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10th Annual Summer Picnic Participants

UAA 10th Annual Summer Picnic

Saturday, September 12, 2020, 4:00-5:30 PM Eastern Time

Participants list


Attended (50)  No Show (30)
Aarnes, Anne Baldwin, Pamela
Almaguer, Frank Birnbaum, Philip
Anderson, Bill Blakeslee, Katherine
Bennett, Barbara De Zalduondo, Barbara (Brazey)
Blane, Deedee Dickerson, Barbara
Bowers, Gerard Destler, Harriett
Britain, Gerard Etian, Sylva
Brown, Terrence Frischer, Ruth
Burns, Richard Gilbert, Fritz
Butler, Malcolm Grant, Steve
Butler, Tish Gedeon, Muhindo
Carrino, Connie Lester, Bob
Coles, Julius Liberi, Dawn
Cook, Bette Lovaas, John
Crowley, Chris MacDonald, Barry
Dabbs, Carol Malick, Susan
Depp, Rose Marie Maushammer, Robert
Dijkerman, Dirk Mullally, Kevin
Elliott, William Muncy, Don
Epstein, Sharon Orourke, Jon
Feeney, Paula Parker, Norma
Fine, Susan Sanjak, Jolyne
Fine, Patrick Sinding, Steve
Handler, Howard Staal, Thomas
Hirsh, Michael Stauffer, Donna
Hogan, Beth Taubenblatt, Sy
Kammerer, Kelly & Nancy Frame Traister, Robert
Kvitashvili, Elisabeth White, Pamela
Levin, Ronald Wood, Jerry
Martin, Raymond Zak, Marily
Moser, Patricia (Tricia)
Nicastro, Tom
Pielemeier, John
Pielemeier, Nancy
Razafindratovo, Ony
Resch, Tim
Rhodes, Stacy
Ryan, Joe
Sambunaris, Georgia
Shah, Satish
Slobey, Laura
Smith, Jay
Stein-Olson, Monica
Toder, Miles
Tumavick, Nancy
Vellenga, Tom
Whitlock-Brown, Linda
Williams, Aaron
Wingert, Stephen
Yamashita, Ken
11:53 pm

Daniel Ian Stoll


Daniel Ian Stoll, age 53, passed away on July 6, 2020. The cause of death was Glioblastoma.  Dan was born on December 16, 1966 in Silver Spring, Maryland to Jane Stoll and the late Edward S. Stoll. Besides his mother, he is survived by his brother Adam (Anita), and his three young children, Ethan, Jason and Margaret Ann, plus his nieces and nephews and his cousins. He is also survived by Mary Nguyen who he married toward the end of his life, and by his first wife Theresa Stattel.

Dan graduated from the University of Texas, and was a proud longhorn. In Austin he became a music enthusiast, a passion that stayed with him for life. Dan worked for the federal government in multiple capacities in a career spanning nearly three decades. Most recently, he worked at USAID as an Ethicist, where he cherished his friendships with many colleagues.  Dan travelled extensively and loved to plan trips for he and his family. Without doubt, Dan’s greatest pleasure was the time he spent with his three children. He rarely missed any of their events or activities.  Those who knew Dan well appreciated his sense of humor, his enthusiasm for doing whatever he took on, and the joy that he brought to their lives. In the time he was with us, he lived a very full life.

Private graveside services are being held at Judean Gardens Cemetery in Olney Maryland in a manner that complies with COVID-19 restrictions.  Contributions may be made in Dan’s name to the American Brain Tumor Association, 8550 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Suite 550, Chicago, Illinois 60631-3225, or to Cure Glioblastoma, 578 Washington Blvd. #639, Marina Del Ray, CA 90292.

2:16 am

Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan 1935-2009

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 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.

12:40 pm

John Coury

Dear friends, family, and colleagues 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

12:39 pm

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: 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.

12:37 pm

Aaron L. Benjamin

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:

12:36 pm

Adel Gohar

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.

12:35 pm

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.

12:35 pm

Molly Gingerich

Molly Gingerich, 68, died May 24th in the loving care of her family in Albuquerque, NM, following a year-long battle with ovarian cancer.  Memorial services were held June 3rd at the Albuquerque Mennonite Church and  on June 24th at the USAID library, organized by the USAID Global Health Bureau. After attending American University for two years, Molly spent a year at the University of Grenoble in France, then graduated from Denver University.  Following a stint working with the Ford Foundation in Pakistan, she completed her master’s degree in public health at UCLA.  She began her public health career with the Center for Development and Population Activities (CEDPA) working on early Women in Management programs in the late 1970s.  Following her marriage to James Gingerich in Islamabad, Pakistan, they transferred to Indonesia.  For the next 23 years, Molly worked with USAID in public health.  She became passionate about all activities USAID funded which supported improved access to quality health services, particularly for women and children.  Throughout her career which took her from Pakistan to Indonesia, a year at Stanford University, Kenya, Nepal, USAID/Washington, and back to Indonesia as the head of the Health, Population, and Nutrition (HPN) office, Molly combined excellent technical knowledge of the programs with a rare ability to bring government, NGO and private sector partners to focus on the larger visions…for improving the health status, often of the most powerless members of these populations. Her passion for achieving Safe Motherhood goals wherever she worked became well known.  Molly and three colleagues/friends began what today is known as the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood.  That program is now an international coalition active in over 150 countries.  Its goal is to make pregnancy and childbirth safe for women and newborns.  Her work with colleagues in Kenya was a major contributor to Kenya achieving the most rapid decline in fertility during the 1990s ever recorded.  In Nepal, working with many local partners, Molly, her HPN team and trusted technical advisors, put in place a comprehensive program of vaccinations, Vitamin A distribution, clean health delivery kits, and greatly enhanced access to modern forms of contraception, which has contributed to dramatic changes in maternal and child mortality rates.  In all of these efforts, Molly aways sought to develop the abilities of national colleagues to carry on this work within their own organizations.  Despite being a desperately poor country, plagued by long-term violent political conflict, Nepal today is on track to achieve the UN Millenium Development Goal of reducing under-five deaths by two-thirds by 2015. The contributions of the USAID-supported programs during and since the 1990s has been a major contributor to this development. The Molly Gingerich Memorial Fund This award has been established at CEDPA as an endowed living testimony and memorial to the many contributions Molly made to improve Safe Motherhood.  Molly’s family, colleagues and friends from around the world have contributed to this fund.  Resources from this fund will be awarded to participants from developing countries enabling them to attend CEDPA-led training programs with a broad focus on Safe Motherhood.
12:34 pm

Mirinda Foti

Mirinda Susan (Massari) Foti passed away peacefully, with her beloved family by her side at her home in Naples, Fl, on December 14, 2011 after a courageous, two and a half-year battle with cancer. Mirinda was born in Ravenna, Ohio, on January 28, 1944, to Tony and Florence Massari. She is survived by her adored husband of 45 years, John, two wonderful sons, Michael J. and John A. (daughter-in-law, Samantha), as well as two cherished grandsons J.J. and Jacob. She is also survived by her caring and devoted sister Elaine Armani of Naples, FL and sister, Susan Prendergast (Thomas), of Springfield, OH, as well as sister-in-law and brother-in-law Rose and Henry Skurpski of East Syracuse, NY, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was predeceased by her parents and sister Annmarie Boggs. Mirinda was a member of the United States Foreign Service (Agency for International Development), along with her husband, and together they lived and served for over thirty years in a variety of government assignments: Vietnam, the Philippines, Thailand, Egypt, Italy, and Washington, DC. Mirinda served as an officer of the American Embassy Spouse’s Club, leading many charitable fund-raising events. While assigned to the DC office, she received USAID’s outstanding employee award for exemplary performance, selfless dedication and unique contributions to the Office of Human Resources. Raising two active boys overseas required organization and involvement. For the Metro Manila area, she helped organize the first little league baseball organization involving over twelve American and Philippine teams, thus fulfilling her love for the New York Yankees and instilling a lifelong love for baseball with her children. She was also a den mother and helped organize scouting events. In lieu of flowers, donations in Mirinda’s memory may be made to Saint Agnes Catholic Church/Debt Reduction Fund, 7775 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples, FL 34120.
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