Donald Mervon Harrison
Donald Mervon Harrison of Oakton, Virginia, died at Georgetown University Hospital, May 25, 2020. Don was the son of Donald and Marguerite Harrison of Annandale, Virginia and St. Augustine, Florida. Don graduated from Annandale High School, College of William and Mary, and University of Virginia, where he earned an MA and PhD (1977) in Economics. He served in the US Army Medical Services Corp, attaining the rank of Captain. He was an intelligence officer at the Central Intelligence Agency for two years.
The bulk of Don’s career was spent with the U.S. Agency for International Development. He found his years with USAID to be both challenging and fulfilling. Always concerned about those living in hardship, he found helping to improve peoples’ lives and advancing development very rewarding. He served with his family in Barbados, Grenada, Honduras and El Salvador, and in temporary assignments in Eastern Europe, Eurasia, the Middle East and Africa. Always keen to stay fit, he did his daily jog where ever he was. He was widely recognized as “the man who runs.”
In retirement, Don pursued his interest in gardening, was active in his church, and volunteered with the Virginia Adopt a Highway program. He was passionate about nature and his family. His goal in every encounter was to leave each person a little happier than they had been before.
Don is survived by his beloved wife, Wesley March Harrison, his devoted children, Donald (Rob) Harrison and Joseph (Drew) Harrison and his siblings, Alan R. Harrison of Annandale, Marguerite Pickering (Craig) of Charlottesville and Elizabeth Spivey (Mike) of Afton, Virginia.
A memorial service will be held October 30, 2021, at Church of the Holy Comforter, 543 Beulah Road, NE, Vienna, VA 22180 at 12 noon. Memorial donations may be made to the World Wildlife Fund, Church of the Holy Comforter or Food for the Poor.
George Gardiner Wood
George Gardiner Wood, of Vienna, Virginia, passed away on October 10, 2021, at 92. After months of declining health, he died peacefully with his beloved wife, Geeta and son, Michael by his side. George was born on August 12, 1929, on Hawaii’s Big Island to Margaret Sutherland Wood and George Gardiner Wood, Sr. Shortly after his birth, he and his family moved to Portknockie, a small fishing village on the northeast coast of Scotland where most of his father’s family resided. He spent his formative years there and developed a love for languages and literature while attending Fordyce Academy, a well-known grammar school. In 1946, George’s family returned to Hawaii (this time to Kauai). George attended the University of Hawaii and majored in French, graduating in 1951. He went on to receive an M.A. in French from Middlebury College in Vermont (1959). George spent his early career working for CARE in Haiti and for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in the former Yugoslavia, where he assisted with the Hungarian Refugee Program. After a few years teaching French at Hunter College in New York and at UCLA, he joined the UN in 1962 and worked on development projects in the Congo. From 1963 to 1965, George served as an English instructor for the South Vietnamese Navy in Nha Trang and Saigon. After two years as a contractor for the US Agency for International Development (USAID), he officially joined the organization in 1967 to work on food aid, economic development, and refugee resettlement programs. In 1970, George met his future wife, Geeta Shrestha, while stationed in New Delhi, India. After many years together, they eloped in 1974. Through his work with USAID and later the State Department, the two traveled the world together, living in Senegal, Niger, Morocco, Bangladesh, and Thailand, before eventually settling in Vienna, Virginia, in 1988. George retired in 1993 after 26 years of federal service. While his wife Geeta continued to work as a nurse, George settled into retirement by doting on the family dog, a faithful terrier named Rascal, who lived to the ripe old age of 15. The two were practically inseparable. George loved conversing in Doric, a dialect of northeast Scotland, and listening to music from that region. He enjoyed watching boxing; reading history books, especially about the Vietnam War and the 1961 assassination of UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold; and tending to his wood-burning stove. He also enjoyed keeping in touch with family and friends near and far. George was a one-of-a-kind man who spent his life helping others. He was a good husband and father who was devoted to his family and cared deeply about the education and welfare of his son and grandchildren. George was preceded in death by his parents, George G. Wood and Margaret S. Wood. He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Geeta S. Wood of Vienna, VA; son, Michael S. Wood (Megan L. Balduf) of Fairfax, VA; grandchildren, James S. Wood and Charlotte R. Wood; brother, David (Sue), of Colorado; sister, Rosemary (Alan) Tambe, of Michigan; several nieces and a nephew; and many other beloved friends and relatives. A private memorial service will be held on Sunday, October 24, 2021 at 4 p.m. at the Lewinsville Presbyterian Church in McLean, VA. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in George’s memory to Lewinsville Presbyterian Church [lewinsville.org] or the Shepherd’s Center of Northern Virginia [scnova.org].A private memorial service will be held on Sunday, October 24, 2021 at 4 p.m. at the Lewinsville Presbyterian Church in McLean, VA. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in George’s memory to Lewinsville Presbyterian Church [lewinsville.org] or the Shepherd’s Center of Northern Virginia [scnova.org].
George Edward Shepard, Jr.
George Edward SHEPARD Jr., former Foreign Service officer with the U.S. Agency for International Development, died March 1, 2021, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, at the age of 81. Mr. Shepard was born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, on October 3,1939. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina in 1964 and a master’s degree from The George Washington University in 1966.
In October 1967, Mr. Shepard was hired by USAID as a refugee advisor and served in the Civil Operations and Revolutionary Development Support Program in Vietnam from 1967 to 1969. During 18 months in Pleiku Province in the Central Highlands, he worked as a civilian with the indigenous Montagnards—allies of the United States in the war against North Vietnam. His last assignment was as an advisor to the deputy district chief. Mr. Shepard’s time in Vietnam and his work as a refugee advisor had a tremendous impact on his life. He was one of only five recipients of a medal for the development of minority ethnic groups from the Republic of Vietnam. Later, when the Montagnards began entering the United States as refugees in the 1980s, he became involved with the resettlement process, once again making lifelong friends. Subsequently, Mr. Shepard had a varied and interesting career, ending with 10 years as an economic developer in the North Carolina Department of Commerce.
Mr. Shepard is survived by his wife, Sharon Sullivan Mújica; his sons Erik (Laura) and Adam (Ivana); stepchildren Marco and Samantha Marquez and Jeff and Tanya Keenan; and step-grandchildren Elle and Sofia.
Howard Raymond Handler
Howard Raymond Handler, a retired Senior Foreign Service officer and longtime international development expert, died September 21, 2021 at age 79, after a short illness. Born in Manhattan on January 15, 1942, he is survived by two brothers, Arthur Handler of New York and Mark Handler of Pennsylvania and three nieces, Karen Handler Ryan, Jennifer Handler Mandell of New York, and Hayley Rubin Handler of Nashville. His parents Herbert and Minnie predeceased him.
Howard answered President Kennedy’s call to join the Peace Corps after graduating from Queens College. He served in Chile from 1964-66, and then attended the University of Pittsburgh. Upon graduation with a Masters degree in economics, he was recruited by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), as an intern and thereafter served as a foreign service officer for more than twenty-five years in various official capacities in Washington and abroad, including service as Mission Director in Botswana and Latvia. Upon retirement, Howard continued his commitment to foreign service, serving as a USAID consultant in various foreign countries. His tours of duty included service in Viet Nam, Guatemala, Bolivia, El Salvador, Ivory Coast, Montenegro, Poland, Republic of Georgia and Bangladesh.
Howard’s international assignments took him to Viet Nam – both during and after the War. Howard was especially pleased with his 20-year return to Vietnam and assisting the country in developing economically and becoming a favored U.S. trading partner.
Funeral services are private.
Julius Kaplan “Jay” died unexpectedly on September 1, 2021. He was born on August 3, 1934 in Washington, DC, and lived most of his life in the District. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Ann Lanyon Kaplan, his two children, Samantha Kaplan (Dirk Mason) of Madison, WI and Lael Kaplan (Cheryl Kaplan) of Ashburn, VA; four grandchildren; and his sister, Jean Sulkes, of Chicago, IL. He was preceded in death by his brother, William Kaplan. Jay was the son of immigrant parents who owned a delicatessen in the Eckington neighborhood of NW Washington.
Jay left his tight-knit Jewish community to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Intellectual History with an undergraduate thesis on 20th century American art. While art and philosophy were his early passions, family pressure directed him towards law school. The intellectual challenge of law appealed to Jay and ultimately led him around the globe. Jay received a BA (1956) from Wesleyan University in Connecticut, a JD (1961) from the University of Chicago Law School where he edited the law review, and an MCL (1962), also from the University of Chicago. He served a year on the Law Faculty of the University of Grenoble, France which began a lifelong appreciation of French culture.
His career began in 1962 in the office of legal counsel for the Agency for International Development, Department of State, during the Kennedy Administration. Jay met his wife, Ann Lanyon, at a French conversation group, and they were married in London in 1963. Ann had spent a year in France on a Fulbright Fellowship and shared his interest in French language and culture. Beginning in 1965 Jay entered private practice as an international lawyer. In 1969 he became a founding partner of Kirkwood, Kaplan, Russin, and Vecchi, which grew to an international firm over the next 25 years with 125 lawyers with many national and overseas offices. Locations included Washington, New York, San Francisco, Bangkok, Saigon, Santo Domingo, Beirut, Bogota, Jakarta, Madrid, Moscow, and Taipei. He finished his career as of counsel to Cadwalader, Wickersham, and Taft from 1995 to 2000.
Jay represented the State of Israel and the countries of Taiwan, Korea, Vietnam, Pakistan, and Iran. His commercial clients included IBM, Citicorp, Gulf Oil, and InterContinental Hotels, among others. Jay had countless other projects and interests. He served as president of the Washington Foreign Law Society. He was on the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Moral Courage. He spent many years working to establish a museum of Jewish heritage in Washington, DC to celebrate the accom- plishments and contributions of the Jewish community. He was also a member of the Philosophical Society of Washington and was fascinated by cosmology. Jay was an active member of the Cosmos Club since 1983 and served on and chaired many committees. He successfully nominated nearly 100 other members and in 2018 was awarded the prestigious Founders’ Club award. His family recalls special occasions at the Club such as the Easter or Mother’s Day brunch with children and grandchildren, the New Year’s Eve celebrations, and countless lectures and lunches with friends. In his retirement Jay became a member then Chair of the Explorers Club Washington Group. Through them he embarked on a series of trips and expeditions all over the world. Some of the most memorable include climbing live volcanoes in Kamchatka, Siberia, climbing sand dunes in the Gobi Desert, Mongolia, watching the orangutans in Borneo, viewing four of the five world’s highest peaks from Sandakphu mountain on the border between India and Nepal, and navigating the Peruvian Amazon. He was active in fundraising events for the Explorers Club that provide field research grants for graduate students. Jay’s love of art began during his undergraduate years and continued throughout his life. He supported numerous museums and counted renowned curators among his friends. He collected Chinese ceramics, 18th century English and Dutch glass, American studio glass, and American paintings (most notably, a George Bellows winter scene). He was a member of The Glass Circle, attending its meetings while in London on business or holiday, and presenting a lecture on his glass collection in 2017. His collections also included antique English place card holders and antique Judaica traveling menorahs. In recent years Jay was an author of two books. The first, “Secrets and Suspense” (2018), captured the highlights of his legal career. One accolade stated that it “read like an international thriller. From working a clandestine Middle East deal, to secretly supporting Argentinian freedom fighters, to trying to establish fast food in France.” His second book, a memoir called, “In Search of Beauty” (2019), illustrated his experiences as an art collector over the course of five decades. At the time of his death Jay was writing a fictional novel that drew upon and intertwined his lifelong interests of art and law. Jay was a connoisseur of food and wine. He took pride in his personal wine cellar and was a member of the DC chapter of the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin, a Burgundian wine society. He patronized Michelin starred restaurants and enjoyed crafting multi-course menus for special occasions. Jay will be remembered as generous, cultivated, and passionate in all his pursuits. He relished a challenge and did not hesitate to try new things. Above all, Jay’s family and friends cherished his energy, optimism, and enthusiasm for life. The poem Ulysses by Tennyson best captures Jay’s spirit, “I cannot rest from travel: I will drink Life to the lees.”
Gifts in remembrance can be sent to Wesleyan University, the Cosmos Club Foundation, the Explorers Club Washington Group, or the National Gallery of Art. A memorial service will be held at a future date. The family appreciates the many thoughtful messages from around the world. Condolences may also be left at www.josephgawlers.com.
Peter H. Thormann
Peter H. Thormann, 83, an economist and retired Foreign Service officer, died on Aug. 16 at Galloway Ridge at Fearrington in Pittsboro, North Carolina. Born in 1938 in Munich, Germany, Mr. Thormann was nine months old when he and his parents fled the Nazi regime and arrived as refugees in the United States. Mr. Thormann spent his childhood in the Boston area. He attended the Boston Latin School for three years until his family moved to the suburb of Newton, where he graduated from Newton High School in 1955. Mr. Thormann earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Brandeis University in 1959 followed by an MBA in industrial relations at the University of California at Berkeley in 1961. While completing doctoral work in economics at the University of Minnesota, he met and married his wife, Mary. In 1966, he accepted a permanent position in his field at the International Labor Organization, in Geneva, Switzerland.
In 1973, he was recruited to USAID and posted to Washington D.C. He served as an adviser to the Program and Policy Coordination Bureau on employment policy and science and technology programs, then as Principal Adviser for Technical Resources for the Asia Bureau. In 1983, he joined the Foreign Service. He was posted twice to New Delhi, India, for nine years, first as Program Economist and then as Director, Office of Program Development and Economic Growth. He was recognized for his leadership and innovation in developing the Program for Advancement of Commercial Technology (PACT) in India, helping establish the Indian stock exchange, and creating the roadmap for restarting the economic growth program suspended by sanctions due to the nuclear test in 1998. In Thailand, where he was posted from 1988 to 1992, he served as Program Economist and later Director of the Program Office. He helped design and manage the financial markets development program and the launch of a vibrant venture capital industry.
From 1992 to 1996, headquartered in Washington D.C., he was Supervisory Program Economist and Supervisory Country Development Officer for the Horn of Africa, East Africa Desk, and then Chief, Strategic Analysis Division with the Africa Bureau. His career included Acting USAID Mission Director to Sri Lanka, Somalia (out of Nairobi), and India, and other short-term assignments in over 25 countries. Following his retirement in 2001 as Chief Economist for USAID’s Africa Bureau, based out of Washington D.C., he provided services as a consultant to USAID overseas missions and firms working with USAID, such as The Mitchell Group, Inc. Relocating to North Carolina in 2010, as part of the Fearrington Village community, Mr. Thormann started an economics discussion group that meets on a regular basis to discuss current domestic and international political and economic issues. The group continues to this day though diminished by his absence. Known for his kindness, sense of humor and gentle demeanor, he was a dedicated family man and friend. His interest in people, cultures, and countries improved many lives around the world. Not one to shy from challenges, he lived his life to the fullest.
In addition to his wife of 55 years, Mary, and their son Mark (Beth Thormann) and daughter Monique (Marcus Courtney), Mr. Thormann is survived by a daughter, Gabrielle, from his first marriage, as well as his brother Michael and sister Joan. A celebration of life will be announced later. Expressions of sympathy can be made to the Diversity Scholarships fund at Brandeis University via giving.brandeis.edu/diversity.
Message from USAID Administrator Samantha Power:
I write to you with heartbreaking news. Our colleague, Tresja Denysenko, passed away unexpectedly earlier this morning. Tresja, a longtime force behind our humanitarian efforts, was serving with our Disaster Assistance Response Team in Haiti as our Deputy Leader for Operations when last night she collapsed after experiencing a sudden medical emergency. Surrounded by her colleagues, Tresja received immediate care from paramedics and doctors from the Fairfax Search and Rescue team. She was then medevaced by our Embassy in Port-au-Prince and the US Coast Guard to a hospital in Miami, where she subsequently passed.
Tresja is survived by her husband, Nick, and their 12-year-old daughter, Sophia, and I want to extend my heartfelt condolences to them on behalf of a grateful nation and Agency. I want to offer that same expression of sympathy to Tresja’s entire family, and all her friends and colleagues whose hearts are filled with grief today.
Tresja first joined the USAID family in 2005, and was a keystone in our disaster and humanitarian responses over the past sixteen years. She served in Haiti once before, following the 2010 earthquake. She deployed to West Africa to help partner countries contain and ultimately end the Ebola outbreak in 2014. She responded to the political crisis in Venezuela, the Civil War in South Sudan, and recently to the conflict and humanitarian disaster in the Tigray region of Ethiopia. For Tresja, there was no region too difficult to reach, no assignment too risky, no challenge too great. When people needed help, she went.
As an operational lead, Tresja also made our teams better. She worked tirelessly to train staff across the Bureau of Humanitarian Affairs, and Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance before that, to deliver assistance more efficiently and more effectively, to save more lives and respond to more human needs. And she was beloved by her colleagues. For her mentorship. For her dedication. For her quick wit and endless reservoir of compassion.
Her passing today, on World Humanitarian Day no less, reminds us of the grave risks many members of our USAID family take every single day to deliver assistance to those in need. I ask that you bear those sacrifices in mind and that you look to support colleagues who are in pain today, if your own grief will allow it.
Tresja’s passing comes at a time of compounding anguish, as we grapple with the loss of life and suffering in Haiti following the recent earthquake, and the grave peril confronting our Afghan colleagues and partners. We are all in a state of sorrow today; you do not have to face it alone. I urge you to take advantage of our Staff Care grief and loss counseling services, and to let your manager and colleagues know if you need time and space to process and try to heal.
We are setting up a condolence book for Tresja here in Washington in the 14th Street lobby, and have also created a digital condolence book where you can share memories and pay your respects. We are arranging a virtual memorial service for her in the coming days, with more details to follow. In the meantime, let us celebrate Tresja’s contributions, honor her memory, and, if we are so lucky, hug our colleagues and families a bit more tightly today.
Ann Kieswetter Morales A resident of the Ingleside of Rock Creek CCRC in Washington, DC, passed away on August 19, 2021 at the age of 84, after a long battle with dementia and a shorter one with cancer. She grew up in Manhasset Long, Island, NY, a member of the Manhasset High School class of 1954, attended Vassar college, majoring in economics, and Johns Hopkins University, and her two main jobs were in Washington, DC with the State Department and the International Development Bank (IDB). After college she went to work for the Latin-American bureau of the Agency for International Development (AID). Later on, around 1969, she left AID and went to work for The Interamerican Development Bank (IDB), where she married her boss, Cecilio Morales, an Argentinian, and gained two step-children, Christian and Maria Elena. IDB didn’t allow this type of business relationship, so Ann went over to an agency called the American Institute for Free Labor Development (AIFLD). Cecilio passed away in 1980 and some years later she reestablished a relationship with an old friend, Rice Odell, a writer for the Washington Daily News and an editor of the Conservation Foundation newsletter. After Ann retired in 1999, and was able to become more active in her church. She worked on a team with others each year to organize the annual church bazaar as a way of raising funds to support social justice and action causes, all the while donating generously to deserving organizations. She served on a pastoral search committee, was an usher and deacon, took part in Middle East committee conversations and study groups and more. She would come to the church on Monday mornings to tidy up the sanctuary and to mail out hard copies of the church bulletin and of sermon manuscripts to people who were unable to come to church in person as a way of including them. And her offers to proofread sermons were accepted by head minister Tim Tutt. Ann and Rice eventually planned to move to the Ingleside of Rock Creek, where her mother, Martha, had spent several active years until 2004. But unfortunately, Rice passed away in February of 2015, so she moved in by herself and became active in the community, workings on committees and volunteering for various events. She leaves behind a brother, Chico Kieswetter, of Sarasota, Florida and his son, John, of Montville, New Jersey, her two step-children, Maria Elena of Tallahassee, Florida and Christian, of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Maria Elena’s son, Fred, as well as Rice’s two children, Denise and Colin, both of Washington, DC. A memorial service celebrating Ann’s life will be held at the Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ in Bethesda on Wednesday, September 1, 2021, at 11 a.m., by invitation only due to the COVID virus. Anyone interested in attending the memorial service via ZOOM session may contact the church at firstname.lastname@example.org and request the link. Funeral services were provided by Thibadeau Mortuary Service. Donations may be made to Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ in Bethesda, MD.
Roger J. Simmons
Roger J. Simmons passed away on August 18, 2021, as a result of complications associated with dementia. Over his 81 years of life, he was able to develop and pursue deep commitments to racial equality and international development. He worked with the U.S. Agency for International Development, both as a contractor (addressing issues of public administration in Nigeria, Liberia, Tanzania, and Swaziland) and as a Foreign Service officer (as the program officer in Mali and as Deputy Mission Director in Kenya and Russia, as well as tours in Washington). His wife, Emmy Simmons, also served as a Foreign Service officer, and they were able to function as a “tandem couple” in Mali/the Sahel Development Planning Team, Kenya/the Regional Office for East and Central Africa, and Russia. Roger retired from USAID in 2000, although he continued to participate in training new staff until 2004. Emmy retired from USAID in 2005. In December 2020, they moved into the Vinson Hall Retirement Community in McLean, less than two miles away from their “first house” (purchased in 1978) in the Chesterbrook Woods community. Roger Simmons was born in Boston, Massachusetts and grew up in the suburb of Malden. He graduated from Tufts University (having spent a few gap years working on farms and rural resettlement in Kenya) and the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) at the University of Pittsburgh.
It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Larry Cowper, beloved father of Steve Cowper and father-in-law of Pamela White on August 13, 2021.
Larry joined USAID as a Health Officer focusing on Malaria control in 1959 and served in Nepal, Ethiopia, India, Sri Lanka, Burma, and several tours in Washington before retiring in 1989 at the Minister Consular level. He passed away peacefully at his daughters’ home in South Carolina after a short illness at the age of 94.
He leaves his wife Connie after 69 years of marriage and three children Sandi Cathcart, Steve, and Diane Cowper: 4 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. He will be greatly missed but all family members and friends knew he had a fascinating life and lived it to the fullest.
Peter A. Gajewsky
Peter Gajewski passed away peacefully in Berkeley, California on July 15, 2021. Born in 1932 in Warsaw, Poland, Peter was an economist with a decade’s long career in international development with the United States Agency for International Development. He leaves his wife, Suzanne E. Siskel, sons Gregory (Susan) and Matthew, granddaughter Laurel Olney (Jonathan) and his nephews Todzio and Christopher Welisz and their families.
Idris M. Diaz
It is with profound sadness that USAID shares the news that our friend and colleague, Idris Michael Diaz, retired Foreign Service Officer and Deputy General Counsel, passed away on July 22, 2021, after a battle with a rare form of leukemia. He passed at home peacefully in his sleep, surrounded by his family.
Idris joined USAID in 2002 and served as Resident Legal Officer in Senegal, Pakistan, and India; as Assistant General Counsel for Africa, Asia and the Middle East, Europe and Eurasia and Latin America; as Deputy General Counsel; and as Deputy Mission Director to USAID/India. He retired from USAID in 2019.
Idris had a deep affection for the people, music, art, and religions of each of the places where he served or visited. He embraced diversity, equity, and inclusion; and civil and human rights and justice from his days as a journalist, before entering public service, through to his time with USAID. He earned the gratitude and respect of USAID leadership and of his colleagues and friends around the world.
Idris’ work and his life and worldview were rooted in his experience as an African American growing up in Queens, N.Y., and his avid interest in and study of diverse faiths, the martial arts, yoga, and meditation. Idris was especially proud to become certified as a yoga teacher last year. He celebrated the cultures of New Orleans and Honduras that were intertwined in his background and was fascinated by how cultures bring together and influence people.
Idris had an uncanny ability to connect with people. He was a great listener, advisor, and storyteller. He was charming and had a talent for speaking hard truths and staying true to himself and his principles, yet never losing his sense of fun and humor. Idris also shared a deep love for friends and family—including his three siblings, his nieces and nephews and his current partner—and he nurtured his relationships with each of them with attention and care.
A celebration of Idris’ life will be planned in the coming months. If you wish to be added to the family’s notification list, please add your information to the Virtual Memory Book for Idris Diaz.
We offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Diaz. Any questions concerning this notice may be directed to: Michelle Godette, GC/AFR, (202) 712-0221, email@example.com
Thomas Elliott Johnson
Passed away peacefully on July 13, 2021 at his home in Vienna, Virginia. He is survived by his beloved wife, Insoon; two devoted sons, Donald and Robert; his five granddaughters, and six nieces and nephews. Born March 29, 1932, in Miami, Florida to George D. Johnson and Margaret Elliott both of Danville, Illinois. He received both an undergraduate degree from the University of Florida in 1954, with Phi Beta Kappa honors, as well as a master’s degree in economics and transportation in 1956. Tom was a lifelong Gators fan and while at the University of Florida was president of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity.His career was one dedicated to service to his country. After graduation, he served in the US Army for three years, stationed primarily in Okinawa, Japan. Upon leaving the military, he embarked on a 35-year career in the US Agency for International Development culminating in a position in the Senior Foreign Service. His focus was economic development and helping build infrastructure in South Korea, Taiwan, Philippines, Egypt and Thailand. Throughout his career his strong preference was to be away from the bureaucracy of Washington, DC and “in the field” making a difference.He will be remembered for his dedication to his family.
Tom never missed his sons’ sporting events, Boy Scout activities, or concerts as they grew up. He was always there to guide and mentor them even after adulthood. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends and all who knew him. A visitation will be held on Friday, July 30, 2021 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., and a service on Saturday, July 31, 2021 at 11 a.m. at Money & King Funeral Home, Vienna, Virginia. Details as well as the ability to share a memory with the family is available at www.moneyandking.com
Sidney Kidd Bliss
Sidney Kidd Bliss succumbed following a heart attack at his home in Maputo, Mozambique on 20 July, 2021, just shy of his 78th birthday. Sid grew up in Boston, the eldest son of a Congregationalist minister. Christian values instilled in his youth served Sid well throughout his life. He first went to Africa as a Peace Corp Volunteer serving in a rural development program in northern Togo. After a tragic accident, he returned to West Africa, working for various NGO’s and as a contractor to USAID, eventually as a Direct Hire. As a Foreign Service Officer, he served in West Africa (Niger, Togo, AID/W) and then in Southern Africa (Mozambique) as a Project Development Officer. In retirement he continued to assist USAID/Maputo for several years on contract work primarily on providing humanitarian assistance to populations in northern Mozambique. He leaves behind his wife, Lurdes, of the family home in Maputo and son, Joshue, studying journalism in the UK.
Sid’s love for Africa spans decades. Fluent in French and Portuguese, Sid worked tirelessly with government agencies, local community organizations, and international and local NGOs to improve the lives of some of Africa’s most poverty-stricken communities. Sid loved his work, suffered the AID bureaucracy graciously, and excelled at networking with friends and colleagues who shared his commitment to respect and hope for African development. Throughout his life, Sidney served as a “connector” of people and ideas engaged in African development. He mentored many younger development professionals who will keep his commitment to the development of African populations and his spirit of cooperation alive.
Thomas Robert Ross
Thomas Robert Ross, Age 76, died Monday, July 19, 2021 in Washington, DC. He was born in 1945 in Kingsville, Texas, the only son and younger of two children of the late Samuel Thomas and Willow June (Lowery) Ross. He lived in Baytown, Texas, before completing high school in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, Class of 1963, where his father was a Celanese Corporation executive. Tom received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from The Pennsylvania State University in 1967 after spending his senior year studying in Bregenz, Austria, and his master’s degree in experimental psychology at Central Michigan University in 1971, where he was also a Catholic elementary school teacher. Tom then became a psychology teacher and guidance counseling department director at a private school in San Jose, Costa Rica. He taught the son and daughter of then-Costa Rican President Jose Pepe Figueres. An avid hiker, Tom once walked a portion of the remote southeastern shore of Costa Rica to Panama enjoying the pristine nature. After Costa Rica, Tom also partly completed doctoral studies in counseling at Michigan State University before accepting a research position at the Organization of America States in Washington, DC.
After thirty-eight years of federal government service, Tom retired in 2015 from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). His last assignment was in the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance where he served as a program analyst for approximately twenty-five years. He joined USAID’s Foreign Service in October 1976 as an International Development Intern/Education Specialist and remained in the Foreign Service until he transitioned to the Civil Service in 1988. Overseas he worked in the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Kenya, and Zimbabwe. He served as an education officer in the Dominican Republic for five years, using an interactive radio-based instructional program for children in remote villages. In Washington, DC, Tom also served in the Bureau for Science and Technology and in the Africa Bureau.
A high school musician, Tom was also a founding member of the National Chorus performing with the National Symphony in San Jose, Costa Rica. He sang with the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC, and in, 1984, met Dr. Peter Muehrer backstage at Lincoln Center, NYC, while they were waiting to go onstage for a chorus performance. Dr. Muehrer was Tom’s husband of 36 years–both federal public servants. He and Peter also enjoyed hikes in numerous United States national parks, including the Grand Tetons, Yellowstone, Yosemite, Olympic National Park, the Cascades, Mount Rainier, Banff and Jasper National Parks in Canada and many more. Tom was an accomplished nature photographer in all these locations.
Tom is survived by his husband Dr. Peter Muehrer and by his older sister Patricia (Gerald) Harman of Camarillo, California; niece Emily Harman (PJ) Stewart; and nephew Michael Harman, both of Thousand Oaks, California. Contributions in Tom’s memory may be made to the two college scholarship funds that he established and endowed: The Samuel T. and Thomas R. Ross Scholarship at Schreyer Honors College of The Pennsylvania State University or the Ross Family Scholarship at Point Pleasant, West Virginia High School through the Parkersburg, West Virginia Area Community Foundation.
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Joseph C. Huber
Joseph C. Huber, 95, died November 26, 2020 at Heritage Pointe in Warren, Indiana. Joseph was born on the family farm outside of Warren on September 12, 1925 to Guy and Lillian Huber. After graduating from Jefferson Twp. High School in 1943, he was drafted and served 29 months in the US Navy. As a flight engineer on Navy seaplanes, he served in the Philippines, China, Korea and Japan. He was recalled during the Korean War and was stationed in Washington, D.C. as a Communications Technician. Upon graduating from Purdue University in 1950 and marrying Willene Alexander, his interests took him to a variety of jobs and travels. He taught Vocational Agriculture, Chemistry, Biology and a few more subjects at Jackson Twp. High School. Joseph managed the family dairy farm for a few years, he sold livestock feed and was an Assistant County Agent in Clinton County. From 1958 until 1976 he worked for the US Agency for International Development with assignments in Colombia, Bolivia, Brazil, Nicaragua, Honduras, Tanzania and Haiti. Lastly, he was a Pesticide Field Investigator for the Indiana State Chemist and Seed Commissioner’s Office. He was an adventuresome person, a humanitarian, a jokester and loved to tell his life experiences to people and see their reactions. With his smile and the sparkle in his eyes, he will be much missed by his family and friends.
Joseph is survived by daughters Mary and Jane, his brother David and step-sister JoAnn, seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Willene, sons Tom and Bill and step brothers Jack, George and Perry.
Bruce Monroe Blackman
Bruce Blackman–a Foreign Service Officer, Zen Roshi and Guiding Teacher– was born in Bridgeport, CT on November 6, 1942 and passed away on May 3, 2021 in Falls Church, VA. Bruce moved with his family to Portland, Oregon when he was 12. He loved sports and was a great baseball player in high school and college. He graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Arts, followed by a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley, and a 2nd Master’s Degree from the Johns Hopkins University School for Advanced International Studies in International Public Policy. He began a career with the State Department Foreign Service (US Agency for International Development) in 1970 as a Foreign Service Officer which took the Blackman family to South America, Central America, and Asia. After 23 years with USAID, he retired from government and worked for Fairfax County while pursuing his passion for Zen teaching and Meditation, through which he formed many lasting, important relationships in his life.
Bruce was a Zen Roshi and guiding teacher of the Clare Sangha Meditation group in Baltimore, MD, where many were fortunate enough to learn meditation through his gentle and patient guidance. Helping people grow in their spirituality and mindfulness gave him great happiness. He was an avid runner, swimmer, and hiker – completing 18 marathons, including the Boston, New York and Marine Corps marathons – as well as numerous hikes around the world. Bruce enjoyed spending summers at the family cottage in Nova Scotia and loved to hear about his family’s interests and successes, regular family get-togethers, watching his grandsons play baseball, and seeing his loving family grow. We are heartbroken by his loss but take comfort in knowing he lived a full, rich, spiritual, and interesting life that touched so many people in a unique way.
Bruce is survived by his wife of 54 years, Joan, as well as sons, Marc (Susanna), Burke (Casey), daughter, Holly (Justin), sister, Lindsay (Hugh) and six grandchildren, Melanie, Kristina, Monroe, Callen, Reeve and Abbie. He is predeceased by mother, Virginia Pottratz; father, Judson Blackman; daughter, Erin Nunez; and brother Gary Blackman. The family will receive friends at the Money and King Funeral Home, 171 W. Maple Ave. on Thursday, May 13, 2021 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, May 14, at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 11900 Lawyers Road, Reston, VA 20190 at 10:30 a.m. www.moneyandking.com
Maria Carmen Naranjo
Our beloved wife and mother, Maria Carmen Naranjo, entered her eternal life on Thursday, March 4, 2021. Carmen was surrounded by her family and passed peacefully. She was born on July 31, 1944 to Jesus and Balbina Fernandez (both deceased), in Havana, Cuba. She immigrated to the United States when she was 10 years old and arrived in Washington, D.C. Carmen grew up with her three brothers; Antonio Fernandez (deceased), Benigno Fernandez (Alicia)(both deceased), and James Fernandez (Pilar).
Life’s twists and turns brought Carmen to the love of her life and husband of 50 years, Edgar Marcelo Naranjo. Together they raised two daughters, Michelle Bentkowski (Scott), Kristie Lofland (Larry) and a nephew they loved like a son; Angel “Roddy” Naranjo (deceased). Carmen was blessed with granddaughters and seized every chance to brag about Sammi, Gabby, Peytyn, Adrianna, and Maddy. Carmen is also survived by one cousin and many nieces and nephews who were present in her life and she loved dearly.
Carmen was a visionary and worked hard. She was a proud employee of the Federal Government and retired from the United States Agency for International Development in 2011. In her retirement, Carmen enjoyed how life slowed down and spending time with her husband and family were her top priority. Carmen will long be remembered for being caring and helpful to all. You never had to ask a favor of her because she would offer to assist when she saw a need. She was a loving and selfless wife, mother and grandmother who kept our family close and strong no matter what the storm. We will forever be grateful that she always put our needs before her own. Carmen was also a dedicated and loyal friend to many and has been described as the most genuine and giving friend to all who crossed her path.
Carmen’s family expresses their heartfelt and sincere gratitude for all the support and kindness during this time.
Services were held privately and burial will be at a later date.
A. David Lundberg
Alfred David “Dave” Lundberg, 80 of Ipswich, beloved husband of Barbara (Ritter) Lundberg, passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 18, 2021 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House surrounded by his loving family. Born in Cambridge, New York, he was the son of the late Edward and Ruth (Wolfe) Lundberg. Dave left the family farm to attend Cornell University where he received his bachelor’s degree in agriculture and his master’s degree in urban development. Mr. Lundberg embarked on a long and distinguished career with the United States Agency for International Development. His work took him to several countries: Vietnam, where he worked in the Rural Development Program, then as an aide to John Paul Vann; followed by Thailand, Pakistan, and Kenya, where he served in diplomatic posts focused on agriculture and development. He immersed himself in local cultures with humility and respect and spoke several languages. Dave returned to the Washington D.C. area to head the East Africa Bureau at the U.S. Department of State, then retired from government service to join the private sector as a Vice President for RONCO, an international consulting corporation specializing in development and humanitarian landmine disposal.
A devoted family man, Dave was a loving husband, father, and grandfather who took great pride in his children and grandchildren’s many milestones and accomplishments. The family travelled together extensively through his work, which provided them with countless extraordinary experiences. Dave was an avid and hard-working gardener, a hobby that gave him great pleasure, and he enjoyed cooking, fishing, and always made time to hunt with his family in upstate New York. He will be fondly remembered for his love for his family, dedication to his country, and for the generosity and respect with which he treated everyone he worked with and for. He is deeply missed by his loving family and by the many people whom he touched along the way. Surviving Dave in addition to his wife Barbara with whom he shared 40 years of marriage are his children, Kristen Birkland and her husband Michael of Reston, VA, Christopher Lundberg and his wife Leah of Washington D.C.; John Lundberg and his wife Sara of Maplewood, NJ, and Catherine Cameron and her husband Peter of Danvers, MA; and his seven grandchildren and his brothers Robert Lundberg of Phoenix, AZ and Jack Lundberg and his wife Judy of Schaghticoke, NY. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Dave’s memory to Kaplan Family Hospice House, C/O Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan St., Suite B102, Danvers, MA 01923 or to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation at jdrf.org. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit www.odonnellfuneralservice.com.
Elly Maria Tierney (née Amourghi)
Born in Athens, Greece, to General Nicholas Amourghis and Adriani Zervou, both from the Ionian island of Kefalonia, our mother was a force of nature able to transcend great adversities, such as the Germans’ occupation of Greece when she was 15, and embrace many challenges, when enthusiastically undertaking the study of Mandarin and Dari Persian later in life. She was an avid reader of history and French literature, a polyglot and world traveler, which included an overseas life of more than 20 years as the spouse of a Foreign Service Officer with USAID. On her return from abroad, she worked as an interpreter and secretary for the Embassy of the Republic of Burundi for over 20 years, and went on a lovely holiday there upon her retirement. Our mother’s life spanned nearly a century of history that was for her deeply personal. Her experiences, gift of language and sense of humor made her an unforgettable raconteuse; a serious scholar filled with joie de vivre. She raised us to appreciate world travel and embrace the gift of education as a life-long and joyful adventure. Above all, our mother instilled in us a sense of justice, ethics, and kindness. All our successes are owed to her encouragement and inspiration. Mama died peacefully, on Easter Sunday, in her home, in Washington DC. She was preceded in death by her husband of 29 years, William Joseph Tierney, daughters Elizabeth Theresa Tierney, and Christine Nichole Tierney, and is survived by daughters Martha Adrienne Tierney and Alice Tierney Witt; grandchildren William P. Critz , Anna Critz, Blair Witt, Jenny Witt, and Allison Hansen Ngoma; great-grandchildren William E. Critz, Nolan Critz, Neyo Ngoma and Nala Ngoma. We wish to express our deepest gratitude to Marta Rodriguez, Maribel Martinez, and Sally Chinanzvavana for their selfless and loving care and their enduring friendship. Services will be held at a later date. Our mother will be lovingly and longingly remembered for all time. Gialo Gialo Mama.
George Theodore Eaton
On Thursday, March 18th, 2021, George Theodore Eaton (“Pete”), husband, brother, and father of three children, passed away peacefully in Nanterre, France at the age of 82 following a Covid diagnosis.
George was born in Ithaca, NY on August 22, 1938 and grew up in NY state, Virginia, Kansas and North Carolina. Awarded the Angier B. Duke Memorial Prize, he received his B.A. in Political Science from Duke University in 1960. On a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, George received his M.A. from Yale University in 1961. He was married to Helen Marie Rupp in 1964, to Susan Lofstrom Mayer in 2000, and to Diaka Diane in 2008.
George served almost 30 years promoting international development in Africa both as a diplomat and as a Foreign Service Officer before retiring in 1994. He began as a Peace Corps volunteer in Nsukka, Nigeria from 1961-1963. After studying French Literature and Language at the Sorbonne (University of Paris) and teaching Political Science at Prairie View A & M College, TX, he joined USAID in Washington D.C. His overseas postings started in 1969, taking him and his family to Kenya, Tanzania, Eswatini, Mali, and finally to Mauritania and Niger, where he was Director.
From 1994-2004, George worked as an international aid consultant in Afghanistan, Moldova, Rwanda, Belize, Botswana, Egypt, Haiti, Mali, Niger, Côte d’Ivoire, Macedonia, Zambia, Cameroon. Following nine years in Taos, NM, he settled in France in 2009 with his wife, Diaka Diane, and his youngest son, Jacques. In George’s youth he was an adventurer and a mountain climber. He appreciated the richness of other cultures as well as the beauty of wildlife. In retirement, he was an avid walker, reader and writer, as well as an observer of local, national and international politics. He enjoyed the quirks of how the French and English languages overlapped in popular culture.
In addition to his wife and son in France and his sister, Margaret Eaton, in New Zealand, George is survived in the U.S. by his oldest son, Timothy, his daughter, Natasha Copeland, his former wife, Helen, and their grandchildren, Henry, Li-Yen, Liam and Katya.
On August 21, 202, 0Ronald Glover Russell (Age 87), a retired Foreign Service officer, died at his home in Washington DC, his wife by his side,. Cardiac failure was the cause of death.
Mr. Russell was a Stanford University graduate (1954) which he attended on a Navy ROTC scholarship. He served with the Marine Corps as a jet fighter pilot with the rank of Captain. He received a law degree from the Harvard Law School in 1961. He was then awarded a Ford Foundation Fellowship in public administration which took him to Beaufort, North Borneo where he lived with his wife, Susan (Collins) Russell whom he had met in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
He later worked for the World Bank and then joined the Agency for International Development where he was posted to positions in Argentina, Bolivia and Panama. After retiring from the Foreign Service, he practiced law in Washington, DC. Subsequently he founded and ran McPherson Square Associates, a Washington, DC attorney placement firm. He was an active member of the Washington, DC Army Navy Club for 65 years. Over the years he travelled extensively with his wife who cherished him.
He lived a full long life and is greatly missed by his family and lifelong friends. He leaves behind his wife of 58 years Susan, three sons, Tom, Andrew and Michael, his brother, Bill, and four grandchildren, Aaron, Sarah, Michael and Melanie. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Caroline Eguawomi Barrett
Caroline Equawumi Barrett, 74 of Perryville, Maryland, passed away on March 4, 2021 at the University of Maryland Harford Memorial Hospital in Havre de Grace, Maryland. Born November 26, 1946 in Koko, Nigeria, she was the daughter of the late John A. and Esther Ede Kpenosen.
Caroline attended primary school in Sapele, Nigeria and moved to London in 1966 where she graduated from the Paris Academy of Fashion and Design. In 1971 she moved to the US and graduated from the LaRose Beauty Institute located in Petersburg, Virginia. She was subsequently licensed to practice cosmetology in the states of Virginia and North Carolina.
Her father was the driving force in a life earmarked with hard work, creativity and compassion. Her father rewarded hard work and creativity and encouraged her to be bold. When his business fortunes turned, she modeled his efforts by taking care of her younger brothers and sisters and looked for more creative ways to support their success. Caroline then moved to the big city of Lagos, Nigeria and worked in modeling, acting on television and advertising.
Caroline later moved to London and worked at the Nigerian Embassy where she met the Queen of England as a Nigerian Embassy staffer. Her first of what would be many entrepreneurial efforts included sewing human hair sections to be used in weave-ins and hair extensions for merchants in London. It was during this time that she met her husband who was serving in England in the US Air Force. Caroline married Henry L. Barrett in 1970 and for 50 years, shared his life as, among other things, a Foreign Service Officer in the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). They renewed their vows on two separate occasions; once at a Native and custom ceremony in Caroline’s home of Koko Nigeria and then, at the Church in Israel where Jesus Christ turned water into wine.
The family moved to Durham North Carolina in 1971 where, Caroline owned two wig boutiques and a Beauty salon. In 1979, the family moved to Monrovia, Liberia where Henry served as an Advisor to the Minister of Finance and they remained there for over 10 years. While there, she opened a state-of-the art beauty salon, named Madam Carol’s House of Beauty and Charm (Featured in a Washington Post article on Liberia in 1985).
In 1990, the family moved to Singapore where Henry was posted with the USAID Office of the Inspector General (OIG). Over the next four years Caroline immersed herself in Asian antiques and culture with travels to Brunei, Philippines and Indonesia before returning to the US in 1995. In 1997 Caroline accompanied Henry to Senegal where she actively participated in the activities of the American diplomatic community and met President and Mrs. Clinton during their visit to Senegal in April 1998. They moved to Perryville, Maryland in 2002 and lived there until her passing.
Caroline continued to enjoy her multiple travels and visits to Nigeria, London, Israel and a number of states. She was always excited about meeting new people and learning different cultures and traditions. She would especially “beam up” when her children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews would come for visits. She was also very passionate about supporting her aging relatives in Nigeria. One of her nephews is fond of saying that “there is no problem that aunty can’t solve.”
Caroline was an active member of the Pleasant View Baptist Church of Port Deposit, Maryland and she was especially proud of her baptism in the Jordan River during her travel to Israel. Caroline is survived by her loving husband of 50 years, Henry; son, Michael; daughter, Juliana; two grand-children, Boma and Abiye; and four brothers and sisters.
Madeline Claire Williams
It is with great sadness that we inform you of the unexpected passing of our dear friend and colleague Madeline Claire Williams (56) in Sodwana Bay, South Africa on April 3, 2021. Preceded in death by her mother Janet Williams, Madeline is survived by her loving husband and life-long partner Jorge Delgado and children Jordan, Jesse and Jaydn; father, The Honorable Charles H. Williams, Jr.; siblings Chuck (Rachel), Paul (Mickey), and Daniel; many loving (and duly- mentored) nieces and nephews, favorite aunts and uncles and countless cousins, “sister-friends” and a truly world-wide family.
Madeline was born in Saint Paul and grew up in the Summit-University/Rondo neighborhoods. She graduated from Breck High School in 1982, where her athletic and leadership skills were recognized with an Athena Award and 2016 induction into the Breck School Athletic Hall of Fame. Madeline graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in International Studies. Her graduate work at the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs also focused on International Affairs, preparing her for a distinguished career in the Foreign Service. Madeline brought her passion for democracy, human rights, and diversity/inclusion to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), working across the globe to build local capacity and raising her family in a wide range of cultures, including posts in Burkina-Faso, Peru, Ghana, and Egypt. She also worked extensively throughout the Caribbean. Most recently, Madeline was posted in Pretoria, South Africa, working to bring electrical power to millions in sub-Saharan Africa.
Friends and colleagues across the world will remember her passion, commitment, rigor and deep love of family and friendships. Madeline was a teacher and a mentor wherever she lived and worked. Her zest for life and exploration was contagious. As one colleague noted, she was “all-in” on whatever was before her. In the words of the Bahamian spiritual, Madeline, “We Bid you Goodnight.” Celebration of Madeline’s life will be held on Saturday, April 24, 10:00 a.m. at St. Thomas More Church in St. Paul (service will also be live streamed on the St. Thomas More Facebook Live page). Due to COVID restrictions, space will be limited. Please reach out to the family at (612) 208-7710 for information about the service. Interment at Resurrection Cemetery, following the celebration of life. Memorials preferred to Reconnect Rondo (reconnectrondo.com). Arrangements by Brooks Funeral Home, 651-228-1935. Also, the family has a virtual condolence book, which will be sent to her family.
John “Jack” Wellington MacDonald
John “Jack” Wellington MACDONALD, retired Foreign Service officer with the U.S. Agency for International Development, died November 25, 2020, in Austin, Texas, at the age of 91. Mr. Macdonald was born on November 14, 1929, in Grand Forks,North Dakota. He served in the U.S. Army before earning a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Dakota in 1953. He worked on Capitol Hill from 1953 to 1955, while taking courses at Georgetown University Graduate School and Law School. He worked for Prudential Insurance from
1955 to 1957 in New York City, then returned to Washington, D.C., where he joined USAID.
Overseas assignments for Mr. Macdonald included Lagos, Nigeria, in 1966; Saigon, Vietnam, in 1969; Tunis,Tunisia, in 1970; Damascus, Syria; Beirut, Lebanon; Amsterdam, the Netherlands; Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo; and Baku, Azerbaijan. In Washington, he was a USAID international trade specialist in 1971; a capital resources development officer in 1974; and a special management administration program assistant in 1976.
After retiring in 1980, Mr. Macdonald moved to Easton, Maryland, where he was an active sailor, single-handing his 33-foot Swiftsure sloop until he was 80. He did volunteer work at the hospital, church, and library and sold antiques in Easton. He also ran a portrait group at the Easton Academy of Art for 15 years and was a member of the English-Speaking Union, the Commonwealth Society, and various art groups. Following his move to Austin, Texas, in 2006, Mr. Macdonald joined the Austin Yacht Club and ran open studio art classes at the Austin Museum of Art.
Mr. Macdonald was predeceased by his brother Neil, his first wife Alexandra, his son John Dimitri, and his grandson, John Daniel. He is survived by his former wife Marie, his sister Edith Anderson; his daughter Pam (John) Halter; grandchildren Kristin, Neil, Madeline, and Katherine; and his great-granddaughter Annabelle.
Susan L. Eaton
Susan L. Eaton, nee Lofstrom, age 72, passed away on August 25, 2016 surrounded by the loving comfort of her daughter and son and family members. Loving mother of Diana Schreibman (Mayer) and William Mayer of Dallas (formerly Lake Forest, IL), proud grandmother of Eliza Schreibman. Dear sister of Joan (the late James) Sinadinos, and her brothers David (Mary) Lofstrom, Dr. Brian Lofstrom, and Michael Lofstrom. Dear aunt to Elizabeth (Thad) Driskell, Nicole (Rob) Lashbrook, and Bridget (Trevor) Tyrrell. Executive secretary for 7 yrs. at Abbott Labs in North Chicago, served 4 yrs.in the foreign service, USAID in Africa (Niger and Rwanda) in the 90’s. Only contestant to have won the Washington Post’s neologism contest 3 times. Services to be held later; interment at All Saints Cemetery. Memorials to the American Lung Association.
Catherine Ann Balsis
The best that can be said of any of us is that we lived fully and loved whole-heartedly. Catherine Ann Balsis did that and more. A “Jersey girl” at heart, she was born on January 8, 1948 in Trenton, NJ to Dr. Bernard Balsis and Mary Louise (Brown) Balsis. After graduating from American University in 1969, Catherine received her Masters of Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh. She was passionate about international development as evidenced by over thirty years of experience working for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), her time as an instructor at the Experiment for International Living, and as the owner of her own international consulting business, Lakewood Associates, LLC. Catherine spent many years travelling not only professionally but as a private citizen of the world. Catherine, known lovingly as “CAB”, married the love of her life Ronald Nicholson in 1985. Together with Ron, Catherine had a life full of family dinners, vacations, weddings and celebrations. She was known and loved by her neighborhood community for her warmth and empathy. She was a dedicated dog mom, most recently to her curly-coated retriever, Odie.
Catherine will be remembered for her endless patience and love by her husband Ron Nicholson, her stepchildren Andrew Nicholson, Robert Nicholson, Marcy Clapp, Maria Petow, Teri Nicholson, Cathy Kennerly and Ronald Nicholson. Catherine was a devoted and loving grandmother to her fifteen grandchildren. She is survived by her three siblings, Mary Louise Balsis, Jane Feary and Bernard Balsis, Jr. and many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grandnephews. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Arlington Welfare League of Arlington or the National MS Society.
Julius ‘Julio’ Schlotthauer
It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of our colleague, mentor, and friend, Julius “Julio” Schlotthauer on March 13, 2021. Julio led a life of service dedicated to sustainable development around the world, working towards this objective for over 50 years.
Julio was born on November 19, 1937 in St. Louis, earned his bachelor’s degree from Beloit College and his master’s degree from the University of Chicago. He joined USAID in 1968 as a Program Economist in USAID/Bolivia. In 1971, he transferred to USAID/Ecuador where he served as Program Economist, Program Officer, and in his final year there, as Assistant Mission Director. In 1975, he was assigned to the Latin America and Caribbean Bureau as a Program Analyst for Central America programs, and was named Assistant Director for Program and Capital Development for USAID/Honduras in July 1979, where he guided a major expansion of the USAID portfolio. Subsequently, he was Deputy Mission Director in Jamaica from 1983 to 1987. Julio then went to Mozambique as the country’s first USAID Mission Director, serving there for five years. In 1992, he moved back to USAID/Washington where he was the Deputy Office Director of the Policy and Resources Office in the Bureau for Policy and Program Coordination, the position from which he retired as a member of the Senior Foreign Service in 1995. He then began a second career as a Personal Services Contractor in USAID Missions in Malawi, the Philippines, and Mozambique as an Economist and Policy Analyst. He returned to USAID/Honduras in 2006 as Senior Economist and Donor Coordinator, a position he held until November 2020.
Julio was an integral part of the USAID/Honduras Mission, where in addition to his work, he was known for hosting coworkers at elaborate Thanksgiving meals, mentoring many new Foreign Service National staff, and providing sound but gentle strategy and career guidance. He enjoyed the richness of Honduran nature and culture, especially at his mountain coffee farm, a frequent weekend escape where he liked to host Mission friends.
Julio is survived by his beloved wife Martha, 5 children, and 13 grandchildren.
Christine Zarr passed away at age 81 on Thursday, September 3, 2020 with her family at her side. The cause of death was Goodpasture Syndrome, a rare kidney condition. She was born Christine Worrall on February 9, 1939 in Formby, on the north coast of Liverpool, England. Christine was a natural athlete, a talented watercolor artist, and an accomplished pianist. However, what Christine loved the most was to read, which took her to Liverpool University to a degree in Modern History (with honors) and to her first job as a high school history teacher.
In 1966, Christine met Gerald Zarr, an American lawyer on leave from teaching law in Liberia (who was staying with a friend in Formby.) They married and raised two children—Jocelyn and Anthony—born in New York and Washington, DC. In 1968, Gerald joined USAID and in 1974, they moved abroad and lived there until 1994 (with the exception of a two-year DC assignment in 1984-86). In their years overseas, the Zarr family lived and worked in Pakistan, Tunisia, Ghana, Egypt, Haiti and Bulgaria. In each of these assignments, Christine immersed herself in the history, local culture and geography of each country and explored the natural and historic sites. In Egypt, she and Jerry enjoyed sailing on sunset cruises on the Nile, while in Haiti taking mountain walks to colonial era forts and citadels (as well as sailing their own small boat named Sac Passe or “What’s Up!”) During their last assignment, Bulgaria, Christine took a role as Community Liaison Officer in the US Embassy at a fascinating time when Bulgaria and their people were emerging from the grip of communism. Christine learned Bulgarian, organized events and trips to enhance cultural exchange, and received an award from the US State Department in 1994 for her work.
After their return to Washington, DC in 1995, Christine worked as a licensed DC tour guide, a substitute teacher in Montgomery County, and led walking tours through two of the city’s most iconic neighborhoods – Georgetown and Embassy Row. She also served as an enrichment lecturer for various cruise lines, giving talks on Atlantic, Mediterranean, Indian Ocean, Pacific and Caribbean cruises. She was a past president of the Association of American Foreign Services Women, now the Associates of the American Foreign Services Worldwide. Not surprisingly, she was a member of various book clubs, to satisfy her life-long passion of reading. Her family had a nickname that suited her well, calling her simply, the Brain of Britain.
Christine is survived by her husband Gerald Zarr of Bethesda, Maryland, her daughter Jocelyn Rock of Washington, DC, and her son Anthony Zarr of Grimaud, France. She is also survived by many loving family members in England. Interment will take place at Oak Hill Cemetery in Georgetown.
Stephen Windsor Bergen
Stephen Windsor Bergen, 95, at his home in Washington, DC on December 4, 2020. Stephen attended schools in Queens New York, Mt. Hermon School in Northfield Massachusetts, and matriculated at St. John’s College in Annapolis in 1941. He was drafted into the US Army in November 1943 and served in France, Belgium and Germany in the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne. He graduated from St. John’s College in 1947. He worked for the Conservation Foundation in NYC from 1948 to 1960. He met and married Anne Virginia Hobhouse in 1959, and after a year as a Harvard Graduate School of Public Administration Littauer Fellow, served in the US Agency for International Development for 28 years, focusing on developmental projects to Private and Voluntary Agencies in Africa and Asia. His Christian faith and post-war optimism carried through his entire life in his professional and personal interests about people and the natural world. Stephen was a member of St. Alban’s Parish for over 40 years. He is remembered by neighbors and parishioners as a thoughtful man with time to listen to their concerns. He is survived by Anne, two sons, their spouses, and a grandson. Remembrance and Interment services are planned.
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William L. Rodgers
Passed away February 20, 2021 at the age of 93 at Country Meadows Residence in York, Pennsylvania. Rodgers, a senior agricultural officer, worked for USAID from 1966-1982, heading agricultural programs in Peru and Brazil and later working in Washington, DC, where he was responsible for the agency’s agribusiness and rural development projects. After retiring from USAID, he worked as a consultant and project manager for USAID projects in Ecuador, Bolivia, and Guatemala. Prior to joining USAID, Rodgers was the deputy director of the Peace Corps program in Colombia from 1963 to 1966, during which he helped manage a team of over 700 volunteers. Born in New York City in 1928, Rodgers grew up in California and Connecticut. Upon graduating from high school in 1946, he enlisted in the Marine Corps. After being discharged, he earned a BS in Animal Science at the University of Connecticut. While there, he met and married Maria Arce Fernandez, a young Chilean student studying at Connecticut College in New London. The couple settled in Ridgefield, Connecticut while Rodgers worked for Swift and Company but they later moved to Phoenix, Arizona, where he attended the Thunderbird School of Global Management. With his business degree, he took a job with the American Foreign Power company in Santiago, Chile, in 1956. In 1961, Rodgers moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico where he set up a cattle feeding business. He ran the business until mid-1963, when he joined the Peace Corps. A man of many interests who read voraciously, especially biographies and history books, he enjoyed talking about current events and international affairs. He will be missed by his three children, Bill, Linda and Marion Rodgers and his three beloved grandchildren: Matthew and Alysia Rodgers and Anna Suben. He is survived by his ex-wife, Maria, and his sister, Kari Urbowicz, of Mystic, CT. No services scheduled. Memorial contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to a fund for the Country Meadows personal care staff: Co-Workers Foundation, Country Meadows, 2760 Pine Grove Road, York, PA 17403.
Senior Foreign Service Officer Barry Riley, 81, died peacefully in his sleep on December 28, 2020, in Ithaca, NY. Born in 1939 in Texas, Barry moved to Southern California as a young child and grew up there. He obtained both a B.A. and an M.A. in political science from Stanford University and then pursued a doctorate in African Studies at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). After completing doctoral research in Somalia, he traveled around East Africa, Iraq, Iran, and Afghanistan before returning to Washington to work as an Africa specialist at the Library of Congress.
In 1967, he entered the Junior Officer Trainee program. Afterwards, he and his bride of two weeks, Esther, departed for Uganda, where Barry served as Assistant Program Officer in the first overseas assignment of his 26-year career at USAID. The following year he was transferred to Kenya to be Regional Program Officer for the East Africa Office of Regional Affairs and then Assistant Program Officer for the USAID Mission to Kenya. Barry subsequently served as Program Officer in Ethiopia, from 1973 to 1977. In Ethiopia, he and a few young colleagues successfully sounded the alarm over an unfolding famine in Wollo province that was being covered up for political reasons. Barry’s next two assignments were in Washington, as Desk Officer for Peru and Ecuador for a brief time, and then back to the Africa Bureau as Chief of the Economic Analysis and Evaluation Division in the Office of Programs, where he strengthened the methodology of evaluations to better predict projects’ effectiveness and conducted training sessions for all USAID missions in Africa. Returning to East Africa in 1979, he served as Deputy Director of USAID Tanzania (1979-1981) and as Deputy Director of USAID Kenya (1981-1986). In addition to his management duties, he chaired the U.S. interagency drought famine response effort during the devastating 1984/85 drought which fed more than 2 million destitute Kenyans and spurred food production in the following years. From 1986 to 1990, Barry was Director of the Office of Policy, Programs, and Management in the Bureau of Food for Peace and Humanitarian Assistance, where he helped bring about a consensus that food aid should be developmental aid aimed at providing food security–an objective defined by the 1990 farm bill.
In 1990, Barry was seconded to the World Bank, where he was Senior Projects Officer in the Food Security Unit, Africa Technical Department. After officially retiring from USAID in 1992, he continued to work at the World Bank as a full-time consultant for a year until he moved to California. From his home in Fairfax, California, he consulted for many organizations, including the World Bank, UNESCO, USAID, the World Food Programme, and a variety of NGOs.
After retiring from consultancy work, Barry returned to Stanford University as a visiting scholar at the Center for Food Security and the Environment in the Freeman Spogli Institute. He spent several years researching and writing on the political history of U.S. food aid, examining the tug of war between competing interests, some of which he had personally witnessed during his career. The resulting book, The Political History of American Food Aid: An Uneasy Benevolence, published by Oxford University Press in 2017, is regarded as the definitive book on the subject. After more than 25 years in California, Barry and Esther moved to New York in 2019 to escape the increasing fire risk and to be closer to their daughter and her family. Living fully until his unexpected death, he was hard at work on a second book, researching the effects of rapid climate change on food security and how to mitigate them.
In addition to his professional contributions, Barry will be remembered for his zest for life. He loved to travel and explore, and greatly appreciated good food, coffee, wine, and conversation. He was a voracious reader, avid birder, technology enthusiast, aspiring hammered dulcimer musician, and energetic walker. He also had an entrepreneurial side, founding a small business in the late 1980s called the Foreign Affairs Buying Service (FABS), which shipped books and small items to people overseas.
Barry is survived by his wife, Esther Shull Riley; their daughter, Malaika Imani (Jasdev); their son, Brendan Riley (Nikki); and four grandsons. The family can be reached through Esther at 145 Honness Lane, Ithaca, NY, and by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Any donation in the areas of food security and/or the environment would advance his interests. He especially admired the work of WFP.
Marilyn Elizabeth Wilkey Merritt, PhD
Marilyn Elizabeth Wilkey Merritt, PhD, passed away February 4, 2021 in Arlington, VA, after a brief illness. Marilyn was a devoted partner to Gary, her husband of 60 years; a selfless mother to her children Brienne (Andy) and Seth (Michelle) a loving “Mere-Mom” to Macy, Cole, Wyatt, Maureen and Henry; a beloved sister to Debbie (Larry), Cathy (Rick), Heather (Rick), Bill (Laurie); a kind and encouraging Aunt to many nieces and nephews. She was a faithful friend and correspondent and touched the lives of many, including students and neighbors whose lives she brightened with genuine care and sparkling conversation.
Born on Winter Solstice, 1941, Marilyn was raised in South-East Missouri, and went on to travel the world with her family, including living and working in India, Kenya, Niger and Senegal, and working in other countries too. Although frugal, cautious and analytical, she thrilled to the call of adventure and romance.
She earned a PhD in Linguistic Anthropology in 1976 — proud student of Henry Hoenigsvald, Dell Hymes and Erving Goffman at Univ. of Pennsylvania. Her work has been cited often in the fields of discourse analysis and education, especially articles on “service encounters” and on describing the many contexts and uses of the term “OK” in American English. She taught at The George Washington University, Georgetown University, Catholic University, and Univ. of Maryland. She served as a docent at numerous museums, including the DACOR Bacon House, and the National Museum of Kenya. She leaves behind a legacy of many students who have gone on to their own successful careers in academia and other fields. She was a vigorous participant in professional societies, including AAAS, American Anthropology Association, Center for Applied Linguistics. Marilyn relished conference and symposium gatherings, meeting new and old friends, and sparking ideas.
Education was a passion, and not just for her own children. Equality of access was important — one of her refrains was “every child is gifted”. Marilyn truly loved language in all its forms, from poetry to newspaper comics to the innocent words of children. She acquired skills in French, German, Hindustani, Swahili, and Wolof. She wrote and recited many poems at poetry gatherings, and loved to encourage others by buying and subscribing to poetry publications, and was proud of publishing a small book of poems with her sister Cathy.
She reveled in the beauties of nature, catching sunrises, picking wildflowers for the table, taking children on a hike in the woods. She invariably found museums and gardens wherever she traveled, and was known occasionally to visit a gift shop on the way out. She delighted in handcrafts and supported the work of artisans and artists around the world. Creativity was a spiritual practice for her – she journaled, sketched, painted the beauty she saw and felt. She believed in the power of art to heal, to lift us out of ourselves, and to unite us.
Her memory was prodigious, for numbers, for birthdays, and anniversaries of loved ones. Marilyn would eagerly invite any who wish to join us in contributing to a worthy cause of choice, in celebrating your personal memories of her. Gary, Brie, and Seth are planning a memorial for her later this Spring to celebrate her life with colleagues, neighbors, and friends. Be Safe, All!
Archie Columbus Hogan, Jr.
Archie Columbus Hogan, Jr., 83, of Brenham, Texas, passed away October 13, 2020 peacefully at home with his children. Archie was born February 20, 1937 in Brenham, Texas, the eldest child of Archie Columbus Hogan, Sr. and Ruby Ruth (Meredith) Hogan. Archie graduated from A.R. Pickard High School in 1954 and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Prairie View A&M University in 1959. He planned to work as a high school teacher but months after college graduation, was drafted into the US Army. He was stationed at Fort Knox, Kentucky and Schofield Barracks Oahu, Hawaii, serving for two years before receiving an honorable discharge and earning the Army Good Conduct Medal. He began graduate studies in agricultural economics at the University of Hawaii.
In 1963, Archie joined the US Peace Corps as one of its first African American volunteers and served in Cali, Colombia. His Peace Corps cohort, known as Columbia Group 6, formed a tightly knit group that remained in close contact until his last days. Archie finished his graduate work at Southern Illinois University, earning a Masters of Science in Agricultural Economics and Industries. He joined the US Agency for International Development in 1965 and his first assignment took him to Vietnam, where he coordinated wartime development projects. He also pursued economic development graduate training at Oregon State University. Archie had a long, distinguished career with USAID, participating in international development initiatives throughout west and central Africa, the Middle East, and the Caribbean. He was a commissioned Foreign Service Officer and served as the Senior Business Specialist for the USAID Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization. No matter where he traveled in the world, though, Archie was a proud Texan and son of Brenham. A lifelong member of New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, he believed in his Lord and savior Jesus Christ and embraced a life of service to others. He retired in 1995 after 33 years of government service and pursued varying jobs and interests before returning to his hometown.
Archie was a loving son, brother, uncle, godfather and cousin. He married and divorced twice. Archie became a father late in life, a role to which he was devoted. He adored Sara and Archie, and was present at every science fair, recital, Cub Scout activity, and graduation. His love of travel was passed on to his children, who he took on countless cross-country road trips and adventures abroad. Archie enjoyed a hot cup of coffee, Texas BBQ and chili, fixing cars, and most of all, meeting new people. He possessed the gift of connection and could strike up a conversation and laugh with anyone. A voracious reader and lover of politics, international spy thrillers, and American history, Archie at his busiest would read up to four novels in a week. He was an avid bird watcher and all of the neighborhood animals knew to stop by his backyard for the treats he left out daily. He loved to play chess and often carried a chessboard with him in case he would meet new opponent, who would often then become a friend. Archie loved life. And it was a remarkable, colorful, and full life that he lived.
He is survived by his beloved children Sara Ruth (Francis DeMichele) Hogan of Manhattan Beach, CA and Archie Columbus Hogan, III of Washington, DC, niece Sheila RuthRandolph of Fort Worth, TX, nephew Roland Nicholas Brown (Zawarki Dugar-Brown) of Houston, TX, cousin Darlene Burelson of Oxford, NC, and a multitude of loving family members and friends. Archie is preceded in death by his parents and sisters Marilyn Joyce (Randolph) Hogan and Darlyne (Brown) Hogan. We know that he is overjoyed to be reunited with his heavenly family. Those who he left behind, though, will miss him beyond measure.
William T. Dentzer, Jr.
William T. Dentzer, Jr., age 91, whose life of faith, love, service, integrity, and humility inspired many, died of non-Covid pneumonia while surrounded by family on Jan. 25, 2021. During his professional career he was president of the National Student Association (1951-2); a force in the creation of the U.S. foreign aid program in the 1960s; USAID Mission Director to Peru; Deputy Ambassador to the Organization of American States; New York State Superintendent of Banks; and founding chairman and CEO of the Depository Trust Co. (now Depository Trust & Clearing Corp.), the entity created to address the paperwork crisis that paralyzed Wall Street in the 1960s.
In his own words: “After John F. Kennedy’s election in 1960, I asked one of his White House Special Assistants, a former NSA officer, to arrange my transfer from CIA to the task force that created the Agency for International Development (AID), America’s program of foreign assistance to underdeveloped nations. I soon became Special Assistant to the first head of AID, and thereafter Special Assistant to the U.S. Coordinator of the Alliance for Progress, the program initiated by President Kennedy to foster economic development in Latin America.
My work for the Alliance was interrupted by my appointment as Executive Secretary of a committee appointed by President Kennedy and chaired by retired General Lucius Clay. Clay may be best known as the Military Commander in Germany who in 1948 persuaded President Truman to mount the Berlin airlift after Russia blocked land routes to that city. President Kennedy hoped the conservative Clay Committee, which included former World Bank President Eugene Black and Robert Lovett, a former Deputy Secretary of State and Secretary of Defense, would increase Congressional support for AID appropriations. After the committee reported, I followed up as coordinator of AID’s annual budget presentation to Congress.
In 1965, my family and I moved to Lima, Peru, where I served as Director of the AID Mission to that nation. After three years there and fearful that I would become a lame duck awaiting firing if Nixon was elected President, I engineered a return to Washington. There I was named Deputy U.S. Ambassador to the Organization of American States, the multi-governmental organization based in Washington and created in 1948 to foster cooperation among member states in the Americas.”
A longtime resident of Larchmont, NY, he also led several New York state and local commissions, including a 1982 panel that recommended increasing the inadequate salaries of state judges. He is survived by Celia, his wife of 68 years; a sister, Ann Azer; sons James (Holly) and William T. III; daughters Susan (Charles Alston) and Emily (Scott Rodi); and 8 grandchildren. A full obituary and other details are at https://jjffh.com
Donna Garverich Baltz, age 88, departed this life on January 13, 2021. A true woman of faith who devoted her life to her family and to helping others, she was born April 12, 1932 in Des Moines, Iowa, the daughter of Ross and Edna Forrest Garverich. After graduating from the Washington School for Secretaries, she had a very active secretarial career, including sixteen years with the Agency for International Development, the foreign aid branch of the U.S. State Department. Her postings included Laos, the Philippines, Uganda, Korea, Ethiopia, and Washington, D.C. Her time in Uganda and Ethiopia included trips to the wild animal parks in East Africa, which ranked among her favorite places. Donna loved to travel, visiting 18 foreign countries and most of the states in the U.S., making friends around the world. She was well-known for her warm and loving hugs.
Donna was active in the local Methodist church wherever she lived. At the time of her death, she was a member of First United Methodist Church of Mountain Home, Arkansas, and had served for years as a member and an officer of the United Methodist Women. She also volunteered with the Baxter Regional Medical Center auxiliary for many years. She was preceded in death by her parents and her stepparents, Howard and Gertie Edleman. She leaves behind her husband of 42 years, Dickey L. Baltz of Waterloo, IL; beloved brother and sister-in-law, Jack and Eve Garverich of Littleton, Colorado; step-daughters and sons-in-law, Anne and Dave Rodrick of Spartanburg, SC, Susan and Steve Hibbits of Columbia, IL, and Jane and Dave Hokeness ofMequon, WI; five grandchildren, to whom she was a beloved Nana; two great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews who adored their Aunt Donna. She will be interred at the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. A memorial service will be scheduled later in Mountain Home. Arrangements are by Kirby & Family Funeral and Cremation Services – Mountain Home. Visit an online obituary and guestbook at www.kirbyandfamily.com.
Arthur Danart, 81, passed away at his home in Austin, Texas on January 4. He is remembered by his friends and former colleagues as an unfailingly cheerful raconteur, as a thoughtful and considerate manager, and as a pioneer in the development of innovative ways to deliver health and family planning services to low-income populations.
After graduating from college, Art joined the Peace Corps and was assigned to Colombia for two years. Following his Peace Corps service, Art joined Westinghouse Heath Systems, leaving that firm with a colleague to launch a startup company that helped develop approaches that provided physicians with unbiased drug prescribing information. More relevant to the longer term, Art became very interested in a novel concept that was just gaining traction in the development community—the use of social marketing techniques to expand the availability of health and family planning products and services to low-income populations in developing countries.
USAID, meanwhile, had become similarly interested in the potential of social marketing, but did not have personnel with the technical knowledge, a personal belief in the potential of the approach, or the organizational skills needed to design, test, and implement social marketing programs. USAID recruited Art in 1976 to fill that role. Over the next several years, Art was the Agency’s leading advocate for social marketing. He created (with his colleague Jack Thomas, deceased) a design template for AID Missions, and travelled to over a dozen Missions to help develop and launch social marketing programs. By the time Art moved on to his first Foreign Service assignment—to Peru—social marketing programs based on Art’s model were up and operating in over a dozen countries. From these early efforts over 40 countries have nationwide social marketing programs providing millions of low-income women and men access to health services.
Following his service in Peru, Art was assigned to REDSO/Nairobi, where he enthusiastically helped Missions develop and implement new programs to provide services to underserved populations, with a special focus on efforts to combat the raging HIV/AIDS pandemic and to extend the availability of family planning services in the region.
By the time Art took up his assignment as AID Representative in Mexico in 1992, he had established himself as one of the Agency’s most effective and consequential Health & Population officers. Mexico posed different challenges. USAID’s program included dozens of cooperative ventures covering population, HIV prevention, environment, energy, narcotics education, support for the judiciary, and a range of government-to-government initiatives to support the newly approved North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The management of the portfolio was made more complicated by the Mexican Government’s sensitivity to US involvement in their country’s affairs. Art successfully negotiated this challenging environment and gained the respect and affection of Mexican counterparts who recognized his authenticity and respect for Mexican priorities. USAID acknowledged the importance and effectiveness of Art’s work by upgrading the status of the AID Representative’s Office to a USAID Mission in 1998.
Art and his beloved wife of 52 years, Karen, retired to Austin, Texas in 1998. Art is survived by Karen, their son Josh, and his brother Victor.
Daisy Portee Withers
Daisy Portee Withers passed away peacefully on January 17, 2021. Born in Camden, South Carolina, on June 24, 1924, Daisy was raised on a farm outside nearby Lugoff township before accompanying her family to High Point, North Carolina. At age twelve, she entered Mather Academy, a private boarding school in Camden devoted to providing its African American student body with a high quality education. Upon graduating, she studied at West Virginia State College in Institute, West Virginia. During World War II, Daisy moved to Washington to make her own personal contribution to the war effort by working in the Departments of Agriculture and Defense. In 1953, she earned a Masters Degree in education at North Carolina A & T University in Greensboro, North Carolina.
In 1947, Daisy married John L. Withers of Greensboro and, for 25 years beginning in 1958, shared his life as a Foreign Service Officer in the U. S. Agency for International Development. They had two sons, John II and Gregory. Their assignments carried the family to Asia (Laos, Thailand, Burma, and Korea), to Africa (Ethiopia and Kenya), and finally to India. Dr. Withers was one of the first black officers in USAID and was the Mission Director in Ethiopia and India. John retired in 1982 and the couple lived the rest of their lives in Silver Spring, Maryland. He passed away in October, 2007. (Their son, John L. Withers II, also served as U.S. Ambassador to Albania.)
Throughout her long life, Daisy remained a committed teacher, working not only in a variety of international schools abroad, but wherever there were community needs. (In Laos, for example, she taught English to a group of orange-robed Buddhist priests.) In 1960, when political turmoil forced the American community in Laos to evacuate to Bangkok, Thailand, the U. S. Ambassador appointed Daisy Principal of the hastily-established school for the evacuated children. Under trying circumstances, she managed to ensure that the uprooted students’ education continued uninterrupted. The Ambassador gave her a special award in recognition of her success. Years later, in 1983, she won the coveted Agnes Meyer Teaching Award for her outstanding work at the Gateway Alternative School in Montgomery County, Maryland. She was further selected as one of the finalists for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Teaching Science and Mathematics in 1984.
Daisy’s generous nature and effervescent personality won her friends all across the world. As her sons, John and Greg, wrote of her: “Our mother lived life as well as anyone we know. There was always a freshness in her spirit and a joyousness in her soul. She loved everyone. We know that she has gone to a sweeter rest than we can imagine. We are graced to have her as our mother.”
The family will hold a final viewing at the Francis J. Collins Funeral Home in Silver Spring on Thursday, January 28, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. When hopefully the Covid virus subsides later this year, it will commemorate her in a Celebration of Life ceremony at a time and place to be determined. Her ashes will finally be interned next to her husband, John, at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
Frank D. Correl
Frank D. Correl died Sunday January 10, at Suburban Hospital, Bethesda MD. Frank was born on January 3, 1929, in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. In August 1939, he and his sister left for England on the Kindertransport, where he lived during the War. He arrived in the United States in November 1943 and joined his parents in Highland Park, NJ.
He was awarded a B.A. in Business from Rider College and an M.A. in History from Columbia University. He joined the US Department of Commerce in 1952, and served in the US Army. In 1959, he became a foreign service officer with the US Agency for International Development, serving over 42 years specializing in Asia and Africa, including as Mission Director in Lesotho and Sri Lanka. He was an avid and lifelong philatelist from age six. He loved to travel, and was a veritable encyclopedia of history, visiting or living in some 80 countries, and inspired this same love in those around him.
A longtime resident of Chevy Chase, MD, he served on the Village Council of the Village of Martin’s Additions and was always active in his neighborhood and his community. He is survived by his loving family — his wife of 40 years Hanne Correl of Chevy Chase, MD, and two sons from his first marriage, Theodore Correl of Seattle, WA, and Stephen Correl of Portland, OR, his wife Dr. Gaye Harris, and their sons Hailas and Julius — and by his first spouse Marilyn Mauch, of Portland, OR. A service will be planned at a later time. To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.
Elaine Stahl Leo
A sociologist and editor whose work advanced understanding of minority groups, international development, and work/family issues, died December 27, 2020 in Vienna, VA. Born in Knoxville, TN in 1940, she moved to the Washington area as a baby. The VA suburbs remained her home even as she traveled, visiting or living in 62 countries, including Papua New Guinea and Timbuktu. A graduate of Washington-Lee High School (now Washington-Liberty High School) in Arlington, VA, Ms. Leo received her bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College, with study at the University of Aix-en-Provence and the Sorbonne, and her master’s from (Case) Western Reserve University. After a year of sociology doctoral study at the University of Michigan, she joined the U.S. Agency for International Development to work on its new population/family planning foreign aid initiative. There she did a pioneering research overview documenting then unrecognized population issues across Africa. Ms. Leo then worked on USAID population/family planning projects in Turkey and later for the Governmental Affairs Institute in Washington, DC before completing her sociology doctorate at American University. During the civil rights era, Ms. Leo researched a racially changing neighborhood in Cleveland, OH and people’s beliefs to achieve and maintain integration. Her later research focused on the trade-offs women made to balance work and family. She found that married mothers working in traditionally male-dominated professions were happy to work part-time for their families but not their careers, in which they felt they had been relegated to “the mommy track.” At various times, Ms. Leo taught sociology at the Univ. of Michigan, George Mason University, Mount Vernon College (now part of George Washington University), and Georgetown University. She also had an editorial business that specialized in social science and social policy articles, books and dissertations. She was active in numerous professional, civic and cultural activities, and a long-time member of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax. Ms. Leo is survived by two daughters, Alison Leo Rana and Adrienne Leo, and their families, including four grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that anyone wishing to commemorate Ms. Leo might do so by contributing time and/or funds to an organization of their choice promoting gun control, women’s rights or immigration reform. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, January 24, at 3 p.m. through live streaming by the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax: https://uucf.org/memorial-service/
Don Boyd, Jr.
In the early afternoon of January 8, 2021, Donald Boyd Jr. passed away as a result of complications related to COVID-19. Don, known as Donny to his Massachusetts relatives, was born in Fitchburg, MA on August 10, 1942, but he found his calling in 1965 when he joined the Peace Corps and headed to Northeast Brazil. Following their graduation from University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where Don graduated cum laude with senior honors, Don and his then wife Wendy Hall Bourgeois volunteered their service in the area of community development and health. However, Don’s commitment to the Peace Corps was ended prematurely by the births of his twin daughters Tania Boyd Blow and Diana Boyd De Nitto.
Once back state side, Don completed his master’s degree in political science at the University of Wisconsin as a Ford and National Defense Foreign Language Fellow, and then took a position at Clinton Community College in Plattsburgh, NY. From 1970 to 1976, Don taught classes in local, state, national government and Latin American history. This time was punctuated in 1972 by the birth of Don’s only son, Donald Nicoll Boyd. His birth was celebrate in typical 70s fashion with the purchase of a gold Buick station wagon.
From 1977 to 2004 Don heeded his calling—he entered the Foreign Service and joined the Agency for International Development (US AID). Between 1978 and 2004 Don worked in the eastern Caribbean, El Salvador, Guatemala, Peru and Washington D.C. During this time he rose to the ranks of Director and Deputy Mission Director in Peru, and Director, Office of Central American Affairs in Washington, D.C. A highpoint in his career was a 1999 Presidential Meritorious Service Award for “sustained superior accomplishment in the conduct of the foreign policy of the United States Government.”
In 1985, Don married Liliana Dutriz Boyd whom he met while serving in El Salvador. While state side in Alexandria, Virginia in 1989, they welcomed the birth of their daughter Chelsea Boyd Lumsden. Later in Lima, Peru in 1995, Don, Liliana, and Chelsea greeted the birth of Bonnie Boyd. Don and Bonnie had a special bond and loyalty. They would affectionately call to each other, “cuckoo” and enjoyed passing weekends together.
In retirement Don worked in mediation, but his real joy was his garden (he never met a pepper, lettuce seed, or bulb he didn’t want to buy), and certainly his grandchildren. Don is survived by his grandchildren: Kirsti and Sarah Blow of Queensbury, NY; Aidan and Mia Boyd of Williamsville, NY; Marcella and Emerson De Nitto of Wolfeboro, NH, and Julian Lumsden of Newnan, GA. Don’s children include Don Boyd and his wife Ann, Tania Blow and her husband Dave, Diana De Nitto and her husband Mark, Chelsea Lumsden and her husband Shawn, and Bonnie Boyd. Don is also survived by his brother Richard Boyd and his wife Rosie of Key West Florida.
A memorial service will be held in Don’s honor at the McDonald and Son Funeral Home in Cummings, GA on January 23, 2021. The service will be streamed live on Facebook, please like McDonald and Son Funeral Home’s page to view. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Donald Boyd, Jr, please visit our floral store.
William H. (“Bill”) Lyerly, Jr.
It is with great sadness that Global
Research & Discovery Group (“GRDG”) announces the passing of Lieutenant Colonel William H. (“Bill”) Lyerly, Jr., Chief Strategy Advisor to the company. Bill passed away on December 26, 2020 surrounded by family. He dedicated his life to public service with a distinguished career of combined 42 years in the US Military and Senior Executive positions of the US Government.
Col. Lyerly’s remarkable career of service began at the United States Air Force Academy where upon graduation in 1975, he was commissioned an Air Force 2nd Lt. and served as an Avionics Officer. He then transitioned to the US Army Medical Service Corps where he worked in the fields of Infectious Diseases, Immunology and Biodefense, including multiple leadership assignments at the Armed Forces Medical Intelligence Center (AFMIC), the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR), and as the Division Chief of Epidemiology and Environmental Health at the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID). He retired from the Army Reserve in 2013 at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
Mr. Lyerly served almost 15 years at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) where he traveled extensively leading coordination of the agency’s responses to many disasters and crises including the HIV/AIDS and Malaria epidemics in Africa, the 1988 Soviet-Armenian earthquake, the 1991 Kurdish relief efforts in Iraq, humanitarian assistance in Somalia in 1992-1993, the Tajikistan civil war in 1994, the Tanzania/Kenya Embassy bombings in 1998, and the Kosovo crisis in 1999. He was an advisor and liaison to many organizations including the US Central Command (CENTCOM) US European Command (USEUCOM), the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the United Nations, and the World Health Organization. He assisted in creating the Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness in the wake of the post 9-11 Anthrax incident.
Mr. Lyerly was crucial as the Biodefense Lead of the White House Homeland Security Transition Office at the inception of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in 2003. He then held Senior Executive Service positions at the DHS including Director of Bio-Countermeasures Coordination, Director of WMD Operations and Incident Management, and finally as Director of International Affairs and Special Assistant for Global Health Security.
Col. Lyerly’s military decorations include, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Joint Service Commendation Medals, three Army Commendation Medals, two Joint Service Achievement Medals, the Army Achievement Medal, the Air Force Achievement Medal, and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal. His many government civilian awards and honors include the USAID Meritorious Honor Award, the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Secretary’s Distinguished Service Award, and the HHS Superior Service Award.
Bill earned a Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences from the US Air Force Academy, a Master of Arts in Management and Healthcare Administration from Central Michigan University, a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from Johns Hopkins University, and completed post-graduate coursework in Disaster Management, Epidemiology, Immunology, Infectious Diseases, and International Health. He has an extensive body of work as author and co-author of over 70 publications in official government reports and many peer-reviewed scientific journals.
In addition to his role as Chief Strategy Advisor for GRDG, Mr. Lyerly also served on the Board of Advisors for Impact BioMedical, Inc.
Daryl Thompson, Founder of GRDG said, “Colonel ‘Bill’ Lyerly was a true American hero as well as an inspirational mentor. He worked tirelessly to fight global health crises and improve lives around the world. Bill was an incredible source of medical and scientific knowledge and experience that was critical to the nation’s Biodefense Initiatives. We will miss him greatly.”
GRDG’s Chief Scientific Advisor Dr. Roscoe M. Moore, Jr. said, “Bill was a good friend and dedicated colleague for almost four decades. His distinguished career in public service, which included being assigned to the White House, is a testament to his strong character and desire to leave this world a better place. He will be missed by many, but his work leaves a legacy that benefits countless people. I am truly honored to have known and worked with him.” Dr. Moore is former Assistant United States Surgeon General.
Bill was a devoted husband to his wife Sylvia, a loving father to his daughters, Heather and Kirsten, and a doting grandfather to his four grandchildren. He committed his entire life to helping people in any capacity he could. His family received a call from an organ donation non-profit saying that his organs will help over 50 people including the giving the gift of eyesight to two separate people. Even in death, Bill is helping others.
Richard Louis Camaur
In loving memory of Richard Louis Camaur who passed away on November 22, 2020. Richard is survived by his daughter, Elisabeth Camaur Crampton, his son, Paul Camaur, his daughter- in-law, Diana Camaur, his three grandchildren, David Crampton, Aleksandra Crampton and Alexis Camaur, his former wife, Nancy Camaur and his second wife, Wendy Burns Camaur. Richard was born in Healdsburg, California, December 21, 1943 to his parents Josephine Camaur and Cesare Camaur. During his childhood, he became fluent in several foreign languages including Spanish, Italian and German. After high school, he attended Georgetown University where he obtained his Bachelor of Science from the School of Foreign Service in 1965; his Masters in Latin American Affairs, with distinction in 1971; and his Juris Doctor in 1976. Richard served in the U.S. Army Reserve 1965-1973 as a Captain and was stationed in Panama from 1967-1969. He served in the U.S. Agency for International Development from 1969-1979 and was an Economic Affairs Adviser for the U.S. Panama Canal Treaty Negotiating Team with the United States Department of State from 1977-1979. Richard also was an instructor at the George Mason University Enterprise Center, Business Institute. In 1980, Richard opened his law firm in Fairfax County Virginia where he provided legal services in the areas of civil litigation, domestic relations, estate planning, probate law, business law and international transactions. He also devoted substantial time to pro bono cases and was a long time member of the Lions Club. And, from 2002 until his death, he was a certified genealogist and active member of the National Genealogy Society. No services are being held given the COVID-19 pandemic. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the American Diabetes Association https://diabetes.org.
Ross W. Wherry
Ross W. Wherry, 66, of Moline, passed on Friday, June 7, 2019, surrounded by loving family and dachshund. He was born November 30, 1952, in Springfield, the son of Richard and Doris Wherry. While he was born and died in the same-ish zip code, he traveled the world helping others. He was the first Eagle Scout of Orion, Troup 123. During his time in the Marines and the State Department (USAID), he was stationed in Africa, Europe, Central and South America, the Middle East, and Asia. He saved sea turtles, helped farmers, encouraged education, improved access to medical care and clean water, and worked to repair infrastructure in war torn countries.
Ross mastered several languages, sang in community and church choirs, played French horn, and enjoyed the arts. Ross was an enthusiastic travel guide and history buff. He nurtured gardens, hiked in the National Parks, and remained involved in local theatres and historical preservation. Still, he always found time for a glass of wine, a good cheese, a thick book, a hearty laugh, and sharing stories with family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Michael. He is survived by his wife and daughters, Donna, Kathryn and Antonia; his siblings, Donald, Maryan, and Chon; sisters-in-law, Sharon and Diana.
Mel F. McBeth
Mel F. McBeth, 86, a former Foreign Service officer with the U.S. Agency for International Development and the State Department, died June 11, 2020, in Concord, California at the age of 86. Mr. McBeth was born in California on February 21, 1934. From 1954 to 1956, he served in the U.S. Army in Okinawa. He earned a bachelor’s degree from San Francisco State University in 1959 and worked in banking in San Francisco until 1966, when he joined USAID for an assignment in Seoul, South Korea. In 1967, he became an international trade and investment promotion advisor in South Korea. In 1971, he became a private enterprise advisor in Saigon, South Vietnam. Later that year, he was detailed to the State Department. As a geographer, he produced notes on geographical changes for borders, provinces and city names, which were sent to various government agencies.
In 1975, he was let go along with other personnel in a reduction in force. Mr. McBeth then moved to San Francisco where he worked for Safeco Title and Commonwealth Title until his office was closed. He took computer courses, and then went to work for a medical company in Oakland, retiring in 2000. Friends note Mr. McBeth’s lifelong thirst for knowledge and spirit of adventure. He traveled to 88 countries. Mostly by road, he also traveled nationwide to all 50 states and their capitals, as well as every county in California. Also an avid walker, Mr. McBeth walked more than 80 percent of San Francisco’s streets between 1982 and 1999. Mr. McBeth was a member of AFSA, the Society of California Pioneers, San Francisco State University Lifetime Alumni, and the Del Norte County Historical Society.
Mr. McBeth is survived by his wife Barbara; his daughters Rachel McBeth and Melinda (Jon) Bauman; his son, Erik (Wendy) McBeth; his step-daughters Michelle (Sean) Lynch, Kathleen Duryee, and Jacquelyn (Josh) Morris; his grandson Tyler Lopez; his step-grandsons Theo Bauman and Andrei Lynch; and granddaughters Sarah McBeth, Amy (Richard) Andrews, Karina (Andrew) Long, and Emily McBeth.
Jerry Wayne Butler
Jerry Wayne Butler of Naples, FL was born January 16, 1951 in Covington, KY and died Saturday, December 12, 2020 at his residence at the age of 69. He was the son of the late Gerald S. and Edith Helterbridle Butler.
He was a retired Comptroller for the U.S. State Department and worked for the US Agency for International Development. Jerry was the past president of the University of Kentucky Alumni Association in Naples, a member of the Masonic Lodge and Shriners, and was an Honorable Kentucky Colonel.
He is survived by his 4 four sisters– Judith (Dale) McArthur of Acworth, GA, Donna (George) Cobbe of Blanchester, OH, Deborah (Robert) Schuler of Cincinnati, OH, and Brenda Gwin of Mason, OH, as well as several nephews and nieces.
Private family services will take place at the convenience of the family.
Harry G. Wilkinson
Harry G. Wilkinson was born in Detroit to Henry and Sybil (nee Cole) Wilkinson. His father owned an automotive shop and his mother taught piano and voice. Harry attended Redford High where he played varsity football and then spent two years at Michigan State where he was on the college gymnastics team. He spent one semester at the University of Hawaii to get away from the Michigan winter. Living a block from the beach, he surfed, took philosophy classes and came to love water sports. In 1953, he joined the military and was stationed at an Air Force base in England. Upon discharge, he finished his undergraduate studies at the Uni- versity of Michigan and went on to the University of Chicago Law School where he earned his JD in 1961. While in law school, he married Dorothy McQuillan and had three sons with her, Bruce, Stuart and Neal.
After he graduated, Harry moved to Washington, DC with his young family and worked as Counsel to U.S. Senate Subcommittees on Migratory Labor and Constitutional Rights where he was the principal drafter of Federal bail reform and VISTA (domestic peace corps) legislation. He then moved to the Community Conciliation Service at the U.S. Justice Department where he mediated community racial disputes, and later worked as the Congressional Liaison for the Secretary of Labor dealing with such issues as migratory labor, poverty programs and unem- ployment insurance. He was also active in Democratic politics and performed advance work for the election campaign of President Johnson in 1964.
In 1967, Harry joined the Peace Corps as Deputy Director in Ethiopia and was later the Peace Corp Director in Costa Rica. He stayed on in Costa Rica after leaving the Peace Corps to prac- tice international law with a local law firm. In 1977, he returned to government service as a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) serving in Nicaragua, Washington, DC, El Salvador and South Africa. In South Africa he headed the Hu- man Rights Office, supporting local human rights organizations in their struggle against apartheid. A high point was meeting Nelson Mandela. In 1985 Harry married Cecily Mango who also worked for USAID and they had a son, Henry. After retiring from the government, Harry worked for the South Africa Lawyers for Human Rights and later as a consultant on human rights and democracy-promotion for USAID in In- donesia and Jordan where his wife was stationed.
During retirement in Greenville, SC, Harry served on the Board of Directors of the South Caroli- na ACLU continuing his life-long passion to support human and civil rights. He also supported local performing arts groups, attended a variety of cultural events and participated in a range of sports. He was an avid reader of the New York Times and loved classical music. He told won- derful stories about his youth and time overseas and had a repertory of jokes he liked to tell. He was a talented handyman who undertook major renovations of the various houses he lived in and had a serial collection of classic BMWs and Mercedes. He and his family spent their summers in Hampstead, NH where they maintained a lakeside cottage and they loved swim- ming and kayaking together.
Harry died at home of natural causes at the age of 87. He is survived by Cecily Mango, his wife of 35 years, four sons, Bruce, Stuart, Neal and Henry and five grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the ACLU of South Carolina or other human or civil rights organizations of your choice.
James A. Greene
Jim Greene died peacefully on November 4, 2020 at the age of 90 after a short battle with Covid-19. A 1951 graduate of Duke University, where he also played Varsity Basketball, he began his career as a journalist with Newhouse Newspapers in New York. He later accepted an appointment to the University of California-Berkeley, where he taught political science while also pursuing a doctorate in Southeast Asian international relations. In 1956 he joined The Asia Foundation in San Francisco and was posted in Sri Lanka through 1960. He subsequently managed the Foundation’s first New Delhi, India office for four years before joining the Foreign Service of the U.S. Agency for International Development. In 1968 he was assigned to the Agency’s first regional mission in East Africa, with responsibility for the programs in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. In 1973 he received a sabbatical fellowship to the Center for International Affairs at Harvard University, where he taught a course in development economics. In 1976, the World Bank retained Jim to operationalize its emerging interest in lending for nutrition. Over the next 20 years, he worked in over 15 countries, including Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Kenya, Colombia, Brazil and Lesotho, with oversight of a $2 billion lending portfolio.
After retiring from the World Bank, he consulted internationally on nutrition-related issues and founded Mayfly Enterprises, where he manufactured and marketed unique fishing flies under the brand name of Waterwisp. He was also a Director of Trout Unlimited, where for 12 years he coordinated Trout in the Classroom, an environmental program which started in three Montgomery County schools but that has now blossomed to approximately 100 schools. For that work, he received Trout Unlimited national’s highest volunteer award. Moreover, Jim is best known for his great sense of humor, charm, grace, generosity, love of family, and unwavering passion for fly fishing and folk music. Jim is survived by his wife Rosalyn Bass; sons Adam and Josh Greene; daughters-in-law Carolyn Rooney and Heather Robinson, grandchildren Eric, Sylvia, Amanda and Charlotte Greene; and Michael Hayes. Services are scheduled for a later date.
Rutherford M. Poats
Rutherford M. Poats– “Rud”– a pioneering designer and director of international development programs, died at his home in New York City on November 10, 2020. Rud was born in Spartanburg, SC in 1922 and graduated from Emory University in 1942 before joining the Army, serving in the Philippines and Japan. He had a distinguished career as a journalist and international development and banking services expert and innovator over his nearly 50-year career spanning posts in Asia, Europe and Washington, DC. Rud wrote the first published history of the Korean War (“Decision in Korea”) and headed the Far East Bureau of UPI in Tokyo.
He entered civilian government service in 1961, rising through the ranks of the newly created Agency for International Development (AID) to become assistant administrator for the Far East and later Deputy Administrator and Acting Administrator of the agency under Presidents Johnson and Nixon. He took a fellowship at Brookings Institute where he wrote “Technology for Developing Nations” in 1972. He was a key driver in AID’s efforts to promote US private investment, serving as the principal architect of the US Overseas Private Investment Company (OPIC) and as its acting president in 1977.
In 1978 he moved to the National Security Council as an international economic policy advisor to President Carter and remained on the NSC staff during the first year of the Reagan administration. Rud was elected chairman of the OECD’s Economic Development Assistance Committee from 1982 – 85 in Paris, where he led reforms in aid management by bilateral and multilateral agencies, notably in strengthening program coordination in recipient countries, culminating in his authorship of “Twenty-five Years of Development Cooperation”. In 1986 he returned to Washington as a consultant to the World Bank in the design and launching of its new affiliate, the Multilateral Investment Guaranty Agency (MIGA), of which he was the interim chief at its inauguration in 1988. Rud finished his career as President of International Investment Services, where with other senior partners, he advised governments on creating favorable climates for foreign investment and indigenous private enterprise. Rud was a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the National Committee on American Foreign Policy, the Asia Society, Japan Society, Korea Society and the hereditary Society of the Cincinnati.
Rud took up painting and stone and wood sculpting in his retirement years, assisted wife Lea Sneider, now deceased, with her numerous Korean art exhibits, travelled extensively, and loved gathering with the family. Rud is survived by four children from his first marriage to the late Esther Smith, including Penfield Thompson, Huntley Poats, Rutherford Poats and Grayson Poats, as well as five grandchildren and five great grandchildren, and his faithful, beloved caretakers, Boodnie Pandohie and Rangamah Ramgulan of New York, NY. Service to be held at National Memorial Park in Falls Church, VA in Q2 2021, pending Covid19 conditions. Service to be held at National Memorial Park in Falls Church, VA in Q2 2021, pending Covid19 conditions.
Ambassador Edward J. Perkins
Edward J. Perkins, a career diplomat who was born on June 8, 1928, grew up in segregated Louisiana, became the first African American ambassador to apartheid South Africa and opened the ranks of the Foreign Service to minorities as its director general. He was married for 47 years to Lucy Liu Perkins and had two daughters (Katherine and Sarah) and four grandchildren. He died Nov. 7, 2020 at a hospital in Washington. He was 92.
Ed Perkins served with USAID in multiple overseas roles: during the Vietnam War period, in Bangkok as an R-5 Assistant GSO (1966), moving to an R-4 status in USAID Bangkok (1969), a management officer (8/70) and followed by an Executive Officer (10/71-01/72). In early February, he moved from USAID to the State Department, serving as an R-4 Personnel Officer until August 1972. Dr. Perkins received a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Maryland in 1967, and later studied public administration at the University of Southern California, where he received a master’s degree in 1972 and a PhD in 1978.
After serving abroad in the Army and the Marines and working for the U.S. Agency for International Development, Dr. Perkins joined the US Foreign Service in 1972 and rose, despite what he described as ingrained prejudice in the organization, to the rank of career minister. Under President Ronald Reagan, Dr. Perkins served as Ambassador to Liberia before his posting in South Africa from 1986 to 1989. From 1989 to 1992, as director general of the Foreign Service, Dr. Perkins sought to recruit FS officers from underrepresented areas of the country (including Appalachia) as well as more African Americans and other minorities. In 1992, President George H.W. Bush named him U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Bush’s successor, President Bill Clinton, appointed Dr. Perkins ambassador to Australia, a posting he held from 1993 until his retirement in 1996.
Dr. Curtis R. Nissly
On Saturday, October 8, 2016, Dr. Curtis R. Nissly (77) of Dillsburg, PA passed away in his home surrounded by his wife and family. “Curt,” was born on May 26, 1939 in Upland, CA to the late Levi C. and Lilly “Landis” Nissly. After graduating high school 1956, Curt attended Westmont College and Upland College (each for one year),and served as a missionary helper in Zambia and Zimbabwe. In 1962, Curt returned to Upland College and earned his Bachelors of Science in Biology. Between 1963 and 1981, he completed his Master’s degree at Cal State (Los Angeles), moved his family to Zambia to teach math and science under the Brethren-in-Church Missions; earned his Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Agronomy in 1976; and taught at the Natural Resources Development College (NRDC) and the University of Zambia (UNZA). Curt became a commissioned officer with the USAID in 1981 and moved his family to Nairobi, Kenya serving as Regional Economic Development Services Officer (REDSO). In the summer of 1987, Curt and family moved to Islamabad, Pakistan where they were evacuated at the beginning of the Gulf War. They resided in Springfield, Virginia where Curt worked for USAID in Washington, DC until being assigned to Niamey, Niger as the Natural Resources Officer. He later worked in the Food for Peace (FFP) office in Washington, DC until being assigned to Bamako, Mali as Food Aid Officer in 1999. Curt retired in 2004. In retirement, Curt and his wife operated a small business and organized and led 15 different short term mission teams to New Orleans to assist in the clean-up and rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina. Curt travelled with his wife and enjoyed family and grandchildren. He and his wife became a Cumberland County Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) advocating for children in the foster care system. In his free time, Curt enjoyed keeping up with home projects and looking for ways to help others.
He is survived by his wife, Vi Nissly; three sons, Curtis (Terri) of Spring Hill, FL, Wayne (Karen) of Severn, MD, Ryan (Lori) of Lemoyne; two daughters, Cheri Small (Roy) of Waconia MN, and Kimberly Henderson (Timothy) of Harrisburg; five grandchildren and a large, loving family. He was also preceded in death by a son, Carl W. Nissly. Curt will be greatly missed but his legacy will continue through his children and grandchildren.
Thomas A. Kellermann
On October 26, 2020, Tom passed away after a five-year battle with cancer. Tom was born July 15, 1940 in Brooklyn, New York. When he was five, his father–a lawyer– was called to Washington, DC and Bethesda became the home of the Kellermann family since then. Tom attended Bradley Elementary and BCC until his father was assigned to Paris as Minister of the UNESCO. In Paris, Tom attended and graduated from the American HS. Then he got his degree at Indiana University, followed by serving two years as Tank Commander in Bad Kissingen, Germany. He left the military and joined the Foreign Service as a Career FSO. He served with USAID in Nigeria during the Biafra war, in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso), the Ivory Coast and Mauretania – while on home tours, he served as the desk officer for the Philippines and Burma. His favorite tour was in Guatemala and his last tour in Peru. Tom loved Shrimp and Cheese Fondue and was an obsessed Marathon Runner and Golfer. He served under Msgr. Reddy at St.Bart’s Social Concern board, sang in the choir and organized the first Hunger Drive of the Parish. He loved the Redskins. Tom is survived by his wife Theres A. Kellermann-Hammer; his daughters Alessandra and Debbie; his sons, Thomas and Patrick (wife, Laura Mundy); his beloved grandson, Ed Kellermann, and his best friend, Isabel M. Rodriguez. He has family in Princeton, NJ, and in Switzerland. Due to the Covid, the burial will be private. A Celebration of Life will be held once the Covid is over. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to UNICEF. Please view and sign the family guestbook at www.pumphreyfuneralhome.com.
Reimert (Rei) Ravenholt
Rei was born and raised on a dairy farm in West Denmark, Wisconsin, one of nine children in a Danish-American family. He received his M.D. from the University of Minnesota and a Master’s in Public Health from the University of California (Berkeley) from which he graduated first in his class. Over the course of his career, he served as an officer in the Epidemic Intelligence Service of the Centers for Disease Control (beginning work in its second class); Director, Epidemiology and Communicable Disease Control Division, Seattle-King County Health Department; Epidemiology Consultant, European Region, U.S. Public Health Service, American Embassy, Paris, France; Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine, University of Washington; Director, Office of Population, USAID; Director, World Health Surveys, CDC; Assistant Director for Research and Epidemiology, National Institute on Drug Abuse; Chief, Epidemiology Branch, Food and Drug Administration; and President, Population Health Imperatives, Seattle, Washington. He also researched and published extensively on topics ranging from epidemiology to preventive medicine, public health, population/family planning, malignant cellular evolution, tobaccosis, and the need for U.S. welfare reform.
When Rei took charge of USAID’s nascent population program in 1966, the program had no staff, budget, or mandate. Few developing country governments outside of Asia wanted anything to do with subjects as controversial as population growth and family planning, and there was great debate about whether family planning programs worked. Many doubted that couples would use family planning services and, if couples did use them, that the services would have any impact. But Rei believed that people would use family planning and that it would have a global demographic impact. He was right.
During his 14-year tenure, USAID’s global population/family planning assistance program became the world’s foremost population program, providing more than half of all international population/family planning program assistance ($1.3 billion) during those years. USAID remains the largest bilateral donor of family planning assistance today. Many of the approaches that were pioneered under Rei’s leadership, such as routine survey data collection (he originated the World Fertility Survey, the precursor of the Demographic and Health Survey, which stands today as the gold standard of household survey data collection in the developing world), working through non-governmental organizations, social marketing, and community-based services, continue today as standards of strong voluntary family planning programs. He further understood that the available contraceptive methods were not appealing to all users and ensured that the Office of Population established a strong central contraceptive research program. Almost every contraceptive method available today has received USAID funding or support.
Rei is survived by his wife, Betty Butler Ravenholt and five children: Janna, Mark, Lisa, Dane, and Matthew. Funeral services will be private. Remembrances may be made to West Denmark Lutheran Church, 2478 170th Street, Luck, WI 54853 or to Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and Hawaiian Islands, P.O. Box 3641, Seattle WA 98124.
For those who knew him or knew of him, there is also an excellent obituary for Rei Ravenholt published by The Seattle Times on November 16, 2020.
David Edward Mutchler
David Edward Mutchler, 79, died peacefully on September 4, 2020, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Lexington KY, he graduated St. Louis University and earned his Ph.D from Washington University in St. Louis. He joined USAID in 1971 and spent the next 30 years as a foreign service officer in Nepal, Barbados, Mozambique, Ivory Coast, Panama and Washington, DC. He served as the USAID Mission Director for Panama and was Director of the Cuba Program (1997-2007), the first USAID program in support of the Cuban people.
After retiring from USAID, David was a visiting professor at Catholic University. Predeceased by his wife Carolyn, parents Jack and Louise Mutchler, brother Dick and nephew Johnny. Survived by daughters: Mamie Wilson (Jeff), Meghan Deerin (JB) and Ana Maria Mutchler; granddaughters: Lilly, Lucy, Tess, Ellie, Grace, Lola and Carolyn; brother Patrick Mutchler (Ann); nephews John (Michele) and Michael Mutchler; and niece, Catherine Louise Mutchler. A private funeral mass will be held at Holy Trinity in Georgetown where David was a parishioner. Donations should be directed to St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati, Ohio.
John Henry Huber
John Henry Huber was born in 1929 in San Francisco to Swiss parents. When he was three years old, the family returned to Switzerland. In 1949, he went back to the US to attend Rutgers University. He received his Masters’ Degree in 1955 and his PhD in Economics in 1957 from Wharton. USAID then offered him a job at USAID/Cambodia as economist in the Planning Office. His next assignment was to the Abidjan regional office for four West African countries. From there he transferred to the Central African Republic where he opened a new USAID post. In Bangui, John focused this fledgling AID mission on supporting friendly missions with US-made reliable trucks and introducing telecommunications. In 1964 the AID budget for Africa was drastically reduced, the USAID office in Bangui closed, and the functions were given to the American Embassy. John and family returned to Washington in the summer of 1964. Morale at the USAID home office was at a low ebb and John eventually moved to the Export/Import bank where he would secure financing for U.S. exports, a post he filled until his retirement.
In retirement, John took a short-term assignment with the World Bank. He also travelled the world for USIS lecturing and praising the benefits of privatization. He was a regular guest speaker at a Swiss Bankers Seminar and had belonged to an economic consulting firm called IDEA. He succumbed to COVID-19 on Easter Monday, April 13, 2020. John leaves his wife of 60 plus years, three sons, Peter and Pat, Steve and Francis and Vilma and their two children, Jonimaya and Jeremy. He is also survived by his brother, Christopher and wife Erika, in Oregon and was predeceased by his sister, Maria.
Guy Baseler Baird
Guy Baseler Baird of Pittsboro NC, died peacefully at the UNC hospice in on June 13, 2020. He was 97 years old. He was born on January 4, 1923, on a small farm in Newland, North Carolina in 1923. After he graduated from high school, he attended Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, North Carolina State University. His education was interrupted by World War II, during which he spent three years in Europe with the U.S. Army, working as an officer in a medical battalion. After the war, he attended Cornell University, where he received his Ph.D in Agronomy. While at Cornell, he met and married a fellow grad student, Betty Jane Brooks. After his graduation he was employed by the Rockefeller Foundation’s Agricultural Research Country Programs and he and Betty spent two decades in Colombia, South America and in India, helping those countries (and many others) in their efforts to become agriculturally self-sufficient. During his time overseas he and Betty had three children, Jeffrey, Joel, and Jane. In 1971 the family returned to the United States when Guy became the International Agricultural Specialist with USAID in Washington, D.C. A few years later, he and Betty moved to New York City, where he worked for the International Agricultural Research Service (IADS). Betty died of cancer in 1981.
IADS subsequently moved to Washington D.C. where Guy met Ingrid Edick. In 1984 they were married. Guy and Ingrid spent three years in India where he worked on another agricultural assistance project. Guy retired in 1989 and he and Ingrid moved to Fearrington Village in Pittsboro, NC. They lived there together for more than 30 years. Guy is survived by Ingrid Baird, his sister Jean Lutz, his children Jeffrey, Joel, and Jane, his step-daughter Joanne Hawkins, six grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and dozens of loving members of his extended family. A memorial service will be scheduled at a later time. Memorial gifts can be made to UNC Hospice online at go.unc.edu/unchospice or by mail to Medical Foundation of NC, 123 West Franklin Street, Suite 510, Chapel Hill NC 27516, or online through the Medical Foundation of North Carolina.
Barbara Bradford Williams
Barbara Bradford Williams made her transition on Sunday morning, August 2, 2020 in Washington DC. She was the youngest of six siblings, all who have preceded her in death. She is survived by her devoted daughter, Debbie Williams Galiber, her son-in-law, Edward Matthew Galiber, two grandchildren Edward Elisha Galiber and Blair Barbara Galiber and a host of family and friends.
Barbara was born on October 19, 1932 in Pensacola, Florida. In her retirement, Barbara loved to travel, and was an active leader in her church and with various community clubs. If you wish to honor her, the family suggests a contribution be made to Northminster Presbyterian Church 7720 Alaska Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20012
Harold Lubell (1925-2015) parted peacefully from this world on December 29, 2015, surrounded by his family. He was born in Manhattan, NY on March 29, 1925 to Fanny (née Bielsky) and Morris Lubell, originally from Novogrodek, Russia. He was preceded in death by his older brother Paul Lubell and his wife, Claudie Lubell née Marchaut, of Saint Denis, France. Harold attended Bard College in NY on a cello scholarship and Harvard University where he got his Ph.D. in Economics. In France, he met his wife Claudie Marchaut and stepdaughter Babeth while working on the United States Marshall Plan after the war.
Harold worked as an economist for various governmental and non-governmental agencies including the Rand Corporation, Ford Foundation, U.S. Federal Reserve, U.S. Agency for International Development, and the International Labor Office. He took his family on his various assignments to Vietnam (where son Martin was born in 1963), Turkey (where daughter Diane was born in 1967), as well as India, Egypt, Senegal, Switzerland, France, and the U.S. His greatest joy in life, however, was playing the cello in various chamber orchestras and quartets.
After having lived the last 25 years in Paris, France, he moved to Wooster, Ohio to be close to his two grandsons, Julien and Xavier Lubell. He is survived by stepdaughter Babeth Angot, daughter Diane Lubell, son Martin Lubell, daughter-in-law Beth Muellner, grandsons Julien and Xavier Lubell, sister-in-law Thelma Lubell, and nephews Mark and David Lubell.
David Gregory Mathiasen
David G. Mathiasen, 84, died from heart ailments on June 13th at his home in Washington, D.C. He graduated from Oberlin College and then received a Master of Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton. An economist, he worked for the federal government for 34 years.
He began his career at the Bureau of the Budget in the Kennedy administration and then worked for the US Agency for International Development in Turkey, India and Pakistan. He was especially proud of his work on the Green Revolution in South Asia. When he returned to the United States in 1972, he went back to the Budget Bureau, which had become the Office of Management and Budget. He was for many years head of OMB’s Fiscal Analysis Branch, and then was Deputy Director of the Office of Budget Review. He was very proud of the teams that he nurtured as a manager.
In 1998, he took leave from OMB to be executive director of the bipartisan National Economic Commission, which Congress established in an effort to get the federal budget deficit under control, a job he particularly enjoyed but which was scuttled by George H.W. Bush’s “no new taxes” pledge. He ended his federal government career as special assistant to the director of the General Accounting Office and then spent two years in Paris at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. After returning to D.C., he taught graduate courses at American University and the University of Maryland; during his OMB years he periodically taught at the at the Yale School of Management.
He was married to Carolyn Swisher for 60 years. In addition to their Kalorama apartment, they owned a house in Castine, Maine, where they spent about half the year. In addition to his wife, he is survived by daughters Karen and Jocelyn Mathiasen, daughter-in law Kathryn O’Brien and son-in-law Curt Dawson and four grandchildren. David was a committed, life-long Democrat and a enjoyed a close cadre of friends who loved nothing more than a night of political discourse and a gourmet dinner. He was a strong civil rights advocate, hosting Martin Luther King Jr. at Oberlin College and joining the March on Washington in 1963. He was a voracious reader and talented, albeit untidy chef. Having spent several of his pre-college years abroad in Switzerland and London, David was a great travel enthusiast and took enormous pleasure showing his children and grandchildren places that he loved, introducing them to Paris, London, Greece, Tuscany and the Swiss alps. His own travels later in life took him to Antarctica, Australia, Madagascar and Fiji. He was generous, had a warm sense of humor and told terrible puns, a legacy his daughters are unlikely to carry forward.
Carl John Hemmer, Jr.
Carl John Hemmer, Jr., 88, whose career included serving as a member of the Society of Jesus for 15 years and as a Jesuit priest for six years, a widely-respected international family planning expert for 30 years, a City of Fairfax Councilman for three terms, and as an officiant of marriage for almost 50 years, died May 24, 2020 at the Ashby Ponds retirement community in Ashburn, Virginia. The cause of death was Alzheimer’s disease. He is survived by Patricia Hemmer, his beloved wife of 51 years, their two children Christopher and Laura, six grandchildren, his sister Claire (Hemmer) O’Reilly, and sixteen nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sisters M. Virginia “Ginnie” (Hemmer) White and Beatrice (Hemmer) Crescenzi.
Carl was born March 7, 1932 in Syracuse, New York to Carl and Beatrice Hemmer, the youngest of four children. He graduated from St. John the Evangelist High School and attended Le Moyne College and St. Louis University, where he received a BA, PhL and an MA. He later received a Licentiate degree in Sacred Theology at Woodstock College. He joined the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in 1952. In the late fifties, he taught Economics at Fordham University and Boston College. He was ordained a Jesuit priest in 1962. His assignments included parish work in Mexico City; Salamanca, Spain; New Jersey; and Long Island, NY.
Carl believed that celibacy for priests should be an option and petitioned the Vatican — without success — for that permission. He left the Jesuits in 1967 and married Patricia Harris on June 15, 1968 at Columbia University, where he was studying for a doctorate in Economics. He was a founding member of the National Association for Pastoral Renewal, a group of former priests who worked towards making celibacy optional in the Roman Catholic priesthood. With his wife, he coordinated the 1994 Corps of Reserve Priests United for Service (or CORPUS) Annual Convention, held in Northern Virginia. He also authored a chapter in “Why Priests Leave, The Intimate Stories of Twelve Who Did.” (His chapter was called “A Priest Who Didn’t Leave”.) He also wrote a number of articles for CORPUS Reports, a monthly newsletter.
Carl served as the Chief of Policy Division and Branch Chief for Family Services Planning within the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in the Office of Population Policy from 1968 until his retirement in 1998. By an unusual coincidence, the USAID job had him — a retired Jesuit priest — procuring condoms for family planning programs around the world. He also served as a United States delegate to the 1975 International Year of the Women Conference in Mexico City, one of only a handful of men to be selected. He received USAID’s Outstanding Career Achievement Award upon his retirement.
In 1969, Carl was licensed to perform marriages and officiated at almost 250 weddings for couples who wanted a personalized non-denominational civil ceremony. As he once said, “by making myself available for people, I can continue to do service.” From 1978-1984, Carl served three elected terms as a City of Fairfax, VA Councilman. Among his accomplishments were his efforts to commence the CUE bus system which went from George Mason University throughout the City of Fairfax to the Vienna Metro.
He will be remembered for his intelligence, sense of humor, quick wit, and loving devotion to his many relatives. Upon his death, his body was donated to the Georgetown University School of Medicine’s Anatomical Donor Program following his wishes to be of service, even in death, to help train medical students. Carl John Hemmer, Jr. — a life well-lived.
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.
Richard J. “Dick” Pond
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.