Former USAID Health Officer Alan Foose passed away on December 23, 2018, in Mbabane, Swaziland. Alan and his wife Jan Rockcliffe-King have lived there for the past nine years, having previously lived after Alan’s retirement in South Africa near Kruger Park.
Alan first worked outside of the US when he joined the Private Health Association of Lesotho, a small NGO comprised of previously independent rural clinics, where he was the Director for almost five years. He then joined USAID as a health officer, with his first posting in Liberia, followed by assignments in Swaziland, Bangladesh and South Africa. After retirement from USAID, Alan frequently worked as a consultant to USAID/Mozambique and USAID/South Africa. Over the years, his areas of focus included maternal and child health, population/family planning, and HIV/AIDS prevention.
Wherever Alan lived, he embraced the local people and surroundings, including owning a share of a traditional boat and traveling the rivers and bays of Bangladesh, finding remote beaches in Liberia, and bird watching, hiking and visiting game reserves in southern Africa. He truly enjoyed the adventures that came from living overseas.
Alan is survived by his wife, Jan, and by his children Andrew (Andy) Foose, now living in Mbabane; David Foose, living in Arlington VA; Allison Myeza, living in South Africa; nine grandchildren and one great grandchild. Alan will be remembered above all as a kind, caring, and quietly witty person who was always willing to help those in need.
A U.S.memorial service is planned for late April/early May