Peter Askin

Peter Askin of Haymarket, VA passed away on Monday, August 13, 2018.

Peter, a retired Senior Foreign Service officer, spent 31 years with the Agency for International Development in various senior overseas and Washington assignments, among which were USAID Mission Director in El Salvador and Guatemala and as head of the Agency’s Central American Office during the turbulent 1980s. He was the recipient of several prestigious presidential and agency awards for his work and achievements during that time.

Peter retired from the Foreign Service in 1992, and then spent several years as an international development consultant, and later developed and taught courses in international development for Tulane University. In addition to a lifelong interest in history and U.S. foreign policy, his hobbies included tennis, sailing and genealogy. He was an active member of Holy Trinity Parish in Gainesville, VA as well as a member of the Secular Franciscan Order, and a frequent volunteer at the House of Mercy in Manassas VA.

Peter, who cherished and never forgot his western roots, was born in South Dakota and obtained most of his higher education in Montana. He served in the US Army as an artillery officer during the Korean War. He and his family came to the Washington area from Idaho in 1959, and he joined President Kennedy’s New Frontier in 1961.

Funeral services will be held at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Gainesville, VA on Thursday August 23rd at 10:30 am followed by a Celebration of Life at the Regency Club.

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