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 email@example.com. 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 R. 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 daughter Debbie; his sons, Thomas and Patrick (wife, Laura Mundy); 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 and Doctors Without Borders.
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.