Graham passed away on March 9 at Lauderdale by the Sea, Florida after a struggle with cancer/lymphoma and related issues. Graham is survived by his spouse, Ellen Thompson, his children Isabel and Nicholas, and his grandsons, Theo and Christopher.
Graham was born in New York in 1939. He earned his BA from Union College and a MBA from Syracuse University. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1961, achieving the rank of Second Lieutenant and certification as a Master Salvage Diver. In 1967, Graham was selected as a Management Intern with USAID, but then joined the Union California Bank as a Overseas Loan Officer.
Graham returned to the Agency in 1971 as a Foreign Service Officer. He served as a Supervisory Project Development Officer with the Africa Bureau in Washington, the USAID Mission in Dacca, Bangladesh, the USAID regional office (REDSO/WCA) in Abidjan, Ivory Coast and the USAID Mission in New Delhi, India, contributing to the development and implementation of dozens of USAID development projects throughout those countries. Graham and family returned to Washington in 1989 where he served as Senior Career Development Officer, before retiring in 1994 and moving to St. Petersburg, Florida where he concentrated on his investment portfolio.
Graham was a devoted member of the Science of Spirituality in Lisle, Illinois, an interfaith meditation group, which will have memorial in his honor later this spring.
Graham will be forever remembered for his deep love of family and his gentle collegiality, as well as his skill in investing and playing basketball and tennis which he remarkably continued throughout his struggle with cancer.
Donations to Partners in Heath, pih.org, in Graham’s name are welcome.
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