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.