Martha Wedeman

Martha Hall Wedeman, wife of USAID alumnus Miles Wedeman, passed away on January 12, 2015 at the age of 90. Born in 1924 and raised in Pontiac, Michigan, Martha graduated from the Western College for Women (Oxford, Ohio) in 1946.

After briefly attending the University of Michigan as a graduate student, she moved to Washington, DC, where she was a government intern. She later joined the Washington Post as a reporter. In 1955, she married Miles George Wedeman. Martha later worked as a reporter for the Montgomery County Sentinel. In 1968, she moved to South Korea after her husband was appointed deputy director of the USAID mission. Thereafter, she accompanied Miles on assignments that took her to live in Thailand, Cambodia, Cote D’Ivoire, Syria, and India.

In 1985, she and Miles returned to the United States and took up residence in Arlington, Virginia. Martha then began a new career editing academic journals for Heldref Press. She remained with Heldref for twenty years during which time she won recognition for her editorial work, including an award for the Journal of College Health Throughout her life,

Martha travel extensively and managed to visit, among other places, China, Tibet, Central Asia, and Iran. She was an avid tennis player and opera aficionado. She was an active member of the community and volunteered at the Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington for many years.

Martha is survived by her daughter, Sara Wedeman; three sons, Andrew, Benjamin, and Nicolas, and seven grandchildren.

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