as an international economist from 1955 to 1959.
He joined the International Cooperation Administration in 1959 and in 1961 he entered USAID as Deputy Director of Development Planning. Jerry is remembered as a consummate professional, friend and mentor through assignments as Director of the Office West African Affairs (1964-1968), the Office of Eastern and Southern African Affairs (1968-1976), and the Office of Near East and North African Affair (1976-1979). After retiring from AID Jerry served as Deputy Director of the Medical Programs Division at the International Rescue Committee (1979-1984).
It is with great sadness that we report the passing of long-time USAID employee, Jerry Jordan. Jerry started with USAID in the first year of its existence as a Clerk/Typist recruited from North Carolina back when clerk/typists were hard to come by in DC. She worked her way up to a GS-15 as the AMS in every bureau in the Agency before going overseas as a Foreign Service Officer with the original Tiger Team in Budapest serving all of E&E. Jerry has been presented with numerous awards over her career including the prestigious Luther I. Replogle Award for Management Improvement at the State Department. More recently, Jerry served until her death as a Senior Management Advisor with DCHA/OTI rounding out her 49 years with USAID.
She will be remembered by much of the Foreign Service during this time for her influence on their careers when serving in the regional AMS offices and by Foreign Service Nationals around the world that she worked with on Records Management.
Jerry was truly one of a kind, and the Agency has benefited from her years of commitment to it.
She is survived by her daughter Ninette Corey, son John Jordan, grandchildren and her sister Maryann Blackwood. The Funeral will be Monday, February 13th at 11:00 am in St. Edmonds Catholic Church in Rehoboth. Family requests that in lieu of flowers contributions in memory of Jerry be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation.
Michael Patrick McLindon passed from this life on December 22, 2016 at the age of 62 succumbing to complications from early onset Alzheimer’s Disease. Mike lived his life to the fullest. He had a thirst for knowledge and a love of travel and adventure. He had an intense pride in his family, and a passionate interest in the game of baseball. He was an Economist, Chartered Financial Analyst and a member of Mensa International.
Mike was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts on December 15, 1954, the first of seven children of Gerald Joseph and Agnes Cooke McLindon. While living in Castro Valley, California between 1965 and 1968, Mike began following the San Francisco Giants baseball team and developed a lifelong love of the game. He had the good fortune of getting the autograph of his favorite player, Willie Mays, and even witnessed Willie hitting historic home run number 535. The McLindon family moved to Baton Rouge in 1967 and Mike attended St. Thomas More Elementary School and Catholic High School, graduating in 1972. Mike pursued university education at Louisiana State University, a summer semester at Middlebury College, Freie Universitaet in Berlin, which he attended on a Fulbright Scholarship, and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, where he earned a Ph.D. in Economics. He was fluent in German and French and proficient in Spanish and Russian.
After working as an economist for the World Bank and the U.S. Agency for International Development in Cameroon and Jamaica, Mike began a career as an independent consultant specializing in privatization in emerging markets. Over the next 25 years he worked in over 30 emerging market economies to assist in transferring ownership and control of previously government-owned enterprises such as power, telecommunications, water, wastewater, hotels and ports to private ownership in a free market economy. His work included projects in Egypt, South Africa, Moldova, Bangladesh, Philippines, Slovakia, Ukraine, Albania, Ethiopia, Panama, Sri Lanka, Dominican Republic, Thailand, Cote d’Ivoire and Zambia. In 1996 Mike published the book Privatization and Capital Market Development: Strategies to Promote Economic Growth.
Mike loved adventure and travel. He was a licensed small aircraft pilot and scuba diver. He summited Mt. Kilimanjaro and trekked to the Mount Everest base camp. He traveled to over 120 countries and later in his life he began to share his love of travel with his family organizing vacation trips to Cairo, Berlin, Paris, Rome, Sicily and Istanbul.
His mother, Agnes McLindon, was the guiding light in Mike’s life, and he spent his last years under her constant care in her home. He is survived by his mother Agnes and four brothers, two sisters, in-laws and close family friends.
Ambassador Marvin Weissman assed away hours after his 90th birthday in Bethesda on January 26, 2017. Born in Cleveland, OH, he served in the US Army during WWII, received a PhB from the University of Chicago and MPA from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, and was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Copenhagen.
Ambassador Weissman had a distinguished career of public service in Latin America from 1955 to 1980. He contributed to economic development missions in Chile, Venezuela, Ecuador, and Peru. He served as Director of USAID in Guatemala, Colombia, and Brazil; Director of Central American Affairs at the State Department; and Ambassador to Costa Rica and Bolivia. After retirement from the State Department, he worked at the Inter-American Development Bank 1981-1988.
Ambassador Weissman is survived by his wife, Maria Elena; his three children, Warren, Diane and Karen; and his grandchild, Sophie Curlee.
MARY FRANCES LIKAR “Mitzi” Born April 13, 1949 in Akron, Ohio, died peacefully and surrounded by her family on January 10, 2017 after a battle with cancer.
Mitzi grew up in Cuyahoga Falls, OH and was a 30-year resident of Bethesda, MD. A renaissance woman, she was deeply passionate about many things including baseball, music, literature, theater and opera, walking, and yoga. She was an avid Washington Nationals fan, having held season tickets since their first opening day in 2005. She had a lifelong love of reading, dancing, music, playing the piano and guitar, and singing. Most recently she participated in Encore Chorale and Encore Rocks. Mitzi loved languages and spoke French and Spanish fluently. She was also proficient in Hungarian, Slovenian, Portuguese, and Russian.
Despite all these passions, she will be most remembered for her kindness, generosity, and her desire to help others. It was this desire that led her to join the Peace Corps after college, pursue a career in the Foreign Service, mentor Foreign Service Officers after her retirement, and teach yoga with a focus on reaching those who were intimidated by it, as well as volunteering at a local retirement home. A 15-year breast cancer survivor, she raised money for research and participated in a variety of Breast Cancer Walks, including two Avon 39-mile walks and a Komen 60-mile walk.
She was the loving and proud mother of Michelle Cruz Peverley (Evan) of Boston, MA and Marisa Likar Cruz-Glaudemans (David) of Washington, DC, her daughters by Danilo Cruz-DePaula, and grandmother of Pierce Cruz Peverley and James Carlos Cruz-Glaudemans. She was a dear sister to Linda J. Likar (Robert Clement-Jones) and Amy L. Likar (Jack Paulus) and a much beloved aunt to Alexandra Victoria Likar Clement-Jones, Hannah Marie Likar Paulus, and Joshua Frank Likar Paulus. She was predeceased by her parents, Fran and Frank Likar and her rescue dog, Mandi.
Mitzi graduated from Kent State University summa cum laude and attended with a full scholarship from Firestone Tire and Rubber Co. After four years in the Peace Corps in Cote d’Ivoire, she received her MA from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. She was a Fulbright Scholar in Quito, Ecuador researching women in agriculture. In 1980, she began a 30-year career with the US Agency for International Development (USAID) as a program officer, private sector development officer and then deputy chief of mission with postings in Peru, Honduras, Hungary, and Slovenia. Other USAID travel took her to Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Sub-Saharan Africa. In 1989, she earned an MS in Management as part of Stanford University’s Sloane Program.
World traveler, wine and food connoisseur, and loyal American dedicated to helping people in developing countries make important changes in their lives, Gary Mansavage was born in Coos Bay (then called Marshfield), Oregon, Feb. 15, 1941, the only child of Theodore Mansavage and Leola Winifred Moore Mansavage. He left us on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2016 at age 75, of undetermined natural causes after a lifetime of international experience and leadership roles.
Gary grew up in Portland, and as a youth ascended from enthusiastic Boy Scout to commendable Eagle Scout, an accomplishment of which he was very proud. He went on to attend Roosevelt High School (the Rough Riders) where he was active (and remarkable) in sports, including softball, football, and student leadership. He was elected Student Body President his senior year – and still has the gavel to prove it! He treasured those years and friendships from Roosevelt, and became active in the alumni group which directed fund-raising efforts for improvement in the school, both academically and athletically. He attended Willamette University (becoming a member of Beta Theta Pi) and made lifelong friendships there as he did at Roosevelt. After receiving an undergraduate degree at Willamette, he attended George Washington University in Washington, D.C, where he received the degree of Master of Arts in Government.
Gary was recruited by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to serve in multiple locations throughout the world to help direct programs which would provide aid and economic development strategies for countries needing guidance in those areas. During these years, he served our country in hardship and danger assignments as a Senior Advisor to the US-Asia Environmental Partnership, Director of the USAID Office of Afghanistan Affairs, the USAID Representative in Beirut, Assistant Director at the USAID Mission in Kampala, Uganda, and Foreign Service Officer in Beirut. Other overseas assignments included France, Bangladesh, and Liberia. Desk assignments included operations for Thailand, Burma, Morocco and Zaire. Following his USAID service, Gary founded an independent company devoted to providing business development, management, technical and legal services to help American companies penetrate higher risk international markets.
Gary leaves a multitude of friends across the globe who will miss him deeply. His survivors include daughter, Daniella Latham and son-in-law Orlando Kalossakas; and son, Garth Swanson.
Thomas Darrell Verner (age 98) passed away on Saturday, December 10, 2016, in Bethesda, MD after a brief illness. Oldest son of the late Tom and Gracie Verner, Darrell is survived by his wife of 67 years, Jerry; son, Douglas (Diane) of Maryland; daughter, Cheryl McCarthy (Michael) of South Carolina; grandchildren, Taylor Casey (Peter), Alexandra Harrison (Matthew), Thomas McCarthy (Rebecca) and Austin Verner; four great-grandchildren; brother, Afton of Texas and sister, Carolyn Brent of Texas.
Darrell Verner served as USAID Controller (before the Chief Financial Officer position was established) throughout the 1970s. It is believed that he retired from USAID in the early 1980s. Darrell was very active in the Association of Government Accountants (AGA) during its earliest days, bringing together financial professionals from across government.
Charles Billand, 76, an urban planner who since 1996 was president and managing partner of TCG International, died Dec. 6 at his home in Lovettsville, Va. The cause was cancer, said a daughter, Michelle Painter.
Mr. Billand was born in Detroit. He came to the Washington area in 1974 as deputy director of the Redevelopment and Housing Authority of Fairfax County. Over the next two decades, he held a variety of jobs related to planning and development, including a stint in New Delhi from 1990 to 1995 with the U.S. Agency for International Development.
On Sunday, December 11, 2016 Mattaniah Eytan of Mill Valley, CA and formerly of Washington, DC passed away. Born in Tel Aviv in 1934 to the late Benjamin and Molly Epstein, he came to the US as a child, studied at the Ramaz Day School in New York, graduated from Columbia Universi ty, the University of Chicago Law School and the University of Zurich. Inspired by his Zionist upbringing, he changed his last name to Eytan (“strength”) as a young man.
He was Assistant General Counsel at the State Department – Agency for International Development 1964 to 1971 and then a partner in the DC law firm of Kaplan, Russin & Vecchi. In 1976, he moved to San Francisco to head the firm’s CA office and in 1981 he successfully argued a case before the US Supreme Court. He subsequently founded his own law practice in the Bay area and diligently represented his many clients over the past two decades.
A man of many interests, he had a keen and insightful mind and was passionate about the law, politics, art, history and Israel. Funeral and interment took place December 14, 2016 in the Gan Yarok section of Fernwood Cemetery, Mill Valley, CA.
Janet Allem passed away late Friday night, December 9, 2016 in the presence of her family, after a tough battle with cancer. Janet is survived by her loving daughter, Melia Allem of Arlington, VA; her mother, Rubye Connatser of Arlington, VA; her father and step-mother Johnny and Barbara Allem of Washington, DC; her brother and sister-in-law, John and Kathy Allem of Fairfax, VA’ and by her adoring niece and nephew, Katiana and Jacob Allem of Fairfax, VA.
Janet earned a BS Degree from Barnard College in New York, and a Masters Degree from George Washington University. She was a brilliant and accomplished woman who made life-long friendships wherever she went. She retired from the US Agency for International Development after a long and distinguished career.
Curtis Farrar, 89, who retired about 15 years ago as director of finance and administration at the International Food Policy Research Institute, died Nov. 22 at his home in Washington. The cause was congestive heart failure, said a son, Douglas Farrar.
Dr. Farrar was born in New York City and had lived in the Washington area since 1963. He joined the institute in the mid-1990s after having been a World Bank agricultural research officer, a member of the State Department planning staff, a technical assistance specialist at the U.S. Agency for International Development and an officer of the Asia Foundation.
Ellen Maria Dragotto of Washington, DC, slipped away peacefully on Thanksgiving Day. She was the loving daughter of the late Nicholas and Eleanor Dragotto. Born in Scranton, Pennsylvania on December 3, 1960, she was a graduate of Scranton Preparatory School, the University of Scranton and George Washington University.
She started her career in international development with the U.S. Environmental Training Institute in Washington, DC in 1994. In 2001, she joined the U.S. Agency for International Development. She dedicated her life to help improving the lives of the less fortunate.
She is urvived by one sister, Ann Marie Weer, Goldsboro, Maryland and three brothers, Francis Dragotto, Princeton, West Virginia, Edward Dragotto, Peckville, Pennsylvania and James Dragotto, Archbald, Pennsylvania, seven nieces, two great-nephews and three god children. She was preceded in death by her nephew and godson, Anthony Dragotto.
John Anthony Daly, 79, of Rockville, died peacefully at his home on November 21, 2016, of Multiple System Atrophy. He leaves behind his devoted wife of 50 years, Patricia Cross Daly, a loving son, John Patrick Daly, and relatives in Ireland, Australia, and England.
The son of Anthony C. Daly and Ethel Braunton Daly, John was born in New York. The family later moved to California, where John was raised and educated, earning a B.S. in Engineering, M.S. in Electrical Engineering, and Ph.D. in Administration from the University of California. After an early career as a research engineer, John left engineering to serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Chile, and then remained in Chile as a consultant to the Ford Foundation. He later worked for three years in Colombia for the World Health Organization on community health projects.
On returning to the U.S., John joined the Office of International Health (U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare) and later the U.S. Agency for International Development. John worked at USAID for almost two decades in various capacities, including a year spent at the Carter White House working on health and hunger issues, and a period as Director of USAID’s Office of Research. John was interested professionally in research and development programs, and the impact of information and communications technology on development. At USAID he worked on issues of technology and science for developing countries for more than a decade, most frequently on programs global in scope. He managed both research and grants programs, as well as science and technology assessments in developing countries. After retiring from USAID, he was for several years a freelance consultant on science, technology and development for various organizations, including the World Bank, where he participated in the design of development projects such as the World Bank’s Millennium Science Project in Uganda.
John traveled extensively and worked in 35 countries before finally retiring after 50 years of professional work. In the years since, John devoted considerable time to supporting UNESCO, creating and maintaining websites for various organizations, blogging, and participating in a history book club. John taught at several universities throughout his career and is a published author of chapters in books, journal articles, magazine articles and reviews, and online articles.
On October 29, 2016, Edward Anthony Dragon passed away peacefully in Reston, VA. Edward was born in Pawtucket, RI on October 27, 1928. He attended Grove Street Grammar School and East Senior High School in Pawtucket and graduated summa cum laude from Providence College in 1950. He obtained a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1954, and in 1957 a postgraduate law degree majoring in International Law and Trade.
As a young lawyer, he worked as an advance man during John F. Kennedy’s campaign for president in 1960. Following Kennedy’s election, he served as a consultant to the Executive Office of the President. The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library holds a written interview with Edward describing his work as well as his long and prestigious legal career with United States Agency for International Development. During his 33-year career with the USAID (1963 to 1995), he served in Washington, DC and at American Embassies in Kenya, Senegal and Jamaica as Regional Legal Advisor. He traveled extensively throughout his life.
After retiring from USAID, he was appointed by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for membership to the Foreign Service Grievance Board. For 12 years he served as Deputy Chairman, retiring in 2008.
Edward was a very modest person. He was always ready to welcome a newcomer and to help a colleague with the wide breadth of his legal knowledge. He was kind, humble, gracious and always a gentleman. His deeply held Catholic faith gave him great purpose in life and hope for the future. He will be sorely missed by many. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Catherine Dragon, Arlington, VA; daughter Linell M. Joyce (Bill), Herndon, VA; granddaughters, Susie E. Joyce, Reston, VA and Annie J. Powell (Kevin), Potomac Falls, VA; three great-grandchildren; a brother, Joseph (Carol), Coventry, RI and many other extended family. A sister, Frances Gryzb, and a brother, Stanley, predeceased him.
Manuel “Manny” Marroquin, 72, a former Foreign Service officer with the U.S. Agency for International Development, died on Jan. 3, 2016, after a long illness.
Mr. Marroquin, who joined USAID in 2000, served in Bolivia, Botswana, Haiti and Washington, D.C. After several months as a development leadership intern, Mr. Marroquin served as an acquisition and assistance officer for six years, until his retirement in 2006.
From August 2006 to May 2010, as an international assistance adviser to the State Department, Mr. Marroquin provided consulting and assistance in developing the Central America Free Trade Agreement. During 2010, as a management officer in State’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Bureau, he provided emergency assistance in Port-au-Prince to Haiti’s law enforcement programs, police academy, drug enforcement, prisons and displaced persons camps following the country’s worst earthquake. In 2011, Mr. Marroquin served as management officer, contracts and grants officer and management adviser to the State Department in Jerusalem.
A former resident of Mission Viejo, Calif., Mr. Marroquin had moved recently to Indian Harbour Beach, Fla. Friends and family members recall his love of life and his devotion to this family and his faith. Mr. Marroquin is survived by his wife, Marlene (née Vreeland); his children, Dina (Meslovich) and Joseph; a brother, Frank, and sister, Lupe (Chirat); and grandchildren Annie, Amanda, Kristin and Josie.
Dave S. Cohn, 77, a retired Foreign Service officer with the U.S. Agency for International Development, died on June 16 in Oakland, Calif., after a long illness.
A naturalized American, Mr. Cohn (formerly Paul David Cohn) was born on March 18, 1939, in Toronto, Canada, the second of three sons of Martin and Tmima Cohn. Martin was an executive in Jewish community work in Toronto and, after immigrating to the United States, in Cleveland, Chicago, Minneapolis and Cincinnati. Tmima, an attorney, was elected to the Toronto Board of Education, and much later served as chair of the Planning Commission of Volusia County, Fla.
From a young age, Mr. Cohn’s goal was to follow in his family’s tradition of helping to make the world a better place. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati and from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration in 1963, and moved to Washington, D.C., in 1965 to join the War on Poverty. There he served in several community programs before becoming a regional officer with Volunteers in Service to America. In 1973, he joined the San Francisco Regional Office of the Department of Health and Welfare. He also worked with the California State Department of Health before being offered his dream job with USAID in 1980.
Mr. Cohn served with USAID as a health and population officer from 1980 to 1999. He distinguished himself as the first USAIDHIV/AIDS officer, posted to Uganda from 1987 to 1991. The HIV/AIDS education and prevention program he developed for and with the participation of Ugandans from the military, industry, entertainment and all walks of society, was for many years the gold standard in Africa. In addition to Uganda, Mr. Cohn served as health officer in Nicaragua, Guatemala and Peru. On domestic tours, he was country officer for Bosnia and Mongolia. He helped avert widespread suffering in Ulaanbaatar one brutal winter by facilitating emergency coal blasting to keep the city’s central furnace operating. Aside from his family, Mr. Cohn’s greatest love was cars—some classic, some junkers, some high-end. At one point he owned two Lincoln Continentals and a Cadillac—none of them operational; at other times he owned BMWs and Porsches. During his lifetime, he owned more than a total of 70 cars. He was proud to have driven solo from Lima to Patagonia and fromLima to Iguazu Falls, and later enjoyed road trips with his wife, Alice.
Mr. Cohn was predeceased by his parents and his older brother, Alan. He is survived by his wife, Alice Beasley of Oakland; daughters Professor Deborah Cohn Sauer (and her husband, Peter) of Bloomington, Ind., and Dr. Tamara Cohn Krimm (and her husband, Charles) of Wasilla, Alaska; their mother (his former wife and State Department retiree) Irene Cohn, of San Francisco; his younger brother, John; a niece, Leslie Cohn; and grandsons Noah, Benjamin and Daniel Cohn Sauer, who continue his love affair with anything on four wheels.
On July 18, 2016, we lost our beloved Harlan Haines Hobgood suddenly and unexpectedly to pneumonia. For our family, he was really our hero. He was the “rock” and the “brain” of the family, inspiring in us, and those he touched, to be the best people we could be, to serve others, and to fight for justice in this world.
Harlan was born in 1930 on a Navajo reservation in Arizona. He felt strongly about being of service to people and in that vein served as the parish minister at the Pilgrim Presbyterian Vinita Church in Oklahoma. He went on to attend to the spiritual and other needs of service men and women and their families as an officer and chaplain in the U.S. Army. In 1961, he met his wife, Catherine Vignal, recently arrived from France, on a blind date at a charity ball and instantly there were fireworks! They married in 1962 and had their first son, Nicholas, in 1964.
For the 20 years that followed, Harlan worked for the United States Agency for International Development tirelessly to improve the livelihoods, opportunities, and rights of people with little resources. He was truly remarkable in his passion, drive, and dedication to serving others. In 2002, he and Catherine discovered and settled in what they call their “Paradise,” Avila Beach, California. “When someone you love becomes a memory, that memory becomes a treasure.” And what a treasure he was!
Emily Claire Leonard, 71, a retired Foreign Service officer with the U.S. Agency for International Development, died of respiratory failure on April 22 in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, the city of her last posting.
Born during World War II in her mother’s hometown of Morgantown, W. Va., Emily Claire Leonard moved with her family to Alexandria, Va., when her attorney father was appointed to a senior post in the Eisenhower administration’s Department of Justice. Ms. Leonard worked summers for the federal government during high school. After earning a B.A. in economics from Wellesley College and an M.S. in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Ms. Leonard worked for a business gaming venture in Cambridge, Mass., before returning to Washington and beginning her career in the Foreign Service. Ms. Leonard served the U.S. government’s overseas programs for nearly a quarter century, initially as a budget examiner for USAID at the Office of Management and Budget (1971-1976). She then joined USAID, serving as a health economist in the Near East Bureau (1976-1979), as an assistant health officer in Cairo (1979-1982), a regional coordinator for the Middle East in the Bureau of Planning and Program Coordination (1982-1985), and as an assistant director and program officer in Tunisia (1985). After returning to Washington as a desk officer for the Office of Central American Affairs (1986-1989), Ms. Leonard concluded her career as the senior career officer in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. There she helped reform the justice system, enduring death threats to establish a district attorney’s office with nationwide jurisdiction. Her “valiant actions” were honored by the Honduran Bar Association, the Supreme Court of Honduras and the Public Ministry. She retired fromUSAID in November 1994, although she returned as a contract manager in Haiti for five months during 1995.
USAID colleagues remember Emily Leonard as a dazzling woman who windsurfed in the Mediterranean, went scuba diving in the Red Sea, and enlivened embassy parties. An accomplished linguist, she conversed easily in French, Arabic and Spanish. In retirement, Ms. Leonard studied law and enjoyed gardening, reading and collecting Central American art. She loved the people of Honduras and quietly provided regular financial help to needy students and families with disabled children. Emily Claire Leonard is survived by her sister Jennifer Leonard (and her husband David Cay Johnston) of Rochester, N.Y., and their children Molly and Kate Leonard; by her brother George Stephen Leonard (and his wife Kathy) of Monroe Township, N.J., and their children George and Valerie Leonard.
Robert A. Fordham died peacefully at home of natural causes, surrounded by his family on October 13, 2016. He was 87 years old.
A native of Vermont, Robert was born in 1928 on the eve of the great depression and lived nearly nine decades here and around the world. He grew up in Saxton’s River, VT and attended Vermont Academy. He graduated from the University of Vermont with a bachelor’s degree in 1950 and completed his master’s degree in political science and public affairs in 1952. He served in the U.S. Army as a Reserve Commissioned Officer, leaving service with the rank of Second Lieutenant.
Mr. Fordham served in government under eight Presidents-from the Eisenhower to the Clinton Administration. During the 1950s and 1960s, he worked for several agencies including the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Information Agency, and U.S. Agency for International Development. These positions took him to Finland, India, Egypt, Syria, Switzerland, and Washington, DC. Work to improve health policy was a hallmark of the last four decades of his professional life, including more than 30 years of service in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (formerly Department of Health, Education, and Welfare). He was commended by President Johnson for his role as director of the first White House conference on health, and served as special assistant to the U.S. Assistant Secretary for Health, Phillip R. Lee, M.D., in the Johnson Administration.
Fordham was widely admired as creator of a new approach for convening and informing state health leaders about health policy and research, bringing leading experts to meet with elected and appointed officials. Inside government, Mr. Fordham was the original director of the User Liaison Program from 1979-1993, which he designed to convey the findings of health services research to state and local officials. Upon retiring from his career in federal service, he was employed by the Milbank Memorial Fund and was the original program officer for the Reforming States Group which uses similar purposes and methods. These efforts helped to transform the role of research in health policy, particularly at the state level.
Serving on temporary assignment as the Dean of Administration at the University of Vermont from 1967-1972, Mr. Fordham ensured the renovation of the Bennington Monument and protection of sites on campus. Negotiations and collaboration with student government in a time of change were another contribution. He was known for extraordinary management skills and an ability to work effectively with a wide array of people in positions in power and influence. Fordham’s “rule” was to expect the unexpected, which made him an effective planner and administrator. He took it as a great compliment when it was said he had a talent for getting things done.
In his personal life, he was a rugged outdoorsman who loved to fish, hunt, and camp. In later years, he created magnificent and unique flower gardens and spent as much time as possible in nature. He was proud of his Abenaki heritage. Robert Fordham is survived by his wife Kay Johnson, and his three daughters, Monique Fordham (Winooski, VT), Sonja Fordham (Washington, DC), and Robin Fordham and Bill Miller and grandchildren Madeleine and Morgan (Amherst, MA), as well as former wife and mother of his daughters, Ingrid Fordham. He was preceded in death by his parents, Marjorie Spaulding Fordham and Austin Lyle Fordham, and an infant son.
Peter Oakes Sellar, of Staunton, Virginia, died at home on Tuesday, August 23, 2016. He was born June 10, 1937 in New York City to Dorothy Brown Sellar and Colin Reid Sellar and grew up mainly in New Jersey and Massachusetts. For undergraduate studies, he majored in American history and literature at Harvard University and earned his M.A. in International Relations from The Fletcher School at Tufts University.
Peter worked for the U.S Agency for International Development (USAID) from 1963-1993 and is credited with creating the world’s first strategy for developing democracy in the Latin American/Caribbean region. After retirement he helped his wife, Laurie, manage her textile and antique retail store.
Peter is survived by his wife, Laurie Gundersen, sister, Lucinda Thomson, two children, Katherine Sellar and Colin Sellar, step-children, Ariel Valentine, Aaron Davis, Nellie Davis and Gabriel Davis, and nine grandchildren.
Lawrence Elliot Harrison, 83, a long-time resident of Martha’s Vineyard, died on December 9, 2015 at the University Hospital of Alexandroupolis, Greece. He is survived by his three daughters, Julia Harrison of Norwalk, CT, Beth Harrison of Lincoln, MA, and Amy Harrison Donnelly of Ridgewood, NJ, and his grandchildren, Dylan and Georgia Grady, Max and Harry Thébaud, and Megan, Jack and Nora Donnelly. Larry is also survived by his first wife and the mother of his children, Polly Fortier Harrison of Washington, DC. He is preceded in death by his second wife, Patricia Crane Harrison, his parents, David and Jenny Harrison, and his brother, Robert Arthur Harrison.
Mr. Harrison was born in Boston, Massachusetts; graduated from Brookline High School in 1949 and Dartmouth College in 1953; served as a lieutenant in the US Navy from 1954 to 1957; and graduated from the Harvard Kennedy School in 1960 with a Masters in Public Policy. From 1965 until he retired in 1982, Mr. Harrison directed USAID missions in Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Haiti and Nicaragua. He was a Senior Research Fellow and Adjunct Professor at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, where he founded and directed the Cultural Change Institute. Between 1981 and 2001, Mr. Harrison was a visiting scholar at the Center for International Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, and Stanford University’s Hoover Institution.
Mr. Harrison authored numerous books, beginning in 1985 with Underdevelopment Is a State of Mind: The Latin American Case. Here he laid the premises of work to come: first, that good intentions, hope, enthusiasm, and ample funding are insufficient to propel the development of countries into the modern world, and, second, that some cultures are more prone to progress than others and more successful at creating the cultural capital that encourages democratic governance, social justice for all, and the elimination of poverty.
This first publication was followed in 1992 by Who Prospers? How Cultural Values Shape Economic and Political Success; The Pan-American Dream in 1997; The Central Liberal Truth-How Politics Can Change a Culture and Save It from Itself in 2006; and Jews, Confucians and Protestants-Cultural Capital and the End of Multiculturalism in 2012. In 2000, Mr. Harrison was co-editor with Samuel P. Huntington of Culture Matters: How Values Shape Human Progress, and in 2006 was co-editor with Jerome Kagan of Developing Cultures: Essays on Cultural Change. His articles have appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, Boston Globe, Foreign Policy, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post.
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Marlies Backhaus Murphy, 71, a project evaluator with the U.S. Agency for International Development from 1979 to 1993 who later founded an adoption service assisting Americans adopting children from Ukraine, died Aug. 16 at a hospital in Frederick, Md. The cause was pancreatic cancer, said her husband, Patrick Murphy.
Mrs. Murphy was born Marlies Backhaus in Uder, Germany, which became part of East Germany. She crossed the country’s border into West Berlin before the Berlin Wall was built in 1961, her husband said.
She later lived in France and England before coming to the United States. She worked at what was then the Washington Hospital Center and at the French Embassy before joining USAID. After adopting two children from Ukraine, she and her husband operated Adoption Consultants International from 1998 to 2008. She lived in Bethesda, Md., before moving to Frederick three years ago.
Lloyd Jonnes (“Doc”) died peacefully in his sleep on March 1, 2016 at Springwell Senior Living Community in Baltimore, Maryland. Predeceased by his wife Marilyn May Alley Jonnes. He is survived by his son Michael; his daughter, Jill; his son, Denis; his grandson, Nathaniel Jonnes; and his granddaughters, Gwyneth Jonnes, Hilary Ross, and Elisha Jonnes. All will miss him dearly.
Born on February 6, 1924, Lloyd grew up in Circleville, Ohio, graduating from Circleville High School in 1941. He attended Hobart College, where he captained the lacrosse team, before enlisting in the US Army in 1943. He served with distinction in the 318th Regiment, 80th Infantry Division from August 1944 to November 1945. After landing at Normandy, he was in campaigns that included the Battle of Falaise-Argentan Gap, Battle of the Bulge, and the sweep through Germany-Bitburg, Mainz, Kassel, Nuremberg and Regensburg. He was awarded the Purple Heart and the Silver Star.
Upon his discharge, he returned to college, receiving a BA from Antioch College in 1948. In the same year, he married Marilyn May Alley, a fellow student, in Atlanta, Georgia, where they were interns with the National Labor Relations Board.
Following a year at the University of Zurich, he took a position with the Economic Recovery Program (Marshall Plan) in Berne, Switzerland. In 1953, he was assigned to the Economic Cooperation Administration office (ECA) in Vienna, Austria. In 1956, he moved to the ECA office in London, and in 1957 was transferred to the International Cooperation Administration (ICA) office in Tripoli, Libya, with a move a year later to Benghazi. In 1959, he returned to Washington, DC as Desk Officer in the Department of State for Yugoslavia, Spain and Poland. From 1961, he was a member of the Development Assistance Committee (OECD) in Paris. Between 1964 to 1967, he served as a USAID Program Officer in Ankara, Turkey. After a year as Fellow at the Center for International Relations, Harvard University, he was appointed Economic Counselor to the US Embassy in Saigon, followed by a move to the newly-founded USAID mission in Djakarta, Indonesia. Returning to Washington in 1970 in USAID”s Bureau for Program and Policy Coordination, he was promoted to Assistant Deputy Administrator of the agency. After a brief retirement, he was appointed by President Jimmy Carter as US Representative to the Development Assistant Committee (OECD) in Paris.
Following retirement in 1980, he undertook graduate studies in Greek and Latin, receiving a PhD in 1992 from Catholic University. The results of his epigraphical fieldwork covering Greek sites in Anatolia were published in two volumes by the Austrian Academy of Sciences. He collaborated with the print-maker John Ross on the prize-winning volume Birds of Manhattan. He also published a collection of ancient Greek maxims. Lloyd was an accomplished bridge player, and made his mark as skier, tennis player and golfer. An avid hiker, fisherman and birdwatcher, he and his wife Lyn frequently participated in Audubon Society counts of migratory birds. A soldier, scholar, dedicated civil servant, he was a gifted speaker and conversationalist.
The family and many friends that he and Lyn welcomed into their DC home in Adams Morgan will miss his energy, humor, and deep springs of wit and wisdom.
Miriam Harriet Labbok, MD, MPH, IBCLC, staunch crusader for the health of women and infants and longtime advocate for the health benefits of breastfeeding, passed away during the early morning hours of Aug. 13 after a courageous battle with cancer.
From 2006 to 2016, she was Professor of the Practice of maternal and child health at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and founding director of the Gillings School’s Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute (CGBI).
Dr. Labbok enjoyed an illustrious career in academics and in national and international government agency service. After earning Doctor of Medicine and Master of Public Health degrees at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, in New Orleans, she worked as a medical officer for five years with the U.S. Agency for International Development, in Washington, D.C.
From 1981 to 1987, she served on the faculty of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Hygiene and Public Health. At Georgetown University, from 1987 to 1996, she was a faculty member in obstetrics and gynecology, director of the breastfeeding and maternal and child health division in the Institute for Reproductive Health, and director of the World Health Organization’s Collaborating Center on Breastfeeding.
Prior to coming to UNC, she was chief of the nutrition and maternal/infant health division in the global bureau of the U.S. Agency for International Development (1996-2001) and senior adviser for infant and young child feeding and care at UNICEF (2001-2005).
Dr. Labbok was recruited as the founding director of the Gillings School’s Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute. An anonymous donor’s generous gift established the center in 2006 with an intent to advance global research about the health benefits of breastfeeding and to educate women and families about the value of breastfeeding for infants and young children.
In the months preceding her death, Dr. Labbok experienced an outpouring of gratitude and support, not only from friends and associates but also from organizations whose members prized her many contributions to the field of maternal and child health.
In July, she was honored with the International Lactation Consultant Association’s Journal of Human Lactation Patricia Martens Award for Excellence in Breastfeeding Research, the Crystal Rose award from Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere, an organization that aims to address breastfeeding disparities among people of color, and the U.S. Breastfeeding Committee’s Legacy Award.
“Miriam was a passionate scientist and advocate for the health of women and children around the globe,” said Carolyn Halpern, PhD, professor and chair of the Gillings School’s maternal and child health department. “The Department of Maternal and Child Health was extremely fortunate to have her as a member of our faculty. Her leadership in building the Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute is only one of the many, many important legacies of her work.”
“Miriam was a tireless advocate for women’s, children’s and families’ health – here and the world over,” agreed Herbert Peterson, MD, W.R. Kenan Distinguished Professor of maternal and child health, and of obstetrics and gynecology in the UNC School of Medicine. “Her commitment to breastfeeding was unsurpassed, as was her devotion to those we serve. She will be deeply missed, but she leaves behind a powerful legacy that will have an impact on public health for years to come.”
Peterson expressed gratitude that Dr. Labbok was able to celebrate the recent 10th anniversary of CGBI, which he called “the world-class academic center that she founded and led and which has had such important impact on breastfeeding policies, programs and practices globally, nationally and locally.”
Barbara K. Rimer, DrPH, dean and Alumni Distinguished Professor at the Gillings School, called Dr. Labbok “an incredible force for improving the health of mothers and babies.”
“She brought her passion for and knowledge about breastfeeding to our School and North Carolina, and she set in place the critical pieces of a strategy to improve the health of people in North Carolina and around the world,” Rimer said. “She was generous in sharing her wisdom and a very generous donor to the School. We will miss her.”
Joseph Freedman, formerly of Washington, DC and Bethesda, MD, died at his home in Melbourne, FL on Thursday morning July 21, 2016 at the age of 92.
Joseph was born in Brighton, MA 1923. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 43 years, Emily Feltman Freedman. Joseph graduated from the Boston Latin School (1940), the Georgia Institute of Technology (1943, B.S. Public Health Engineering), University of North Carolina (1946, MSC, Sanitary Engineering),Harvard University (SM, Sanitary Engineering), and Special Studies in Groundwater Development at the University of Minnesota. He was a registered Professional Engineer (PE) in MA and a Captain in the United States Public Health Services.
Joseph was employed by various international organizations including the World Health Organization/Pan American Health Organization, USAID, the Inter-American Development Bank and the World Bank. He had a rich lifetime of work bringing water supply, sanitation, and pollution control programs to people in rural villages and large urban cities in many regions of the world. He established some of the first PAHO/WHO offices, helped organize a National Ministry of Health and developed a national village water supply program with UNICEF and CARE.
Joseph loved to tell stories of his travels, and entertained friends and family with his many adventures. He was also a gifted polyglot – we are unsure of how many languages he actually spoke. He is survived by his daughter Susan Freedman-Noa, granddaughter Sarah Elizabeth Noa, son-in-law Alex Noa and numerous nieces and nephews and friends.
William B. Clatanoff, 72, a labor and trade specialist who retired in 2005 as assistant U.S. trade representative for labor, an office he had held four years, died July 13 at a hospice center in Pasadena, Md. The cause was complications from cancer, said his wife, Katherine Clatanoff.
Mr. Clatanoff, an Annapolis native and resident, entered government service in 1974. He was a USAID officer in Egypt, deputy director of the D.C. Department of Employment Services, and adviser to Bahrain’s Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs before joining the U.S. Labor Department in 1984.
Later he was a labor officer at the U.S. embassy in Tokyo, a United Nations labor officer in Geneva and a labor and social affairs adviser in Baghdad.
Peter Geithner died peacefully on July 29, 2016, at home in Orleans, Massachusetts with his children and grandchildren in his presence. Born July 14, 1932 to Paul H. Geithner and Henriette Schuck Geithner in Philadelphia, he graduated with a B.A. from Dartmouth College in 1954 and served for four years as a Naval Aviator.
After receiving an M.A. from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Peter joined Columbia Carbon International and then spent six years at the U.S. Agency for International Development in Zimbabwe, Zambia (then the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland) and Washington, DC. He worked for almost three decades at the Ford Foundation, where helped shape programs in support of education, public health, human rights, and economic development. At the Ford Foundation, he served as the Deputy Representative for India, the Representative for Southeast Asia, Program Officer in Charge of Developing Country Programs, and the Foundation’s first representative in China. Peter served as advisor to the Asia Center at Harvard University, China Medical Board, Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and other organizations. He served on the Boards of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, China Center for Economic Research, Center for the Advanced Study of India, and other organizations. He was devoted to his colleagues and friends throughout the world and to their aspirations and causes.
With his family, he shared his love of basketball and tennis, the ocean, and chocolate, commitment to public service, and fascination with the broader world. Peter was married for 54 years to Deborah Moore Geithner until her death in 2014. He is survived by his brother Paul H. Geithner, Jr., his son Timothy and his wife Carole, his daughter Sarah, his son Jonathan and his wife Debora, his son David and his wife Christine; and his grandchildren, Elise, Benjamin, Kaiya, Lincoln, Peter, Clare, Caroline, Piya and Malee.*
On Saturday, July 23, 2016, Francis X. Hartman of Silver Spring, MD. Beloved husband of the late Jean R. Hartman; father of Michael Hartman (Andrea Baridon), Kathleen Townley (Joseph), and Christopher Hartman; grandfather of Kayleen, Christina, Bethany, and Nicholas Townley; predeceased by his brother Louis Hartman and sister Patricia Day.
A lifelong Washingtonian, Fran served in the U.S. Army during World War II, and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He later worked as a Federal government accountant, with many years at the State Department and its Agency for International Development. During his happy and lengthy retirement, he enjoyed playing competitive duplicate bridge, attending musical performances, and watching Washington baseball and football.
Norman W. Mosher died peacefully on June 28, 2016 at Goodwin House Bailey”s Crossroads, Falls Church, Virginia. He is survived by his wife Marcie; and children David (Ann) and Beth (Eike); grandchildren, Tom, Emily, Molly, Adam and Garland.
Norman was born in Portland, Maine, in 1922 and grew up in Belfast, Maine. He attended the University of Maine and, after graduating in 1943, served in the U.S. Army. He was one of the few in his unit who was not captured, wounded, or killed as the group made its way from Cherbourg, France to Czechoslovakia by the war”s end.
Norman returned to do graduate work in economics and International Relations at the University of Maine and then the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He worked in the Office of Intelligence and Research in the U.S. State Department before helping to found Associates for International Research.
After receiving a Ford Grant to conduct economic research in Ghana, West Africa, he worked with the U.S. Agency for International Development. He served with the U.S. Aid Mission in Nigeria and then with the American Delegation to the Asian Development Bank in Manila, the Philippines. For his work he travelled widely in West Africa and Southeast Asia.
Norman was a devoted reader and enjoyed sailing, camping, canoeing and following political issues. In retirement he learned new woodworking skills and designed and built furniture.
Neil McDonald Kester passed away on July 1st, 2016 in Cary, North Carolina following an 18 month fight with glioblastoma (brain cancer). Neil is survived by his wife Leyla S. Kester his four children Emily Kester, Erin Brady, Grace and Evelyn. He is also survived by his siblings Norma, Jim, Joyce, Susan and Bruce and their families.
Neil was born in Wawanesa Manitoba, Canada in April of 1958. He was one of six children born of Dr. Norman and Evelyn Kester. Emily and Erin were born from his marriage to Kimberley McNeil; they divorced in 1997. Neil married Leyla Gaytan Kawas in 2005. Born to them in Honduras were Grace, now 10 years old, and Evelyn, now 9. The family lives in Apex, North Carolina.
Neil greatly loved Leyla and his four children. Neil valued his employment, first as a Peace Corps volunteer in Zaire, and then 28 years of service with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). He really enjoyed how his work with USAID provided rich experiences for him and his children. He joined as an administrative officer for USAID in Washington in 1987. He was posted to Cairo, Egypt the following year. He served next in Nairobi, Kenya starting in 1991. Following in 1995, Neil was posted to Amman, Jordan, and then transferred to Washington in 1997. Neil was then posted to the recently liberated Kosovo in 1999, where he worked in Pristina until 2001. After a 2001 assignment in Kingston, Jamaica, Neil was posted in Tegucigalpa, Honduras between 2002 and 2007. He met Leyla in Honduras, where their two daughters were born. The family moved in 2007 to Tbilisi, Georgia where Neil also covered Azerbaijan. Between 2009 and 2013, Neil was posted in Cairo for a second time, and also covered USAID administrative matters in Lebanon and Yemen. His last overseas post was Maputo, Mozambique in 2014. He was medically evacuated from Maputo with symptoms that were later diagnosed in the U.S. as glioblastoma brain cancer.
Overseas, on postings and short-term visit, Neil enjoyed the languages he studied, including French, Swahili, Arabic, Spanish and Portuguese. In 2012, Neil was promoted to Senior Foreign Service Officer.
Neil was raised Protestant, but joined Leyla as a formal member of the Roman Catholic Church in 2015.*
Edward Ignatius Donoghue of Lanham, Maryland passed away on Wednesday, May 11, 2016. He was the husband of the late Mary Donoghue.
Ed Donoghue was a long time staff member and division chief in USAID’s Africa Bureau, serving under many Assistant Administrators and Directors of the Office of Development Planning. He will surely be remembered fondly by many of his colleagues.
Charles Blankstein, a career foreign service officer with U.S. Agency for International Development, Latin America, died of congestive heart failure on April 30 in Washington DC. He was 80. He is survived by his wife Lucy; daughter Amy; son Andrew; a daughter-in-law Beth and granddaughter Emma.
Michael Feldstein passed away in his home in Washington D.C. April 13, surrounded by friends and neighbors.
Mike’s life and adventures wholly encapsulate the Peace Corps mission of promoting world peace and friendship. In 1963, Mike joined Peace Corps Ethiopia II, and served two years in Dire Dawa establishing adult education programs. The skills he learned and experiences he had while serving in Ethiopia paved the way for what followed. He spent several decades working for the Agency for International Development and the Department of State, helping to set up and run programs to provide relief to those affected by war, poverty, and rights abuses in Southeast Asia, Southern and West Africa, and Latin America.
In retirement, Mike threw himself into service as a long time Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner and founding president of the Dupont Festival organization. Mike will be best remembered for his talent in bringing people together– including neighbors, business-people, city and federal officials, and community groups — and for his unique mix of charm, vision, light-heartedness, and persistence. Every shopkeeper, sales clerk, waiter, and busboy knew Mike, and he knew them and how their families were doing.
The world, the District, and Mike’s neighborhood felt a little smaller because of his knack for creating friendships and collaboration.
John Harmon Clary, 81, of Braddock Heights, Maryland, passed away Sunday, April 24, 2016, at Frederick Memorial Hospital. He was the husband of Barbara O’Neil Clary. Born September 26, 1934 in Osceola, Iowa, John was the son of the late Orvelle M. and Mary King Clary.
Mr. Clary retired from USAID where he was a Foreign Service Officer for more than 40 years. During his career he served for four and a half years in Vietnam during the war, sustaining shrapnel injuries; then in Paraguay, where the Clarys’ daughters were born; followed by the Dominican Republic, Nepal and Panama. Fredericktonians may remember John from Bon Ton department store where he worked for several years post-retirement.
He will especially be remembered for his dry sense of humor. An avid student of the Civil War and son of a WWI Veteran, Mr. Clary recently joined American Legion Post #297.
In addition to his wife, John Clary is survived by his daughters Heather Clary and husband Sebastian Silvestro of Annapolis and Hillary Hawkins and husband Kevin Hawkins of Smithsburg, two grandchildren O’Neil Silvestro and Penelope Hawkins and brother James Clary of Lake Havasu City, Arizona.
Richard Newberg died peacefully on Monday, April 25, 2016 in Fairfax, VA after a long illness. He was born May 23, 1949 in San Francisco, CA to the late Dr. Waldo and Helen Lucille Newberg.
He graduated from Kansas University in 1971 and worked for Peace Corps in the Ivory Coast. He earned his Master”s degree from UC Davis in International Agricultural Development. Met his future wife, Ginny VanDerMeid, on his way to the Congo to work for the Paul Carlson Medical Program. Married in Chicago, Illinois on November 25, 1978 and moved back to Africa.
Rich later joined the US Agency for International Development and had the great pleasure to experience life in Mali, Burundi, Mozambique, Peru and finished his career as the USAID Rep to the UN Agencies in Rome, Italy.
His eldest daughter, Christina, predeceased him. He is survived by his wife, Ginny and two children, Alyssa and Thomas, as well as siblings, Eric, William, Robert, Karen, Kathryn and Merete, and numerous other relatives, friends and colleagues.
Dick Harger, 79, died peacefully at home on Sunday, April 17, 2016. He was married for nearly sixty years to his high school sweetheart, Lois Kay Hansen Harger. They raised two children, Linda Holly Harger Dembinski of Millstone, New Jersey, and son Daniel Robert Harger of Lake Mills, Wisconsin. Dick was born in Woodland, Michigan, to the late Walter and Margaret Harger.
Dick graduated from Big Rapids High School on June 2, 1955. He then attended Ferris Institute (later Ferris State University). After graduating in February of 1960 with a degree in Accounting, Dick accepted an auditing position with the Government Accounting Office in Los Angeles, California. After working there for two years, he was hired by the Agency for International Development (AID) where he worked in the Controller’s Office for 24 years. His wife and children accompanied him to postings in Kabul, Afghanistan; Georgetown, Guyana; Washington D.C.; Jakarta, Indonesia; Managua, Nicaragua; Panama City, Panama; and Guatemala City, Guatemala. Dick had the honor of being one of the first USAID Senior Foreign Service Officers.
Dick retired to Bradenton, Florida, in 1984 but continued to travel to Africa, Asia, South and Central America, and the Caribbean as an AID consultant. In 1992, Dick and his wife moved to Lake Lure, N.C. where they lived for seven years. Next they lived in Weaverville, NC, for over four years, and for the past eleven years they have called Asheville, N.C. home.
Dick was an avid golfer for many years, finally quitting the game after making his first “hole-in-one” at age 67. He also enjoyed boating, owning six different kinds of boats over the years. His passion was cars, having many over his lifetime, including his dream car, a 1967 Corvette.
Survivors include his wife Kay Harger; daughter Holly and her husband Dr. Kevin Dembinski; his son Dan Harger and his soul mate Debbie Kutz; Dick’s sister Shirley and her husband Duane Massman of Lake Lure; brother Robert and his wife Fina Harger of Tyngsboro, MA; brother Bruce and his wife Linda Harger of Sault Ste. Marie, MI.; and the delight of Dick’s life, his five grandchildren – Cody and wife Stephanie Harger of The Dells, WI; Kyle Harger of Dallas, TX; Dana Harger of Lake Mills, WI; Robert Dembinski of Millstone, NJ; and Jackie Dembinski of Tampa, FL.
Dick will be greatly missed by all who knew him and had the privilege of working with him and calling him a friend.
Retired United States Ambassador Donald Boyd Easum, 92, died of natural causes on April 16, 2016 in Summit, N.J.
Ambassador Easum’s work, advocacy, humanitarian efforts, activism, collaborations and friendships spanned decades and continents. A career in the Foreign Service brought Mr. Easum, and often his family, into circumstances and environments very different from his native U.S. He witnessed war, revolution, famine and environmental crises but never lost his innate optimism and unfailing sense of humor. He continued writing, speaking and travelling into his late 80s.
A World War II veteran, teacher, diplomat, and writer, Mr. Easum was also a fine trumpet and cornet player and enjoyed both choir directing and singing. He was also an avid gardener and tennis player. He found his greatest joy in his four children — who were each born in different countries — and his nine grandchildren.
Mr. Easum was born in Culver, Ind., August 27, 1923. He was raised in Madison, Wis., where his father was a professor and Chairman of the history department at the University of Wisconsin, and his mother was a church organist. He graduated cum laude in 1942 from the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Conn. In 1947, Mr. Easum received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the University of Wisconsin, where he was a member of the varsity tennis team, the band and orchestra, Phi Kappa Phi and Phi Beta Kappa. He was awarded the school’s Kenneth Sterling Day award for scholarship, athletics and character.
He served in the Pacific theater during World War II, including 10 months on Iwo Jima in the U.S. Army Air Force. Mr. Easum passed on the opportunity to play in the military band, since he felt he would learn more in the communication systems squadron, signaling and guiding aircraft from the airfield control tower. Indeed, even 50 years after the war, he was known to impress his children by tapping out the alphabet in Morse code and identifying the myriad friendly and belligerent aircraft from silhouettes. Following his service from 1942-1946, he taught secondary school at the John Burroughs School in St. Louis and then joined The New York Times as a city news reporter.
In 1950, Mr. Easum received Master in Public Affairs and Master of Arts degrees from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. Following studies at London University on a Fulbright scholarship, and in Buenos Aires on a Doherty Foundation grant and Penfield fellowship, he earned a doctorate in international politics from Princeton in 1953.
Mr. Easum entered the U.S. Foreign Service in 1953. During basic training at the Foreign Service Institute, his hesitation, on principle, to state that he was anti-communist delayed his security clearance and thus an overseas diplomatic assignment, for more than a year. During this time however, he met and married Augusta Pentecost of Gadsden, Ala., who had served as a Foreign Service secretary and consular assistant in the U.S. embassies in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and Madrid, Spain. Together they had four children.
Mr. Easum spent 27 years in the U.S. Foreign Service at posts in Nicaragua, Indonesia, Senegal, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Niger, Burkina Faso (Ambassador 1971-1974) and Nigeria (Ambassador, 1975-1979). He was given the Department of State’s Meritorious Service Award for his work in Indonesia. As Ambassador to Upper Volta (now Burkina Faso), Mr. Easum was bestowed the title of Commandeur de l’Ordre National by the host government for his leadership of international famine relief activities.
While Ambassador in Nigeria, Mr. Easum was instrumental in turning around previously acrimonious relations with the U.S., and his influence contributed to the country’s first successful transition from a military regime to a democratically elected government, based on the U.S. model. Other notable achievements of which he was proud were his hosting of Jimmy Carter on the first-ever state visit of a U.S. President to Sub-Saharan Africa, and visits from U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Reverend Andrew Young.
During the Nixon/Ford Administration, he served as Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, working tirelessly to avoid greater conflict in southern Africa. In all, he devoted more than three decades of his professional career to the improvement of U.S. relations with Africa.
Earlier State Department assignments included Executive Secretary for the Agency for International Development, and Staff Director of the National Security Council’s Interdepartmental Group for Latin America.
A competitive but friendly tennis and ping pong player, he promoted diplomacy via both of those sports, persuading Chinese officials to fund coaching for promising Voltaïque table-tennis players, and then helping to organize the first professional tennis tournament in West Africa, featuring international greats Arthur Ashe and Stan Smith, among others.
His distinguished career extended beyond his years with the U.S. Department of State. Upon retiring from the Foreign Service in 1980 with the rank of Career Minister, Mr. Easum assumed the presidency of the Africa-America Institute in New York (1980-1988). This work was followed by more than 20 years of international lecturing, non-profit Board memberships and activism on behalf of global understanding and human rights causes.
In 1991, he designed and taught a foreign policy seminar at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He accompanied his students to South Africa on a two-week study of models for a post-apartheid constitution. Introducing his students to Nelson Mandela was a highlight of that trip.
From 1990 to 1995, Mr. Easum was Vice President and Senior Program Consultant of the River Blindness Foundation. He organized the Foundation’s offices throughout Nigeria and was the principal drafter and negotiator of the pioneer agreement with the government for nationwide eradication of the river blindness disease (onchocerciasis) affecting some 12 million Nigerians. This pilot program was later adopted by the Carter Center and deployed on a global scale.
Mr. Easum was Senior Fellow at Yale University’s Stimson Seminar from 1999 to 2004. In April 2003, he served on the National Democratic Institute’s observer team for presidential elections in Nigeria.
He was a member of the Boards of the WorldSpace Foundation, the Rothko Chapel in Houston, the American School of Tangier/Marrakech, Renewable Energy for African Development, Friends of Boys Town South Africa, Volunteers in Technical Assistance, Pact Inc., and Vice President of Global Business Access. He was a member of the Corporate Council on Africa, the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training, the American Foreign Service Association, the Council on Foreign Relations, Diplomats and Military Commanders for Change and the American Academy of Diplomacy.
Mr. Easum was predeceased by his wife, Augusta Pentecost Easum in 1992. He is survived by his four children and nine grandchildren: Jefferson Easum of Mexico City, his wife Alessandra and their children Nicole and André; David Easum of Lagos, Nigeria, his daughter Lauren, his partner Karine and their son Tom; Susan Easum Greaney of Scotch Plains, N.J., her husband Michael and their children Charlotte, Claire and Scott; John Easum of Tokyo, his wife Laila and their children Maya and Zachary; and sister Janet Easum Bay of Traverse City, Mich. .
Gaylord Walker, age 91, died peacefully and courageously in his McLean, VA home on March 21, 2016 of Parkinsons Disease. Survivors include two sons, Lawrence of Prescott, Arizona and Mark of Emmitsburg, MD; and three grandchildren, Justin, John and Violet. His wife of 54 years, Joanne Smith Walker, preceded him in death in 2005.
Born on March 2, 1925 in Idabel, Oklahoma, he was the son of Thomas Byrd and Nola Anderson Walker. Gaylord attended Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, VA and was a graduate of the University of Virginia with a Bachelors degree in Foreign Affairs. He studied at the University in Gernoble, France, where he met and courted his wife Joanne.
He was accepted into the rigorous V-12 Navy College Training Program for officers at Mt. St. Mary”s College during World War II and served on the Japanese front as commanding officer of the LST-1080. Later, he was one of the first to fly over Nagasaki following the detonation of the atomic bomb in August of 1945.
Gaylord”s professional career as a Foreign Service Officer with USAID spanned 20 years in developing countries including Cambodia, Thailand, Morocco, Tunisia, and Ethiopia. He and his family immersed themselves in the culture of indigenous locals, camped in the Sahara Desert, traveled by elephant, and assisted MEDICO in war-ravaged Cambodia. He hunted in wildlife safaris, pulled through a bout with malaria, and sailed extensively in the Mediterranean, the Caribbean and the Eastern Seaboard. Many noteworthy tales also came out of his involvement with the rescue mission of the USS Liberty during the 6 day war in the summer of ’67.
Gaylord was a cultured and adventurous man who enjoyed photography, traveling, scuba diving, American history, astronomy, and even belonged to an opera club. He had a penchant for living: he lived right and he lived well. Gaylord, the quintessential gentleman, with such aplomb and diplomacy, will be remembered for his virtuous ways by all who knew him. He was the embodiment of “The Greatest Generation” and a principled man. Truly he leaves a legacy of goodwill, professional achievement and moral character to those who succeed him. His example will continue to inspire for years to come. Gaylord”s own reflections speak for themselves in his headstone epithet which reads: “Thanks be to God for a wonderful life.”
David Levintow, 89, of Lyme died Feb. 18, 2016, at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center of complications from a bone marrow disease.
He was born in Philadelphia, Pa., on June 15, 1926, son of Benjamin and Dora (Melnicoff). He married Arsenia Gonzalez in 1951, who predeceased him in 2003. He served during World War II in the Army Air Corps from 1944-45, graduated from Antioch College in 1950 with a B.A. in Government, and earned his M.A. in Development Economics from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in 1970.
From 1958 to 1984 he served with the U.S. Agency for International Development as a Foreign Service Officer, retiring as a career member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Counselor. He and Arsenia raised their four children in his various overseas postings including the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Iran, Turkey, Vietnam, Liberia, Afghanistan and Ghana. His Washington, DC tours included serving as Director for the Pakistan and Nepal Office, and in the Bureau for Private Enterprise. He also served on the US delegation to the Asian Development Bank and helped to establish the U.S. Trade and Development Agency.
After his Foreign Service career, he worked in Washington, DC for the Institute for Public-Private Partnerships, the Center for Financial Engineering in Development, and the Center for Privatization. In this effort, he served as a development economist advising government officials in over 30 countries on public sector reform strategies that involved public-private partnerships. He conducted capacity-building workshops and seminars on project design, procurement, contract monitoring, and regulatory governance. This included a broad range of projects including extending public services to former black townships in South Africa, advising Indonesia on facilitating foreign direct investment, advising the governorates of Alexandria and Cairo in Egypt on solutions for solid waste management, and many other public sector reform and anti-poverty initiatives.
After his wife Arsenia died, he relocated to Lyme where he enjoyed a long and active ‘On Golden Pond’ phase, which included biking, kayaking, canoeing and the pleasures of stoking his wood stove with logs he had stacked himself. He was raised in the Jewish tradition, but after moving to Lyme he joined the Lyme Congregational Church where he served on the Outreach Committee and on the Board. He was also an active member of “Those Guys,” a men’s service organization in Lyme.
He is survived by his daughter Alexandra Howell (and her husband Peter Tenney) of Lyme; and his three sons Nicholas (and his wife Katharina), Christopher, and Anthony; and his grandchildren Cameron, Nathan, and Caroline Howell; and Sara, David, and Christopher Levintow. His brother Leon predeceased him in 2014.
He had many favorite sayings, but often said that his life’s goal could be summed up in the famous quotation from the American educator Horace Mann: “Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.”*
Charles Richard “Chuck” Rheingans, 71, of Fredericksburg passed away Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at VCU Hospital in Richmond.
Mr. Rheingans was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church. Chuck, who grew up in Plainview, Minnesota joined the Peace Corps in 1962 where he served in Thailand for two years. He then joined the U.S. Agency for International Development in 1964 where he worked in Agricultural Development. He served in Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines and returned to the US to finish his 35 year career. After retirement, Chuck pursued a second career selling long-term care insurance for Genworth.
Chuck’s legacy will be carried through his family, friends and co-workers who will always remember his warm smile. He touched the lives of everyone he met. Survivors include his wife, Kathleen, sons Chad and wife Lisa, and Tony; daughter Julie; brothers Randy and wife Pam, and Dean and wife Sue; sisters Linda Richter and husband Dale, and Mary Brooks and husband Pat; and four grandchildren Aidan, Hailey, Layla and Gavin.
Jeffery Anthony Malick, 72, passed away peacefully on February 17th, 2016 while on a cruise in the Caribbean with his beloved wife and friends. He was born on March 10th, 1943 in Kingston, Jamaica to George and Sylvia Malick.
Jeff grew up in Kingston, Jamaica until age 11, when his family immigrated to Queens, New York. He graduated from Andrew Jackson high school in 1960 and Queens College in 1965. Shortly after college, he joined the Peace Corps in 1965, where he served as a volunteer and staff in Nepal for over 7 years. In 1976, Jeff joined the US Agency for International Development (USAID), where he worked for 22 years, serving in India, Pakistan, Egypt, and Washington D.C. before retiring in 1998. He was known for his compassion, empathy and humor in both his work and personal lives.
Jeff married Susan in November of 1969 in Kathmandu, Nepal, and they were happily married for over 46 years. In addition to being an active member of his church, Jeff enjoyed mentoring others, traveling with his wife, attending baseball games, and visiting his grandchildren.
Jeff is survived by his spouse (whom he affectionately like to call his “bride”) Susan Malick of Vienna, VA; his children Ravi Malick (wife Helen) of Dallas, TX; Laura Malick of Brooklyn, NY; and Benjamin Malick of Washington, D.C.; his sister Carole Visveshwara (husband Vish) of Fresno, CA; his grandchildren Isabella, Miles, and Aaron Malick; and his nieces, nephews and other relatives.
On February 20, 2016, Edwin J. (Ed) Cohn died peacefully at home in Washington, DC., a day shy of his 95th birthday. Born in Cambridge, MA, in 1921, Ed attended Shady Hill School and graduated from the Phillips Exeter Academy. He received an A.B. from Harvard College and a Ph.D. in economics from Columbia University.
Ed served in the field of international-development economics at the State Department and the Agency for International Development, including postings at the Hague, in Turkey, and in Afghanistan. While in Turkey, he also served as an advisor to the Turkish parliament and taught economics at the Middle East Technical University.
His intellectual curiosity and passion for knowledge and learning extended throughout his life. After he retired, Ed read widely and, together with his wife Kath, traveled extensively, focusing on his lifelong interest in the interrelationships among economy, society, culture, and politics in various parts of the world, with particular attention to the historic and contemporary forces that affect the emergence of democracy. An accomplished linguist, he spoke French, Spanish, German, and Turkish. For the last 20 years, he derived great pleasure and satisfaction from participating in classes at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University, where he also developed many rewarding friendships.
Ed is survived by his daughter Sue Cohn of Washington, DC; son Dan Cohn of Sanibel Island, FL; grandchildren Michael, Amanda, Vance, Alec, Julia, and Katherine; companion Regina Hablutzel; son-in-law Larry Novey and daughter-in-law Candy Hutchings Cohn; and numerous other relatives and friends. Ed was predeceased by his wife of 46 years, Katherine Sloss Cohn.
Shari Berenbach, a former official with the U.S. Agency for International Development who had served as president of the U.S. African Development Foundation since 2012, died Feb. 7 at her home in Bethesda, Md. She was 64.
The cause was breast cancer, said her husband, James Heaney.
Ms. Berenbach was the director of the Microenterprise and Private Enterprise Promotion office at USAID for two years before joining the African Development Foundation, an independent federal agency that awards grants to community groups and small businesses on the continent.
At both agencies, she focused on microfinance initiatives, which provide low-income individuals and small businesses with loans and other financial services.
From 1997 to 2010, she served as president of the Calvert Foundation, a nonprofit investment company in Bethesda started by the founders of the Calvert Group mutual fund company. Under her direction, the organization grew to invest more than $500 million in nonprofits and small businesses around the world with the aim of reducing poverty.
Shari Sue Berenbach was born Sept. 17, 1951, in Los Angeles. She graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1974 with a bachelor’s degree in political science. She received a master’s degree in Latin American studies from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1982 and an MBA from Columbia Business School in 1990.
Ms. Berenbach began her microfinance work in the early 1980s as a program director for the now-defunct Partnership for Productivity International, a Washington-based nonprofit that trained and advised entrepreneurs around the world.
She served on boards and committees for groups such as the Financial Accounting Standards Board and the Association for Enterprise Opportunity, a microbusiness advocacy group.
In addition to her husband of 23 years, survivors include their daughter, Moriah Heaney, also of Bethesda; a brother; and a sister.
Alfredo Perez, 83, of Sheffield, MA died peacefully on December 18. Born in New York City, he graduated from Columbia College and Columbia University Graduate School of Business.
After serving in the U.S. Navy he had an extensive career in public service, most notably as deputy CEO of Planned Parenthood; acting director of the U.S. Peace Corps; president of the college, The Experiment in International Living and its School for International Training; U.S. Agency for International Development; and Senior Vice President, Management of Family Health International, supervising programs with USAID for controlling the AIDS epidemic in developing countries.
Charming and courtly, Alfredo was a gentle, loving man, compassionate, caring and always there for you. An avid reader, he had a love of good conversation, strong coffee, and music – classical, jazz, flamenco, and bluegrass. His greatest love was for his family – his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is survived by his wife, Ann-Marie Light, daughters, Carole Montanari and Xanne Perez; sons, Tom, Robbie and Michael Perez; twelve grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; brother, George Peters; and his first wife, Florence Perez.
Nyle C. Brady died on November 24, 2015 in Colorado.
On the faculty of Cornell University from 1947 to 1973, Brady became the International Rice Research Institute’s third director general in 1973. During 8 years at the helm, he pioneered new cooperative relationships between the Institute and the national agricultural research systems in Asia. After IRRI, he served as senior assistant administrator for science and technology at USAID from 1981 to 1989 and was also a senior international development consultant for the United Nations Development Programme and the World Bank in Washington, D.C.
Born in Colorado in the United States, he earned his BS in chemistry from Brigham Young University in 1941 and his PhD in soil science from North Carolina State University in 1947. He was Emeritus Professor at Cornell and co-author (with Ray R. Weil) of the classic textbook, The Nature and Properties of Soils, now in its 14th edition. He and his wife Martha lived near Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Norman Louis Brown (1923~2015) was born and raised in Atlantic City, NJ, and lived in Washington DC from 1957 on. He attended M.I.T. for two years before volunteering for the Army in 1943. He was stationed at Los Alamos, NM, where his job was to purify plutonium for the Nagasaki bomb. After the war, he returned to M.I.T., and then earned a PhD from Brown University.
Norman’s experience in the Army shaped so many of his later choices in life. He was proud at the time of his contribution to ending the war, but when he realized and understood the devastating death and destruction caused by the bombs, he became a peace activist. With his wife Janet Welsh Brown he participated in the March on Washington in 1963. They took their three children to protests against nuclear weapons and the War on Vietnam, from the earliest demonstrations organized by Women Strike for Peace. He continued to protest wars and injustice throughout his life.
Norman worked at G.E. in NY, then at the National Bureau of Standards in Washington, DC, but with his marriage in 1957 and the birth of his first child, he shifted his career path, and in all of his subsequent jobs he applied his scientific training to the solution of human problems, at first addressing hunger, and later in the development and application of small scale and renewable energy technologies in developing countries. He worked at the Bureau of Commercial Fisheries, the National Academy of Sciences, the Department of Energy, and the Agency for International Development.
After retirement from the government, he worked as a consultant for AID, the World Bank, the Food and Agriculture Organization, and other international organizations. His work took him to Sub-Saharan Africa and North Africa, the Middle East, South and Southeast Asia, and Latin America. Norman served on the founding board of the Shakespeare Festival, a free, professional-quality theater that held performances at the amphitheater on the Washington Monument grounds during the 1960s and ’70s, and he designed, built and ran the theater’s sound system in its second season. He served also on the board of Neighbors, Inc, which supported the racial integration of Washington’s Shepherd Park neighborhood, where the family lived.
Norman was a self-taught cabinet maker, plumber, carpenter, electrician and musician. He taught himself to play the recorder, and played music with friends in what he called the Lower Iris Street Chamber Music Society. Norman served on the founding board of the Selma Levine School of Music. He built two beautiful walnut bureaus which are still in use 57 years later. With family and friends, he built a second home in the woods in Pennsylvania, guided by a carpenter neighbor with whom he later went into business as a sheep farmer. He built his first computer from a “Heath Kit” in the early 1980s, and encouraged his colleagues and friends to join the computer age. He encouraged his children to undertake ambitious science projects, including a garbage-fueled home methane generator. He was always willing to advise and help neighbors and friends with repairs and other projects.
Norman is survived by his wife of 58 years, Janet Welsh Brown, and three children and their families: Leah Brown of Washington, Mira Brown of Boston and Ian Brown of Seattle. He is survived also by an extended and loving family. Norman died peacefully at home, early on November 7, 2015.
Robert Stone McClusky was born on Feb. 4, 1934, in Washington, D.C., to George Nesbitt and Janet Stone McClusky. His father’s jobs took the family to Oregon, California, Berlin (Germany), and finally back to the D.C. area. Bob studied at Oberlin College in Ohio and the Woodrow Wilson School of International Affairs, Princeton, N.J.
Helping people and communities around the world was of great importance to Bob. He worked for CARE, the brand new Peace Corps, and finally, the Agency for International Development. In the early 60s, he was assistant director of the Peace Corps staff in Afghanistan. The period was a much different, promising time for the country, when women as well as men, were honored and given education and teaching responsibilities.
At AID, Bob worked with the Center for Human Capacity Development. He contributed much time and energy to the design and development of a National Research Council-sponsored workshop called “The Transition to Democracy.” He also worked to strengthen workforce development. He saw how important community colleges were in the US, and he strove to implement policy dialogue about them in other countries.
After overseas travel in the 1960s, Bob met Nancy Dixon, whom he married in 1968. They lived in Chevy Chase and then in Bethesda, Md., for 41 years before retirement and a move to Kendal at Oberlin in Ohio. At Kendal he was an active resident. Bob served for two years as vice president of KORA, the residents’ organization, and participated as an actor and/or director of several public play-reading events.
Bob leaves his wife, Nancy; brother, Campbell; and two daughters, Maryanne (Mrs. T. E. O’Connor Jr.) and Lauren (Mrs. F. P. Hudson). The O’Connor family includes 11-year-old Jay and nine-year-old Alaina; the Hudsons have 12-year-old Robert and nine-year-old Kathryn. Cam has one adult son, Graham.
Family vacations and holidays have been highlights in Bob’s life. When Maryanne and Laurie were teenagers, school friends would often join the family for fun at Bethany Beach, Del. Bob loved the ocean waves and the beach! Often Thanksgiving or Christmas family reunions happened.
Bob was curious about his genealogy and he discovered that he had a living relative in South Africa and a cousin (many generations removed) living in Edinburgh, Scotland. Bob and Nancy made several trips to Scotland and the cousins became good friends.*
Frederic C. Thomas of Berkeley, CA, an artist and author aged 87, died Sept 16.
He and his wife, Xandra Loud, married 62 years, lived abroad most of this time because his life-long interest and employment was in developing countries. He served as Peace Corps country director in Morocco and Somalia, USAID director in Jordan, and UNDP resident representative in Saudi Arabia and Haiti. He wrote “Calcutta Poor” 1997; “To the Mouths of the Ganges” 2004; and “Slavery and Jihad in the Sudan” 2009.
He was born in New York City, graduated from Phillips Academy, Andover, studied Arabic at Harvard and received his doctorate in social anthropology from University of London. He cared for dogs and cats and over the years. He loved music and sang with the Berkeley chorus and amused himself in quiet moments by playing an oboe. With acrylics, he painted scenes from his travels.
Tom Donnelly was born July 28, 1941, in Pittsburgh, PA. He passed away Saturday, September 26, 2015, after a courageous battle with cancer. Tom grew up in Lebanon, PA, and then moved to Winter Park, FL where he did his undergraduate work at Rollins College.
Following a year with the U.S. Latin American Co-op, Tom began a 30-year career with the USAID, serving in Ecuador, Mexico and Costa Rica, retiring as USAID Mission Director to Mexico.
Following his retirement, he resided in Winter Park and has been active in leadership positions with Rotary Club of Winter Park (Service Above Self Award 2010), Rollins College Alumni Association (Alumni of The Year 2008), and co-founded SHARES International (now Sharing Smiles), a program of Florida Hospital Foundation that provides free cleft lip and palate surgeries and pediatric dentistry to disadvantaged children in Latin America.
Tom is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Bill Donnelly. He is survived by brother, John Donnelly, of Dunellen, Florida, two nieces, a nephew, and two grandnieces.
Anita Lanigan, 96, a contract manager with the U.S. Agency for International Development from the mid-1960s to the mid-1970s, died Aug. 4 at a hospital in Gaithersburg, Md. The cause was pneumonia, said a nephew, Vito Maggiolo.
Mrs. Lanigan, a resident of Gaithersburg, Md., was born Anita Maggiolo in the Bronx. She moved to the Washington area in 1940 and worked for the Census Bureau and the War Production Board. She later held positions with the Interior and State departments.
Gerald (Jerry) Pagano
Gerald A. Pagano, 83, who spent 28 years with the U.S. Agency for International Development before retiring in 1987 as executive secretary to the administrator, died Aug. 20 in Arlington, VA. The cause was complications from pneumonia.
Mr. Pagano was born in New York City and served in the Coast Guard before coming to Washington in 1959. After retiring from USAID, he became deputy director for the Center for Immigration Policy and Refugee Assistance at Georgetown University. From 1995 until his retirement in 2005, he was director of personnel recruitment for Development Associates, an organization that bids on government contracts, primarily in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Bauduin de Marcken
Baudouin (Butch) F. de Marcken, 74 died Sunday, April 12, 2015. Born on October 21, 1940 in Louvain, Belgium as a U.S. citizen, Baudouin was the youngest of nine children of Alix de Kerchove d’Exarde and Gustave Richard Theodore de Marcken de Merken. He spent his early childhood during World War II in Belgium, and moved to the United States at the age of 12. He moved first to Brule, Wisconsin, then joined his family in 1953 at their home, Stonehouse, outside Lakeville, CT.
Baudouin earned a B.S. in Government in 1962 from Colby College, and a M.A. in Political Science in 1964 from the University of Michigan. After graduation, he joined as one of the first U.S. Peace Corps volunteers from 1964-1967 in Sarawak, Malaysia, where he worked as a teacher in the jungle towns of Saratok and Belaga, and where he met his wife Gail, a Peace Corps volunteer from Minnesota, when she traveled up-river to visit Belaga to buy food and supplies.
With deep commitment to economic development and improving the lives of people around the world, Baudouin served for 19 years with the Peace Corps, first as a volunteer, then as Deputy Peace Corps Director in Malaysia (1968-1971), and as Peace Corps Director in Chad (1972-1973), Mali (1977), Zaire (1978-1981), Morocco (1981-1982), Tunisia (1995) and the Baltic States of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia (1996-1999). Early in his career, Baudouin and Gail bought property on Bear Island Lake between Babbitt and Ely, MN, and built a beloved home for their family in the woods “Up North.”
For many years, Baudouin managed programs for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). From 1983-1987, he was the Regional Liaison Officer in Burkina Faso responsible for coordinating U.S. food assistance, disaster relief and rehabilitation programs. From 1988-1989, he was Mission Director in Madagascar, overseeing programs in agricultural policy reform and research, bio-diversity conservation, health and food assistance. From 1990-1991, he was Deputy Director in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and oversaw the restructuring of USAID’s programs in light of a deepening political and economic crisis. In 1992, Baudouin travelled to Russia as part of Operation Provide Hope, a U.S. effort to provide humanitarian assistance to the newly independent states after the fall of the Soviet Union. From 1993-1994, he covered Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania as USAID’s representative to the Baltics.
After his retirement, and as his health permitted, Baudouin continued to give time in community service, first in Latvia with an organization that supported street children. Subsequently, he and Gail moved home to Minnesota, where he volunteered with the North St. Louis County chapter of Habitat for Humanity, and as a tutor for students at the Northeast Range School in Babbitt, MN.
Baudouin was a devout, generous person who changed the lives of many people. We will miss terribly his Belgian accent, his offbeat sense of humor, and the smell of his pipe.
Baudouin is survived by Gail de Marcken, his wife of 46 years, and their three children: Carl de Marcken, his wife Marina Meila-Predoviciu and their daughter Nina de Marcken of Seattle, WA; Natasha de Marcken, her husband Aaron Sampson and their two children Mia and Leo Sampson of Washington, D.C.; and Paya de Marcken of Washington D.C.; as well as by six of his brothers and sisters in the U.S. and Belgium.
Luann Habegger Martin
Luann Habegger Martin, wife of USAID alumnus Ray Martin, died peacefully in her sleep at 12:05 AM on Tuesday, July 14, 2015, at her home in McLean, Virginia. As her health declined from an aggressive cancer, she chose to focus on the positive, giving thanks for the 66 beautiful, fulfilling years of life she was given.
Luann was born on January 17, 1949, in Berne, Indiana, to C. Earl and Donna (Roth) Habegger (both deceased). She married Raymond Sauder Martin, originally from New Holland, Pennsylvania, on September 13, 1975, in Berne. In addition to her husband, she is survived by two children, Annette Martin Ozaltin and Gregory Habegger Martin, both of Washington, DC, and a six-month old grandson, Emerson Troy Ozaltin.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in English at Goshen College in Indiana. Following a year in peace studies at what is now the Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Indiana, she pursued a master’s degree in International Development at American University in Washington, DC. After a volunteer position at the Mennonite Central Committee Peace Office in Washington, DC, she joined her husband in his Foreign Service career with the USAID, serving in Ghana, Cameroon, Pakistan, and Zaire (now DR Congo).
In her professional life, she focused her writing and organizational talents on promoting mother and child health and nutrition, working with prominent international organizations including UNICEF, USAID, and FHI 360, where she retired last December as Associate Director for Communications for a global maternal and child health project. Work colleagues around the world speak admiringly of her contributions to child survival and health in developing countries.
She served USAID in many short-term consultancies at her husband’s various postings as well as with USAID-funded firms in Washington. These assignments were primarily in project evaluations and as an advisor and communications coordinator and technical writer in the area of maternal and child health.
She was devoted to family, actively involved in church, and enjoyed cooking, entertaining, reading, theater, and travel. She was kind hearted, creative, principled, and an attentive listener.
A memorial service was held August 1 at Lewinsville Presbyterian Church in McLean, VA. A video of the service is online at http://insete.com/LuannMartinMemorialService/
Condolences can be sent to her husband at 1817 Rupert Street, McLean, VA 22101, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Memorial donations may be made to the global mother and child health activities of Mennonite Central Committee, P.O. Box 500, Akron, PA 17501, designated for the Luann Martin Memorial, or online at https://donate.mcc.org/registry/luann-martin-memorial
Al Furman died peacefully on July 15, 2015 at the age of 83 in his home in Deerfield Beach, Florida after a long battle following multiple hip replacement surgeries.
He dedicated his life to helping others less fortunate than himself working first with the United States Agency for International Development and then with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. His postings included Dhaka Bangladesh, Port-au-Prince Haiti, Rome Italy, Kingston Jamaica and Sana’a Yemen.
He is survived by a loving wife Sharon to whom he was married for 35 years. He is also survived by eight children, Brad, Michelle, Allyson, Scott and Christopher, Susan Black, Amy Purcell, Sean Purcell, 11 grandchildren, his brothers Ed and Grant and his sister Marge and many nieces and nephews. He will be sorely missed for his sense of humor, his love for his wife and children and families and his passion for woodworking.*
The obituary below was written by Charles North, Jeanne North’s son:
My mother, Jeanne Foote North, passed away last Wednesday, July 8. She was 90 years old.
On June 28, while in the hospital, she had decided – with her usual perfect clarity of reason and determination – that it was time to let her body go. She spent the next ten days at home in hospice care enjoying visits and calls from family and friends reminiscing about the wonderful times they had had together. She had calls from Vietnam, Mexico, Liberia, Louisiana, and California. She charmed and built friendships with the hospice nurses and nursing aides who took care of her – as she did with everyone all her life: telling stories, sharing a laugh, and caring for those who cared for her.
From an early age, mom was a fierce advocate for racial and gender equality – from a speaking tour on racial equality in 1930s Alabama, her home state, to advocating in the early 1970s for the rights of women divorced or widowed by their Foreign Service husbands. She had an adventurous spirit that led her to teach school in post-war Hawaii (Kauai).
She later traveled with her husband/my father, Haven North, on his assignments with Point Four and USAID to Ethiopia (1952-1957), Nigeria (1961-1965), and Ghana (1970-1975). My sister was two years old when they went to Ethiopia; my brother was born in Ethiopia; and I was less than a year old when we moved to Nigeria. To ensure we had good schools to attend, she was a founding board member of the American International School of Lagos and Chair of the Board of the Lincoln Community School in Accra. She also served on the boards of the Opportunities Industrialization Centers and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). She applied her Masters in Medical Social Work (Columbia U.) to many issues: working as a social worker in Presbyterian Hospital in NYC, introducing social work concepts to nursing students in Ethiopia, conducting one of the first Women in Development studies for USAID in Ghana, working with young women in the Job Corps program in Washington, D.C., and, through NAMI, counseling families dealing with mental illness.
She joined USAID in 1976 as a Civil Service Social Scientist; rising to become a GS-15, she focused on institution building, development management. and policy reform. She designed and managed the Implementing Policy Change program, based on social work principles that emphasized the central role of the people and governments of developing countries in leading their own development, with donors and consultants playing a facilitative and supporting role. That project shaped, and continues to influence, the thinking of many development practitioners.
With retirement, she dedicated more time to social causes, to the church, and to her art. She studied painting at the Yellow Barn at Glen Echo Park and livened our walls with beautiful portraits and landscapes. She and my father had a wonderful, loving marriage that lasted almost 65 years. She was a devoted mother and grandmother and my mentor and role model. We will all miss her.
We will hold a memorial service for her at Bethesda United Methodist Church on July 26 at 2:00 for those who would like to attend.
Barbara K. Rodes, 76, an information director for the World Wildlife Fund in Washington from 1985 to 1997, died June 6 at an assisted living center in Boston. She had Alzheimer’s disease, said her husband, Thomas Rodes.
Mrs. Rodes, who moved to Boston from Garrett Park, Md., in 2011, was born Barbara Knauft in Cincinnati. Early on, she was library director of what is now Johnson College in Scranton, Pa., and the information director of the Environmental Law Institute in Washington. She joined the Conservation Foundation in 1980 and moved to the World Wildlife Fund when the organizations merged in 1985.
In addition, she was a project coordinator for the U.S. Agency for International Development from 1993 to 1996 and helped provide resources to libraries in Central and Eastern Europe. She co-wrote “A Dictionary of Environmental Quotations” in 1992.
Julie T. Phillips, 59, a certified public accountant who retired last year from the Government Accountability Office, died June 12 at her home in Arlington, Va. The office of the chief medical examiner of Virginia said she died of a gunshot wound to the chest. The death was ruled a suicide.
She was born Julie Sindelar in St. Louis and relocated to Washington in 1984. She worked for the U.S. Agency for International Development before joining the General Accounting Office in 1991. She attended Cherrydale Baptist Church in Arlington, where she sang in the choir and participated in women’s ministries. She hosted a Bible study group in her home.
Herbert Adelman (Age 82) was born May 26, 1932 and died May 20, 2015 after a brief illness. He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Betty Adelman; his children, Rachel, Paul, and Jennifer; eight grandchildren; and a brother, and three sisters.
Herb attended the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. After graduating, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served as a radio officer during the Korean War, on the U.S.S. McNair, Herb then completed his education at the Columbia Law School. He clerked for Judge Stanley Fuld of the New York State Supreme Court, and then practiced law in New York City.
Attracted to Washington, DC by the Kennedy administration’s Alliance for Progress, he worked in the Agency for International Development’s General Counsel’s Office and in its Latin America Office of Capital Development. He then pursued a private international practice at the law firm Cameron, Hornbostel, and Adelman.
During his first retirement, in the early “80s, he taught U.S. law at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC He returned to law practice as a class-action litigator, successfully representing, with co-counsel, people whose health insurance rates were improperly raised, and then insurance agents who were denied promised permanent health insurance benefits. He continued to work as a class-action litigator for people who needed his strong will and determination. In his last case, he successfully worked with other attorneys to obtain compensation for retirees who had unknowingly invested in a Ponzi scheme run by the CEO of a chain of assisted living facilities.
Although retired (again) at 81, he continued to help people examine the merits of their cases and to find legal representation, especially for claims involving denied health insurance benefits. He was an avid hiker, skier, and kayaker. He loved good friends, good food, and good conversation. He made lifelong friends from a single ride up a snowy mountain in a chairlift with a stranger. Above all, Herb loved and was greatly loved by his family.
Dwight Alan “Al: Smith passed away on April 30, 2015. Husband of Katherine Norden-Smith, of Darnestown, Maryland and brother of Susan Smith Shockey of Annandale, Virginia, Al was born in 1953 in Van Wert, Ohio to Rae Mouser Smith and Dwight E. Smith. He held a B.S. degree from Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service and a M.S. in Agricultural Economics from The Ohio State University.
Al was a U.S. Diplomat for 30 years, serving as an Agricultural Economist and Program Development Officer with USAID. A specialist in African affairs, he spent over 20 years posted overseas, including assignments in Burkina Faso, Rwanda, Malawi and Kenya. Interment will be in Columbus, Ohio.
Gordon “Gordy” Straub passed away, unexpectedly, on March 31, 2015 at his home in Virginia. He was a distinguished FSO who served with USAID for 16 years in Nicaragua ,Guatemala, Honduras and in the E&E Bureau in Washington before retiring in 1997.
Gordy had a successful 30 year career as an international development specialist. He began his USAID career in Nicaragua in 1980 as an International Development Intern and moved on to become the Deputy Director of the Office of Rural Development and Natural Resources in Honduras and later the Director of the Regional Office of Agriculture/Natural Resources in ROCAP and in the bilateral mission in Guatemala. He served for four years as the Director of the Productive Resources Office in El Salvador and later became the Senior Environmental Policy Adviser for the Bureau for Eastern Europe and New Independent States until 1997. Gordy also was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guatemala in the Western Highlands from 1970-1972.
After leaving USAID in1997, he became a Principal Associate with ABT Associates where he served in many capacities including Project Director and Principal Adviser for a USAID Agribusiness and Trade Competitive Program in Mozambique and other projects in Central America, Dominican Republic, and the Ukraine.
He held a B.S. in International Studies and a M.A. in Agricultural Economics/Public Policy from the University of Wisconsin.
Lucy Ruth Leidy, beloved Sister of Ruth Mielke of Fanwood New Jersey, and Mildred Ho of Honolulu, Hawaii, passed on to be with Our Lord on Monday morning, February 16, 2015, at 4:18 A.M., after a long hospital stay.
Lucy was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, on August 28, 1919, and was a long — time resident of Cranford, New Jersey before moving to Holiday, Florida, and later, Inverness, Florida.
Lucy worked overseas in Korea, Egypt, Turkey, and Pakistan for the United States Department of State, Agency for International Development ( USAID), from which she retired as an Executive Secretary.
Lucy loved traveling throughout countries in the Middle East and Far East. She also loved to travel, on occasion, to Las Vegas, Nevada. Lucy also enjoyed swimming and relaxing in the Gulf of Mexico on Fort Myers Beach, Florida.
Lucy also loved playing bingo and was a frequent winner. She could play 13 — 20 cards at one time and still keep a sharp eye on your cards to be sure that you didn’t miss a number.
Lucy survived her Father, Edward Leidy, and her Mother, Ruth Leidy of Cranford, New Jersey, as well as her Sisters Evelyn Kiewra of Inverness, Florida, and June Johnson of Holiday, Florida. She also survived her Brothers Edward Leidy of Cranford, New Jersey, and Emerson Leidy of Elizabeth, New Jersey and a Nephew, Jimmy Leidy, of Elizabeth, New Jersey.
Lucy leaves behind her Sister Ruth Mielke of Fanwood, New Jersey, Brother-In-Law Robert Mielke of Fanwood, New Jersey, Sister Mildred Ho of Honolulu, Hawaii, Brother-In- Law Edwin Ho of Honolulu, Hawaii, Brother- In- Law Donald Johnson of Holiday, Florida, and Sister- In- Law Gertrude Leidy of Elizabeth, New Jersey. She also leaves behind Nephews Wayne Mielke of Wellsburg, West Virginia, Ken Mielke of Henderson, Nevada, David Johnson of Willow, Alaska; Nieces Lynn Southwick of Cape Coral, Florida, Brenda Gorman of Middletown, New Jersey, Debra McCrossan of Brick, New Jersey, Janice Weber of Edison, New Jersey, and Robin Karlovitch of Indialantic, Florida, together with numerous grandnephews and grandnieces, and special neighbors and good friends Joanna DesFonds and her family of Inverness, Florida.
Tim Seims, who joined the Family Planning Services Division of the USAID Office of Population in 1980, died on March 31, 2015, in a hospice near his home in West Virginia. The cause of death was congestive heart failure. Tim served as Population Officer in USAID/Cairo and in Bolivia. He is survived by his son, Joshua Seims, and two granddaughters, Zoe and Sophia.
Herman “Hy” Nissenbaum (87) was born in New York City to Paula Paschkar and Jacob Nissenbaum, and lived in Brooklyn until 1944. Hy served in the United States Army from 1944 to 1945. He attended Syracuse University and the University of Michigan, moving to Washington, DC in 1952.
His public career spanned over five decades, starting at the Pentagon and the Agency for International Development, and including 37 years at the World Bank. He retired in 2004, and in 2012 moved from his Rockville home of nearly 45 years to Ingleside at King Farm. He died from complications of pneumonia.
He is survived by his wife, Claire; daughter, Ellen (Jeffrey); sons, Daniel (Penelope) and John (Gabriella); grandchildren, Nora, Meredith, Gabriel, Gillian and Joshua; his sister, Rachel; three nieces, Gloria (Alan), Barbara (Ira) and Belinda (Steve); and cherished family friend, Staci Houser.
Robert W. Smail, 88, died at his home in Manhattan, KS on February 15, 2015. Bob was born in Aberdeen, SD to Leola (LaSalle) and William C. Smail. He attended local schools, graduating from Aberdeen’s Central High School in 1945. In high school, he played the tuba and sousaphone in the band and was on the football and basketball teams. He joined the army on VE day, before his high school graduation (an American flag was placed on his empty chair), and he served for two years, mostly in Germany. After discharge he returned to Aberdeen and graduated from Northern State Teachers College (now Northern State University) in 1950. Later Bob would continue his education at the University of South Dakota (Vermillion), receiving a master’s degree in education in 1952 and a Doctor 0f Education degree in 1959, the first doctoral degree awarded by the University. Dr. Smail was selected to be the USAID fellow at the Center of International Affairs, Harvard University in 1971-72.
Bob’s entire career was in the field of education and human resources, beginning with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Cheyenne River Reservation, SD, where he taught grades K-6 for 4 years at Iron Lighting Day School , a one-room school house. After earning his doctoral degree, he went to Clarion State College in Pennsylvania as Professor of Education and Director of the Laboratory School from 1959-1962.
In 1962 he joined the US Agency for International Development. With USAID, he managed and supervised contractual groups for all phases of education development and training programs in fields such as irrigation and agricultural development and public administration programs in seven countries. His first assignment was as Teacher Education Advisor in Cambodia from 1962 to 1964 where he developed the education program and physical specifications for a new teacher training college to be built at Siem Reap. Between 1964 and 1970, he worked closely with the governments of the Philippines, Mali, Liberia and Nigeria supervising USAID contractors in the fields of education, university development, public administration, and various agricultural and irrigation programs.
Following assignment in Washington D.C. where he was responsible for policy and programs for Human Resources Development in the African Region and following his time as a Fellow at Harvard, he served in Nepal (1972-73) where he supervised various development programs at Tribhuvan University and the establishment of a management program for the Office of the Prime minister. From Nepal, he went to Bangkok as Chief of Human Resources Development. In the Southeast Asian Regional Economic Development Office, he served as consultant to SEAMEO and was involved in several programs, including public administration and agricultural development projects in Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand.
Returning to Washington, DC in 1978, he was Chief of the Office of Human Resources for the Latin American Bureau, overseeing program policy development in twenty countries in Latin America and the Caribbean until his retirement in 1980.
Following retirement, he consulted extensively on USAID and foreign development projects in several countries, including Indonesia, Grenada, Thailand, Pakistan, Egypt, and Jordan. He also had short-term assignments including Education Officer for the Cuban-Haitian Boat Lift project at Ft. McCoy, WI and the worldwide evaluation of the World Scouting Movement. Dr. Smail’s strengths were in the areas of being able to see the “big picture” of a project’s development, identifying the key players, and devising appropriate training paths that would produce results. He worked well with both local and expatriate personnel. Mrs. Smail and their children accompanied him on his assignments.
Bob and wife Lois moved to Manhattan, KS in 1996 to be near their son’s family. They enjoyed many years of their grandchildren’s elementary, middle school, and high school activities. Bob was active in community services, including Bread Basket, Red Cross, Kiwanis, the Men’s Garden Club, and the Senior Center. He particularly enjoyed working with the Library of Congress Veterans’ Oral History Project. He was a voracious reader, an avid golfer, a gentle man, and a gentleman.
He is survived by his wife of over 66 years, Lois; two children, Robin Dietrich (married to Richard Dietrich, D.Min., Ph.D.) of Staunton, VA and Virgil Smail,Ph.D. (married to Nan) of Manhattan, KS; four grandchildren, Christopher Dietrich, Ph.D. (married to Veronica) and Nathanael Dietrich, and Robert Smail and Tyler Smail (married to Vera); and three great grandchildren.*
Thomas Laurence Farmer, whose Washington career in public service and private law practice spanned 63 years, died February 5, 2015 at his home in Cleveland Park surrounded by his family. He was 91 years old. The cause was neuro-degenerative illness.
Thomas Farmer combined private law practice with a passion for politics and international affairs. He first came to Washington in 1951 where he worked for the CIA for three years as a Covert Operations Officer. He returned to Washington in 1958 as an Associate of the New York law firm of Simpson, Thacher and Bartlett and to work in John Kennedy’s presidential campaign. Appointed by President Kennedy as Chairman of the Advisory Board of the National Capital Transportation Agency from 1961 to 1964, he helped lead a crucial battle that prevented interstate highways from bisecting Washington.
From 1964 to 1968, he worked as the General Counsel for the State Department’s U.S. Agency for International Development, and contributed to the establishment of the Asian Development Bank. From 1977 to 1981 he served as Chairman of the Intelligence Oversight Board during the Carter administration. From 1970 to 1994 he was partner in the law firm Prather, Seeger, Doolittle and Farmer.
Born in 1923 in Berlin, to an American father and a German Jewish mother, Tom Farmer came with his parents to New York City in 1933. He graduated from Great Neck High School in 1940 and from Harvard College (A.B. 1943), where he was a member of the Editorial Board of the Harvard Crimson. He served in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946 and worked as a member of the Military Intelligence Division of the Combined Chiefs of Staff, Washington. He then read Law at Brasenose College, Oxford (LL.B. 1948) and at Harvard Law School (LL.M. 1950).
Tom Farmer was deeply involved in developing relations between the United States and Germany in the Postwar era. In 1983 he helped found the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies as a Director and Secretary-Treasurer, and was a Trustee until his death. In 1994, with Henry Kissinger and German President Richard von Weizs??cker, he helped found the American Academy in Berlin, served as its Founding Chairman until succeeded by Richard Holbrooke, and continued as a Trustee until his death. In 1993 he became the only non-German appointed to the Treuhandanstalt, the “Trust agency” of the Federal Republic of Germany after reunification in 1990, and helped implement privatization of the state-owned coal industry in the former East Germany. He received the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 1997.
He is survived by his wife, Wanda Walton, his three children: Daniel, Sarah and Elspeth, and five grandchildren. A prior marriage to Elizabeth Midgley ended in divorce.*
M. Douglas Stafford died peacefully on Sunday, February 1, 2015 at 12:45 p.m. at age 81 after a lengthy and arduous battle beginning with renal cancer 14 years ago. Born on September 29, 1933 in Syracuse, New York to George Stafford, of New York State, and Jeanette Martin Stafford, of New York State, he leaves a family of relations and friends that spread worldwide, with an influence to match.
After graduating from Cornell’s School for Industrial and Labor Relations, Doug’s remarkable career began with three years in the Navy aboard the USS Cacapon where he met lifelong friends. He began his civilian career at IBM where he stayed for three years before joining the Peace Corps and acting as Country Deputy Director in Liberia and Ghana. After he and his family returned from these two years in Africa he was Director of Administration of Peace Corps in Washington DC. Following this he spent a year with a principal role in Family Health Care, Inc. and then two years as Vice President for Administration at State University of New York at New Paltz College. Doug returned to Washington to work as comptroller at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. After his time at EEOC he went to work at the United Nations Development Program as Director of Finance and Deputy Assistant Administrator, Bureau of Finance and Administration. Later he was appointed Deputy High Commissioner for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, located in Geneva.
Doug returned to Washington to complete his career of public service at the State Department as a Clinton appointee, where he was Assistant Administrator for Food and Humanitarian Assistance at the U.S. Agency for International Development. Doug met and at times served with dignitaries such as Kofi Annan, Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, the Dalai Lama, the Queen of Spain and many others.
But it was working with his revered staff and colleagues, sleeves rolled up and in the trenches that fueled his fire. He wasn’t living if he didn’t have an issue to tackle. He brought his intense passion for people, his direct and colorful way of speaking and fearless enthusiasm for championing his staff and what is right to every job, and every situation in his life. His charismatic presence, marked by a deep conviction in bringing a better life to all people, drew in friends from every job and every place he lived, creating a kaleidoscope of devoted, fascinating and loving friends. His pride and abiding love for his family was always crowned by the respect and love he accorded his wife. His sometimes larger than life presence will be remembered and celebrated by many with unbounded respect and the same quick smile he brought to all relationships. It is not the vacuum he leaves, but rather the rich fabric of life that marks his passing.
William R. “”Bill”” Joslin, 69, of Campton, NH, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, at his home after a courageous and lengthy battle with cancer.
Born in Keene on July 9, 1945, Bill was the son of George E. and Marie (Elder) Joslin. Bill grew up in Spofford and graduated from Keene High School.
Following his graduation from Clark University in 1967, he and the love of his life, Karen (Seaver), married and served in the Peace Corps for two years in Bihar, India.
After returning to the U.S., Bill began studies at Georgetown Law School while working part time as Legislative Assistant to U.S. Rep. James C. Cleveland, who represented the New Hampshire Second Congressional District. A year later, he became Congressman Cleveland’s chief of staff while continuing to work his way through law school. During that time, Bill played an essential role as an architect of the compromise that allowed construction of the Franconia Notch Parkway. The agreement ended a 10-year standoff between the state and environmental groups.
In 1981, the Joslin family packed their bags and headed to Bangladesh for four years when Bill became the country deputy director of the USAID programs there. His next assignment as a Foreign Service Officer was to Jamaica for five years as the USAID country director. While there, Jamaica was hit by a devastating hurricane, Gilbert, and USAID was fully engaged in recovery and reconstruction efforts. Bill was awarded a Superior Unit Citation and the Presidential Meritorious Service Award for his dedicated and outstanding service.
Bill continued in his work as the mission director of USAID in Poland in 1990. He then served as senior adviser to the coordinator of assistance to the newly independent states of the former Soviet Union.
The next family move was back to New Hampshire where Bill initiated a totally new project helping to develop science and technology programs suitable for funding initiatives at the University of New Hampshire. Over a 10-year span, these projects brought in $400 million in funding for the university. He was very proud of his work during this part of his professional life and of these projects, several of which have earned national recognition for their excellence and continue to thrive and make a difference. He was especially proud of the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping and the Crimes Against Children Research Center, both of which have earned national recognition for their excellence.
Bill’s life was dedicated to the service of others and to many causes.
When prostate cancer appeared, Bill finally decided to retire. His renewed focus became family and finally a time for some hobbies. Wine touring, sailing, fly fishing, Nordic skiing, snow shoeing, wood working, and Marklin model trains were among the projects he enjoyed and shared with family and friends. His John Deere tractor helped to create a superb two mile trail in his woods, along with soil preparation for Karen’s many gardens.
Memories of some great fly fishing trips with friends, family hiking vacations in mountains near and far, and many travels filled Bill’s last days. He knew he was blessed with a good life, and with the love of his family and his friends.
Bill is predeceased by his parents and brother, Charles Joslin.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 47 years, Karen (Seaver) Joslin, of Campton; three daughters, Sarah Pita and husband Mark, of Estes Park, Colo., Rebecca Hodge and husband David, of Colebrook,and Abigail Joslin, of Clarkston, Ga.; three grandchildren, Lydia and Zach Pita, and Garrett Hodge; he is also survived by two older brothers, John Joslin and George Joslin, both of Keene.
Martha Hall Wedeman, wife of USAID alumnus Miles Wedeman, passed away on January 12, 2015 at the age of 90. Born in 1924 and raised in Pontiac, Michigan, Martha graduated from the Western College for Women (Oxford, Ohio) in 1946.
After briefly attending the University of Michigan as a graduate student, she moved to Washington, DC, where she was a government intern. She later joined the Washington Post as a reporter. In 1955, she married Miles George Wedeman. Martha later worked as a reporter for the Montgomery County Sentinel. In 1968, she moved to South Korea after her husband was appointed deputy director of the USAID mission. Thereafter, she accompanied Miles on assignments that took her to live in Thailand, Cambodia, Cote D’Ivoire, Syria, and India.
In 1985, she and Miles returned to the United States and took up residence in Arlington, Virginia. Martha then began a new career editing academic journals for Heldref Press. She remained with Heldref for twenty years during which time she won recognition for her editorial work, including an award for the Journal of College Health Throughout her life,
Martha travel extensively and managed to visit, among other places, China, Tibet, Central Asia, and Iran. She was an avid tennis player and opera aficionado. She was an active member of the community and volunteered at the Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington for many years.
Martha is survived by her daughter, Sara Wedeman; three sons, Andrew, Benjamin, and Nicolas, and seven grandchildren.
On January 6, 2015, Roma Knee died at home surrounded by family and friends in Silver Spring, MD. She would have been 80 on January 29th.
Roma was born in Morgantown, WV, and came to the Washington DC area to attend George Washington University. She traveled extensively in her early career with USAID with postings in Thailand, South Korea and Vietnam. In Washington as a Personnel Officer, Roma was known as a champion of those who needed help in fighting for the right treatment by the Agency.
One of her fans told her about a new job posting in the Latin American and Caribbean Bureau dealing with women issues. Encouraged to leave a field in which she excelled, Roma started a new phase in her career in 1975. Her job would be enlarged to include human rights, democracy and the administration of justice. These areas required a high level of skill in developing projects in countries not always receptive to these initiatives. Roma also work closely with the State Department in supporting these programs. Of all the projects she supported, she was most proud of her work in making possible the establishment of the Inter-American Human Rights Institute in San Jose, Costa Rica. Besides a demanding portfolio, Roma was active in Women’s Action Organization that promoted women’s rights in the State Department, USAID, and the USIA.
During her retirement, she continued to work with her Jazzexercise group and the Faithful Circle and Friendship Star Quilting Guilds where she enjoyed exhibiting her own quilts. Roma is survived by her daughter, Leslie A Knee of Silver Spring, MD.
Blaine Wesley Jensen, 75 of Blackfoot, passed away on Sunday, August 31, 2014 at home surrounded by his family.
He was born June 10, 1939 in Blackfoot, Idaho the second child of James W. Jensen and Ruby Parrish Jensen.
He graduated from Idaho State College in 1961 with a Bachelors Degree in Business/Education and a minor in Social Science. He attended Syracuse University in New York under a US Government sponsored program during 1972-73 and graduated with a Masters Degree in Public Administration in May 1973.
He was a volunteer with the International Voluntary Services from 1963-1965 in the Laos, where he taught English, basic agriculture, and worked with the refugee relief program. The remainder of his career was spent working overseas as a Foreign Service Officer for the U.S. Agency for International Development, an arm of the United States Department of State. During his career, he worked in Laos, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, The Philippines, Washington D.C., Tanzania, Barbados and the Republic of the Sudan. He retired from the federal government in November 1989 and returned to the family farm in Pingree, Idaho.
He enjoyed reading, gardening, fishing, camping, and community service. He was the registrar and chief judge for the elections in Pingree precinct. He also worked on bonds and other elections for the Snake River School District. He was a member of Lions Club International, which is dedicated to helping the community in which that club has been chartered.
He was married in Laos in 1966 and divorced in 1967. He remained single for the rest of his life. He is survived by siblings, Harvey (Marina) Jensen of Pocatello, Barbara Hurst of Blackfoot, Donna (Chuck) Mitchell of Blackfoot, 18 nieces and nephews, 35 great nieces and nephews and 6 great great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister-in-law, Gayleen and niece, Jodie.
Larry Rosen passed away on January 9, 2015 at his home in Falls Church, VA, surrounded by his loving companion Kim and his immediate family members.
He was born March 30, 1940 at Walter Reed Hospital to Leo Rosen (d. 1992), and Mary Elizabeth (Betty) Wrenn. After earning a B.A. in Economics from McGill, and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Sorbonne, Larry worked for several years in Zurich for an international consulting firm. He joined the U.S. State Department and later USAID serving in several overseas stations before an extended term as an economic adviser in the Executive Office Building in Washington DC. He left government service in 1982, going on to become an accomplished and respected real estate investor in Northern Virginia.
Roger Ernst, passed away in Tampa, Florida on November 17, 2014, surrounded by his children.
Born in New York City to Morris L. and Margaret Ernst, Roger attended City and Country School, George School, Williams College, and the National War College. He served in the US Army, and was Assistant Director for NATO and for Planning in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He started the Peace Corps in India, served as Deputy Director of the US Economic Assistance Mission in Taiwan and Korea, and was Director of USAID in Ethiopia and Thailand. He was a Fellow at the East-West Center in Hawaii, and taught at the University of South Florida.
A lifelong summer resident of Nantucket, MA, his trademark red sail was as well-known in the harbor as his smile was on land. An exercise devotee, he ran 1000 miles a year for 25 years. He loved traveling and dancing with his wife Jean O’Mara Ernst, to whom he proposed on the day they met.
He is predeceased by his wife Jean, and his sisters Constance Bessie and Joan Dauman. He is survived by daughter Debbe Nicholson, her husband Jeff and son Sam; and son David, his wife Jennifer and their children, Ben, Julia and Daniel.
Lyle Dean Bernius
Lyle Dean Bernius, 71, of Keene, NH passed away Feb. 11, 2012, at his home surrounded by family and friends after a courageous fight with cancer.
He was born in Vandalia, Ill., June 2, 1940, son of Paul and Alice (Brown) Bernius. He graduated from Vandalia High School and then from Chaminade University in Honolulu. He went on to receive his master’s in business administration from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. In 1973, he married Cathy Garren in Arlington, Va.
Mr. Bernius began his career with the U.S. Agency for International Development, an agency of the U.S. State Department in 1968. Starting in Vietnam, he served in a number of countries including Kinshasa, Zaire, Port Au Prince, Haiti, Tegucigalpa, Honduras and Maseru, Lesotho. He retired from diplomatic service in 1990, and moved to Keene with his family in 1992.
In his retirement, he kept busy managing family-owned rental properties. He also served on the boards of the Woodward Home and the United Spinal Association, formerly Eastern Paralyzed Veterans Association. Mr. Bernius enjoyed skiing, often volunteering with an adaptive ski program. Always open to new challenges, he became a talented watercolor painter. An avid reader, his interests included politics, Westerns, mysteries and some science fiction. He enjoyed fishing, traveling, and wandering back roads. Nicknamed the “Ice Cream Man,” he was popular with family and friends for his homemade ice cream and blueberry jelly.
He is remembered by his family and friends as an open-hearted, generous and knowledgeable man, who was a good conversationalist, gifted and colorful storyteller, and a humorous practical jokester.
Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Cathy Bernius of Keene; his two daughters, Stephanie Kimber and her husband, Matthew, and Amanda Bernius, all of Keene; and many very close family friends. His parents, his sister, Norma Case, and his father and mother-in-law, Joseph and Martha Garren, all died earlier.
Alfred “Al” “Dad” “Poppop” “Grandpa” Bisset, 88, peacefully passed away in Atlanta, Georgia, Tuesday, September 16, 2014. Born on August 30, 1926 to Alfred and Helen Bisset in Washington, DC, he attended Bethesda Chevy Chase High School, earned his Bachelor of Science in Education, Master of Education and Doctorate of Education from the University of Maryland. He will be forever remembered by the “Love of His Life”, wife of 62 years, Patricia (Hill), their six children Kristina (John) Whittaker, Suzanne (Forest) Butler, Sheila (Lee) Aronfeld, Dana Bisset, Julie (Chris) Reid, and Peter (Mary) Bisset; six grandchildren, Erin and Chelsea Whittaker, Dustin and Brad Whittier, Matthew Bisset and Emily Bisset.
Al began his amazing career by serving his country as a Navy Corpsman during WWll. He became a Teacher and Middle School Principal. He then joined the US State Department as a Foreign Service Officer for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Al’s career allowed him and his family to live all over the world in countries like Brazil, India, Egypt, Barbados, Kenya and Jamaica.
Al’s accomplishments are many, but his earliest achievement was becoming an Eagle Scout. As a Teacher, his innovation of developing individual learning plans for students, helped students learn the way each needed to learn. Through determination, and while helping to raise six children, Al earned his Doctorate of Education. He received many awards including the second highest award at USAID, the Superior Honor Award, for his “sustained innovative and productive effort in the development of a major program in human resource development for the Egyptian people.”
“Al”, “Dad”, “Poppop”, “Grandpa”, will always be in our hearts for his devotion to his family, his humor, love of music, dancing, love of gardening and playing golf. Even in death, living with Alzheimer’s, Alfred Bisset wanted to make a difference, and in that, he decided to donate his body to Georgetown Medical School.
Dr. Carol J. Lancaster, the former USAID Deputy Administrator and Dean of the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, died October 22.
Carol was an extraordinary leader in the development community and gave much during her three decades of exemplary service and leadership to her alma mater, Georgetown University, to the Agency for International Development, and the U.S. Department of State. In addition, Carol supported the larger national and international development communities through her pro bono work with countless non-profits. She was a creative scholar and a trusted practitioner. Over the years, she became a highly respected interlocutor for governments throughout Africa and Asia.
Her deep knowledge of what works and does not work in the development field, her common sense approach to difficult obstacles to development, her can-do philosophy, and her wonderful sense of humor will be sorely missed.
The Wilson Center extends its deepest sympathies to her husband, Curt Farrar, her son, Doug Farrar, and the extended Lancaster-Farrar family.
As the sun rose, on Oct. 9, 2014, Sandi Severn closed her eyes, breathed her last breath and left us. The daughter of Winston and Louise (Hill) Robbins, Sandi was born on Aug. 3, 1946, in Portland. She graduated from Falmouth High School in 1964 and three years later graduated from the University of Maine at Portland (now the University of Southern Maine) with a degree in English and a minor in education.
After graduation, Sandi moved to Albuquerque, N.M., where a favorite aunt resided. There she began her career in the health field with Aetna. A few years later, one of her best friends from high school told her that her brother, Ben Severn, was moving into the area to work on his advanced degree and asked Sandi to introduce him to the area. She did that as well as marrying him just four months later on Jan. 31, 1969. Their only child, Amy was born on Oct. 8, 1972.
In 1974, they moved to the Washington, D.C., area, where Sandi continued working for Aetna and Ben began his career with USAID. In 1979, the family moved to Panama for Ben’s job. While there, Sandi worked for Oklahoma University and earned her master’s degree in human resources. In 1983, the family returned to Washington, D.C., where Sandi continued her work in the health field. In 1987, the family followed Ben’s career to Nairobi, Kenya where Sandi, not known to let grass grow under her feet, quickly immersed herself in a USAID agricultural project. Weekends and vacations were spent on Safari trips throughout Kenya, with many a short trip to the Nairobi National Park to just sit in the car with Ben and watch the giraffes as they roamed around, and often with just Amy while Ben traveled around the continent.
While in Kenya Sandi offered her home as a place for Peace Corp. volunteers to come for a hot shower and a home cooked meal while they were in town. This sparked several friendships that have remained after all these years. After four years in Kenya, the family moved back to the D.C. area for just a few months and then moved to the Dominican Republic. In 1992 Sandi and Ben came back to their home in the Washington, D.C., area.
Given her experiences oversea and working with USAID, Sandi found a great fit in her job as a contracts officer with Family Health International working on grants and contracts for a project called AIDSCAP, helping to control the spread of AIDS in under developed countries.
In 2000, Sandi and Ben retired to a 10 family association at the very southern end of Panther Pond in Raymond, ‘The Home of the Land Locked Salmon,’ that flows into Sebago Lake. Sandi particularly enjoyed sharing their lake front home with family and friends. She continued her work with Family Health International from home for a few years. Always one to be kept busy, over time she became involved with the Raymond Public Library, and to maintain data bases for the Panther Pond Association and the Raymond Waterways Protective Association and to write many of their thank you letters. As the ultimate shopper of bargains, she loved to show everyone how much, well, how little she paid for a shirt or a pair of pants she bought at GW Designs (Goodwill) or Sal’s Boutique (Salvation Army) .
When grandson Jack was seven years old he started attending Camp Nana and Grandpappy for at least a week before Amy and her husband David arrived for their annual vacation at the lake. As the informational hub for extended family, Sandi loved having family gatherings at the lake during the summer to catch up with her siblings, nieces, nephews and even the grandnieces and nephews, creating lasting memories for all.
It was Sandi’s green thumb and love of order and beauty that led her to bring a common area filled with rocks and high and low blueberry bushes under control and to build beautiful flower beds in front of the house looking toward Panther Pond. Her battle with deer over her hosta was legendary, with her shaved Irish spring soap bindings winning the day.
Surviving are her husband Ben; daughter Amy Brown, son-in-law David, and grandson Jack; sister Joan Jagolinzer, brother Win Robbins and his wife Penny; Ben’s siblings Eveleen, Charnette and Ken; along with numerous nieces, nephews; grandnieces and grandnephews whom she adored.
Karl Mathiasen III of Washington, DC, a community leader and adviser to many charities, passed peacefully while in hospice care on September 20, 2014 at the age of 88. He was predeceased by his wife Elizabeth Howard Mathiasen in 2007. He is survived by his son Tim of Pennington, NJ, daughters Elizabeth Tillson and Ann Farquhar as well as six grandchildren – Andrew, Tyler, Madison, Sarah, Logan and Lynn.
Mr. Mathiasen was an Army veteran of World War II and graduated from Princeton University in 1949. He went on to earn a Masters degree from Columbia University School of International Affairs in 1951.
Mr. Mathiasen served with the Agency for International Development from 1951 to 1963. He served in North Africa and as Chief of the Policy Planning Division. After USAID, he was a senior staff member of the Brookings Institution and he was Executive Vice President of the University of North Africa Association. In 1972, he founded the Planning and Management Assistance Project of the Center for Community Change, which became the Management Assistance Group (MAG) in 1980. At the MAG, he provided management counseling and organizational analysis to many nonprofit groups, including the National Resources Defense Council, Amnesty International USA, and Children’s Defense Fund, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, Gay Men’s Health Crisis, various AIDS related charities and many community foundations. He was recognized as one of the nation’s leading experts on board and staff dynamics and board development. He retired in 1995. He served on the boards of over 35 charities and faith-based groups, among them the New World Foundation, where he served as President, the Winston Foundation for World Peace, the Center for Theology and Public Policy, the International Women’s Health Coalition, D.C. Citizens for Better Public Education and the Moriah Fund. He also was active in the Episcopal Church and served as Vice Chairman of the Board for Theological Education.
Robert Gaul, age 77, passed away September 16, 2014 in Fairfax, VA. He had Alzheimer’s disease.
Son of Robert Louis and Doris Broker Gaul, born March 2, 1932 in White Plains, NY, he was a graduate of White Plains High School, class of 1949. After being drafted and serving time in the Army, he attended the University of Colorado, graduating in 1961 with a degree in Business Administration.
He joined the USAID Foreign Service in 1965 and was a Program Officer stationed in Manila, Saigon, and Bangkok. In 1992, he earned his Master of Library Science degree from the University of Maryland.
His marriage to Barbara Jean McLaughlin ended in divorce. His survivors include son, Todd Eric of Carrboro, NC, Tracy Ellen (Mrs. Matt) Prostko and grandson Trip Prosko of Austin, TX, brother Ronald of Ft. Collins, CO, several cousins, and longtime companion, Joyce Simmons of Fairfax, VA.
Jean Pinder, a pioneer in advanced professional education for African American women, died peacefully September 7, 2014 after a short illness. Born September 2, 1916, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and her RN certification from UC- Berkeley in 1940. She taught in the nursing program at Dillard University, 1942-46, and went on to graduate from Yale School of Public Health in 1947, among the first African American women to do so.
She joined the U.S. Public Health Service in 1953, was among the first US State Department Agency for International Development personnel serving in pre- and early post-Independence-era Africa in Liberia, Ghana, and, in her later career, as the Washington-based USAID consultant for Maternal and Child Health across North Africa.
She retired in 1982 to Tucson, Arizona, where she remained active in community public health actions, the Episcopal Church, and as a violinist for the Community Orchestra of Tucson. Cataclysmic onset of dementia forced her relocation with her long-time friend Elouise Duncan, the first African American woman to graduate from Yale’s School of Nursing, into the home of Elouise’s son, Jean’s godson, Henry, his wife Magdeline and their children, in Gaithersburg, MD. The Duncans cared for both women through Elouise’s death in 2007 and then for Jean until a hip fracture in 2012 required long-term residential care. Jean is survived by the Duncan family, that of her step-son, Dr. Frank Pinder, Jr., and friends who loved her very much.
Jeremiah E. Parson, 77, passed away at his residence on August 10, 2014. Born in Albany, he is the son of the late Jerome and Evelyn Parson.
Jeremiah worked at the university of Wisconsin before starting out as one of the first Peace Corp Volunteers to Tanzania. An avid fan of race car driving, he competed in the East African Safari Rally in Kenya and decided to work in Africa for many years in Peace Corps and later for USAID. He was a member of several associations, including The Lions Club and The Harley Davidson Motorcycle club. He had travelled to many parts of the world making lifelong friends and scrabble buddies.
He is survived by a sister, Elnora Willingham, and his three children Adam, Bharat and Lisa Parson and two grandchildren Cameron Parson and Tristan Parson
Dr. Willard Harold Boynton, “Doc,” died Aug. 3, 2014 on Monhegan Island, surrounded by three generations of his family along With his caregiver.
Doc was born April 9, 1914, to parents, Willard Rollins Boynton and Fronie (Fletcher) Boynton In Groveland, Mass.
Doc graduated from the University of Massachetts with a bachelor of the arts degree, Yale University with a master’s of public health and Tufts University with a medical degree. He practiced family medicine in Bethel and was the school physician for Gould Academy from 1944-1956. He then joined the State Department, USAID branch, for a long career in overseas Public Health projects. While with USAID he worked in several continents and many countries throughout the world.
His first post was in Viet Nam for seven years. Among his accomplishments was the building of a medical school in Saigon and work eradicating malaria throughout the country. His career in later years was in population control for which he received a distinguished award from the U.S. Congress.
Doc was predeceased by his wife Ruth of 64 years (D-2003) and his sister Marion. His beloved older brother James died two days before him.
Doc leaves his five children, five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. His children include David Boynton of Brunswick, Susan Koerher of Dunbarton, N.H., Douglas and Willard Boynton of Monhegan Island and Sally Boynton of Weston, Conn. Grandchildren are Marisa and Claire Boynton of Monhegan Island, Heather Nunes of Sudbury, Mass., Sara Galantowicz of Arlington, Mass. and Christopher Koerber of North Haven.
Neil Dimick of New Braunfels, Texas, a pioneer in irrigation water management, passed away on April 4. 2014, at the age of 87. Neil became a key contributor of professional accomplishments to irrigation water management because of his involvement with USAID in Pakistan beginning in 1967. Consequent to previous work by USAID in Turkey, Neil was the leader in bringing small scraper and land plane units to Pakistan for development and refinement in an evolving new farm water management program.
Neil found small industries in Pakistan, particularly Ghazi industry, that were willing to continuously become involved in improving the effectiveness of the machines needed for precision leveling of small fields. This included with time the adaptation of the land leveling machines to laser controls for improved precision leveling operations.
Neil worked with the industries to improve the machines. He also became involved in identifying groups supporting farmers to help provide them with precision land leveling services. This involved finding young engineers who could be trained to provide effective land leveling services. His dedication, service, cooperation, and collaboration to effectively train and support these personnel and their needs became a keynote of his involvement in ensuring the success of this effort. Today, there are many precision leveled fields in Pakistan with private entities providing an effective service and larger and larger areas of farms and fields that are precision leveled. Neiil also supported the development of supplemental equipment that provided farmers with the capability to use tractor power for more effective farming operations.
Precision leveled fields are essential to good water management and optimum crop production. Having the equipment and supporting units that effectively provide this service is an essential part of productive irrigated agriculture. The precision land leveling (PLL) service and supporting units became the necessary components for water conservation and increasing food production.
There were many individuals and units that contributed to an effective irrigation water management program especially the farm water management program that evolved in Pakistan. The plan that provided effective equipment and personnel for precision leveled fields was a key to the success of this effort. Hence, this supported on-site demonstrations of the process to local farmers in their own fields. Farmers often saved several times the water normally used for irrigation and increased yields by several magnitudes. These impacts created interest, participation and effective programs for farmers, Pakistani officials in supporting organizations, and donor units involved in Pakistan. Neil’s precision land leveling technology was one of the key keys to this success. Today, increased farm areas are precision leveled every year using Neil’s technology.
The impact of this program in Pakistan caused many donor organizations and countries to make farm water management and improved irrigation water management the key emphasis of development in countries around the world. Previous to the Pakistan Program, farm water management was left out of most such development programs. Pakistan now exports many precision land leveling units to other countries.
Neil Dimick was involved in similar programs in Egypt from 1977 to 1982 and in India from 1982 to1986. Precision land leveling technologies were key components in these farm water management programs. In Egypt he was awarded a Meritorious Honor Award by the U. S. Agency for International Development for his work in irrigation water management. His emphases in adapting and improving precision land leveling in Egypt and India were an important part of his contribution.
Neil’s professional career began with his work in irrigation water management while completing his B. S. and M. S. in agricultural engineering at South Dakota State University. He then worked for ten years for the Agricultural Research Service of the U. S. Department of Agriculture. His initial international work in Pakistan was with Tipton and Kalmbach, an engineering consulting firm. He then began his work with USAID.
Neil and Lillian Dimick had three sons, Craig, Brad, and Dan. Craig, and his wife, Thea have two daughters, Crystal and Carmel. Carmel has given Neil two great grand children, Sierra and Landon. Brad and Laurene have one daughter, Abigail. Dan and Jayne have two children, Daisy and Donald. Neil was preceded in death by Lillian in 2004. His wife, Theresa, survives him. Theresa and Neil were married in 2007. Their children include Renee Luciani Psaras and Marcia Luciani. Their granddaughters include Nicole Chammas and Samantha Chammas.
Robert Andrew Thompson, a retired Foreign Service Reserve officer with the U.S. Agency for
International Development, died on July 4, 2014, at the age of 86. He lived in Arlington, Virginia.
Born in Illinois, Thompson saw combat during the Korean conflict as a member of the
11th Airborne Division of the U.S. Army and attained the rank of captain. He earned his bachelor’s
degree in 1960 and his master’s degree in 1962 from the University of Chicago.
Mr. Thompson joined USAID in 1963 as a management analyst. A year later, he was assigned to Saigon, working successively as an assistant development officer, assistant provincial representative and provincial representative. In 1968, he was transferred to Bangkok as an assistant program officer. After four years at USAID headquarters, he returned to Bangkok in 1973 as a program operations officer.
In retirement, Mr. Thompson perfected his golf game, primarily at the Army-Navy Club course in Arlington. Mr. Thompson leaves Marian O’Connor Thompson, his wife of 56 years.
Roy O. Carlson, a retired Foreign Service officer, died in Chevy Chase, Maryland, on June 24, 2014, at the age of 93. Born in Chicago, Illinois, he served overseas in the U.S. Army from 1944 to 1946. In 1951, he received his master’s degree from the University of Chicago.
Mr. Carlson entered the Foreign Service in 1953 and was assigned to Dhaka as an administrative officer. He was posted to Stockholm two years later as an economic officer. In 1959, he was detailed to the University of Chicago to study economics. He served as an economic officer in Copenhagen from 1960 to 1965. After a year at State, where he was involved in textile negotiations, he was seconded to the Department of Agriculture, where he worked on supplying American grain to developing countries under Public Law 480. In 1966 he was detailed to the Department of Transportation as an international liaison official. He served in the Office of the Inspector General of Foreign Assistance from 1970 to 1973, traveling widely to countries receiving U.S. aid. In 1973, he was assigned to Stuttgart as a commercial officer. His last assignment before he retired in 1978 was to the Board of Examiners.
Mr. Carlson’s wife, the former Margaret Tannenberg, died some years ago. He leaves their children, William and Brigitta Carlson.
Thomas Luche died June 19 in an automobile accident in Alden, New York. One of the early members of International Voluntary Services, Luche went to Vietnam with IVS in 1957, beginning a long association with that country as well as a career with the Agency for International Development. With AID, Luche later worked in Thailand, Upper Volta (now Burkina Faso), Tanzania, and Ghana. He was later AID representative in Cape Verde and Burkina Faso. Since 2000, the Luches have lived in Mount Dora, FL, following decades of residence in the Washington, DC area. An avid fisherman and boater and an accomplished linguist fluent in Portuguese, Danish, French and Vietnamese, Luche was active on issues of the environment, human equality, preservation of endangered species, as well local cultural and church affairs. He leaves behind his wife of 55 years, Winifred Luche (born Bogardus), son Stephen, and daughters Jenna Luche-Thayer and Sarah Luche Durso. Luche served on the board of directors of IVS and was a member of DACOR, an organization of foreign affairs professionals. Memorial services and reception are scheduled for 11 AM, Saturday August 2 at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Eustis, Florida.
Thomas Clifford Luche was born January 24, 1934 in Brooklyn, NY, to Jennie and Theodore Luche. Summers spent at grandmother’s farm in Northampton, Pa, contributed to a lasting interest in nature and the outdoors. He attended the State University College of Forestry at Syracuse University. While there, he met Winifred Bogardus of Fulton, NY, also a student at Syracuse. According to family legend, their first encounter was when Tom worked as a “pot boy” (washing pots and pans) in the Alpha Phi Sorority house where Winnie was a member and a waitress. They were married 1959 in Bethesda, Maryland.
After completing forestry school, Tom participated in a graduate fellowship program that took him to Denmark and Finland to work on forestry and plant issues in those northern climates. He learned fluent Danish, absorbed the life and customs of both nations, and began a lifelong interest in the cultures and daily activities of other countries.
Shortly after, Luche began his long involvement with Vietnam. In 1957, he joined the first group of volunteers to that country from IVS, the International Voluntary Services, the forerunner and partial model for the Peace Corps. Much of his early work was with refugee programs, helping to resettle the numerous refugees who chose to go south when Vietnam was partitioned in 1954-55. He learned fluent Vietnamese and worked as well in French, which he spoke and read with ease. Over time, Luche joined the U.S. Agency for International Development (then known in Vietnam as USOM) and was one of the first members of a new program, Rural Affairs. An unorthodox operation designed to expedite economic, social, and welfare programs to Vietnam’s provinces and rural population, Rural Affairs placed its young representatives in the provinces to work first-hand on these issues with local officials and village leaders. Luche worked in several provinces, most notably the highland area of Ban Me Thuat.
While the Luches enjoyed life in Vietnam, it was not without stress and danger. Part of their house in Saigon, for example, was blown up by a Molotov cocktail lobbed by a bicyclist riding down a nearby alley. During those years the family grew. Son Stephen was born in Washington, DC in 1959, and daughters Jenna and Sarah were born in Vietnam in 1960 and 1962. Over the years, Luche kept close ties with IVS friends and American and Vietnamese colleagues from Rural Affairs. He received the Vietnam Civilian Service Medal for service in Vietnam.
In 1967, Tom and family were assigned to Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand’s major city, to help with developmental programs to boost the economy of local hill tribes. The family reveled in lush, tropical Thailand. Luche was key to the creation of Border Crafts of Thailand, a successful venture that used U.S assistance to provide equipment, advice, and standards for local people to use local materials to craft marketable items, such as shirts, jewelry, bows and arrows, and other items popular with visitors. The enterprise attained commercial success and continued as a self-sustaining venture. Another area of activity was rural road-building, carried out with help from US Navy Seabeees. On one trip, driving briskly along a new section of road, Tom took a sharp turn onto a fork that had been washed away, careening downhill and overturned in a creek bed. He was awarded the HRH The Princess Mother’s Memorial Medal for service to the nation.
The next overseas assignment was in 1974 to Ouagadougou in Upper Volta (today, Burkina Faso), where Luche was in charge of rural development matters for the AID mission. While there he redirected an agricultural research project to emphasize soil and water conservation and developed technology that restored 15percent of degraded land to production. A posting to Arusha in Northern Tanzania followed, where Luche was the AID coordinator and also doubled as honorary consul, an often demanding job in this area popular with American tourists and congressional delegations heading for nearby safari tours. The Luches loved this beautiful region, despite its calamitous economic conditions. Tom spent much time with regional herdsmen and concentrated on village development projects and such priorities as improved wheat cultivation.
Following a tour in Washington, The Luches went off to Accra, Ghana (1983-85), where Tom was the general development officer for the AID mission and at various times acting AID director. Following another US posting, the next assignment was as the AID representative in Cape Verde (1987 – 1992), an area facing major problems of erosion and drought. Luche led an effort to plant 4 million trees to stabilize the environment, and helped establish the nation’s first Peace Corps program. He also worked closely with the American Embassy on policy reform, persuading the Cape Verdean government to develop democratic policies which helped to establish the nation’s first two-party system, a sharp contrast to the personalized single party model prevailing in much of Africa. Cape Verde, so challenging professionally, was rewarding personally and let Tom indulge two of his favorite activities, fishing and sailing. Tom was an avid tester of one of the American Embassy’s evacuation means, the official “evacuation vessel.”
Luche was transferred directly from Cape Verde to Burkina Faso, this time as AID director. This assignment, 1992-94, was his last AID posting. Tom retired in 1995.
Tom and Winnie bought a house in Mount Dora, Florida, and moved there in 2000. Tom continued his lifelong passions of fishing and boating, and voracious reading in literature, history, biography and poetry. He was active in local affairs such as Mount Dora’s annual music festival. The Lake Symphony Orchestra was established in Mount Dora while he served on the festival Board. For 11years he was a guardian ad litem for abused and abandoned children, representing them legally in the absence of a family member. Drawing on his language skills, he worked especially with local Haitian and Vietnamese children. Tom was also prominent in church affairs at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in nearby Eustis, Florida.
Henrietta L. Preston, age 89, passed away on June 22, 2014. A long-time resident of Bowie, MD, she graduated from Bowie High School, Strayer College of Accountancy, and Franklin Business Institute, as CPA.
After employment with Benjamin Regardie and Sons of Washington, DC, she worked for the Agency for International Development under the U.S. Department of State. She had duty in Brussels, Belgium; Vienna, Austria; Rabat, Morocco; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Saigon, Vietnam; and Washington, D.C.
She is survived by her sisters Ellen Blair of Owings, MD., Alice Bowers of Clinton, MD, and Linda Ferguson of Glen Burnie, MD, as well as a brother William Preston of Bowie, MD. She is predeceased by brothers Stephen E. Preston and Frank M. Preston.
Tibor Nagy, Sr., a retired USAID Foreign Service Officer (FSO), died on April 25, 2014 in Washington, D.C. Born in Budapest, Hungary, Tibor served as a career engineering officer in the Hungarian army and participated actively in Hungary’s brief quest for freedom in 1956. He knew he was facing execution after the uprising was crushed and he escaped with his young son, Tibor Jr., into Austria, eventually arriving in the U.S. as political refugees in 1957. Being penniless and without English, Tibor worked menial jobs until he learned English and received his U.S. engineering license.
After gaining recognition in private practice, Tibor was hired by USAID in 1969 to work as a civil engineer in South Vietnam on infrastructure development and repairing war damage in the Mekong Delta region. He stayed in Vietnam, and then went to Haiti in 1976 to help design and repair roads and bridges. After Italy suffered devastating earthquakes in 1980, he was transferred to Naples to help implement a massive U.S. relief program to repair the damaged infrastructure. He also managed projects in other Mediterranean and Middle East countries out of Naples.
In 1987 he “retired” from USAID as an FSO, but came back immediately under contract to help repair damage in El Salvador after its civil war. In 1993 he retired again, but was again called back in 1995 – this time to help revive Bosnia’s infrastructure after the Balkan civil war. He stayed in Sarajevo until 2000, when he finally did retire and returned to Washington after being diagnosed with a rare form of blood cancer. Because of his expertise in working in war zones and areas of devastation, Tibor earned the nickname “disaster master” among USAID’s engineering corps.
One of his proudest moments came in 1998 when he was invited back to Hungary by the government to a ceremony in his honor to nullify his 1956 treason conviction and death sentence, promote him in rank to full colonel backdated to 1956, and award him one of Hungary’s highest honors – “Hero of the Revolution.” The same son who left with him as a little boy, now U.S. Ambassador Tibor P. Nagy, Jr., accompanied him back to Budapest along with his daughter-in-law and grandchildren. During his career, Tibor received a number of superior and meritorious honor awards, as well as citations from Haiti and Italy. In addition to Hungarian and English, he also was fluent in Russian, French, Italian, and Spanish.
Tibor is survived by his son, Tibor Jr., daughter-in-law Jane, grandsons Stephen and Peter, granddaughter Tisza Rutherford, and great-granddaughters Aliyah, Kalyx, Serey, and Abbey.
F. Brett Miller
F. Brett Miller (Age 87), of Newnan, GA, formerly of Washington, DC, passed away Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at Piedmont Newnan Hospital. He was born September 23, 1926 in Washington, DC to the late Raymond Clendenin Miller and Louise Noonan Miller.
Brett was a 1944 graduate of the Landon School in Bethesda, MD. After high school, he joined the U.S. Merchant Marines where he served during WWII. Upon receiving an honorable discharge, he joined the U.S. Navy reserves where he served for nearly 20 years. While serving his country, he furthered his education at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, The University of Virginia, and Duke University. After his military service he worked for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for many years, retiring as an Executive Officer.
On June 15th 2014, Phyllis Drohat died peacefully at the age of 86 with family at her side. Beloved wife of the late DeWitt C. Drohat for 62 years, devoted father of Alex (Rachel) Drohat and Greg (Kathy) Drohat, and cherished grandmother of Grant, Jacob, Philip, Amanda, and Jack. Phyllis was born in Detroit and raised in Ann Arbor, MI, by her parents, Oliver and Carrie Applegate. She attended Mt. Holyoke College, graduating in 1950, and obtained a Masters of Public Administration from the Maxwell School, Syracuse University, in 1951. She married DeWitt “Doc” Drohat, a Syracuse classmate, and they moved to Washington, DC, in 1951.
Phyllis enjoyed a productive and rewarding career with the Agency for International Development, US Department of State. She rose through the ranks to reach the senior executive service, at a time when the vast majority of her contemporaries were men, and she was recognized for efforts in promoting equal opportunity employment.
Phyllis and Doc raised two sons, Alex and Greg, in Rockville, Maryland. They enjoyed summer vacations on Beals Island, Maine, and weekend trips to Shenandoah National Park and Williamsburg. Phyllis enjoyed all things government and politics, reading, playing bridge, and attending the National Symphony Orchestra and Washington-area theatre, and enthusiastically supported ski trips with her “three” boys. Phyllis and Doc lived in Boonsboro, Md. for 20 years until moving recently to Ellicott City, Md. to be closer to family. A memorial service will be held at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Boonsboro, Md. on Saturday, July 26 at 11 a.m.
Walter “Nick” Farr
Walter G. “Nick” Farr Jr., 89, a lawyer who served from 1992 to 2002 as executive director of the National Center for Healthy Housing in Columbia, Md., a nonprofit group formerly known as the National Center for Lead-Safe Housing, died May 27 at a hospital in Silver Spring. The cause was congestive heart failure, said a son, Steve Farr.
Mr. Farr, a resident of Kensington, Md., was born in Wenonah, N.J. In the 1960s and 1970s, he was an administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development, director of the Model Cities Administration at the Department of Housing and Urban Development and general counsel of the Economic Development Administration. He later was an executive vice president of Wells Fargo Mortgage and vice president at the Enterprise Foundation, a housing and community development nonprofit organization in Columbia. From 1969 to 1977, he was a New York University law professor.
James A. Robinson passed away at his home on Tuesday, May 20, 2014. He was born on Dec. 17, 1918, in Veto, Ala., in Limestone County. He is survived by Lois, his wife of 45 years; his twin sister, Alma Browning of Ashland, Ala.; and his sister-in-law, Joyce Steinecke of Macllenny, Fla. He was preceded in death by sisters Bertha Martin, Mildred Davis of Elkmont, Ala., and Mavis Griffin of Prospect, Tenn.; and brothers Max Robinson and Noah Robinson of Elkmont, Ala. Jim, as he was called by friends, graduated from Elkmont High School, where he played varsity football and baseball. During his college years at Auburn University, Auburn, Ala., he participated in intercollegiate sports. He was a member of the track team and competed in many events, winning the SEC 2-mile championship. In addition, he graduated from the University of Maryland with a master of science degree in animal and dairy science.
During World War II, he served as a forward observer with the 377th Parachute Field Artillery, 101st Airborne Division, the famous “Screaming Eagles.” He saw combat in Bastogne, Belgium, where he received a Silver Star for gallantry in action. He also was awarded a Bronze Star and Purple Heart while serving in Holland and France. He left the service as a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve. After the war, Jim worked with the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Agency. He supervised the receipt, care and shipment of 46 thousand animals to Europe. He was also responsible for selection and shipping of 32,000 horses to Japan.
Mr. Robinson joined the Department of State as a Foreign Service officer with the Agency for International Development, and served in Burma, Cambodia and the Philippines as a livestock advisor. His other posts with the American embassies were Porto Alegre, Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia, Brazil, Mali and Haiti. While in Brasilia, he was a special advisor to the minister of agriculture and his cabinet. He was a Food for Peace officer in Port au Prince, Haiti and Washington, D.C.
During retirement, Jim was a Master Gardener and could usually be found outside tending his flowers and vegetables. He was on the board of directors of the Friends of the Library, and he volunteered as a poll worker. He was a member of three Airborne Associations and the Retired Foreign Service Association. Jim also had been the proud owner of season tickets to Auburn football games.
Lisa Chiles, Agency Counselor from May 2008 through July 2009, passed away peacefully in her sleep on the night of May 19, 2014. She was a career member of the Foreign Service and held the rank of Career Minister. Lisa had a distinguished, nearly 30-year career at USAID. She found her work at the Agency, including her interaction with colleagues and other stakeholders, an immensely enriching experience and used the lessons learned to teach her children the virtues of compassion and kindness.
Prior to serving as Counselor, Lisa was Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Asia and Near East Bureau. She also served as Mission Director in Pakistan, Cambodia, and Sri Lanka, and Deputy Mission Director in Bangladesh. Having previously worked with Ambassador Ryan Crocker in Pakistan, she happily agreed to his request that she serve as the Acting Mission Director in Iraq. Additionally, she served as the Regional Legal Advisor in the Philippines, Sri Lanka, and Indonesia, and as a Legal Advisor in the Office of the General Counsel in Washington. Before joining USAID, she was a trial attorney in the International Antitrust Section of the U.S. Department of Justice.
A native of North Carolina, Lisa received a Bachelor’s Degree from Salem College in North Carolina, a Juris Doctorate from Emory University, and a Master’s Degree in International and Comparative Law and Trade from Vrije Universiteit Brussel. She was a recipient of the Meritorious Presidential Service Award.
After retirement, she settled in Santa Barbara, California, where she resumed painting–one of her passions–and worked with various committees at All Saints By The Sea Church, and with the Music Academy of the West where she contributed her management experience. She is survived by her husband, Austin Pullé, her children Roshani and Ananda Julian, her son-in-law, Tom Inwood, and her brand new granddaughter, Evangeline Inwood.
The family plans to hold a memorial service in early December 2014 when the children, who now reside in England, and other family members will be in the United States.
Arthur Warren Mudge, age 84, died Friday, May 23, at Kendal in Hanover.
Born in Andover, Mass., Arthur attended Choate school, Class of 1947, then Princeton University, Class of 1951.
While preparing for war service in Korea, he met Mary Ann Cadwell, a Minnesota schoolteacher working for Sen. Hubert Humphrey. They married upon his return in 1953.
After graduating from Harvard Law School in 1956, Arthur practiced law in New Hampshire for 10 years, including serving as a clerk for federal appellate Judge Peter Woodbury, and as a partner with Sulloway and Hollis of Concord. Arthur joined the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in 1966, overseeing economic development assistance programs in Panama, Peru, Bolivia, Guyana, Nicaragua and Sudan, serving as USAID mission director in the last three posts. In 1979 he was invited to serve as a fellow at the Harvard Center for International Affairs. In 1984, he resumed his law practice in Hanover and served as an international consultant in Africa, Latin America and the former Soviet Union. In his retirement, Arthur provided pro bono legal work and served on boards of educational and environmental organizations. In his spare time, Arthur hiked mountain ranges all over the world (Andes, Appalachians, Himalayas and Mount Kilimanjaro) and was a dedicated bird watcher.
Arthur is survived by his wife, Mary Cadwell Mudge of Kendal; his sister Nancy Mudge Sycamore and Hubert Sycamore of Hebron; and his daughters and son-in-laws: Becca Mudge of Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y.; Susanna Mudge and Raul Sanguinetti of Bethesda, Md.; Sarah Mudge and Clarke Havener of Arnold, Md.; and Katy Mudge and Arturo Valenzuela of Washington, D.C. Arthur was adored by his five grand children: Noah, Mariah, Ari, Ethan and Adelina, as well as his step-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, and will be greatly missed.
Two memorial services will be held. The first will be in the Gathering Room at Kendal, 80 Lyme Road, Hanover, at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 21. A second service is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 4, time and place to be determined.
Dr. Vernon Johnson passed away on May 19th. He will be remembered for his infectious good humor, significant contributions to agriculture and international development, and as a representative of his generation and country abroad. Vernon served as USAID Mission Director in Uganda and Tanzania (1968-1973) and as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Africa. Vernon’s family will receive friends on Saturday, May 24, from 9 a.m. until time of funeral service at 11 a.m. at Silver Spring United Methodist Church (formerly known as Woodside United Methodist Church), 8900 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20910.
Reuben “Ray” Sternfeld, 89, the executive vice president of the Inter-American Development Bank from 1974 to 1981 and then the bank’s special representative in Europe until 1987, died May 2 at a hospital in Washington. He had Parkinson’s disease, said a nephew, Richard Neiman.
Mr. Sternfeld was born in the Bronx and raised in Baltimore. Early in his career, he worked at the State Department and headed a presidential task force on foreign economic assistance, which helped pass an act that created the U.S. Agency for International Development in 1961. He was the deputy administrator for the Alliance for Progress, an international economic development program, before joining the IADB as a U.S. executive director in 1966. He was a Washington resident.
Francis Stephen Ruddy passed away on May 7, 2014. Born in Jackson Heights, Queens, Mr. Ruddy worked all over the world, particularly in Africa, where he was the US ambassador to Equatorial Guinea. He helped direct American aid efforts in Africa through his work in the State Department and USAID. He also worked as a university professor, writer, General Counsel for the Department of Energy, and editor, and he volunteered teaching English to recent immigrants. After overseeing the UN referendum in Western Sahara, he became a staunch advocate for the political and human rights of the Sahrawi people. and was proud to be one of their most outspoken advocates on the world stage. He attended Xavier High School, Holy Cross College, served in the USMC, and received his Ph.D. in International Law from Cambridge University. He is survived by his loving family, including children Neil, David, and Stephen, daughter-in-law Kara, and grandchildren Caitlin, Haley, and Landon.
Martin I. Stoller, 91, an economist who retired in 2002 as a principal and investment adviser with the Caribbean Basin Partners for Progress, a private development bank, died April 21 at a hospital in Bethesda, Md. The cause was pneumonia, said his wife, Marjory Stoller.
Mr. Stoller was born in New York City, where he served as a top economist in the 1950s. He settled in the D.C. area in 1965 and worked for the State Department, the U.S. Agency for International Development and as a delegate to the Organization of American States. He later was a vice president of the Earth Satellite Corp. and worked for the World Bank as a Latin American and Caribbean specialist. He was a Bethesda resident and a past president of the Edgemoor Citizens Association.
Gudrun Huden, 79, who retired in 1996 as an environmental officer in the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, died April 28 at a hospice in Columbia, Md. The cause was ovarian cancer, said a daughter, Johanna Huden.
Mrs. Huden, a Columbia resident, was born Gudrun Hartig in Berlin. She settled in the Washington area in 1959 and was a research assistant for cultural anthropologist Edward T. Hall in the 1960s. She joined USAID in 1976 and helped in the agency’s response to natural disasters, including famine in Africa. She was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Ellicott City, Md., where she created a prayer group that gave shawls to those in need. She also helped make elaborate quilts that were auctioned to raise money for the poor in Washington and Baltimore.
One of the first people that many of us met we joined the Agency, Dan Creedon, died on February 10 at his home in Virginia Beach.
Born in 1922 in Oneida, NY, he was a veteran of WWII and Korea who rose to the rank of Navy Commander. Mr. Creedon was a graduate of Niagara University and earned a master’s degree from the University of Buffalo.
Creedon was one of the early employees of NASA. He arrived at the Goddard Space Flight Center during the sixties, when NASA was a glamorous and exciting place to be employed. He was known for his talents at maintaining effective public relations and educating the public about the importance and challenges of the space program.
In 1968, he began a 25-year career at USAID as the new Director of Training. Dan established a stellar record as a capable and effective leader, a professional educator, and a creative and imaginative manager. He created new divisions for recruitment and organizational development and revamped training operations, bringing the parts together to strengthen the human resource base of the Agency. He led the design and implementation of an intern program that served for decades as a model for other agencies. He designed a multifaceted career development program for USAID staff that contributed to the acceptance of “development” as a key contributor to American foreign policy. He planned, developed and administered one of the most effective agency programs for personnel and organizational development in the Federal Government.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Anne M. Creedon, and five children – Mary Connelly, Daniel F. Creedon, Jr., James Creedon, Catherine Anderson and Jane Hurt; 10 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren and his sister Mary Brosnan of Arlington, Va. He was pre-deceased by his granddaughter Elizabeth Hurt Yoensky.
Michael Lippe passed away on April 28, 2014 after a heroic battle with pancreatic cancer. Alumni will remember him for his fertile mind and enormously good cheer. Mike was born in 1943 in Columbus, Ohio, but grew up in such diverse places as Cuba, Singapore, and Belgium After law school, he joined the Peace Corps, serving three years in Botswana.
Mike served for twenty years with USAID, including tours in Ivory Coast, Kenya and Tunisia. He retired in 1996 as Director of USAID’s Office of Housing and Urban Affairs.
In addition to his foreign service career, Mike also will be remembered for his thoughtful book (in collaboration with his oncologist) on his experience with cancer – Pancreatic Cancer: A Patient and His Doctor Balance Hope and Truth (See http://newgrandmas.com/14032/books-games/cancersurvivors/michael-j-lippes-story-pancreatic-cancer-book-thursday and Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Pancreatic-Cancer-Patient-Balance-Hopkins/dp/1421400626). In the book, Mike wrote about the early signs that something was wrong; his oncologist then continues with a description of pancreatic cancer, its symptoms, and its treatments. Mike then talks about his prognosis, contemplates the prospect of death, and describes how he began to cope; his oncologist explains the importance, for both doctor and patient, of balancing hope and truth. Mike speaks frankly about the toll the disease takes on his marriage and family; while his oncologist in alternating chapters offers a general picture of what most patients can expect with their illness. The book concludes with Mike’s and his oncologist’s reflections on their partnership in treating cancer, lessons they have learned, and their thoughts about the positive things that sometimes emerge from illness.
Paul A. Crowe, 76, died of leukemia March 9, 2014. Paul graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Wabash College and attended graduate school at the University of Florida and Tulane University. He served on the faculty at the University of Georgia, GA, University of New Orleans, LA, and Western Kentucky, Bowling Green KY. He was a Financial Economist for the Federal Reserve Atlanta, GA and Senior Economist for Economic Affairs, US Department of Commerce in Washington DC before entering USAID in 1983 as an Economist.
Paul served as a USAID Economist in Cairo, Egypt; Kingston, Jamaica; and Colombo, Sri Lanka. After his retirement in 1993, he was employed by the US embassy as a consular/economic consultant in the Marshall Islands while he accompanied his wife Rosemary on her tour there as an Office Management Specialist. He also accompanied Rosemary on her subsequent assignments to Muscat, Oman and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Paul loved the study of economics and he loved the water. He was particularly well versed in monetary economics and economic statistics, following his positions with the Federal Reserve and the Commerce Department. He was a great storyteller and loved to regale his associates with stories about his days in these positions. He was a great fisherman and a wonderful cook of the fish he caught. A perfect day for him would be to go fishing early in the morning, bring home his catch of tuna or river fish, and cook and eat fresh fish that evening. In Jamaica he participated in the annual September marlin fishing contest with local friends. To the delight of the USAID staff, he would share his marlin after he had smoked it.
He expanded his water activities to scuba diving, learning to dive in Egypt and continuing this sport in Jamaica, Sri Lanka, Marshall Islands, Oman and Malaysia. While in the Marshall Islands, he was privileged to participate in some fascinating dives on the ships that had been sunk during tests of the atomic bomb off the island of Bikini. He was an active member of the Oman Diving Club. While in Malaysia, he took several trips to Bali where he accompanied Nature Conservancy officials to dives off the island of Komodo.
When Rosemary retired from the State Department after her tour in Kuala Lumpur, they moved to Pokomoke MD to their retirement home on the Pokomoke River. Paul had several boats there that he used for fishing and river cruising.
Paul is survived by Rosemary, his wife of 56 years, six children, 12 grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Rosemary can be reached at email@example.com for details of Paul’s memorial service in June.
Gerald Schwab, 89, a retired administrative and management officer and program evaluator with the U.S. Agency for International Development, died April 2 at a health-care center in Annapolis. The cause was anemia, said a daughter, Susan Schwab.
Mr. Schwab, who was born to Jewish parents in Breisach, Germany, fled with his family to Switzerland in 1938 and later came to the United States. He served in Europe, Africa and Asia with USAID and its predecessor agencies for about 25 years. Before his retirement in 1986, he spent about 10 years working for the International Labor Organization in Geneva. He lived in Alexandria and was author of the books “The Day the Holocaust Began: The Odyssey of Herschel Grynszpan” (1990) and “OSS Agents in Hitler’s Heartland” (1996).
On April 29, reitred USAID employee David S. Gardella, who lived in La Guácima, Alajuela, Costa Rica, succumbed in his 8.5-year fight against metastatic renal carcinoma.
In 1976, David trained in La Guácima for Peace Corps service in Honduras, and later also served as a Volunteer in Costa Rica. Afterward, he entered a Masters program at CATIE in Turrialba.
In 1980, David entered USAID’s IDI program, returning to Costa Rica for his first assignment as an Agricultural Development Officer. He subsequently worked in agricultural development in the Dominican Republic, Panama, and Bolivia.
He retired from the Agency in 2000, returning to La Guácima to build his retirement home. In retirement he contributed to USAID rural development in Colombia and Haiti through provision of vanilla tissue culture plantlets. David became committed to tree planting to combat deforestation and forest degradation, planting trees on his farm near Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí and organizing tree planting events with local school children to raise their awareness of the environmental services provided by trees and forests.
David is survived by his wife Cecilia Arias, son David Jr., daughter Sarah, and three grandchildren.
Sidney Weintraub, Dean Rusk Professor Emeritus of the LBJ School of Public Affairs, died on April 10 at the age of 91 in Cuernavaca, Mexico.
Sidney Weintraub had a distinguished career with the U.S. Department of State before coming to the LBJ School in 1976 as the first holder of the endowed Dean Rusk Chair. Among his positions were Chief of Commercial Policy in the State Department, Economic Counselor and Director of the U.S. AID program in Chile, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Finance and Development, and Assistant Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development. He was also a tactical interrogator in Europe during World War II and spent a short time working as a journalist.
Professor Weintraub, who had a Ph.D. in economics from the American University, was the founding director of the LBJ School’s Program in U.S.-Mexican Policy Studies.
“Sidney Weintraub was one of the giants in the field of international development,” said Dean Robert Hutchings. “Professor Weintraub was a trailblazer for the School, creating the LBJ School’s Program in U.S.-Mexican Policy Studies and leading the efforts to expand the School’s academic and research focus to encompass international affairs, international development and global economics.”
Professor Weintraub directed a number of policy research projects related to international affairs, including studies of the use of public services by undocumented workers in Texas, the operations of the U.S.-Canada automotive pact, the impact of tourism on Mexico’s economy, and the impact on Texas of free trade with Mexico. In 2006, the Mexican government awarded him the Order of the Aztec Eagle, the highest decoration granted by Mexico to foreigners.
International affairs, particularly issues regarding trade, the international monetary system, and relations between developed and developing nations, were his primary policy interests. He wrote over 100 articles, books, monographs, chapters, and commissioned papers. He was also the author of two mystery novels.
Professor Weintraub was the holder of the William E. Simon Chair in Political Economy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. for 17 years from 1994 to 2011.
Nuran Kolan who focused her career on international development, died from a sudden illness on April 7, 2014 in Jordan where she was on assignment for an education project. “Nuran appreciated life and things of beauty,” says sister Tufan Kolan. “She fought for the dignity of the individual and had an exceptional ability to get things done. She touched many lives yet was modest about her accomplishments.” Ms. Kolan was born in her beloved Istanbul and completed her studies at the University of Denver. From the start of her career she was an advocate for girls’ education and economic independence. Early in her career, Ms. Kolan created job training programs in Appalachia for mothers and at-risk youth. She then spent 15 years at USAID, creating programs for child immunization, teacher training, and civil society leadership from Africa to newly independent states of the former Soviet Union to Azerbaijan. In parallel, Ms. Kolan served as a Senior Interpreter for the State Department, working with every US President and Secretary of State in meetings with their Turkish counterparts since 1977. Over the last decade, Ms. Kolan focused on the Middle East, in particular Jordan, developing training programs for teachers and NGO leaders. In her full-time work and as a board member of Creative Learning, she was a force in establishing partnerships between schools in the US and the Middle East “She will be remembered for her commitment to development and professionalism,” says Charito Kruvant, the CEO of Creative Associates International. Ms. Kolan is survived by her sister Tufan Kolan and nephew Kerem Kolan; her sister Yesim and brother-in-law Jeff McAleer and nephews Paul and Danny; and an extended family and friends in Turkey. She will be deeply missed by friends and colleagues who knew her well and by the many who benefited from the goodness of her life’s work.
Mabel W. Clark, 92, who worked for 25 years as a program officer at the U.S. Agency for International Development and a predecessor agency before retiring in 1975, died March 25 at her home in Alexandria, Va. The cause was congestive heart failure, said a stepson-in-law, John Cordyack.
Mrs. Clark, an Alexandria resident, was born Mabel Wernicke in Centralia, Ill. She served in the Navy Waves during World War II and retired from the Navy Reserve in 1981 with the rank of lieutenant commander. During her USAID career, she worked in Washington, Southeast Asia and East Africa. She sat on the Central Union Mission’s board of directors and was a trustee and deacon at Western Presbyterian Church in Washington.
Hugh Dwelly died on April 10, 2014 at Fairfax Hospital of a heart attack. He was a retired USAID Foreign Service Officer whose career included tours in Turkey, India, Sri Lanka and Italy. He graduated from Kents Hill School in Readfield, ME in 1950 and went on and graduated from Boston University. Upon retirement, he received the USAID Outstanding Career Achievement Award. Mr. Dwelley maintained close ties to his home village of Islesford on Little Cranberry Island, ME. He and friends founded the Islesford Historical Society to preserve island history. In 2000 he published “A History of Little Cranberry Island Maine”. In 1995 he became an active member of the advisory council of the island institute devoted to the viability of 14 offshore Maine island communities. The James R. Dwelley Scholarship Fund was founded in memory of his grandfather and set up to help graduates of the Cranberry Isles schools get a good high school education. As president of the Maine State Society of Washington, DC Scholarship Foundation, he helped youths throughout Maine with the costs of high education. Survivors include his beloved wife Shirley of 58 years; two sons, James and John (wife, Angie) and grandson, Raymond. He will be buried on Little Cranberry Island.
Bill Schoux, beloved husband and father, died peacefully on Friday, March 28, 2014 in Washington D.C. of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. Born in 1940 in Burlingame, California, Bill graduated from Occidental College and embarked on an adventurous life. Bill was a USAID Foreign Service Officer, beginning his career in 1966 in Vietnam working in the provinces and Saigon, and later serving in Latin America and South Asia. After retiring from USAID in 1993, he and his wife founded a consulting firm to work on democratic governance and civil-military cooperation. Driven by his deep-seated belief in the dignity of every person, and their right to freedom and self-determination, he spent his second career working to weaken corruption and strengthen democratic practices, working on projects in Cambodia, Nepal, East Timor, Bosnia, Kosovo, and South Africa, among other places. Bill was diagnosed with dementia in 2009. With the grace and dignity characteristic of him, he responded by becoming an advocate for those with the disease. Working with the Sibley Senior Association, in September 2011, he established Club Memory. Now celebrating two and a half years, the Club offers a social model for people to meet in a safe and welcoming space. He is survived by his loving wife of 21 years, Elise Paylan Schoux, his brother Gilbert and family; his former wife Christina Hussey Schoux; his daughter Christina Schoux Casey, her husband Patrick Casey and granddaughters Genevieve and Clea. Bill was never happier than when sitting down to a good meal and glass of wine with loved ones; we will honor his joie de vivre with a party in celebration of Bill’s life on Saturday, May 17. Please write to firstname.lastname@example.org for details. Memorial contributions may be made to the Friends Club at Bradley Presbyterian Church, Bethesda, Maryland, or Club Memory, in care of the Sibley Senior Association at Sibley Hospital, Washington, DC.
Christopher M. Brown, lifelong international development specialist, fighter for human rights and dedicated family man and friend, died peacefully at his home with family and friends in Lake Placid, New York on March 23, 2014. He was 57 years old.
Shortly after graduating from the Tufts University Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Chris began, with his wife, Betsy, a remarkable more-than-20-year joint career with the United States Agency in Development (USAID). Together, they worked in more than 50 countries across Asia, Africa, the Caribbean and the former Soviet Union on issues of democracy, economic growth, health, food and hunger, and strategic planning. They were a team.
The son of Vince Brown, a senior USAID Mission Director (one of the first development officials appointed during the Marshall Plan), and Francoise Brown, from France, Chris was in many ways born into international development. Raised in Islamabad and Kabul, he learned Urdu and Dari as well as French and English. It was wonderful preparation for one of the greatest contributions of his career, putting schoolbooks in the hands of millions of children across Afghanistan immediately after the fall of the Taliban in Fall 2001. Chris was devoted to educational opportunities in Afghanistan, including the reconstruction of the American University of Afghanistan—which was built on the rubble of his former high school. His dazzling command of languages—he mastered at least seven— allowed him to communicate with so many around the world, to share directly his interest, enthusiasm and energy—and his love of dogs. He received his B. A. from Occidental College, his Masters and Ph. D. in agricultural economics (based on extensive field work in Liberia) from the Fletcher School.
Most importantly, Chris had an infectious zest for life and demonstrated how it is possible to thrive while living with cancer for twenty-three years. He embraced the world with a joy and energy that captured all around him. Kind and generous, he cared deeply for family, friends, and colleagues, and worked throughout his life to build a sense of community, bringing people together in celebration with food, music, and poetry. He loved the outdoors and had a passion for new adventures. An accomplished skier, snowboarder, water skier, wake-boarder, rock climber and kayaker, he surprised us all with his perpetual willingness to try new things—even extending to taking up ballet and giving his first (and only) recital at the age of 50.
A man of great courage and much joy, his faith gave him strength. A devout Christian Scientist, he embraced Judaism as part of his family faith.
Chis is survived by his wife of 34 years, Betsy Hulnick Brown, the CEO and President of Planned Parenthood of the North Country New York; his son Michael Lawrence Brown an attorney in New Orleans, his daughter, Danielle Raymonde Brown, a candidate for a Nurse Practitioner degree from Yale University School of Nursing; his mother, Francoise Brown; brother, Gregory Brown; sister, Valerie Brown Ewins; father and mother-in-law Don and Barbara Hulnick of Tupper Lake, NY and extensive family in the United States and France.
In lieu of flowers the Browns welcome donations to the Rotary Club of Lake Placid, the American University of Afghanistan Scholars Fund (www.AUAF.edu.af/giving/) or Planned Parenthood of the North Country NY (www.ppncny.org). Please note Chris Brown in the byline for any donations. The University is built on the site of the high school in Kabul that Chris attended.
A public memorial service will be held Sunday, March 30th at 11:00 am at M.B. Clark Funeral Home in Lake Placid, NY. Chris’s colleagues at Internews will be hosting a memorial service in his honor to raise funds for a scholarship program at the American University of Afghanistan. The event will be in the Washington, D.C. area and the date and details will be announced later.
A native of Spokane, Washington, Dennis attended Washington State University, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Forestry and spent summers working for the National Forest Service in Oregon. He joined the Peace Corps in 1973 and served two years as a forestry volunteer in Niger, West Africa, advising the government on village wood production and green belt management. It was in Niger that Dennis met his wife, Kathryn, a fellow volunteer. They were married in Ziguinchor, Senegal, in 1979. Dennis began his USAID career as a USPSC in 1976, providing technical assistance on U.S. Government forestry projects first in Niger and then in the Casamance Region of southern Senegal. He was sworn in as a Foreign Service Officer in 1984, and subsequently served at USAID Missions in Niger, Togo, Mali, Ivory Coast, Ethiopia, Egypt, and Uganda, as well as the Africa Bureau in USAID/Washington. He provided technical assistance and oversight to USAID programs in agriculture, environment, and economic growth. Prior to his retirement in 2008, Dennis served as the Office Director, Economic Growth, Environment and Agriculture at USAID/Uganda.
Dennis loved the game of golf, spending time with family and friends, traveling, talking to people around the world on his ham radio, reading science fiction novels, and doing crossword puzzles. He leaves behind his wife Kathryn Panther, son Christopher, and daughter Nicole, all of northern Virginia.
Allen Randlov of Tuftonboro, NH, died Saturday, August 31 at Huggins Hospital, Wolfeboro, NH. Allen graduated from Northeastern University with a BS in Anthropology and received a Master of Science degree in Public Health from the University of Massachusetts. He also attended a Doctoral Program at John’s Hopkins.
Allen and his wife Nancy were Peace Corps volunteers in Sierra Leone in the early 1970s. Allen subsequently worked for the U.S. State Department Agency for International Development, overseeing a program that provided prosthetic devices to civilian victims of war. Allen received the USAID Superior Honor Award for this work in 1994 “in recognition of his sensitivity, dedication, and professional creativity in understanding and responding to the prosthetic and rehabilitative needs of civilian victims of war, resulting in returning thousands of these victims to productive roles in their societies.” He and Nancy lived in Nepal, Barbados, and Washington, DC before retiring to Wolfeboro in 1994 and then moving to Tuftonboro in 2005.
Allen had many interests and enjoyed reading, working on vintage cars, and observing his parakeets and peacocks. Recently he built and sailed a radio-controlled miniature sailboat. Allen lost the use of his legs in a traffic accident while stationed in Barbados. Over 30 years of dealing with this disability, he approached life with great enthusiasm and courage with the help of his loving wife and family. Allen was much loved by all who knew him, and by his service dogs, Havana, Barnum, and Bonnie. He will be greatly missed. He is survived by his wife, Nancy, three children, Asa, Amy, and Nathan, three grandchildren, his sister, Nancy, and his nieces and nephew.
A private memorial service will be held in Massachusetts. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Lakes Region Humane Society, PO Box 655, Ossipee, NH 03864.
FLEMING HAROLD S. FLEMING Diplomat, Author, Humanitarian – Hal Fleming died suddenly of heart failure on February 4, 2014 at home in Great Falls, Virginia, with his devoted wife Arlene by his side. He was born on April 21, 1931 in New Haven, Connecticut, the son of Harold S. and Edith Wormley Fleming. Hal was a loving husband, father and grandfather, a loyal friend, and a man of many interests and talents which he pursued enthusiastically throughout his life. From his West Indian heritage and grandfather, Dr. Richard S. Fleming, he developed a passion for all things British: literature, history, culture and sport, tennis being his favorite. His household was not complete without an English Springer Spaniel. As a young boy, Hal was fascinated by the tented railroad circus of the 1940s which inspired him over the years to build an elaborate, intricate model circus and to become an expert on the history of the circus in America. He also undertook construction on a larger scale, renovating houses on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, and elsewhere. Hal was an excellent cook and enjoyed entertaining at his homes in Great Falls, Virginia and on Longboat Key, Florida, especially at his Thanksgiving table. His beautiful garden was the setting for celebrations and parties. Hal was a prolific writer with published works including several short stories and poems and two novels: The Brides’ Fair, a story of intrigue and action set in Morocco; and Once Upon A Storm, a Civil Rights era mystery. A 1949 graduate of Mount Hermon School, Hal received his B.A. from Brown University with distinction in 1953, and an M.A. in English Literature from Columbia University in 1955. At Mount Hermon and Brown, he participated in sports and choral groups. From 1958 – 65, while employed by the research division of Forbes Magazine, he was a lecturer in English Literature at City College of New York. He was a founding member of Ten, an informal fund-raising group supporting various civil rights organizations. Hal had a distinguished career as a diplomat, international development manager, and humanitarian. In 1966, he joined the U.S. Peace Corps staff where he directed public affairs and recruiting at a time of Civil Rights and Anti-Vietnam War turbulence, and then served as country director in Cote D’Ivoire, West Africa. During two years as Executive Director of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in the mid-1970s, he accomplished major management reforms. Upon returning to the Foreign Service, Hal joined the U.S. Agency for International Development from 1978 – 83 as Mission Director in Morocco where he introduced programs for family planning and women in development. He assisted the Moroccan government in establishing one of the first institutes for renewable energy in the region, an activity that continues. As counselor for development at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations from 1983 – 86, Hal negotiated U.S. positions on a wide range of issues including economic development and environmental protection. At UNICEF from 1986 – 92, he oversaw new child survival initiatives and helped launch major humanitarian assistance programs including Operation Life-line Sudan. From 1994 – 97, at the U.S. Department of State, as Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Organizations, Hal was in charge of policy and management for U.S. support of 80 U.N. and other international agencies. He created and supervised development of Relief Web, an Internet-based information management system for disaster response. Hal’s work involved extensive travel and garnered numerous awards, including the USAID Administrator’s Meritorious Achievement Award in 1985, and the U.S. Committee for UNICEF President’s Award in 1989. Throughout his career, he was appreciated as a kind and generous mentor. In addition to Arlene, his wife of 38 years, Hal is survived by their daughter Laura, by three sons, Douglass, Craig and Harold Gordon, from a prior marriage to Patricia S. Fleming, a grandson, Max, a sister, Norene Fleming, and a nephew, Toure Lee. A son, David, died at the age of three in 1981. A memorial gathering for family, friends and colleagues is scheduled for April 27 from 4 to 6 p.m., at DACOR Bacon House, 1801 F Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20006. Contributions in Hal’s memory may be made to the DACOR Bacon House Foundation or to the U.S. Committee for UNICEF.A memorial gathering for family, friends and colleagues is scheduled for April 27 from 4 to 6 p.m., at DACOR Bacon House, 1801 F Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20006. Contributions in Hal’s memory may be made to the DACOR Bacon House Foundation or to the U.S. Committee for UNICEF
Albert “Bert” Fraleigh
Albert Samuel “Bert” Fraleigh, a retired USAID field officer, died January 10, 2014. He was 93.
Fraleigh was born in Toronto, Ontario in 1920. After graduating in sciences and civil engineering from the University of Alaska, he served as a civilian with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, became a U.S. citizen in 1943 and joined the U.S. Navy in World War II. After the war, he served the United Nations relief program in China, where he organized the evacuation of critical materiel from Shanghai to Taiwan, an act for which he received the Economic Cooperation Administration’s highest award. After the communist takeover he was detained in China and harshly interrogated for several months. He was released through the personal intercession of the Chinese foreign minister, Cho En-lai.
A fluent writer and speaker of Chinese, Bert worked for the Asia Foundation for a year before joining the foreign assistance mission in Taiwan in 1952, where he helped resettle thousands of mustered-out Chinese soldiers, and eventually served as the personal advisor to Taiwan’s future president. In 1957 he was named one of the ten outstanding young men in federal service.
Fraleigh subsequently rose to senior field positions in American assistance programs in Laos and South Vietnam, where he became legendary for helping local farmers earn more money by raising pigs, corn and soybeans than they could raining traditional rice. If some farmers were skeptical of the new practices, Bert introduced them to a USAID-backed “miracle rice”, which grew faster and increased yields. Rufus Phillips, head of USAID’s Office of Rural Affairs in Vietnam, later wrote that, as his deputy, “Bert had a ‘can-do’ attitude without a bureaucratic mindset. He was direct, full of enthusiasm, down-to-earth and obviously knew how to work with Asians.”
Fraleigh recalled that when he first arrived in Vietnam AID’s staff numbered 103, with all but three of them living in the capital city. Fraleigh used insights into foreign aid practices to shape an unconventional program. In 1962 Rural Affairs turned the traditional headquarters-oriented AID effort on its head, sending teams of young civilians, many volunteers on contract, to live and work in the provinces under sparse and sometimes dangerous circumstances. Two years later a new AID administrator in Saigon suddenly killed the program and fired many of its staff.
Following his service in Vietnam, Bert served as an original faculty member at the Vietnam Training Center in Arlington, Virginia, an interagency facility which prepared civilian and military officers to serve with America’s pacification program. The revolutionary agricultural techniques he taught them helped quell the appeal of the South Vietnamese communists in rural areas. Often a thorn in the side of desk-bound Saigon bureaucrats, Fraleigh later wrote: “We would have prevailed in Vietnam if the bureaucracy would have allowed it.” He later had special assignments in the Philippines, Korea, Indonesia, and Okinawa.
After leaving federal service in 1976, Fraleigh ran companies in Singapore, Taiwan, Hawaii and Seattle. He also taught international business as a visiting professor at the Milwaukee School of Engineering, earning his doctorate there, finally retiring to Sequim, Washington, where he competed in many senior track and tennis competitions. He is survived by his wife of many years, the former Jean Liu, a noted Chinese artist and art collector.
Carol Nancy (Armitage) Pierstorff, age 65, passed away suddenly on January 5, 2014 of a heart attack. Carol was born July 21, 1948 in Providence, RI to John B. and Franya (Grzych) Armitage. Carol graduated from Cranston East High School in 1966. She married her college sweetheart, Bruce W. Pierstorff, in Providence, RI in 1969, one year prior to graduating from Brown University with a degree in Music. Since her early teenage years, Carol worked as a full or part-time church organist and was involved with other musical and theatrical groups since her college days. Following receipt of her MBA (UNH, 1979), Carol worked as a consultant prior to taking a position with IHRDC where she became Vice President, Marketing and Sales. It was at IHRDC where she developed her love for international business and travel. Following the death of her parents, she worked in the international training field with her own company, Terra Training and Consulting Associates. In 1992, she took a position with the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and moved from Dover, NH to the Washington, DC area. She directed various USAID programs throughout the world and ultimately took an assignment with USAID in Moscow, Russia in 2000. While in Moscow, she directed two major projects (the ROLL and the Forest projects) as well as numerous small projects that dealt with rural development, energy efficiency and environmental assessment until her retirement in July 2005. Upon retirement, Carol returned to her musical roots and served as a substitute organist for numerous churches in the Northern Virginia and DC area. She also sang with the Piedmont Singers as well as the New Dominion Chorale. In addition to her husband of 45 years, survivors include her son Erik D. Pierstorff (Trish Kaiser) of Sierra Madre, CA and daughter Leah C. Marshall of North Yarmouth, ME, brother John Armitage, and four grandchildren (Eden, Simone, Gabriel and Desmond) whom she adored and who also display Carol’s love of music. Carol made deep and lasting friendships wherever she went, and the impact of her death has been felt throughout the country and as far away as Australia and Russia. She had an uncanny ability to recognize hidden gifts and encouraged many people to achieve things they might never have attempted without her influence and support. Carol had a deep love and appreciation for music and for all of the cultural opportunities that the greater DC area had to offer. She was a world traveler, a lifelong learner, and brought great joy to others through her music and knowledge. Carol was a member of the Rotary Club of Falls Church, VA and served as the International Service Director and Sergeant-at-Arms, and she generously gave of her time and financial resources to many organizations and people in need. She will be missed by many. Memorial services will be held at 2:00 PM Sunday, February 9 at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Middleburg, VA. A second celebration of Carol’s life will be held at 2:00 PM Saturday, February 15 at the Garrison Players Arts Center in Rollinsford, NH.
Barbara Ann Dotherow-Lim, 79, wife of James “Jim” S.C. Lim, died Sunday, October 6, 2013 at McLeod Seacoast Medical Center, in Little River, SC. She was born June 25, 1935 in Inman, SC, a daughter of the late Walter “Bo” Autry and Edna Wofford Dotherow.
Ms. Dotherow-Lim received her B.A. Degree from Winthrop University in 1957, and her Graduate Degree from George Washington University. She spent 31 years as a USAID Foreign Service Officeer. She lived and worked in Asia, Africa, Latin America, Eastern Europe, Russia, and Washington, D.C.. She worked as Director of Management Support Services in the Economic Assistance Programs. After retirement in 1994, she performed work as a consultant providing management assessments for overseas programs. She also stayed in contact with former colleagues through long, informative, hand written letters.
She was a member of Pine Lakes Country Club and the Pine Lakes Ladies Golf Association. She was presented the Mary Mildred Sullivan Award in 2007 from Winthrop University. She served on the Board of Visitors for the College of Fine Arts and Humanities at Coastal Carolina University.
Survivors including her husband are: three brothers, Walter “Fudge” Dotherow and wife, Sarah, Don Dotherow and wife, Elaine, and Ray Dotherow and wife, Susan; one sister, Carol Ramey; also survived by; step-daughter, Laura Davis and step-son, Mark Lim and wife, Lisa.
Memorials may be made to: Dotherow-Lim International Scholarship, C/O Winthrop University Foundation, 206 Tillman Hall, Rock Hill, SC 29733. An online guest book is available at www.msfh.net.
Michael S. Zak, beloved husband of Luz Zak, died on December 15, 2013 at Virginia Hospital Center, in Arlington. He spent his life serving as a USAID Foreign Service Officer, first in Nigeria, Africa, then in Northern Latin American countries, such as Panama and Santo Domingo. Next he served in Ghana and Burkina Faso. Lastly, he was assigned to work on the seven confederate states of Serbia, Croatia, Macedonia, Ljubljana, and Montenegro during the Bosnian War.
Michael was humble, dedicated to his work, but most importantly he was a great husband. He is survived by his wife, and sister, Varda Negnewitzky.
Kraig Horley Baier died from complications of heart and renal failure in Medellin, Colombia on November 26, 2013. At his side were his devoted wife of 45 years, Maria Victoria, and only daughter Vanessa. He is survived by his two grandchildren, Stefano and Marco who live in Vienna, VA.
Kraig was born in Harrisburg, PA in 1940 and grew up in Millersburg, with his parents Blanche and Karl, and older sister Karleen. As a teenager, he worked summer jobs building brick homes and later graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Architecture and Engineering.
He lived a full and interesting life, and even after retirement, he and his wife continued to visit as many corners of the globe as possible. He traveled the world and did his part to make it a better place too. He started with the Peace Corps as a volunteer in one of the first groups in Peru in the 1960’s. He followed that with a 30-year career in USAID developing housing projects in Latin America. After that, he helped rebuild houses with a good friend following Hurricane Katrina. He helped countless of friends, family members, and colleagues with all kinds of house projects like building decks, drafting floor plans, or even lent a hand with handyman home improvement projects. Architecture and carpentry were his passion.
Services were held with close family members in Medellin. A gathering honoring and remembering Kraig will be held in May 2014 (his birth month) at Meadowlark Botanical Garden in Vienna, VA. In lieu of flowers, and because of his devotion to housing projects, memorial contributions may be made to Habitat for Humanity.
Eugene “Rocky” Staples
Eugene S. Staples, a former State Department official who later became president of a foundation promoting international understanding, died Oct. 4 at his home in Wakefield, R.I. He was 91.
The cause was congestive heart failure, his wife, Judy Staples, said.
Mr. Staples, who was known as Rocky, was a news correspondent in Mexico for the old United Press before joining the Foreign Service in 1951. As a press officer in South America, he helped plan a tour of Latin America for Vice President Richard M. Nixon in 1958.
In 1959, Mr. Staples was assigned to Moscow to help organize an exhibition of American products, including kitchen appliances and other household wares. The exhibition was the site of a somewhat confrontational meeting between Nixon and Soviet premier Nikita S. Khrushchev that became known as the “kitchen debate.”
After serving at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow from 1961 to 1964, Mr. Staples joined the Ford Foundation and supervised development programs in Asia for many years.
Mr. Staples joined the Asia bureau of the U.S. Agency for International Development in 1981 and served in Pakistan from 1985 until his retirement in 1988.
In 1992, Mr. Staples helped establish the Eurasia Foundation, which provides community development grants to former republics of the Soviet Union and other locales. He retired as president of the foundation in 1997.
Eugene Sheldon Staples was born in Marceline, Mo., and grew up in Kansas City, Mo.
He served in World War II as a Marine Corps fighter pilot in the Pacific theater. He survived the bombing of the aircraft carrier USS Franklin on March 19, 1945, which resulted in hundreds of casualties.
Mr. Staples graduated from the English-language Mexico City College in the late 1940s and did advanced work in Russian-language studies at State Department and U.S. Army language institutes. He was also fluent in Spanish.
He wrote a self-published memoir, “Old Gods, New Nations,” in 2006. In recent years, he had homes in Wakefield and New York City.
Mr. Staples’s first wife, the former Charlotte Stern, died in 1978 after 30 years of marriage. His second marriage, to Suzanne Fisher, ended in divorce.
Survivors include his wife of 20 years, Judy Reynolds Staples of Wakefield and New York; three children from his first marriage, John Staples of Seattle, Kathleen Staples of Miami and Peter Staples of Narragansett, R.I.; a brother; and four grandchildren.
Miles George Wedeman died of natural causes in Arlington Virginia on October 24, 2013. Born in Baltimore in 1923, Miles graduated from Swarthmore College in 1942 and at the age of 19 entered Harvard Law School. He soon left Harvard to join the US Navy as a lieutenant and served in the Pacific until 1946. After completing Harvard in 1948, he worked for the U.S. Navy Department and Ford Motor Company before joining the US Agency for International Development in 1963, where he served as Assistant Director of Africa Bureau, Deputy Director of the Mission in South Korea, Economic Attaché in Cambodia, Regional Director for West Africa, and finally as Mission Director in Syria. After retiring from AID, he served as Chief Administrative Officer of ICRASAT in India and then worked as consultant. He later volunteered at the White House during the Clinton Administration. His love of international travel never abated and in retirement he and his wife Martha continued to visit the far flung corners of the globe. For the last six years he was an active resident of the Falls Church Goodwin House, leading regular discussions on foreign affairs and hosting outside speakers. He is survived by his wife Martha, a daughter Sara, three sons Andrew, Benjamin, and Nicholas, and seven grandchildren. A reception honoring Miles will be held from 10 am to 1 pm on Saturday December 14, 2013 at the Goodwin House, 3440 S. Jefferson St., Falls Church, VA.
John J. Gilligan, a former Ohio governor and Democratic congressman whose most lasting accomplishment, the state income tax, was also the undoing of his political career, died Aug. 26 at his home in Cincinnati. He was 92. The death was confirmed by his caregiver, Frank Kennedy, who did not provide a cause. Mr. Gilligan’s daughter Kathleen Sebelius, a former Kansas governor, is health and human services secretary under President Obama, who issued a statement honoring Mr. Gilligan. “Jack Gilligan lived his life in service to his fellow Americans,” Obama said. “Kathleen followed in the high tradition of public service that Jack set, and they became the first father-daughter team of governors in American history.” Mr. Gilligan, a teacher, was elected governor of Ohio in 1970, a year in which Republicans suffered from a scandal in the state treasurer’s office. He inherited a school funding crisis in which 24 districts had closed for lack of operating money, and more were expected to follow suit. Mr. Gilligan persuaded legislators to enact the state’s first corporate and personal income taxes in 1971 to raise money for dealing with those problems and other government priorities. During the tax battle, he closed state parks to save money. The move may have turned up the heat on legislators, but it also caused a public uproar. Mr. Gilligan also presided over the creation of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, the passage of strip-mine-reclamation laws and the separation of the prison and mental health agencies into distinct departments. As he headed into a campaign for a second term in 1974, he cited increased state funding for education, mental health services and programs to reduce drug abuse. But the income-tax issue continued to dog him. When a reporter asked at the Ohio State Fair whether Mr. Gilligan was going to shear a sheep on the fairgrounds, the governor said: “I shear taxpayers, not sheep.” In the 1974 race, James A. Rhodes, a former two-term Republican governor, hammered at Mr. Gilligan for raising taxes and scored an upset victory with a margin of about 11,000 votes out of 2.9 million cast. John Joyce Gilligan was born March 22, 1921, in Cincinnati. He served as a Navy gunnery officer in World War II and was awarded the Silver Star for saving several crew members of his destroyer after enemy guns set it ablaze off the island of Okinawa. Before his military service, he graduated from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. After the war, he received a master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati and started teaching literature at Xavier University in Cincinnati. Mr. Gilligan’s political career began in 1953 with his election to Cincinnati City Council. He was reelected five times. Mr. Gilligan was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1964, but his run for reelection two years later was defeated by Robert Taft Jr. (R). He returned to Cincinnati to serve on the City Council. In 1968, he defeated U.S. Sen. Frank J. Lausche for the Democratic nomination to the Senate, but he lost the general election to Republican William B. Saxbe. In 1970, Mr. Gilligan defeated Republican Roger Cloud in the general election for Ohio governor. After leaving the governor’s office, Mr. Gilligan was a fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, and he led the U.S. Agency for International Development for two years. He returned to teaching, spending 12 years at Notre Dame, where he also headed the university’s Institute for International Peace Studies. In 1992, he joined the University of Cincinnati, where he was director of a civic forum at the law school. From age 78 to 86, Mr. Gilligan served as a school board member in Cincinnati. In a 1993 speech, Mr. Gilligan said the United States would never recover the millions of jobs lost in the relocation and downsizing of American industry. “What’s going on now in American industry is called re-engineering, redesigning whatever their product or service is, redesigning how they produce it to eliminate, insofar as humanly possible, human labor,” he said. “We will develop new industries and new types of employment hitherto unknown,” he said, “or our economy will continue to decay and deteriorate. All of us and our grandchildren will suffer the consequences.” His first wife, the former Mary Kathryn Dixon, died in 1996. In addition to Sebelius, they had three other children. Other survivors include Mr. Gilligan’s wife of 12 years, Susan Fremont.
Robert Norman Bakley, 79, died Sunday August 11th, 2013 surrounded by his loving family after suffering a heart attack. A service to honor Mr. Bakley’s memory will be held at 4 p.m. on Sunday, August 25th, 2013 at the Wilkerson Funeral Home, Greenville, NC.
Bob was born on September 21st, 1933 in Camden NJ, and was the second son of Steward and Violet Bakley. As a young man, he attended Pennsauken Junior High School and Merchantville High School, both in New Jersey. During his high school years, Bob was active in the student council and played both varsity basketball and football. He graduated from Peirce Junior College in 1960 and passed the CPA exam in 1965. Subsequently, Bob finished first in a rigorous National Competitive Exam sponsored by the American Institute of Public Accountants.
Mr. Bakley worked at Pennsylvania Railroad before joining the firm of Main, Lafrentz & Company as a senior accountant. The respect of his peers, his wide-spread professional recognition, his ethics and his wisdom led to a multi-year career overseas with the Foreign Service, specifically the US Agency for International Development. Bob’s time with the USAID included tours in India, Egypt, the Philippines and Pakistan. Bob also worked in Singapore for the Private Investment Company of Asia (PICA) and worked for the Asian Development Bank in Manila while on loan from the USAID. Bob eventually returned to the private sector, and during his later years worked for Enron as president of Dabol Power in India.
After his retirement, Bob enjoyed spending time with his family in Falls Church, VA and Greenville, NC.
Bob is survived by his wife, Ruth Bakley; his three sons, Robert Jr., William and Daniel; five grandchildren, Kelly, Jonathan, Matthew, Luke and Danielle; and two great grandchildren, Gabriel and Michael. Bob’s daughter, Linda, predeceased him.
Janet Paz-Castillo, loving mother and sister, passionate and committed professional and dear friend, died suddenly on July 25, 2013, at home. She was 62 years old. She was born and raised in Aberdeen, Washington and had a distinguished career in international health and education working for AED, Peace Corps and USAID. She was an international woman, speaking Spanish fluently, comfortable in many countries and living long-term in Latin America, Africa, and South Asia. She was committed to improving the health and saving lives of those less fortunate and leaves a legacy of significant improvements in nutrition, maternal and child health, and HIV programming. She is preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Barbara Berken and her brother, Todd Berken. She is survived by her daughters, Lea, 28 and Rosina 18, her sister, Bly Berken, a nd brothers, Scott (Lori) and Peter Berken, and nephews Caleb and Jared Berken.
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William Garrity, of Washington, DC, died June 7, 2013, at Georgetown University Hospital from complications of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Bill was born February 21, 1936, near Davenport, Iowa, to Eileen Honore Quinn and Harry Patrick Garrity. He grew up in Davenport, and received his English literature and history degrees from Marquette University. In 1957, he entered Georgetown University, where he earned his law degree, and has lived in Washington since then. He served as Assistant Commissioner of the U.S. District Court in Washington for 13 years, as a contracting officer for the Department of Energy and the Department of Interior, and, for 10 years before his 1997 retirement, at the U.S. Agency for International Development.
He was a fount of information on history, world events, and the performing and fine arts in Washington, as well as on the many cultures he had the opportunity to explore. He attended and volunteered at St. Matthew’s Cathedral, and enjoyed the company of his wonderful friends there, especially Fr. Jack Hurley.
Bill is survived by three brothers, Harry Lee Garrity (wife, Shirley) of DeWitt, Iowa, Michael J. Garrity (wife, Diane) of Dubuque, Iowa, and Joseph G. Garrity (wife, Bonnie) of Galena, Illinois; one sister, Nancy Jo Waack (husband Jim) of Rutledge, Missouri; 11 nieces and nephews; and an enormous contingent of devoted friends. He was preceded in death by his long-lived and infinitely-loved dachshunds, Tuam and Cleo Louise. A memorial mass will be held at St. Matthew’s Cathedral, Washington, DC, at 10 a.m. on Monday, June 17, with visitation beginning at 9:30 a.m. Interment will follow at a later date beside his parents in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Davenport, Iowa. In lieu of flowers, and because of his love for music and theatre, memorial contributions may be made to St. Matthew’s Cathedral music division and Church Street Theatre.
Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Ruth Pulwers Krulfeld of Arlington; and his son, Michael Krulfeld of Arlington.
John A. Ulinski Jr., 89, a former officer of the U.S. Agency for International Development, died April 30 of congestive heart failure at a health-care facility in Hendersonville, N.C. A daughter, Carol Freeman, confirmed his death. Mr. Ulinski began his federal career with the old Bureau of the Budget in 1948, but three years later, he was lent to the State Department. He spent most of his career in foreign-aid assignments, both in Washington and overseas, including postings in Indonesia, India, Vietnam and Liberia. He retired from USAID in 1980 as director of the Office for Private and Voluntary Cooperation, serving concurrently as executive director of the Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid. John Anthony Ulinski Jr. was born in Buffalo. During World War II, he was a cryptographer with the Army Air Forces in the Pacific, and he participated in the landings at Leyte in the Philippines. He graduated from Cornell University in 1948 and later attended Georgetown University’s law school and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. Mr. Ulinski, a former McLean resident, moved to Hendersonville when he retired. Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Anne Franke Ulinski of Hendersonville; five children, Carol Freeman of Alexandria, Susan Ulinski of New York City, Anthony Ulinski of Raleigh, N.C., Judith Rodriguez of Dumfries and Matthew Ulinski of Ithaca, N.Y; and eight grandchildren.
William I. Bacchus, a personnel specialist who retired in 2001 from the U.S. Agency for International Development after serving as executive director of two management councils, died Jan. 23 at Capital Caring hospice in Arlington. He was 72 and an Arlington resident. He had esophageal cancer and liver cancer. His wife, Mary Bacchus, confirmed the death. Starting in 1975, Dr. Bacchus spent more than 15 years working in personnel management at the State Department. He played a key role drafting the sweeping Foreign Service Act of 1980 that covered employment, career advancement and grievance procedures, among other major administrative procedures. He helped oversee a management study used in the transition from the George H.W.Bush administration to the Clinton White House in 1993. He then joined USAID as executive director of the Quality Council and later was executive director of the agency’s Management Council before retiring. He worked as a consultant in foreign affairs until his death. William Ivar Bacchus, who was a nephew of the science fiction writer Robert A. Heinlein, was born in Oklahoma City and raised in Albuquerque. He was a 1962 graduate of Princeton University. After Navy service, he received a doctorate in political science from Yale University in 1970. Early in his career, he was an assistant professor of government and foreign affairs at the University of Virginia and a senior staff member of the Commission on the Organization of the Government for the Conduct of Foreign Policy. His honors included the State Department’s Distinguished Service Award. His books included “Foreign Policy and the Bureaucratic Process” (1974) and “The Price of American Foreign Policy: Congress, the Executive and International Affairs Funding” (1997). Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Mary Dreiling Bacchus of Arlington; and a brother.
Nadine Hogan, 70, a former associate director for domestic operations of the Peace Corps and mission director for Central America and Panama of the U.S. Agency for International Development, died Dec. 29 at a hospital in Miami.Her husband, R. James Hogan Jr., said she died of complications from an infection after hip surgery in 2006, aggravated by a fall at their winter home in Key Biscayne, Fla. They lived in Alexandria. Mrs. Hogan came to Washington as a White House personnel officer in 1981 after having worked in Colorado for the Ronald Reagan presidential campaign. She went to the Peace Corps in 1982 and remained there until 1985 when she joined USAID, where she served until the end of the George H.W. Bush presidency in the early 1990s. Nadine Maye Davis was born in Centralia, Ill. She graduated in 1964 from what is now Saint Louis University nursing school in Missouri and received a master’s degree in communications at the University of Colorado in 1978. Since leaving USAID, she had done consulting work and served on several boards, including the Pan American Development Foundation and Caribbean-Central American Action. Her first marriage, to James Plaster, ended in divorce. Survivors include her husband of 25 years, R. James Hogan Jr. of Alexandria; a daughter from her first marriage, Patricia Ann Picado of West Springfield; and a grandson.
Former USAID Inspector General Everett Mosely passed away on Thursday, October 18, 2012. Everett was a charismatic man who embraced and enjoyed life every single day. Hailing from Mississippi, he attended Grambling State University before embarking on a career as an auditor, manager, and inspector general for the federal government. He loved his work, professional and collegiate sports, humor, and every manner of electronic gadget – but most of all he loved his family and friends. He is survived by his best friend and wife of 43 years, Alice P. Mosley; son and daughter-in-law, Damian Mosley and Raegan McDonald-Mosley; brother, Alonzo Mosley; nephew, Troy Mosley; niece, Monica Croft; sister-in-law, Velma Mosley; cousin, Juadine Cleveland; and his best buddies, grandchildren, Idris and Indigo Mosley.
Casimira (Cassy) Zak
ESTERA FENJVES VOTAW of Washington, D.C., survivor of the Holocaust, and widowed by the 1983 Iranian terrorist bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, died July 30, 2012, at age 83. She accompanied her husband, Albert Votaw who worked in RHUDO, on assignments in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire; Tunis, Tunisia; and Bangkok, Thailand. Albert was transferred to Beirut in April 1983, where he was one of several USAID officers killed in the Embassy bombing. Estera had not yet joined him there. She is survived by her brother, four daughters, eight grand-children, and two great-grandchildren. Donations can be made in Estera’s name to the World Monuments Fund, 350 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2412, New York, NY 10118 email@example.com) or (www.wmf.org/donate).
Estera Fenjves Votaw of Washington, D.C., survivor of the Holocaust, and widowed by the 1983 Iranian terrorist bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, died July 30, 2012, at age 83. She accompanied her husband, Albert Votaw who worked in RHUDO, on assignments in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire; Tunis, Tunisia; and Bangkok, Thailand. Albert was transferred to Beirut in April 1983, where he was one of several USAID officers killed in the Embassy bombing. Estera had not yet joined him there. She is survived by her brother, four daughters, eight grand-children, and two great-grandchildren. Donations can be made in Estera’s name to the World Monuments Fund, 350 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2412, New York, NY 10118 firstname.lastname@example.org) or (www.wmf.org/donate).
Milton Freundel, 88, an administration and personnel specialist with the U.S. Agency for International Development from1961 until retiring in 1978, died March 1 at Manor Care nursing home in Bethesda.He had congestive heart failure. The death was confirmed by his daughter, Jane Freundel Levey. In addition to stints in Washington, Mr. Freundel served in Taiwan, Pakistan, Guatemala and Paraguay during his career at USAID. He was in Guatemala during a massive 1976 earthquake that claimed thousands of lives and participated in emergency assistance efforts. In retirement, Mr. Freundel was a volunteer docent with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. He also did volunteer work in Montgomery County with prisoners transitioning back into society. Milton Freundel was a New York City native and was the youngest of eight siblings. His father was a ward healer for Tammany Hall. During World War II, Mr. Freundel served in the Army in Europe. He trained in radio communications with the Signal Corps and later drove in the truck caravan known as the Red Ball Express that kept front-line units supplied with gasoline and other staples. Mr. Freundel graduated from George Washington University in 1949 and spent much of his early career as a personnel specialist with the Navy Department. He was a Washington resident. His first wife, Bernice Wolff Freundel, died in 1993 after 45 years of marriage. A son from that marriage, Mark Freundel, died in 2009. Survivors include his wife of 18 years, Pauline Lubcher-Freundel of Washington; a daughter from his first marriage, Jane Freundel Levey of Bethesda; two step children, Carol Minkoff of Bethesda andJeffrey Lubcher of Rockville; a sister, Shirley L. Green of Bethesda; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Anthony M. Schwarzwalder, former Mission Director and long-time leader in international development, died February 2, after a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Tony grew up in Arlington and graduated from Washington-Lee High School. He attended Wesleyan College for his Bachelor of Arts and John Hopkins for his Masters in Public Health. He had a distinguished career in international relief and development, including twenty-three years with the United States Agency for Development (USAID). He began his career with USAID as a Program Officer in the Africa Bureau from 1961-66. His first overseas assignment was as a Capital Development Officer in Jordan from 1966-68. After a graduate fellowship at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School, he served as Special Assistant to the Deputy US Coordinator for the Alliance for Progress, providing economic assistance to Latin America. In 1970, following a devastating cyclone in East Pakistan, Tony took over as Coordinator of the USAID Relief and Rehabilitation Office, working both in Islamabad and Dacca. In 1972, he became the first Mission Director to Bangladesh, following the Bengali war for independence. Later that year he was awarded the Arthur S. Flemming Award for Government Service and Leadership. Returning to Washington DC in 1974, Tony became Director of the Office of Near East and Northern Africa Affairs and later the first Deputy Assistant Administrator in USAID’s newly created Food for Peace and Voluntary Assistance Bureau. His last overseas post with USAID was as Mission Director in the Philippines from 1980-84. After leaving USAID, Tony worked for a number of Washington DC-based organizations focused on HIV/AIDS, including a number of years as Deputy Director of the AIDS Control and Prevention (AIDSCAP) program. Tony was at the forefront of USAID strategy development and is fondly remembered by colleagues as a visionary, leader and friend who recognized and mentored many of those who went on to lead the Agency’s work. Services will be held Thursday, February 9, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, 4444 Arlington Blvd., at 2:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests gifts to the Alzheimer’s Family Day Center, 2812 Old Lee Highway, Suite 210, Fairfax, Virginia 222031. Memories, notes and photos are welcome and may be sent to Cecilia Javier, 301 N. Garfield St., Arlington, Virginia 22201 or email@example.com.
Lenni Kangas – USAID FSO ret.
The following was provided by Anna Quandt, Lenni’s loving spouse and UAA alumna: Lenni William Kangas, 78, died of cancer on Thursday, April 7, 2011, at his home in Iowa City, Iowa, surrounded by his wife and children. Lenni began his life in a small Finnish community in northern Minnesota, the only child of Katharyn and Waino William Kangas. He grew up in Superior, Wisconsin, learning English in kindergarten and excelling in school. He earned a degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin, built a raft and floated down the Mississippi Huck Finn style, and organized a nearly successful petition drive to recall Senator Joe McCarthy. When elected President of the class of 1955, the campus newspaper proclaimed,“Superior Man Wins.” As an active alumnus he organized and funded an award for excellence in teaching for outstanding UW professors. After graduation he served in the Navy for three years aboard the USS Yorktown in the Pacific, and later earned a Master’s degree in Public Health at the University of North Carolina. He became Assistant Dean of Men at the University of California, Berkeley, and witnessed hydrogen bombs on Bikini atolls while working for Lawrence Radiation Laboratory. In 1963 he joined the Ford Foundation and began a long and passionate career devoted to solving the world’s population problems. He joined the US Agency for International Development in 1969 as the first Deputy Director of its newly formed Office of Population. Through his work in Egypt, India, and the Philippines, Lenni was part of the pioneering group of “Poppers” who collaborated with governments of developing countries and non-governmental organizations to establish the first international family planning programs. His innovative approaches included month-long vasectomy camps in India and visits to remote villages in Luzon and Mindanao. During a second posting to Egypt, Lenni laughed off the local newspaper article branding him “The American in Your Bedrooms,” and oversaw a significant increase in the use of Egyptian family planning services. After retiring from the Senior Foreign Service in 1986, Lenni continued to work on population and HIV-AIDS prevention from the Agency’s Africa Bureau. He never fully retired, continuing his consulting activities until last year, always returning from Africa with wonderful stories and photographs. Lenni was generous, gregarious, and always optimistic. He was responsible for attracting many professionals to the field of population and supporting them in their careers. He was the author of numerous articles and papers on population and health. While still in California, Lenni married Georgia Lee Clare and in 1963 moved his young family, including daughters Tanya and Sara, to Egypt. Lenni used his overseas postings to pursue his many interests, including scuba diving and archaeological pursuits. He loved sailing on the Nile and once raced a 36′ yacht from Manila to Hong Kong. After Georgia Lee’s death in 1983, Lenni met Anna Spitzer Quandt. They were married in 1989 and bought a home in Washington, DC. Lenni and Anna adopted Peter John Kangas as an infant in 1991 in Romania. The family moved to Iowa in 2002. They owned and operated the “Revolt “ indoor skateboard park in Iowa City for two years. Lenni enjoyed telling stories, discussing politics, watching TV news, playing tennis, listening to NPR, fishing at Lake Vermillion, walking his dog Molly, drinking red wine, and watching the eagles soar over the Iowa River. Most of all, Lenni loved people. His work was his way of helping people and serving the greater good. It also allowed him to become a dashing world traveler while maintaining Midwestern values, to meet people from all walks of life, and to become friends with most of them. The little Finnish boy from northern Minnesota became a world citizen who lived by his own motto: “Bound forward, grab the world, and give it a little shake!” He is survived by his wife, Anna Quandt; his daughters Tanya Paloma Reams (Gary) and Sara Kangas (Peter Mark); his son Peter Kangas; cousins, John Kangas and Paula Wood; and many other loving relatives and friends. Contributions may be made to National Public Radio.
From USAID: It is with great sorrow that we announce the loss of a dear colleague and friend Dr. Adel Gohar, who used to work for USAID/Egypt’s Education Office for nearly 28 years. He passed away on Monday, August 23rd after a long illness. Those who knew and worked closely with him understood his fine nature and good heart. He was admired for his wisdom, knowledge and passionate approach to development. Dr. Adel was an advocate for all FSNs, whether serving outside or inside the FSN committee, and always provided FSNs with genuine guidance and advice. He treated all people equally, with respect and decency regardless of their age or background. Dr. Adel was loved by everyone and was indeed the main mentor for the FSN community. He will be greatly missed by all but will be remembered for years and years to come. Any questions concerning this notice may be directed to Edel Perez-Campos, USAID/Egypt, 202-2522-7102.
Aaron L. Benjamin USAID Officer
Aaron L. Benjamin, 78, a retired urban planner who became a development officer with the U.S. Agency for International Development, died June 13 of complications from pneumonia at a hospital in Ashland, Ore. He moved to Ashland from Arlington County in 1998. Mr. Benjamin joined USAID in 1967 and specialized in housing and redevelopment programs while serving in Egypt, Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. He retired in 1989. Aaron Leon Benjamin was born in New York City and was a graduate of Brooklyn College. He received a master’s degree in city planning from New York University in 1959. Before joining USAID, he was an urban planner and housing specialist in New York, California and Switzerland. He was director of planning and development in Elizabeth, N.J., from 1965 to 1967. Mr. Benjamin was a member of several planning and foreign service organizations and collected art and antiquities from Latin America. He played jazz bass and Spanish guitar and enjoyed photography. Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Judith Greifer Benjamin of Ashland; two children, Cynthia Benjamin of the District and Robert Benjamin of Ashland; and a brother. Donations in his honor can be sent to Habitat for Humanity. Comments posted here will be sent to his family. (originally written by Matt Strudel, source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/05/AR2010070502614.html)
Dr. Joseph P. Carney
Dr. Joseph P. Carney, former director of the Office of Education, USAID’s Bureau for Economic Growth, Agriculture and Trade (EGAT), died peacefully on May 30, 2010 surrounded by family and friends. He leaves behind his loving wife of 34 years, Suga Carney, two children, Dr. Mark Carney and Hana Carney, Esq., their spouses, and a beloved grandchild. Dr. Carney will be remembered for his generosity, kindness, wit, wisdom, and his life-long commitment to education and to improving the lives of others. Dr. Carney retired from USAID in 2009 with more than 30 years of Government service, including nine years with the State Department’s Office of Overseas Schools. Dr. Carney coordinated U.S. policy on education for development and frequently represented the U.S. Government at high level meetings in support of international education programming. He was responsible for USAID’s foreign assistance programs supporting basic education, higher education, workforce development, and training. Dr. Carney previously directed the Office of Education, Science and Technology, and managed a $300 million education portfolio in the Latin America and Caribbean Bureau (LAC). He also served as Chief of the Education and Human Resources Divisions in USAID/Jamaica and USAID/Lesotho. Among his many accomplishments at USAID, Dr. Carney was most proud of the role that he played in helping revitalize the Foreign Service workforce in education. In addition, he was responsible for the launch of the Caribbean and Latin American Scholarship Program and the LAC Regional Higher Education Textbook Program; the initiation of the USA-Japan Common Agenda in Health and Human Resources which included a ground-breaking national HIV/AIDS prevention program; and institutional strengthening initiatives at many universities, including the University of East Timor and nine Sumatran universities. Dr. Carney earned his Ph.D. in African Studies from St. John’s University in New York, a Master’s degree in American History from Scranton University, as well as Master’s degrees in Religious Education and Theology from the Maryknoll Graduate School of Theology and the University of the State of New York. He began his career as a Maryknoll missionary priest in Tanzania and served as vice-rector of Maryknoll seminary in Ossining, NY. A memorial service will be held on June 12 at 11 AM at St. John Neumann’s Catholic Church at 11900 Lawyers Road, Reston VA. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Maryknoll Fathers & Brothers, Box 302, Maryknoll, NY 10545-0302, or by calling 1-(800) 214-0390. Please indicate that the donation is being made in memory of Joe Carney. EGAT/ED is gathering remembrances of Dr. Carney to share his family at the following web address: http://communities.usaid.gov/education/forums/general-forum/general-discussion. Any questions concerning this notice may be directed to David Barth, EGAT/ED, (202) 712-0732. Please also feel free to comment on this blog, and we will pass along the condolences.
Dear friends, family, and collegues of John Coury, My name is Jessica Coury Papp, John Coury’s niece. I have logged in to John’s email to ensure that those he spoke with through email would receive this news. I regret to inform you all of John’s passing. On the evening of the 20th of December, while I was speaking to John on the phone, chatting away as he loved to do, he had a sudden cardiac arrest, which caused his quick passing. It has been a very difficult time for those that loved Johnny, but we are all comforted knowing that he went quickly, and we hope he is somewhere with his beloved Victor, eating lobster and smiling down on us all. Please pass this message on to others that Johnny knew. We hope that all the people that he loved will remember him, and carry on in his spirit of helping others and loving life. Below is his obituary. Sincerely, Jessica Papp John Peter Coury, 67, originally of Torrington, CT, died Sunday, December 20, 2009, at his home in Vienna, Virginia. A true philanthropist, John dedicated his life to helping those in need throughout the world. Born and raised in Torrington, the son of Nimar and Mary (Narsiff) Coury, he graduated from Torrington High School, and went on to attend Boston College, where he graduated with honors. He attended American International University, where he earned a Masters Degree in Political Science. John then began his career of service to others by joining the Peace Corps, volunteering throughout South America. His work also included positions for both the World Bank and the Pan American Health Organization. For the rest of his professional life, John remained with USAID. John traveled and worked extensively throughout South America, Africa, and the Caribbean, ensuring a better life for countless people in need. John was predeceased by his beloved son, Victor M. Coury, as well as his brothers Gerard Coury, David G. Coury, William S. Coury, and his mother and father Mary and Nimar Coury. John is survived by his sister Marcia Hasemann; brother Charles A. Coury; brother Nimar T. Coury Jr.; as well as several adoring cousins, nieces and nephews, and countless friends. John Coury dedicated his life to service and helping others. He lived each day as an adventure, and shared his infectious laughter with everyone he met. He will be greatly missed by many, yet his fun-loving spirit and his dedication to helping those in need will live on in all that he inspired. Calling Hours and Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, January 2, 2010 at Saint Maron’s Church, 613 Main Street in Torrington. Calling Hours will start at 8:30 a.m., followed by The Divine Liturgy of Resurrection celebrated at 10:00 a.m. The Burial will follow at The New Saint Francis Cemetery. Phalen Funeral has charge of arrangements. Memorial Contributions can be made to the Saint Maron’s Church Building Fund, 613 Main Street, Torrington, CT 06790. Below are some memories of John Coury that were received by email at the USAID Alumni Association.Jessica, I am in total shock. We had a small Peace Corps Chile get-together on Sunday, Dec. 13, at the Old Ebbitts Grill in DC. John was fine then, and the life of the party—in fact, he organized it. John has been a dear, trusted, faithful friend of mine since 1965. There are others in your email list (Ben, Dick, et al) who also served in Chile with John, and many others who worked with him at USAID as well (I did both). John will be dearly missed missed by many who are proud to know him as a good friend….george George R. Gardner, Ph.D. Thanks so much for your message, Jessica. As heartbroken as we all are over this, it has brought me a small measure of comfort to imagine that he was able to spend Christmas with Victor. God blessed all of us with John. An honorary “niece”, Lindsay Huffman-Dilks Dear Jess, Waiting for some news from John we are very shocked and sad today to learn that he passed away on December 20th, even if we know that today he is close to Victor again. I met Victor and John in Panama in1982 and since we have allways been friends. We will always remind all the good time we spent together, in Panama, in Jamaica or in Paris, were I am living with my husbands Jean-Francçois and our Children Anne-Charlotte, Pierre-Hadrien and Augustin. John and Victor will always be in our heart and we will pray for them tomorrow . Warn regards to all the family. Hilda Castel Jean-François Castel Paris, France. Jessica, John and I go all the way back as does George Gardiner to our Chile Peace Corps days and then USAID. John played Santa Claus when we both were posted there. I have a beautiful slide picture here in my study of my daughter perched on his knee. We were to see John at the end of this month as we passed through DC to Florida to get away from the snowy cold Maine winter. John was a dear friend to me and to my wife Sandi and our daughter Amy. Thank you for the effort to let us know of his passing. We all were blessed to know him. May he and Victor now be together Ben Severn Thanks for your message Jessica, I’m Angie Paola Suaez from Colombia, I’m really with my broken heart because Dr. John was a very special person with all of us, with each person he gave to us love and He was a wonderful person. He was so sad for my uncle Victor but now I know that maybe he is with him with his lovely son. I don’t know if I’m writing good because I don’t now very well english but thanks to him I can write this mail to say to you that we really sorry , In colombia we are in total shock. I’m so sad.And all the family hope that he’ll be in a special place with my beloved uncle. Sincerely, Angie Paola Suarez Dear Jess: Thank you for your lovely e-mail. I worked with your Uncle Johnny for over 20 years at USAID and I enjoyed every minute I ever spent with him. He was a wonderful colleague and friend! John guided us all to work hard and to be the best as we served the men, women and children around the world!! His love of people, particularly children will live with us forever. John’s smile could light up the darkest night and the warmth that he emitted left everyone around him glowing. His sense of humor and ability to always find the fun in every situation kept everyone laughing and smiling! As John now takes his final resting place, he will do so with the peace of mind that every single soul who had the distinct honor to call him family and friend has been left a better person for having shared their life with him. And so it is with much love and adoration that I say goodbye to my good friend, John! Warm regards, Bonita Dear Jess, Family and Friends of John – Some 30 years ago John and victor came to Haiti – a place Victor had wanted to visit since he admired the painters there. John and Victor were travelling around like Peace Corps Volunteers, taking local painted taxis, eating local food and just soaking up the vibrant, earthy colors and sounds and smells of Haiti. They stopped in to see us and we enjoyed their company; my son PJ was about a year old then and Victor was just a young man. Years later I called John when one of our USAID colleagues departed, and found out that we lived close to each other. Me in Oakton, John in Vienna. During my 2 years in Wash DC John was my best friend. We went to all you can eat Asian buffets (particularly Tsun nami out by the Wal-Mart), and did home repairs together. I helped him carry in some frames and hang a few paintings (Victor’s of course), and John was always one to give me a 2nd opinion on painting, bathroom upgrades, and so much more. He was a true friend. His sense of humor was what you would expect from someone who worked creatively and productively in population and reproductive health. We shared so many laughs together, and I’ll remember his devotion to family, the way he carried sorrow with grace and hope after losing Victor, and his bonhommie. He spoke often of his brother, cousins, and all of his family. He made being a Catholic something to be proud of. I miss him dearly and send my condolences to all of you. Chris McDermott (in Chiang Mai Thailand) and Quan
Our colleague Michael Richard Jordan died May 16, 2009. Michael was an ardent, effective advocate and activist for international development over a 45-year career that, with his wife Betty, began in 1963 with their Peace Corps service in Afghanistan. They then moved to Vietnam where he began work with USAID in 1966 as a Field Liaison Officer serving health needs of civilian war casualties. A pioneer within USAID in developing social marketing programs for family planning and primary health care, many in the Agency and contractor community knew Michael affectionately for his quick humor, intelligence, and innovative development programming. He was a mentor to scores of young USAID recruits both during his 30-year career as a Foreign Service Officer and later in new recruit training at the Foreign Service Institute. He served in India (twice), Bangladesh, Egypt, and Ecuador. In Bangladesh, he was responsible for USAID funding of the Cholera Laboratory in Dhaka, now known as the International Centre for Diarrheal Disease Research, helping oversee seminal work in the development of oral rehydration therapy – an intervention that has saved millions of lives. In Egypt, he developed the first USAID population and family planning assistance program after the resumption of U.S. and Egyptian diplomatic relations. Michael was born in Duluth, Minnesota, on October 3, 1936. He graduated from the University of North Dakota with a degree in pharmacy in 1958 and earned an M.A.in public health from the University of North Carolina in 1968. He retired from USAID in 1994 from Ecuador and became Chief of Party for a rural health and development project in Peru. After returning to their family home in McLean, Virginia, in 1999, Michael was a consultant on numerous international projects. He is survived by Betty, his beloved partner on all the overseas assignments, by his daughter Lisa and son-in-law Nick, and by his son Justin and daughter-in-law Kate and their children, Zachary and Piper. All are invited to Mike’s memorial service at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 10 a.m. Friday, May 29th, 1545 Chain Bridge Rd (at corner with Westmoreland) in McLean VA. After the service, we are invited to the Jordan home for refreshments – 6901 Lemon Rd., McClean VA, (about a mile from the church). We all loved Mike and miss him keenly.