Estera Votaw

Estera Fenjves Votaw of Washington, D.C., survivor of the Holocaust, and widowed by the 1983 Iranian terrorist bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, died July 30, 2012, at age 83. She accompanied her husband, Albert Votaw who worked in RHUDO, on assignments in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire; Tunis, Tunisia; and Bangkok, Thailand. Albert was transferred to Beirut in April 1983, where he was one of several USAID officers killed in the Embassy bombing. Estera had not yet joined him there. She is survived by her brother, four daughters, eight grand-children, and two great-grandchildren. Donations can be made in Estera’s name to the World Monuments Fund, 350 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2412, New York, NY 10118 or (

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