Lloyd Jonnes

Lloyd Jonnes (“Doc”) died peacefully in his sleep on March 1, 2016 at Springwell Senior Living Community in Baltimore, Maryland. Predeceased by his wife Marilyn May Alley Jonnes. He is survived by his son Michael; his daughter, Jill; his son, Denis; his grandson, Nathaniel Jonnes; and his granddaughters, Gwyneth Jonnes, Hilary Ross, and Elisha Jonnes. All will miss him dearly.

Born on February 6, 1924, Lloyd grew up in Circleville, Ohio, graduating from Circleville High School in 1941. He attended Hobart College, where he captained the lacrosse team, before enlisting in the US Army in 1943. He served with distinction in the 318th Regiment, 80th Infantry Division from August 1944 to November 1945. After landing at Normandy, he was in campaigns that included the Battle of Falaise-Argentan Gap, Battle of the Bulge, and the sweep through Germany-Bitburg, Mainz, Kassel, Nuremberg and Regensburg. He was awarded the Purple Heart and the Silver Star.

Upon his discharge, he returned to college, receiving a BA from Antioch College in 1948. In the same year, he married Marilyn May Alley, a fellow student, in Atlanta, Georgia, where they were interns with the National Labor Relations Board.

Following a year at the University of Zurich, he took a position with the Economic Recovery Program (Marshall Plan) in Berne, Switzerland. In 1953, he was assigned to the Economic Cooperation Administration office (ECA) in Vienna, Austria. In 1956, he moved to the ECA office in London, and in 1957 was transferred to the International Cooperation Administration (ICA) office in Tripoli, Libya, with a move a year later to Benghazi. In 1959, he returned to Washington, DC as Desk Officer in the Department of State for Yugoslavia, Spain and Poland. From 1961, he was a member of the Development Assistance Committee (OECD) in Paris. Between 1964 to 1967, he served as a USAID Program Officer in Ankara, Turkey. After a year as Fellow at the Center for International Relations, Harvard University, he was appointed Economic Counselor to the US Embassy in Saigon, followed by a move to the newly-founded USAID mission in Djakarta, Indonesia. Returning to Washington in 1970 in USAID”s Bureau for Program and Policy Coordination, he was promoted to Assistant Deputy Administrator of the agency. After a brief retirement, he was appointed by President Jimmy Carter as US Representative to the Development Assistant Committee (OECD) in Paris.

Following retirement in 1980, he undertook graduate studies in Greek and Latin, receiving a PhD in 1992 from Catholic University. The results of his epigraphical fieldwork covering Greek sites in Anatolia were published in two volumes by the Austrian Academy of Sciences. He collaborated with the print-maker John Ross on the prize-winning volume Birds of Manhattan. He also published a collection of ancient Greek maxims. Lloyd was an accomplished bridge player, and made his mark as skier, tennis player and golfer. An avid hiker, fisherman and birdwatcher, he and his wife Lyn frequently participated in Audubon Society counts of migratory birds. A soldier, scholar, dedicated civil servant, he was a gifted speaker and conversationalist.

The family and many friends that he and Lyn welcomed into their DC home in Adams Morgan will miss his energy, humor, and deep springs of wit and wisdom.

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