Test Memoriam page

Richard J. “Dick” Pond

New Richard J. “Dick” Pond, 95, passed away peacefully on Monday, January 27, 2020 at the Hospice Care Center in Brooksville, FL after being in home hospice care since the beginning of October 2019.

Dick was born in Massillion, OH on May 19, 1924, son of the late Albert and Martha Pond.  Upon high school graduation in 1943, Dick joined the U.S. Army at age 18.  Instead of basic training, he spent a year learning every aspect of communications.  He was chosen and flown to London as the nucleus of the 3118 Signal Corps.  Dick was assigned to SHAEF (Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Forces) under the direction of General Dwight Eisenhower, the supreme commander.  He ended up in Rheims, France where Dick was given the honor of handling the final message from the German surrender.  He was present when General Jodl came to surrender at the building the Americans dubbed the Little Red Schoolhouse, May 7, 1945.

A few months later, Dick was being processed for top secret clearance to free him for work as a civilian with the State Department in Washington, D.C.  He applied for the Foreign Service and this began his life as a world traveler.  His first assignment was in Copenhagen where he met and married his first wife.  They had two sons and a daughter in the years that followed.  Tragedy struck in Bangkok, Thailand, in July 1969, when their 13 year old daughter was killed in a car accident.  A few years later Dick and his wife divorced.

After being in Foreign Service, Dick retired and worked for USAID serving in Blantyre, Karachi, Hawaii, Saigon, Rio de Janeiro, and Amman.  While in Amman, Dick took up oil painting.  In December 1972, his paintings were part of an exhibition presented by the Diplomatic Club in Amman.  After 30 years of service with the Department of State, Dick retired from Kabul, at age 50, in 1974.  Dick said, “The countries I enjoyed the most had the least”.

In January 1975, while celebrating the Pittsburgh Steelers 1st Super Bowl win, he met his 2nd wife, Saundra, and they married in September of that year.  Their son, Jason, was born in January 1977.

Dick and the family moved to Spring Hill, FL in 1979.  Throughout the years, he enjoyed serving in various church capacities.  His other interests were playing bridge along with other card games, solving Sudokus, and going on cruises with family.  He and his wife had been on a total of fifty cruises together.  Dick was fun loving, had an infectious laugh, was a faithful, loving husband and servant of the Lord.  He is preceded in death by his father, mother, and brother.  He is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Saundra Dize Pond and three sons, Eric (Goslar, Germany), Peter (Lynda; Eugene, OR), Jason (Melinda; Spring Hill, FL), 8 grandchildren, 4 great-grandsons, nieces, nephews, along with many caring friends.

James Edward Blackwell

New James Edward Blackwell, PhD,  departed this life on Thursday, January 16, 2020, at the age of 93.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Myrtle Dapremont Blackwell, his parents,and five sisters and six brothers. He is survived by a host of loving nieces and nephews and will be fondly remembered by many colleagues, neighbors and friends.

Dr. Blackwell was a sociologist, educator and consultant who specialized in the study of the sociology and economics of the Black community and the desegregation of higher education institutions in the United States.  Long-time professor and chair of the Department of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts Boston (1970-1989), Dr. Blackwell focused his research on the structure of inequality within major social institutions, particularly in the areas of economics, professional marketplace, and education.

Dr. Blackwell was extensively involved in various professional organizations and was the first President of the Association of Black Sociologists (1970) and received the American Sociological Association’s Dubois-Johnson-Frazier Award in 1986.

He was born in Anniston, Alabama.  He received his Bachelors of Science and Masters of Arts degrees from Western Reserve University (1949) and his PhD in Sociology from Western State University (1959).  He held several university teaching positions, as well as a number of high level administrative positions throughout his career.

He was Deputy/Acting Director of the US Peace Corps in Tanganyika (Tanzania) from 1963 tp 1964, Director of the Peace Corps in Malawi (1964-66), and Director of the Division of Public Administration and Community Development for USAID in Kathmandu, Nepal (1966-69). In Nepal, he taught English and sociology at the University of Nepal in Katmandu.  He also traveled through the country working with the local population on community development programs, helped to relocate Tibetan refugees in Nepal, and was instrumental in sending 12 Nepalese college students to the US for training in community development and public administration for advanced leadership positions.  Until 1969, Dr. Blackwell divided his time and assignments between Tanzania, Nepal and Malawi.

Kenneth Patrick LuePhang

New Kenneth Patrick LuePhang, 79, of Ooltewah passed away Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at a hospital in Washington, D. C. after a brief illness. He was born on May 26, 1940 in Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies and spent 2 1/2 years in Hong Kong, and 6 months in China from ages 8-11. After high school in Jamaica, he earned his BS Degree in Civil Engineering at LSU (1962), a Master of Science Degree in Industrial Management (1967) and completed all course work for a PHD in Environmental Engineering (1976). He worked for 18 years withKe the Tennessee Valley Authority.  For the next 30 years, Ken served as a Foreign Service Officer with USAID in Pakistan, Egypt, the Philippines, Kenya, Madagascar, Nigeria and Tanzania, as well as serving two years in Washington, DC.

Ken was an enthusiastic traveler and loved his family–always with a beautiful smile and willingness to help anyone. He dedicated most of his life to advancing global health, economic prosperity, and promoting democracy and governance to Africa. He was awarded a Heroism Certificate by the Secretary of State in 1998 for providing help after the US Embassies were bombed in Tanzania and Kenya. He was also knighted by the President of Madagascar and bestowed the title of Medaille de Chevalier de I’Ordre Nationale for dedicated and unselfish service.

Ken was preceded in death by his parents, Chin Choy Keow (mother), Lue Phang (father) and brother, Abraham (Abe).  Survivors include his loving wife, Julia; son Kenneth Matthew; daughters, Shelley Elizabeth and Susan Lynn; brothers, Joe, Freddie, and Stanley; sisters, Margaret, Catherine and Patricia; many nieces, nephews, and friends; and colleagues from all over the United States, Tanzania, Canada, Jamaica and around the world.

A private graveside service will be held at the Matthews Cemetery in Georgetown. A memorial service will be held at a later date.  We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the LuePhang family guestbook at the Fike-Randolph & Son Funeral Home (www.fikefh.com).

Richard Lee Podol

New Dick Podol passed away peacefully at home on February 19, 2020, after a long illness complicated by Parkinsons disease.  He had retired from USAID in 1989 with the Senior Foreign Service rank of Minister Counselor.  During his USAID career of 29 years, he served in Turkey, Nepal, India, Bangladesh, Tanzania and was Mission Director in Zaire and Uganda.  After retirement, Dick and his wife Betty lived four months in Prague teaching English to Czech military officers.

Dick was born July 10, 1928 in Chicago.  He received his BS, MA and PhD from the University of Iowa.  In 1950, he was drafted in to the US Army and served in Korea during the war.  In January 1961, Dick’s first assignment with USAID took him to Ankara, Turkey, where he met his future wife, Betty, who was also employed by AID.  They were married in Ankara in 1962 and their two children were born there.  He is survived by his wife of 57+ years, daughter Beth in El Paso and son Edward, wife Claudia and grandchildren Emma and Eric in Scottsdale.

Dick and Betty both had a love of travel.  They were most fortunate to have visited all 50 states, almost 130 countries and the seven continents.  From climbing Machu Picchu to tracking gorillas in Central Africa–they did it all, like Bogie and Bacall.  And, yes, Dick still had places on his “bucket list” that he wanted to visit.

Dick was a lifelong, diehard Cubs fan and in 2016, he and Betty watched all three World Series games in Wrigley Field.  He coached Little League wherever he lived and took two of his teams to their European World Series.  After retirement, he delighted in playing softball with the NVSS for 13 years.

Dick was cremated and will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, do something nice today for someone you love, go watch a baseball game, buy a kid a baseball glove or a world globe (Dick’s two great loves!)

John Kent Scales

New John Kent Scales (82) passed away peacefully at home on April 14, 2020, after a valiant, two-year battle with pancreatic cancer. He maintained a strong joy of life, spending time with family and friends, as well as a love of international travel, adventure and public service. He worked for seven years as General Counsel for the Peace Corps, managing operations in the US and 86 countries; and at USAID as legal advisor for Asia, Latin America, Africa, Europe, Eurasia, and Central Asia.

A memorial service will be held at the Friends Meeting in the fall in Washington,DC.

Donald W. Maccorquodale, M.D.

New Donald Willard MacCorquodale died peacefully at home in Chevy Chase House on March 21, 2020. Born on November 13, 1921, he saw tremendous changes during his 98 years.  Donald’s passion for medicine began at an early age, influenced by his mother Helen G. Murphy, a nurse in WWI. His father, Willard MacCorquodale who died shortly after his birth, served as an Army private in WWI. His parents met in a veterans’ hospital where they both were treated for tuberculosis.

Donald MacCorquodale received a B.A. in chemistry from the University of Denver in 1942, and an M.D. from the University of Colorado School of Medicine in 1945 where he was awarded the Samuel D. Gross Prize in Surgery. Later he earned a Master of Science in Public Health in 1969 at the University of North Carolina. His public health training cultivated his lifelong interest in epidemiology and biostatistics. After serving two years in the Navy, Donald became a general practitioner of medicine in Colorado Springs, Colorado for 15 years, where he “lanced boils, delivered babies, made night house calls, and held the hands of the worried well.” He had a remarkable bedside manner and was an excellent diagnostician.

He joined the US Agency for International Development (AID) in 1964 and served in Guatemala, Colombia, the Philippines, the Dominican Republic and AID/ Washington with temporary assignments in another 14 countries. In 1969, he earned AID’s Superior Honor Award. After AID, he worked in occupational medicine at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland, the Civilian Employee Health Service of the Pentagon, Crater Health District in Virginia. He wrote about health and preventive medicine in a column “Notes Washed up in a Bottle,” published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the American Association for Public Health Physicians website and the DACOR Bulletin.

He will be greatly missed by his daughter, Patricia MacCorquodale (Philip Krider; Tucson AZ), step-daughters Vivian Spiro (Lionel; Boston MA) and Jean Reubens Lorrey (Martin; Nashua NH), his grandchildren and great grandchildren, and his nephew Ambassador Lincoln Bloomfield who faithfully managed his care in his later years.
Contributions in his memory can be made to DACOR Bacon House Foundation, 1801 F Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006; The Virginia League for Planned Parenthood, 3212 Cutshaw Avenue, Suite 226, Richmond, VA. 23230-5024; The American College of Preventive Medicine, 455 Massachusetts Ave. N.W. Suite 200, Washington, DC 20001; or , 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Frank W. Brecher

New Frank W. Brecher, age 88, died April 19, 2020 in a New York hospital due to complications from the COVID-19 virus. He was a New York City native and a sailor on the USS Tarawa (1951-54).  He earned a Bachelor’s Degree from City College and a Masters in International Affairs from the School of International Affairs, Columbia University. Later, Frank served at the State Department’s US Agency for International Development (1961-83), specializing in economic development. His postings included Nigeria, Bolivia, and Morocco. He also served as an Economic Specialist at the U.S. Mission to the UN under Ambassadors Adlai Stevenson, Andrew Young (a tennis partner) and Jeanne Kirkpatrick. Frank was at Princeton University 1967-68 on a State Department mid-career fellowship award. He received the Department of State’s Meritorious Honor Award in 1974. Thereafter, he received Senate confirmation as a Counselor to President Reagan.

After retiring, Frank embarked on a second career as a historian. He had developed a keen respect for historians who combined the practice of diplomacy with the skills of a scholar, and he applied his own diplomatic knowledge and expertise in producing a number of scholarly works. In addition to a trilogy of books analyzing early French – American relations, he also authored “Reluctant Ally: Foreign Policy toward the Jews from Wilson to Roosevelt” (1993).

He also maintained a special interest in John Jay’s contribution to diplomacy and American independence, authoring “Securing American Independence: John Jay and the French Alliance” and lecturing on this seminal figure in American diplomacy.  In addition to his books, he contributed articles to a number of periodicals and scholarly journals, including a 2010 profile of the first American Ambassador to Israel, James G. McDonald, published in the Foreign Service Journal and included in his 2013 book: “American Diplomacy and the Israeli War of Independence.”

In retirement, Frank researched and wrote in the mornings; played tennis at the Central Park courts most afternoons until his late 70’s. Frank’s immediate survivors include his brother, Dan, his two sisters, Kayle and Lila, as well as many other family members and friends. Donations in Frank’s memory may be made at birchfamilyservices.org  which provides schools, group homes and job training empowering individuals with autism and development disabilities to lead fulfilling lives.

Beverly Youmans

New Beverly Anne Youmans died February 11, 2020 in Annemasse, France, after a battle with breast cancer brain metastasis. She was just shy of her 59th birthday. Beverly was born on February 20, 1961 in Saginaw, Michigan, the sixth out of seven children of Donna and William Youmans. She grew up in Michigan and Dunedin, Florida, spent a year as an exchange student in Medellín, Colombia, and graduated from Dunedin High School. She attended the University of Florida and graduated from George Washington University in 1984, and later earned an M.A. in English Linguistics from George Mason University in 1988.

She worked for a number of years in the humanitarian field for the U.S. Agency for International Development, both in Washington and as part of disaster relief teams in a number of countries, most notably in Bosnia during the war. Beverly stayed in Bosnia after the civil conflict, working for humanitarian agencies, and it was there that she met her husband, Daniel de Torres, originally from Barakaldo, Spain. In 1998, they moved back to Washington, D.C. where they married, worked in the humanitarian and educational fields, and started a family, welcoming son Martín on May 11, 2001. In 2008, they moved to the Geneva, Switzerland area, settling in the village of Etrembieres, France.

Besides her family and work, Beverly had an avid curiosity about the world and politics, loved languages (she spoke English, Spanish, German, and French) and travel.  Like her father and many of her siblings, Beverly had a head for real estate.

Beverly’s parents predeceased her. She is survived by her beloved husband and son, Daniel and Martín de Torres, both of Etrembieres, France. She is also survived by her six siblings, two brothers-in-law, many beloved nieces and nephews, numerous devoted friends, and a dog named Floyd–Bev’s first dog and a loving and faithful companion to her, particularly as she battled cancer.

Bev cherished her roles:  a wonderful soulmate to her husband and doting mother to her son; a professional woman, a committed humanitarian, a feminist, and an indefatigable worker. A celebration of her life was held on February 18, 2020 near her home in France; one in Michigan will be held at a later date.

John A. “Jack” Shaw

New The Honorable John A. “Jack” Shaw passed away at home in Chevy Chase, MD, from heart failure on April 5, 2020. Jack Shaw, born on July 1, 1939, was the grandson of United States Senator William S. Vare of Pennsylvania, and was raised in Haverford, PA, by his aunt and uncle, Dorothy Vare and Thomas Read Hulme, due to the early death of his parents, Beatrice Vare and Dr. John Joseph Shaw. Shaw graduated from Kent School in 1957. He received a B.A. with Highest Honors in History from Williams College in 1962, where he was a member of St. Anthony Hall. He later earned a M.A. degree (1967), and Ph.D. (1976) from Cambridge University, where he was a Fellow of Magdalene College. He taught international and diplomatic studies at Cambridge University, Williams College, Georgetown University, and the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris. In 1967, Dr. Shaw returned from England for an assistant professorship of history at Williams College, where he invested his own time and money to found the Williams College men’s rowing team, and built the John A. Shaw Boathouse. From Shaw’s efforts in the early 1970’s, Williams became a preeminent U.S. rowing program, with men’s and women’s crews winning successive NCAA Division III Rowing Championships over the last 20 years.  

Dr. Shaw was confirmed by the Senate in 1975 as Assistant Secretary of State and Inspector General of Foreign Assistance, in which capacity he was responsible for the oversight of all U.S. foreign military sales, USAID, the Peace Corps, OPIC, and the Export-Import Bank. Dr. Shaw subsequently became Vice President of Booz Allen & Hamilton International in 1977, overseeing the development, organization and management of two new industrial cities, Jubail and Yanbu, in Saudi Arabia. During the 1980’s, Dr. Shaw served as Senior Advisor to the Administrator of USAID, and later under President George H. W. Bush, as Associate Deputy Secretary & Chief Operating Officer of the Department of Commerce, where he oversaw a major effort to reform the Bureau of Export Administration as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Enforcement.

From 1980-84, Dr. Shaw was a Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), specializing in Middle Eastern and International Business Affairs, and co-authored a book entitled Saudi Arabian Modernization: The Impact of Change on Stability. He later became V.P. for Washington Operations for the Hudson Institute, overseeing the Center for Naval Analyses. Under President George W. Bush, from 2001 to 2005, Dr. Shaw served as Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for International Technology Security. Working under Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Dr. Shaw directed the new Office of International Technology Security.

A previous marriage to Deborah Rossiter of Easton, MD, with whom he had two children, John Read Hulme Shaw and Deborah Brittain Shaw, ended in divorce. Dr. Shaw is survived by his beloved wife Helen Anderson Shaw of Houston, TX; his children, John and Brittain Shaw; four grandchildren, Eliza Goldsborough Shaw, Lydia Bennett Shaw, Conor Vare McInnis and Logan Tilghman McInnis; two cousins with whom he was brought up, Mary (Mimi) Hulme O’Malley, and Susanne Vare Hulme of Newtown Square, PA; two cousins, Ida Mae (Sissy) Peacock Terry of Vero Beach, FL, and Oliver L. (Sonny) Peacock, Jr. of Cashiers, N.C.; and five nieces and nephews. Dr. Shaw was preceded in death by his elder brother, Dr. William Vare Shaw.

A memorial service for Dr. Shaw will take place at All Saints Episcopal Church in Chevy Chase, MD, at a later date, followed by interment in the Vare Family mausoleum in West Laurel Hills, PA. Contributions in Dr. Shaw’s memory may be made to the Kent School Boat Club, P.O. Box 2006, Kent, CT, 06757; All Saints Episcopal Church, 3 Chevy Chase Circle, Chevy Chase, MD, 20815; and to St. Anthony Hall, P.O. Box 876, Ithaca, N.Y.,14851.

Marie Angela Mastrobattista Love

Marie Angela Mastrobattista Maria Angela Mastrobattista LoveLove passed away peacefully on April 4, 2020 in Washington DC from complications of pneumonia and advancing Parkinson’s disease.  Marie was born in Farmington Connecticut on July 9, 1932 to Domenico and Josephine (Verardi) Mastrobattista, immigrants from Lenola, Italy. She attended Noah Wallace School, Farmington High School, and received a degree in business from Bryant College.  Upon graduation, she assumed a position in administration management with the Insurance Association of Connecticut. 

In 1961 Marie joined the Department of State as a Foreign Service Officer with the US Agency for International Development. She served in Libya, the Philippines and Washington DC, moving into positions of increasing responsibility in personnel management.

In 1975 Marie married Alexander Love, a fellow Foreign Service officer. From 1979 through 1982, they deployed as a tandem couple to Nairobi, Kenya where Marie handled the administrative and personnel management for four separate USAID organizations.  In 1991, Marie accompanied her husband, Chairman of the Development Assistance Committee of OECD, to Paris, France.  In 1994, Marie and her husband retired from the foreign service.  After retirement Marie assisted in her husband’s international consulting business and the establishment of a nonprofit foundation assisting development in sub-Saharan Africa.

In addition to her beloved husband, Marie leaves behind her brothers, Alexander and Rocco of Farmington, CT, and an extended family throughout the United States, Italy and Scotland. Marie was predeceased by her brother John B. Mastrobattista of Farmington, CT.

A private prayer service will be held at Joseph Gawler’s Sons in Washington, DC followed by a funeral service for family members only at St. Joseph’s Cemetary in Plainville, CT.

Donations in her memory may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation and the Parkinson’s Foundation, EDF or NRDC.

Peter John Davies

Peter John Davies was born June 7, 1927 and passed away on March 25, 2020.  Peter was a longtime resident of Riverdale and the Kendal-on-Hudson retirement home.  He attended Little Red Schoolhouse, St. John’s College and the Harvard Littauer Center and later worked for USAID in the Washington, DC, Thailand and Brazil.  He was President of the Freedom from Hunger Foundation and the first President of InterAction, the alliance of international development and relief agencies.

Peter is survived by Phyllis (nee Botner), his wife of 70 years; sister Nada Bary; sons Kenneth and Christopher; daughters-in-law Margrethe and Carina; and grandchildren Benjamin, Daniel, Lukas, Emma, Simon and Johannes.

In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated to Friends of Reach Out’s HIV/AIDS Africa Initiative (FORO) of which Peter was a co-founder.

Eric Griffel

Eric Griffel, friend, colleague, mentor and one of USAID’s all-around great characters, died February 6, 2020 at home in Rockville; he didn’t want an obituary.  So, Eric, please consider this just a small celebratory note of thanks for a man with a remarkable life story.

There weren’t many like him, a Polish Jew, born in Krakow in 1930, who took the train with his mother across Germany in 1937 to England to escape the Nazis.  Pictures show him in suit and tie as a seven-year old British boarding school-boy.  It couldn’t have been easy starting from scratch with no English, surviving the London bombings (he said they were exciting), or landing in west LA for junior college looking—and sounding—like a young Alfred Hitchcock.  But in his memoir drafted at 85, he expressed no complaints. (Well actually, there were some, mostly about food.)

But, in fact, few things fazed him.  After finishing UCLA and George Washington, interrupted by a stint translating invoices for vehicle parts as a Korean War draftee in Rochefort, France, he joined the International Cooperation Agency.   He was sent off to evaluate the assistance program in Afghanistan, beginning a career with USAID which included tours in Morocco, Guinea under Sekou Touré and Katanga before it became part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  He was assigned to Nepal and became good friends with the legendary Boris, patron of the Royal Hotel’s Yak and Yeti Bar in Kathmandu, ran AID/Washington’s Nepal, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan Desk, and moved to Dacca (now Dhaka) as East Pakistan was becoming Bangladesh.  He left Dacca for a job in Policy Planning and time as a German Marshall Fellow.  Before a final tour in Morocco, he surprised friends who thought him a permanent bachelor at 43 by marrying Barbara (Bobbie) Waddington and taking on fatherly responsibility for her children, Denise and Richard.  Bobbie died in 2004.

Throughout it all, he maintained a healthy skepticism.  Above all, he was skeptical of power and authority and unafraid to question those who had it.  Most notably, as Provincial Mission Director for Pakistan in Dacca in 1971, he signed the Blood Telegram, the first cable to use the State Department’s new dissent channel, to protest Nixon’s “tilt toward Pakistan” and Pakistan’s repression of Bengalis.  (Eric’s courage and sense of justice are described well in Gary Bass’s 2013 book, “The Blood Telegram.”)  In a face-to-face meeting, Eric challenged Henry Kissinger three times, contradicting the Secretary and prompting Nixon’s exasperation at his inability to sack Eric immediately.  The framed picture of a scowling Nixon (on a shelf in Eric’s apartment) captures the moment and Nixon’s comment. The word bubble above Nixon’s head reads, “Eric, you sick bastard.” That, coming from Nixon, seemed to Eric a great compliment.

Eric loved books—as a seven-year old he worried to his father that he would run out of books to read.   After retiring from USAID, he dealt with that concern by buying and running for 15 years a (very) independent bookstore in Concord, New Hampshire, the Apple Tree Book Shop, with the motto “idiosyncratic and serious.”   The motto applied to him as well.  And one could add a number of other adjectives as well: “challenging, provocative, charming, kind, brilliant, opinionated, and puckish.”  As one friend said, “he was a great lover of food, art, literature, film, music, opera, and theater and rarely reluctant to share his well-articulated opinions on them–or anything else.”

He leaves a beloved wife, adventurous companion and patient partner, Jackie Boehme Griffel, and a multitude of step-children, grand-children, in-laws, and friends, grateful for his wit, wisdom, and a legacy of memories.

Diane M. Leach

Diane M. Leach passed away on March 2, 2020. She grew up in Cheverly, MD, graduated from Regina High School, Catholic University of America and earned her Master’s degree from the University of Maryland. She was proud to have been a Peace Corp volunteer, serving in Nigeria in the late 1960s. She began her career with USAID stationed in Egypt, her favorite posting. She received her commission into the US Foreign Service from President Bill Clinton. In her younger days Diane was a camp counselor at Valley Mill camp and enjoyed kayaking, scuba diving and synchronized swimming. She was preceded in death by her parents Miriam E. Leach and Melvin H. Leach Sr.; her siblings Melvin H. Leach Jr. (and sister-in-law Gloria), Denise E. Stephenson, and Elaine G. Leach. She leaves to mourn her passing her niece Cindy S. Leach (Lin Banks), nephews Wayne E. Leach (Kamini), Michael K. Reeves (Kevin Gustafson), cousins Evelyn Hannum and Francis Krug (Betty), and her good friend Gwen Outterbridge. A memorial service will be held on Friday, March 6, 2020 from 11 AM to 12:30 p.m. at Gasch’s Funeral Home, P.A., 4739 Baltimore Avenue, Hyattsville, MD with interment to follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery, 4111 Pennsylvania Ave., Suitland, MD 20746.   www.gaschs.com

Stephen Ives, Jr. 

Stephen Ives, Jr. died peacefully with his wife Jean Emery at his side on February 23, 2020 in Washington DC at the age of 95. Steve was born in 1924 in New York City to Stephen B. Ives and Ellen Gardiner Atwood. He was educated at the Groton School, Harvard University and Yale Law School. During World War II, Steve enlisted in the Army and served with the Order of Battle Section, G-2, Sixth Army, in the Philippines and Japan. He was commissioned in the field as 2nd lieutenant and was awarded the Bronze Star for his direct contribution to the success of the Luzon campaign.

Steve practiced law in Providence, RI, in the early ’50’s and became involved in Democratic Party politics there. He ran the Rhode Island campaign for Adlai Stevenson and then Claiborne Pell’s successful Senate campaign. In 1961, he moved the family to Washington. There he served in the State Dept’s USAID program as part of Jack Kennedy’s “New Frontier”. Under the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, he worked first on the Korea desk, Far East desk and then as General Counsel for the agency. After his government service, he was devoted to the legal profession, practicing international trade law in Washington with the firm of Wald, Harkrader and Ross.

Steve was a devoted family man, an avid tennis player, cribbage player and animal lover. He loved to read aloud — both poetry and prose. He also loved the coast of Maine and vacationed there for many summers where he could boat, chop wood, prune evergreens and birdwatch. He is survived by his loving wife, Jean Emery, his children Cathy Ives Cornell (Robert), Brad Ives (April) and Checker Ives (Sadri), his stepchildren Katrinka Choate, Christopher Choate (Cathy) and Valerian Choate. He is pre-deceased by two sons, Joshua Ives and David Ives. He is also survived by grandchildren, Willow Russell, Jack Ahmadi, Kylene Johnson, Rebecca and Adam Choate, as well his brother J. Atwood Ives, and many nephews and nieces. A memorial service will be held at a future date.

Francis Denis Light

Francis Denis Light, known as Denis to friends and family, age 90, died on February 14, 2020 at his home with loved ones.

Denis was born in Tamworth, England, one of two children, becoming a civil engineer serving in the British Royal Engineers, constructing the famous sea walls. In 1957, he emigrated to the United States, meeting Elisabeth while working in Geneva, and marrying in Frankfurt in 1961. His children, Carolyn and Chris, were born in New Jersey while he was working for Louis Berger International. For work, he traveled in the US, Central and Latin America, Brazil, East Pakistan, and Mauritania. Later he served as a US foreign service officer with the US Agency for International Development including postings in Egypt, Kenya, and Zimbabwe, as well as frequent regional travel.

He was a friend to many, and his twinkling eyes, easy smile, and warm kindness were infectious. He loved to travel. As a young man, he bicycled from one end of the UK to the other. After retirement in ’95, he and his wife traveled throughout the world and nationally, often with friends from Canada and Florida. One of his favorite destinations was Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where annually he took his children and grandson to relive the beach times of their formative years. He was known for his generosity and fidelity to God and country. He loved to talk about his family, current events, enjoyed hosting friends and family from all over the world, and was a voracious reader. Always a friend to animals, he delighted in being in nature, adopting shelter animals and caring for the neighborhood feral cats. In his later years, he lived in King Farm, Rockville, serving as a Stephen Minister and Mason.

He is survived by his wife Elisabeth, daughter Carolyn and grandson Devon, son Chris and daughter-in-law Heather, as well as many family members from England including sister Betty (age 92), numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews.

The family will hold a remembrance service at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Gaithersburg, MD at 4 pm on Sunday, March 8, 2020.  In lieu of flowers, Denis’s family suggests that donations be given in his memory to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Endowment Fund, 16420 S. Westland Drive Gaithersburg, MD 20877, attn: Vicki Schmidt.*

Langdon Phillips Williams, Jr.

He was always called Bill. He died peacefully on February 13, 2020 in Reston, VA, after a 10-month battle with cancer. He was 85 years old. At the end he said, “I want to go to Mother Nature”.

Born in Upper Montclair, NJ on November 20, 1934, his parents were Langdon and Svea Wikstrom Williams. Bill graduated from Montclair High School in 1952, and attended Upsala College for several years. Then, he joined the US Army and served in Germany. After his Army discharge, he joined the Peace Corps in 1963. In India, he taught poultry development to farmers in Ajmer, Rajasthan. There he made life-long friends.

In 1967 Bill joined the US Agency for International Development. He was Assistant Provincial Representative in South Vietnam, helping to improve the quality of life for the Vietnamese people, during the war. Returning to the States, he attended Columbia University, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree. Then he worked for the US Department of Agriculture, concentrating on the national school lunch program. During that time, he passed the Foreign Service exam and was employed by the US Department of State. Bill worked in Washington, DC until he was assigned to the embassy in Jamaica. Next he was assigned to the embassy in Guyana, where he met his future wife, Jean Waldron. They were married in 1989, and two years later they moved with Jean’s four children to Reston, VA. He was a loving and caring husband, and a wonderful father to her children and grandchildren.

Bill is survived by his wife, Jean W. Williams, of Reston; stepchildren, Gloria Jones of Reston; Joel Meyers of Reston; Abiola Henry of East Stroudsburg, PA; Patrick Britton of Ashburn, VA; 12 grandchildren; his sister, Betty (Billi) Gosh and her husband Bobby of Brookfield, VT; his niece, Kristina Gosh and her husband Matthew Thomas of Chicago, IL; and nephew Erik Gosh and his wife Martha of Ipswich, MA; two grandnephews and a grandniece.

Services will be held at a later date. Donations in his memory may be made to www.donate.doctorswithoutborders.org.

Larry Franklin Smucker

Larry Franklin Smucker, age 78, passed away peacefully on February 24th after a long fight with Alzheimer’s disease.  He was born on May 3, 1941, in Akron, Ohio, to Carl and Irene (Yoder) Smucker. Larry was highly accomplished in his education and career, graduating from both Grinnell (B.A. class of 1963) and Harvard (M.A. class of 1965). He also received a certificate degree from Princeton University. While attending Grinnel, Larry travelled with a group of 13 fellow students from Iowa to Washington D.C. in 1961 to demonstrate for the nuclear test ban treaty. At the request of President Kennedy, they were invited into the White House for a short meeting with National Security Advisor, McGeorge (Mac) Bundy. The “Grinnell 14” gathered national publicity and are sometimes described as one of the first groups to start the era of the student peace movement in the 1960s. This experience would further shape Larry’s world view and the idea of being a champion for peace and justice, reflected in his work and throughout his life.

He worked as a Foreign Service Officer at USAID in Washington, DC,  with overseas assignments in Ankara, Turkey (late 1960s)  and Lima, Peru (late 1970s). He also worked at the World Bank (1984) shortly before his first wife Joan Lubin Smucker died from cancer. He met Fauzia Rashid while both were working at the World Bank and were married in 1992.

He is survived by his wife, Fauzia Rashid Smucker, sister Mary (Smucker) Conrad, brother David Rempel Smucker, son Daniel Smucker (m. Ronica Sanders), granddaughter Sophia, daughter Julia (Smucker) Thompson (m. Courtney Thompson), grandson Lucas, son Jonathan [Smucker] Steel, step daughter, Rishm Najm (m. Taimur Amjad), granddaughter Alisha, grandson Esaam.

Funeral services will be held at the Hyattsville Mennonite Church, 4217 East-West Hwy, Hyattsville, MD, Saturday, February 29th, 11am, followed by private interment.

Daniel Hoffman Erickson, III

Daniel H. Erickson III passed away peacefully on Monday, February 17, 2020 in his home of 24 years in Sterling, VA. He was on born March 2, 1924 in Newfield, NJ and grew up in Glassboro, NJ– the son of Dorothy and Daniel Erickson.  Dan was survived by his wife of 63 years, Dorothy (Dot), his daughter Beth, son Jeff (wife Shelley), his grandsons, Rob and Jim and their wives and grandchildren.

Dan was Class President and Valedictorian from Glassboro, NJ High School in 1941 and started college at Rutgers, but soon left to volunteer in the US Navy during WW II.  He then returned to complete his undergraduate degree at Yale University in 1947.  He continued his education by attending the University of Pennsylvania law school (LLB, 1950) and NYU for international law (LLM, 1960). He retired as a Lieutenant Commander  from the US Naval Reserves on his birthday in 1984.

Dan was a corporate lawyer for Worthington Corporation (NJ) until 1967, when he established his own business– Resources Development Corporation (RDC). Wanting to utilize his education and his interest in international development, he became a lawyer for the Asian Development Bank (ADB), in Manila, Philippines in 1972 and formed the Association of Former Employees of the ADB. In 1976, Dan joined the US Foreign Service (USAID), serving in the Middle East, Africa, Pakistan and Cameroon. He retired from USAID at the age 65 and moved to Bridgeton, NJ in 1988 to be closer to his children and grandchildren, and moved again to be near them in Sterling, VA in 1996.

Wherever Dan lived, he was actively involved in/or forming Rotary Clubs. He was also an avid gardener, loved classical, patriotic and church music and was a faithful church member.

Kenneth Wayne Beasley

Kenneth Wayne Beasley, 78, passed away on December 31, 2019 from renal disease at his home in Herndon, Virginia, surrounded by family. He was born in Mitchell, Indiana and attended Purdue University from 1959 to 1963 on a full scholarship. He majored in Industrial Management. In 1963, he entered the Peace Corps as the first volunteer from Lawrence County (Indiana) and was sent to Ecuador where he organized credit coops backstopped by the Credit Union National Association (CUNA). He returned to the U.S. in 1965 and entered the Economics Graduate Program at Indiana University, obtaining a Masters in 1967 and passing PhD Field Exams in 1969. While there, he married his wife, Anne, whom he met in a Spanish class.

Prior to joining USAID, Ken worked in Venezuela and Jamaica. In 1969, he went to Venezuela with a grant from the Midwestern Universities Consortium for International Activities and a Latin American Teaching Fellowship. He and Anne drove to Panama following the Pan American Highway and had many adventures. During 10 years in Venezuela, he worked first at the Venezuelan Tourism Corporation and later as a private consultant. In 1982, he accepted a position at the Jamaica Export Credit Insurance Corporation in the Bank of Jamaica as part of a team for the Rehabilitation Fund financed by the Inter-American Development Bank. The purpose of the fund was to encourage lending to companies that had export potential based on price competitiveness.

Ken joined USAID as a Program Economist and served first in LAC/DP, backstopping Caribbean countries and subsequently in the Dominican Republic, Bolivia, Hungary and Serbia. In the DR, he worked with the government to develop and implement a comprehensive program of fundamental policy reform supported by Economic Support Funds. Within the Mission, he wrote a series of “school briefs” explaining in layman’s terms the underlying economic rationale for reforms. While Ken worked on macro policy, Anne worked on microfinance, assisting NGOs with lending programs. In Bolivia, a principal accomplishment was designing a project with the Catholic University to set up a Master’s Program in public administration, accounting and auditing. In Hungary, as Program Officer, he worked to streamline the mission’s program and support critical objectives that led to a successful close-out. The focus in Serbia from 1998-2000 was supporting democracy, especially after the Kosovo intervention. In 2004, Ken rejoined USAID as a civil service employee in PPC/CDIE where he wrote “Job Creation in Post-Conflict Societies” that was widely read. Later, he joined EGAT/EG/TIF as Senior Trade Advisor. He retired definitively in 2015.

In retirement, he was dedicated to his garden, traveling and being with his family. He is survived by his wife Anne, daughters Nicole Beasley-Becker (Kirk), Michelle Beasley, and sons Kenneth Beasley (Xiomy) and Andrew Beasley, as well as his beloved grandchildren Anthony, Alexandra and Josh.*

Gary Dale Adams 

Gary Dale Adams of Annandale, Virginia,
passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 12, 2020, after bravely facing carcinoid syndrome, a rare cancer, for more than 30 years. Gary was born in Washington, DC on July 23, 1940, to the late Joseph Adams and Edna Larsen, the eldest of four children. Gary is beloved and survived by his wife Choi Mei, daughters Madeline and Pauline, brothers Donald and Bill, son-in-law Patrick Dillon, and grandchildren Sean, Nina and Noelle.

Gary graduated from the University of Maryland earning a degree in economics and worked for the US Agency for International Development (USAID) as a Foreign Service Officer. His first overseas assignment was to Saigon, Vietnam from 1968-1973, where he connected with Choi Mei Chan, a PanAm Airlines travel agent, who would later become his wife of over 45 years. Gary also worked in Bangladesh and Pakistan before being diagnosed with cancer at the age of 49.

Gary had a strong will to live for his family and friends, and endured multiple treatments and surgeries, all with an optimistic and grateful faith in the Lord. Gary poured his time into volunteering for Faith in the Family, participating in his daughters’ activities, as well as supporting the needs of friends and family members. Through his technical writing skills and constant encouragement, Gary was able to support Choi Mei to achieve her lifelong dream of earning a Medical Doctor degree in 2013. Perhaps his greatest gift of love was full-time daycare to his three grandkids. Gary will be deeply missed and was honored at a graveside service on February 15, 2020 at Fairfax Memorial Park.