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Eugene Harold Rauch

Eugene “Gene” Harold Rauch, 80, of 18 Kilmore Road, Drumnadrochit, Scotland (originally from Davenport, Iowa), peacefully left us, surrounded by his family at home, on July 18, 2022.

He was the beloved husband of Catherine and adored father to Sarah and Kevin. Funeral services were held on Friday, July 29, 2022 at the funeral home of William T. Fraser and Son, Culduthel Road, Inverness, Scotland.

After managing a Dude Ranch in Wyoming for several years, Gene joined the US Agency for International Development in 1979 serving as a program support officer in Washington, DC, the Ivory Coast (with support to Cape Verde), Sudan, Tunisia and Egypt. Gene retired from USAID in 1999 and moved with his family to Scotland where he has resided ever since. While in Scotland Gene worked with Scottish Enterprise, Scottish Further Education Unit and Clackmannanshire Council, volunteered for a non-profit Green Routes and enjoyed Scottish Country Dancing with his wife and friends.

Gene will be dearly missed not only by his family and extended family, but by the many friends he made while in USAID and his other work. You may sign the guestbook at this web link: Eugene Rauch Obituary (1941 – 2022) – Inverness, IA – Quad-City Times (

Published by The Washington Post on August 17, 2022.

Townsend Smith Swayze

Townsend Smith Swayze of Tunbridge, Vermont and White River Junction, Vermont died on August 4, 2022 at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in the company of his wife, Felicity Swayze, his son Peter Swayze, and his daughter India Swayze.

T, as he was known, was born in New York City on July 17, 1937.  In 1998, he retired from a decades’ long career at the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, known as the World Bank, in Washington, D.C.  He had previously worked at USAID.  He and Felicity then moved to Tunbridge, their second home.

T was a world famous rower who competed nationally and internationally into his 80’s.  He began his rowing life at Harvard College as captain of the undefeated 1959 heavyweight crew. He graduated cum laude in 1959.

He is also survived by granddaughter Savitri Mann, of Tacoma, Washington and grandson Ivan Mann, of Minneapolis, Minnesota.  A memorial service will be scheduled for the fall of 2022.

Margie C. Jaspersen

Margie C. Jaspersen of Bethesda, MD, died peacefully after a brief illness on June 3, 2022. She and her husband, Frederick Jaspersen, lived in Bethesda for many years after living abroad for his career as an economist.

A 1981 graduate of Georgetown University in linguistics, Margie worked for the U.S. Government in several different agencies. She retired early in the 1990s from USAID, where she specialized in Middle East reporting.

Early in her married life, Margie lived for several years in Latin America, supporting her husband during his State Department and subsequent World Bank postings. Upon returning to the States and after retiring from her professional life, Margie and Fred enjoyed extensive travel and an active social life.

Margie is survived by her sisters, Betsy in Maine and Melissa in South Carolina, as well as Fred’s daughter, Katharina, of Guatemala. Her sisters-in-law, Lucy and Barbara, live in California. Locally she is survived by Fred’s niece, Alida Anderson, and nephews, Frederick Anderson and Eric Anderson.

Margie will be interred in Maine with her husband later this summer. She was a beautiful soul, within and without.

A memorial service is planned for 11:30 a.m. on August 19 in the Auditorium at Brookside Gardens Visitor Center in Wheaton, MD.

Published by The Washington Post on Jul. 23, 2022.

David Shear

David Shear, of Alexandria, Virginia, died on July 5, 2022, at the age of 90.  Born in New York City, he grew up in northern New Jersey — still rural at that time — where he developed a deep love of the environment and became an avid fisherman and outdoorsman.

After working his way through NYU, David received a Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship to Harvard University, where he earned an MA in history.  His keen interest in Africa, particularly the history of colonialism there, led to his role as a researcher at Boston University’s African Studies program.

Recruited by the Kennedy administration, he joined the nascent U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in 1961. During a distinguished 23-year career, with postings to Nigeria, Tanzania, Côte d’Ivoire, and Senegal, he became known as an innovative leader in development planning and management.  He served as director for Africa programs and policy and established the first Regional Economic Development Services Office (REDSO). His leadership of drought relief in the eight African Sahelian states resulted in the creation of the Sahel Development Program, which included the Club Du Sahel, an international consortium of donor countries and development agencies.  For this effort, he and AID colleague Don Brown shared the prestigious Rockefeller Public Service Award.

David’s last State Department assignment was as USAID Mission Director in Dakar, Senegal, where he was promoted to career minister, then the highest grade in the U.S. Foreign Service.  The U.S. Ambassador to Senegal at the time, Charles W. Bray, described him as “the single most impressive career public servant I have met in 23 years in government … having a rare — almost unique — capacity to combine profound knowledge of his subject matter, and a rigorous and analytical intellect, with purposeful energy and a strong managerial hand.”

Following these years of public service, David joined the International Management and Development Group, where he served as president. He led a program to alleviate widespread unemployment among Senegal’s youth.  He also helped create the New Nigeria Foundation, which established community-based health clinics in over 80 villages, treating more than a million people.  The foundation continues to serve the Nigerian people today.

In 2008, David worked with the UN Foundation to help establish an overall management plan for the Friends of the Global Fund Africa to fight HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis throughout the continent.

As a visiting professor at the (then) Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, he taught graduate courses for eight years, emphasizing the practical, problem-solving applications of development economics.  Most of his students chose careers in public service and went on to leadership roles, a legacy which pleased him immensely.

In 2005, David’s love of nature and commitment to sustainable international development converged when he joined the Jane Goodall Institute in the U.S., first as a board member and then as its chair, positions he held for 15 years.  In 2012, learning of a planned highway that would have bisected the Serengeti and disrupted the annual animal migration in that rare and essential ecosystem, he worked closely with Goodall to mobilize international support that saved the Serengeti by proposing an acceptable alternate route.

David was an avid (maybe even slightly obsessive) fisherman, casting his line in waters on every continent but Antarctica.  His house and garden in the mid- century modern community of Hollin Hills provided him, his wife, Barbara, and their family with a strong sense of community.  He was a founding member of the Friends of Hollin Hills and toward the end of his life, he devoted himself increasingly to the community in which he and Barbara had lived, off and on, since 1968, with many dogs, cats, and visiting grandchildren.

David is survived by his wife of 67 years, Barbara (whom he met in first grade); his two daughters, Elizabeth (John Bredin) and Jessica; grandchildren Phoebe, Stephen, and David Bredin; brother Morris and sister-in-law Lucille; as well as cousins, nieces, and nephews.  David’s life will be celebrated at 3:30pm, October 30, at the Hollin Hall of Mt. Vernon Unitarian Church.

John Roy Oleson

John R. Oleson, a retired US Foreign Service Officer and Development Advisor, died on July 6, 2022 in Towson, MD, of complications related to dementia. He was 91.

He was born on October 12, 1930 in Waukesha, WI, to Emil Oleson, a dairyman, and Arline Oleson (née Wittig), and was raised with a sister, Monica Steger. His family then moved to New Jersey where he attended the public schools of Elizabeth and Cranford. He went on to attend Harvard College where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and graduated with high honors in Economics in 1952. After attending the University of Copenhagen for a year under a Fulbright fellowship, he entered Harvard Law School where he was elected to the Board of Student Advisors and graduated with honors in 1956. He was then admitted to the Illinois bar and became an associate of a major Chicago law firm.

While at law school, he met Mary Elizabeth Russell of Saco, ME, then attending Wellesley College, and they married in 1957.

In 1958, he joined the career foreign service of the Department of State. He had assignments in the Bureau of Economic Affairs in Washington, DC, and in its overseas missions in Bilbao and Mexico City. In 1965, he transferred to the Agency for International Development. He initially was an Attorney Advisor to the Bureau of Latin American and Caribbean Affairs and then became the regional legal advisor to the USAID Missions in Colombia and Ecuador while stationed in Bogota. He later became the Assistant Director for Operations in the USAID Mission to Colombia until his return to Washington in 1970 to attend the Department of State’s Senior Seminar in Foreign Policy. Upon graduating the following year, he undertook a series of overseas assignments as Director of the USAID Missions to Paraguay (1971 – 1973), Bolivia (1973 – 1976), and Honduras (1979 – 1981) and as Deputy Director of the USAID Mission to Egypt (1976 – 1979). His time in Egypt spanned the several years leading to and just after the Camp David Accords during which time the US assistance program to Egypt was increased enormously.

John and Mary returned to the DC area early in 1982, residing in Chevy Chase, MD. After serving as Director of the Office of Central American Affairs and of the Office of Andean Affairs in USAID’s Bureau of Latin American and Caribbean Affairs, he became that Bureau’s Deputy Assistant Administrator for Program.

He retired from the Senior Foreign Service in 1985 with the rank of Minister Counselor. Remaining in the DC area, he undertook an active career of consulting on various aspects of development work. He was particularly active in efforts in Latin America involving reforms to the justice sector. He retired from consulting work in 2000 whereupon he and his wife moved to Baltimore.

John and Mary loved to visit museums and attend theater, concerts, and opera in Baltimore, Washington DC, and New York City; they maintained their life-long love of travel both throughout the US and abroad; and, they delighted in attending and following the activities of their three beloved grandsons.

John has been predeceased by his parents and his sister, Monica Steger Rusk, as well as her husband, Daniel Rusk. He is survived by his wife of sixty-four years; his daughter, Lisa Meagher, and her husband, Brendan; his sons, Neil and Eric Oleson; and his grandsons, Declan and Finnian Meagher and Jasper Davenport.

In keeping with his wishes, a memorial service will not be held. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation either to Harvard University or the educational institution of your choice or to one of his favored charities: AMFAR, AFSC, the ACLU, the Center for Constitutional Rights and the United Way.

(Published by The Washington Post on July 17, 2022.)

Douglas Sheldon

Douglas Sheldon, who served for 29 years as a USAID direct-hire employee and 11 more years as a PSC, died on May 18, 2022 from prostate cancer.

Mr. Sheldon was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Colombia, 1973-1975, and joined USAID as a Controller in 1975.  His postings until retirement in 2004 included U.S. Representative to the World Food Program (Rome, 1996-1999) and USAID Mission Director in Ethiopia (1999-2003).  After retirement from direct-hire status, his PSC assignments included work with the USAID missions in Nicaragua, Burundi, and Haiti.

A loving father, wonderful friend, and dear husband, he was asked in his final moments what his favorite memory was, and he responded, “Being granted the privilege to help so many people overseas with our food aid programs was one of my favorite and, surely, fondest memories.”

Richard N. Blue

Richard N. Blue, who had an illustrious and wide-ranging international career in the Senior Foreign Service and numerous other roles in international development, died at 86 on June 22, 2022, at home in Vero Beach Florida with his wife, Susan Holloran, his son Daniel, and grandsons Finn and Enzo Blue by his side.

Blue had his first international career exposure in Germany with the Army Signal Corps during the Korean conflict. His international interests continued over a lifetime, in academia and in the U.S. Agency for International Development and beyond. He lived in India and Thailand, worked throughout South and Southeast Asia, and later in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, representing the best of U.S. assistance efforts, creating positive relationships wherever he went. His home base was Washington, DC and the Blue Ridge in Loudoun County Virginia.

Richard Blue earned his PhD at Claremont Graduate University and began his career as a Professor of Political Science, South Asian Studies at the University of Minnesota.  He was, above all, a teacher, an exceptional mentor, colleague, friend and inspiration to many whose lives he touched, professionally and personally.

A natural, charismatic leader, voracious reader, lover of classical music and student of history, he was always curious and interested in people and their personal histories and connected easily with everyone with engaging conversation.  His genuineness, kindness, open heartedness and respect for others amplified a formidable intellect and shone through all his personal relationships.

In 1975, Blue was recruited to lead a faculty supporting USAID officers’ professional development.  Subsequently, he led an Agency-wide impact evaluation initiative, the Impact Evaluation Series, worked on Capitol Hill drafting content and strategy for revision of the Foreign Assistance Act, directed the Office of Egypt Affairs and served in other leadership roles.

After his retirement from USAID he joined The Asia Foundation where he served as Representative for Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. In recognition of his work in Thailand he was appointed by the King of Thailand as an “Officer of the Noble Order of the Crown of Thailand,” a highly unusual honor. He returned to Washington and helped grow a global management consulting firm, and worked with others in the field, traveling extensively in Eastern and Central Europe. His stories are legend.

In 2013, Richard shifted his focus to preserving the legacy of his brother, James Blue, another story-teller and an innovative, award winning film maker who died at age 49, leaving an impressive body of work now archived at the University of Oregon. Richard created, with his son Daniel, The James Blue Alliance, to preserve, restore and promulgate his brother’s films including The March, The Olive Trees of Justice (re mastered and released in 2022), and Who Killed Fourth Ward?  At the time of his death, Richard was working to develop and fund a teaching syllabus for his brother’s films, including many made for the USIA in the 1960s and 70s, to be part of the curriculum at various grade levels in schools throughout the country and the world.  A memorial fund to honor Richard will be set up to promote this work.

Richard Blue was the son of Harry and Pauline Blue of Portland Oregon.  He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Susan Holloran, daughter Michelle Blue Benedict, son Daniel (Jodi) Blue, and his grandchildren Sarah Benedict, Todd Benedict, Finnigan Hawley-Blue, Rio Blue, and Enzo Blue.  A gathering in memory of Richard will be held in the afternoon of September 24, 2022 at Susan and Richard’s home in Bluemont, Virginia.  If you would like to attend please contact Susan Holloran at

Jack Heller

Jack Heller of Washington, D.C. died on Saturday, July 2, 2022, at the age of 90. He was the beloved husband of the late Naomi Birnbaum Heller, devoted father of Michael (Deborah Cahn), Dan (Eli Penberthy) and Rafael (Michal Avni) Heller, and loving grandfather of Ellie and Jonah Heller, Joelle Dong-Heller and Hannah Heller and Eitan and Gilad Avni-Heller. Graveside funeral services will be held on Sunday, July 10, 2022, 10 a.m., at Judean Memorial Gardens, Olney, MD. Arrangements have been entrusted to Torchinsky Hebrew Funeral Home, 202-541-1001.

Jack Heller served at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) from 1962 to 1972 in various positions, including Director of Programs and Policies for Latin America, Legal Advisor and Director of Operations, USAID/Brazil, and Senior Tax and Fiscal Advisor for Latin America.

Before joining USAID he was a teaching fellow and research associate (1958-1961) at the Harvard Law School’s International Program in Taxation. His other academic experience includes Lecturer and Co-Director, Special programs in International Transactions for Latin American Public Sector Attorneys (1976-1984) and International Transactions for the Peoples Republic of China (1982-1987).

Mr. Heller practiced law in Washington, DC from 1974 specializing in international matters until his retirement. He was General Counsel and a member of the Board of Directors of the Pan American Development Foundation (1981-1998) and served as the Foundation’s President 1998-2000.

He was a founder in 1993 of the Fund For Democracy and Development (FDD), a US Foundation that provided emergency commodity (food and heating oil) assistance and technical assistance to Russia, Armenia, and other former Soviet Republics. In 1995 he co-founded and was President until 2000 of the FDD’s New Russia Small Business Investment Fund, a Moscow-based not-for-profit corporation, which provided training to Russian bankers and extended supervised financing to Russian banks for small business lending. Mr. Heller co-founded the Ukraine-United States Business Council in 1995 and served as its General Counsel for many years.

Mr. Heller received his BA from the University of Chicago and an LL.B from Columbia University Law School.

Joanne Marie McPherson

Joanne Marie McPherson (age 75) died on June 23, 2022, at her home in McLean, Virginia surrounded by family. She is survived by her husband, Peter McPherson; children, Susan McPherson Shea (Jack), Marc Bielawski, Bruce McPherson (Hanh), Michael Kircher (Donna); and seven grandchildren.

The daughter of Patrick and Catherine Paddock, she was born October 22, 1946, in Washington, DC. Joanne attended the University of Maryland at College Park.

Joanne accomplished many things in her lifetime. Peter served as MSU’s president from 1993 to 2005, and Joanne served as First Lady of Michigan State University. During that time, she founded Safe Place, the first shelter at any university to house and protect victims of domestic violence and stalking, and their families. Joanne was awarded the Honorary Alumni Award from the MSU Alumni Association. She also was known for revitalizing Homecoming at the university, helping to transform many traditional celebratory events to focus on student academic and public service achievement. While at MSU, she was known for opening the President’s residence, Cowles House, to numerous fund-raising, alumni, and faculty and student events. Joanne was also appointed by Gov. John Engler to the Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission.

Visitation will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 30, 2022, at Roth-Gerst Funeral Chapel, 305 Hudson, Lowell, Michigan 49331. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 1, 2022, at Vergennes United Methodist Church, 10411 Bailey Dr. NE, Lowell, Michigan 49331. Interment Bailey Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to MSU Safe Place, 155 Service Road, Room 113A, East Lansing, MI 48824.

(Published by The Washington Post on Jun. 26, 2022.)


Nimi Wijesooriya

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Nimalka (Nimi) Wijesooriya, a retired Senior Foreign Service Officer, on May 18, 2022, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Nimi was 71.

Nimi worked for USAID for 20 years as a Foreign Service and Senior Foreign Service Officer and was renowned for his dedication to and empathy for USAID colleagues and host country counterparts wherever he was assigned. Born and raised in Sri Lanka, Nimi emigrated to the United States in 1969.

His overseas assignments included the Philippines, Jordan, Egypt, West Bank and Gaza, and Kenya. Nimi worked diligently throughout his career to support transformational change within USAID as a leader on information technology and financial reporting and accounting reforms within the Controller backstop. Nimi was a beloved mentor and colleague who went way beyond the confines of his backstop to improve the broader working environment, program effectiveness, and development impacts in each Mission he served. In the later stages of his career, Nimi was often sought out to provide hands-on support to USAID Missions to help improve overall effectiveness and institutional capacity through Mission Management Assessments.

Nimi was also a beloved and important part of the community in each post where he and his wife, Suchinta, served. Through community theater, tennis, or in pursuit of their diverse interests at each Post, Nimi and Suchinta created and fostered a network of loyal friends that Nimi maintained throughout his life. Nimi leaves behind a legacy of excellence in his work and a legion of devoted friends and colleagues who will dearly miss him.

After Nimi retired, he became an avid golfer, playing daily. He became well known and respected at his nearby course in Santa Fe. Nimi marshaled at the golf course and was adopted by the players and management. During a recent outing a month before his passing, the course refused to allow him to pay for the round, saying, “Nimi is a local legend here. He does not have to pay to play here ever.” In speaking with colleagues and friends, the most frequent thing you hear is “Nimi is the kindest person I have ever met.” Those that had the pleasure to know him would enthusiastically agree with that statement.

Nimi was humble, intrepid, good humored, and dedicated to the core values of the Agency. Known for his signature ponytail and unique and eclectic sense of style Nimi enhanced the lives of literally everyone he met, everywhere he went.

Celebration of Life Virtual Gatherings on June 18

The Wijesooriya Family invites you to celebrate the life and times of Nimi on Saturday, June 18, 2022, at either at 10 a.m. or 9 p.m. Santa Fe (Mountain) Time. Both gatherings will be recorded. Friends and colleagues can join either of the events via Google Meet or dial in by phone at +1 956-410-3009, PIN: 812808753.

Family and friends will come together to share stories, tell tales, to laugh and share tears over a man whose life has had a lasting impact. The family invites anyone to share stories after the planned program has ended. If you would like to share stories, messages, and media about Nimi — mainly for his granddaughter — please send them to with “Stories about Nimi” in the subject.


Thomas Marr

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of our colleague, Thomas Marr of Lake Ridge, Virginia on April 26, 2022. Tom was a Foreign Service Officer from 1979 to 1999, during which time he served as an auditor and a project development officer with postings in Kenya, Senegal, Egypt, and USAID/Washington. After 1999, he continued working for USAID as a contractor, serving both as a program officer and as a Chief of Party. Tom’s last engagement with USAID began in 2010 as an Assignment and Career Counselor for Program and Project Development Officers (BS-02/94), in the Bureau for Human Capital and Talent Management. He served concurrently as the Foreign Language training advisor for the Development Leadership Initiative and the Career Candidate Corps.

Tom was a devout Catholic with a special devotion to the blessed mother. He loved his work and his family. He enjoyed traveling, history, flying planes, reading, the great outdoors (especially hiking), sports (especially football), computers, cooking, craft beer, international cuisine, and pie.

Mr. Marr leaves behind his wife Jean of 41 years, 3 children Andy, Alan, and Aaron, 6 grandchildren and 1 sister. Those wishing to express condolences can reach the family at: 14617 Endsley Turn, Woodbridge, Virginia 22193.

Mr. Marr’s family asks that those wanting to honor his memory make a donation to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Lakeridge.

Arrangements for Mr. Marr’s funeral and related events are as follows:

Visitation and Viewing:
Thursday, May 5, 2022 5:00 p.m.
Mountcast Turch Life Celebration Home
4143 Dale Blvd. Dale City, VA 22193

Funeral Mass:
Friday, May 6. 2022. 11:00 a.m.
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church
12807 Valleywood Dr. Lake Ridge, VA 22192


“Skip” Earell Edwin Kissinger, III

“Skip” Earell Edwin Kissinger, III died at his Santa Fe, New Mexico home of a rare vascular sarcoma (EHE) with his family around him on Wednesday, March 30th, 2022.  Skip was a devoted father, husband, son, US diplomat, and peacemaker. As a Foreign Service Officer with USAID, Skip lived and worked in 33 countries doing economic development and legal, political, and institutional reform, including economic and political integration. He managed almost $5 billion globally in US Assistance and established the Asia Regional Development Mission (RDMA) for USAID in Bangkok.
He was born October 1, 1951 to Frances and Earell Edwin Kissinger, Jr. in Canon City, Colorado. Many of the best times of Skip’s childhood were the times he spent with his aunt and uncles on his grandparent’s ranch in Gunnison, CO. His experiences working on the ranch set his lifetime values. Skip was a survivor: At 3 years old he contracted polio and spent much of his childhood having reconstructive surgery and physical therapy. At 6 he survived being bucked off a horse and landing on his head on a railroad bed, while riding double with his uncle.
Skip studied at the University of Chicago, The Hague Academy of International Law, French language at the EuroCentre in Lausanne, Switzerland and in 1979 received a M.I.M -joint MA/MBA in International Management, Politics and Law from the University of Denver.
He later joined the Peace Corps from 1979-82. After self-evacuating from Garissa, Kenya, during his tour in Turkana, Skip met his first wife Bridget Kissinger who was working for the Turkana Rehabilitation Project.
Skip then worked for CARE in Port-au-Prince, Haiti when he and Bridget had their first child, Chloe. In 1987, he joined USAID as a private enterprise officer. He managed the establishment of the first private mortgage bank. He was instrumental in beginning exporting mangoes from Haiti to the US. Mangoes are now one of Haiti’s most important exports. In 1990, Skip’s next post was Jamaica, when their second child Travis was born. In 1994 in Bulgaria, Skip did economic restructuring and coordinated a multi-million dollar Bankruptcy program. In 1996-98 in Eastern Slavonia and Croatia Skip directed the USAID Office in UN Sector East and the General Development Office in Zagreb. His first marriage ended in divorce.
In 2004-08 in Bangkok, he served as Acting Mission Director and Director of the General Development Office and also established relations with the ASEAN Secretariat, Thailand, China, Tibet, Vietnam, Laos and Burma.
Skip’s daughter and mother encouraged him to visit a church: (“You might meet someone”). The next Sunday, he crossed the street and met Ann at the door of Concord St. Andrews in Bethesda, MD. Skip and Ann Kissinger were married shortly thereafter in 2012. Skip became Chair of the Church Council.
In 2013, in Abuja, Nigeria, Skip worked in Economic Growth & Environment and Ann was ordained as a United Methodist Minister and became the Associate Minister. Skip and Ann returned to Bethesda, MD. Skip served as Senior Advisor, managing the new USAID Trade Capacity Building Policy. He retired in Santa Fe, NM where he and Ann enjoyed attending and volunteering with the Santa Fe Opera and watching the sunrises and sunsets from their portals.
We remember Skip for his great kindness, generosity, and enthusiasm. He was a forgiving man and peacemaker. He was proud of his children. Ann says “He taught me something new everyday.”
Skip is survived by his mother, Frances Kissinger, Rio Rancho, NM; his wife Ann Kissinger, Santa Fe, NM; his daughter Chloe Thornhill and her husband John Thornhill of Silver Spring, MD; his son Travis Kissinger of Washington DC; his sister Kristy Totten and her husband Dr. John Totten, of Juneau, AK; and brother Brad Kissinger and his wife Jill Kissinger of Rio Rancho, NM.
A Mass of Resurection, Interment and Reception will be held Saturday, April 23rd at 11 am at The Church of the Holy Faith, 311 East Palace Ave., Santa Fe. The service will be livestreamed and also available for later viewing at Holy Faith’s YouTube channel.


John Alden Bushnell

Born July 26, 1933 in the small town of Glen Cove, New York to Richard and Emma Bushnell and sister Barbara, who all preceded him in death. He passed away with his eldest son by his side, on March 19, 2022, in his home in Leesburg, VA.

John was one of those rare men who knew how to get things done. As a young man he won scholarships and joined the U.S. Airforce to pay his way through Yale University, and the University of Melbourne. After getting his graduate degree at the University of Melbourne, he traveled most of the world before being stationed in Abilene, TX as a U.S. Air Force officer and then a professor of Economics at McMurry Texas College. Given his love for travel and ingenuity for getting things done, it was only natural for him to become a Foreign Service Officer in 1959.

From 1959 to 1992 John served in Treasury, AID, and the NSC staff as well as in State and Embassies in Latin America. He was often a leader during high-pressure situations like the 1965 Dominican Republic revolt, the Arab oil embargo, Congressional passage and implementation of the Panama Canal Treaties, the mass American suicide in Jonestown, developing and defending Reagan’s plan to defeat communist supported Salvadoran guerrillas, restoring, and sustaining democracy in Argentina, arresting General Noriega, and restoring democratic governance in Panama. After retiring from the State Department, he served as the special assistant to the District Attorney of the county of New York where he continued to use his skills to help prosecute international criminals until 2008.

Prior to receiving his first assignment as a FSO John met his wife Ann, who traveled at his side across the world and bore him three boys, John, Mark, and Timothy. After retiring John’s focus became his family, travel, and visiting all 400+ National Parks. He loved to share his love for travel with his eight grandchildren by taking them on international trips and to visit multiple National Parks.

John was proud to be the 12th generation of Bushnell’s and often referred to his grandchildren as the 14th generation, and his 12 great-grandchildren as the 15th generation. He leaves behind a legacy for all generations of Bushnell’s to look up to and emulate.

John was loved by all who met him but most of all by his large and growing family: his wife Ann; sons and daughters-in-law, John and Beth, Mark, and Timothy and Eileen, his eight grandchildren and their spouses, Kelleigh and Brian Macevicious, Tim and Leah Bushnell, Jake and Jenna Bushnell, Emma and Lloyd Marshall, Olivia and Adam White, Micaiah Bushnell, Levi Bushnell, and Lindy Bushnell, and the ever growing 15th generation of Bushnell’s where his legacy will live on for generations to come.

Funeral services will be held March 31, 2022 at St Theresa’s in Ashburn, VA, at 11:30 a.m. There will be open casket viewing before the service starting at 11 a.m. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. at Quantico Marine National Cemetery following the Mass


Phyllis Oakley

Phyllis Oakley,  Assistant Secretary of State (ret), died on Saturday, January 21,2022 at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, DC. She was 87 years old. The cause of death was cardiac arrest. Phyllis Elsa Elliott was born on November 23, 1934, in Omaha, NE. Her husband, Ambassador Robert B. Oakley, died in 2014. She is survived by her son Thomas Elliott Oakley, daughter Mary Oakley Kress and son-in-law, Joseph Kress, and five grandchildren, LT Robert Kress, USN, Andrew Kress, and Peter Kress, Graham Oakley, and Josephine Oakley. Phyllis was always interested in public affairs; she received material from the State Department about job opportunities when she was 12. During World War II, she followed the battles closely, enthralled with history and geography. She majored in political science and graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1956 from Northwestern University. She received her master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in 1957 and then joined the foreign service. She was completing her French language training and waiting for her first overseas assignment when she met Robert Oakley, another young officer in training. They were married in Cairo, Egypt, in June 1958. But when she married in 1958, State Department custom dictated that she quit because of an unwritten rule that forbade female foreign service officers from marrying. Their first post was Khartoum, Sudan, followed by three years in Washington DC, then on to Abidjan, the Ivory Coast. When her husband went to Vietnam from 1965 to 1967, she stayed behind and taught American history at Centenary College in Shreveport, La. After her husband’s return from Vietnam they were stationed in Paris, France, USUN in New York, Paris and Beirut. In 1974 they returned to Washington. In the late 1960s and early ’70s, as women started breaking down barriers in other professions, the handful of female officers in the foreign service challenged this and other antiquated notions that discriminated against them. The department gave way on the unofficial marriage ban in 1971, allowing women to marry and offering to reinstate those who had been forced out earlier. By the time of her return in 1974 she was one of the few left that wanted to return. She had spent the intervening years as the wife of a foreign service officer, Robert B. Oakley, carrying out the myriad social, diplomatic and managerial duties that the department expected of wives under its “two for the price of one” motto. She also raised their two children. Once she was reinstated, she and her husband became one of the foreign service’s earliest so-called tandem couples, camping and decamping all over the world – sometimes with each other, sometimes without. In the late 1980s, as the Cold War waned, Ms. Oakley, served as the first female deputy spokesman for the State Department under President Ronald Reagan. Ms. Oakley became a widely recognizable figure delivering televised State Department news briefings in the late 1980s. She held the job from 1986 until 1989, when her husband was appointed ambassador to Pakistan. They did not want to be separated again, so she took a job in Islamabad at the United States Agency for International Development. She later served as U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration (1994-97) and Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and Research (1997-99), under President Bill Clinton. Her specialties included Arab-Israeli relations and the Panama Canal Treaty. After her federal retirement, Mrs. Oakley was an adjunct professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and a visiting professor at Mount Holyoke College and Northwestern, chair of the Friends of UNFPA (then Americans for UNFPA) Board of Directors between 2003 and 2007. She also served on the boards of the American Academy of Diplomacy, Georgetown University Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, and the Board of Visitors of CIA University. A memorial service will be held at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 3001 Wisconsin Avenue, NW Washington DC at 11:30 a.m. Saturday April 2, 2022 followed by a reception at the St. Albans School Refectory. The service will be live-streamed and the link is: Gifts in Phyllis Oakley’s honor may be made to ANERA (American Near East Aid), 1111 14th Street, NW #400 Washington DC 20005 or via their donor link:


Martin Forrester

Martin C. Forrester was born in New York, New York on February 24, 1934. He was a graduate of Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and worked as a Legislation Analyst, for the International Ladies Garment Workers Union (ILGWU); Labor Education Advisor for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Quito, Ecuador; a diplomat with the State Department stationed in Lima, Peru, Caracas, Venezuela, Paris, France, and as Consul General in Gothenburg, Sweden. He was also State Department Fellow for Mayor Marion Barry. Upon his retirement from the State Department, he was Director, International Affairs for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). Martin passed away on March 6, 2022, after a lengthy battle with renal failure and cancer. A private celebration of life will be held for family and friends at a later date. Martin is survived by his wife, Jane Forrester, children: Alfonso Forrester, Byron Forrester, Roxanne Coaxum, Craig Forrester (deceased) and Karl Forrester; stepchildren: Channing Phillips, Sheilah Peterson, Tracy Whiteman, Jill Nesbitt and John Phillips, grandchildren, great grandchildren, in-laws and several relatives.


Frank Leo Gillespie

Frank Gillespie passed away peacefully on January 29, 2022, surrounded by family in Los Angeles, California. Francis Leo Gillespie was born on May 19, 1935, in Cleveland, the son of Francis and Nora Gillespie. Frank was a 1953 graduate of Shaw High School in East Cleveland. In 1957, he received his Bachelor of Arts at Ohio University, where he was a member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity and served as its President. 

After graduation, he worked as a teacher in the Cleveland area, then joined the Peace Corps as a member of their 2nd cohort in 1962. The Peace Corps took him to Thailand, where he met and fell in love with Urai Santitrakul, a fellow social studies teacher. Frank and Urai married in 1965 and began their 56 years together with an around-the-world honeymoon that included stops at the Taj Mahal, Rome, and Donegal, Ireland, to visit the extended Gillespieclan. 

In 1964, Frank left the Peace Corps to work for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Vietnam, where he was stationed in Binh Long province along the Cambodian border north of Saigon. Frank’s career of public service in the field of international development took his family to Laos, where they narrowly escaped an attack by the Pathet Lao at their home in Kengkok. Frank’s further postings took the family to Thailand, Indonesia, and Egypt, and he took assignments on his own in Vietnam, Bosnia, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Among his proudest accomplishments were the community projects he spearheaded such as the playground built in war-torn Sarajevo and the lifelong friendships he created with the people he met in the countries where he worked.

Frank’s Cleveland roots brought him joy throughout his lifetime, and he took great pleasure in belting out the glee club songbooks of his younger days as he kept himself busy with the upkeep of the home he and Urai built in Arlington, Virginia. His family and friends will miss his sense of humor and wise counsel. Frank is survived by his brothers and sisters, Kathleen (Colacarro), Gerald, Nonie (Oriti), and James. He leaves behind his wife, Urai, and three children: Lisa (Dan Hodgdon), Russell (Ruth), and Roslyn (Ed Easton). He was also a proud grandfather to Alexander, Aydin, Maya, and Summer. Please visit the family’s website to share memories []. A memorial will be held in Arlington, Virginia at a later date. In lieu of flowers please send a donation to the Mechai Viravaidya Foundation [].


John W. Tucker

John was born March 29, 1945 to the late Jesse and Billie Jean Tucker, in Akron Ohio, and was the oldest of three children. He grew up in Firestone Park, attending Firestone Park Elementary School, then Roswell Kent Middle School, and finally Garfield High, from where he graduated in 1963. He graduated from Case University in 1967, two weeks before Case merged with Western Reserve university becoming the college now known as Case Western Reserve University.

John was born March 29, 1945 to the late Jesse and Billie Jean Tucker, in Akron Ohio, and was the oldest of three children. He grew up in Firestone Park, attending Firestone Park Elementary School, then Roswell Kent Middle School, and finally Garfield High, from where he graduated in 1963. He graduated from Case University in 1967, two weeks before Case merged with Western Reserve university becoming the college now known as Case Western Reserve University.

In his youth he was in the Boy Scouts, ultimately becoming an eagle scout, and was privileged to attend the Boy Scout World Jamboree which was hosted by and in the Philippines at Mount Makiling, Los Baños, Laguna in 1959. There were several options that were available to the scouts who attended the Jamboree, one of which was a trip around the world. John was given the opportunity to take advantage of this. He credited this experience with seeding his lifelong love of travel, and quite possibly his ultimate international career path.

After graduating from college, he joined the Peace Corps as a volunteer and was stationed in Thailand from 1967 – 1970 as part of a Malaria Eradication group. He kept in touch with many of his friends and colleagues in the Peace Corps for the rest of his life.

While he was in the Peace Corps, he was recruited by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), where he ultimately found his life’s work until he retired in 2000 after a combined total of 32 years between the Peace Corps and USAID. After his time with the Peace Corps, John spent most of his time in Laos and Thailand as a Refugee Relief and Resettlement officer, working with and helping process Lao refugees for placement all over the world. John once estimated that he probably personally interviewed close to 100,000 people for placement or relocation from refugee camps up until approximately 1980, and advocated for increased quotas to get more people safely out of what was at that time a war zone. As John spoke both Thai and Lao languages fluently, he actually kept in touch with many of the refugees he helped process for much of the remainder of his life, many of whom credit him for not just their survival, but for there being an American Lao Community at all. Out of the 12 years that John spent in Southeast Asia, he spent his first 3 years in Thailand as a Peace Corps Volunteer and his last five years seconded to the State Department. In between, he spent time in the Philippines and Guam and 3 ½ years in Laos.  In May 1975, John was one of 15 USAID employees placed under house arrest in Laos for nine days by student demonstrators.

Towards the late 1980s John spent 3 years in the Sinai Region doing among other things work for Voice of America, before moving on to Pakistan and Afghanistan, where he served from 1989 to 1994. He ultimately returned to the US full time in 1995, and served USAID stateside until his retirement in 2000. He returned to his family home in Akron, Ohio in 2006 and lived there the rest of his life. He was predeceased by his parents Jesse and Billie Jean in 1981 and 1990 respectively, his brother Jeff (1951-2015) and his sister Kim (1959-1982). His main legacy is in the memory of those who he helped and dedicated his life to serving, and the many friends he made, and friendships maintained until the last years of his life. John’s giant generous heart left an indelible mark on every person whose life he touched. He will be greatly missed.

John once said, “I have no regrets about not becoming a doctor, my first career choice. I’ve been involved in some of the most exciting problems in a very important part of the world.” Yes, John dedicated his life to helping solve “some of the most exciting problems” in several parts of the world and the world is better because of him. May he rest in eternal peace.  


Peter Bennett Davis

Peter Davis passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 1, 2022, in his home, surrounded by the family he so deeply cherished. He was born December 2, 1942, in Yonkers, NY, and later moved to Cincinnati, Ohio. He was the son of the late James Aloysius and Lorraine (Bennett).

Peter is survived by his brother Richard Davis (Marti); and sister Susan Pearson (Timothy), his beloved wife Judy (Buerman) Davis and their children Matthew Davis (Justine), Katherine Boone (Charles), Elizabeth Poplin (Butch) and Emily Riedel (David) and their eight grandchildren: Maddy, Nick, Ryan, Erin, Hannah, Bennett, Lucas and Adele.

Peter graduated with honors from Miami University with advanced degrees in Political Science and an abiding aspiration to make the world a better place with social, economic and education programs and development aid.

Peter’s government employment was mainly involving work in USAID Latin America. He then went to the private sector as President of Development Associates Inc. for nearly 40 years.

His other passions ran the gamut – from coaching countless basketball and baseball teams and mentoring young professionals to planning fabulous vacations with his wife, Judy. He was an avid golfer. He loved playing, watching and discussing golf.

A good, kind man, a mensch – a man who treated each person as an individual and with dignity. He was an accomplished traveler who visited more than 100 countries in his long career in international development.

Peter’s most ardent passion above all things was his family. With his adored wife of 56 years, Judy, he most cherished the roles of both parent and grandparent. Peter was an intensely caring parent, who took extreme pride in his four children and eight grandchildren and took even greater effort to be an example of a life well lived, a life filled with purpose and meaning. He also proudly served as a board member for numerous organizations, including St. Coletta’s and Miami University College of Arts & Sciences, and Catholic Charities, which he later served as president for 12 years.

A fierce proponent for social equality and active in the international development community for many decades, Peter’s legacy lives on in the enduring social programs he helped develop and implement around the world as much as the shining example of his character he passed on to our extended family.

He also proudly served as a board of director for numerous organizations, including St. Coletta’s and Miami University College of Arts & Sciences, and Catholic Charities, which he later served as president.

Peter is survived by his wife Judy Buerman Davis and their children Matthew Davis (Justine), Katherine Boone (Charles), Elizabeth Poplin (Butch) and Emily Riedel (David) and their eight grandchildren: Maddy, Nick, Ryan, Erin, Hannah, Bennett, Lucas and Adele.

Peter’s family will host a memorial service on Monday, March 7th at 10:30 AM at St. Leo the Great Catholic Church, 3700 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA 22030. Immediately following will be a reception at nearby Historic Blenheim, 3610 Old Lee Hwy Fairfax, VA 22030.  Donations in lieu of flowers may be made in Peter’s name to Catholic Charities, Diocese of Arlington.  A memorial and a condolence book can be accessed at


James Rowland Lowe, Jr.

James Rowland Lowe, Jr. died peacefully in Washington, DC on February 18, 2022. Mr. Lowe was born in Grand Rapids, MI the son of the late Elizabeth Ives Lowe of Washington, DC and the late James Rowland Lowe of San Francisco, CA. Mr. Lowe attended St. Albans School and graduated from St. Mark’s School in Southborough, MA in 1955 and from Yale College in 1959 and Yale Law School in 1964. He was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from Virginia Theological Seminary in 2005. Mr. Lowe began his career with Reilly and Wells, a labor relations firm in Washington. Subsequently, he worked for the private enterprise programs of the Agency for International Development (AID) and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the successor to AID in the private enterprise area. After government he opened the Washington Office of Arctic Gas, a US – Canadian consortium which proposed to build a natural gas pipeline from Prudhoe Bay and the Mackenzie delta in Canada to markets in southern Canada and the lower 48 states. In the end, the pipeline was never built and the gas is still being re-injected 30 years later. He also worked for Union Pacific and owned a travel agency. Mr. Lowe was a lifelong member of St. John’s Episcopal Church – Lafayette Square where he served on the vestry. He served on the boards of the Potomac School, St. Mark’s School, the College of Preachers and the Washington Theological Consortium. He was also a member of the Chapter of the Washington National Cathedral. Mr. Lowe was a Knight of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem. He was president of the Board of the House of Mercy and was member of the Founding Governance Board of the Bishop John T. Walker School for Boys, an Episcopal school for boys in Anacostia. Mr. Lowe was long active in Republican politics in Washington. He was a member of the District of Columbia Republican Committee and served a term as a member of the Republican National Committee. He was an alternate delegate to the Republican convention in 1996 and was a delegate to the conventions in 2000 and 2004. Mr. Lowe was a member of the Metropolitan Club, the Chevy Chase Club and formerly of the Bohemian Club in San Francisco. Mr. Lowe was married to the late Elizabeth Murphy Lowe and is survived by four children, James III (Kelly) of Estero, FL and Garrett (Stephanie), Elizabeth and Amanda of Washington, four grandchildren, (Kemper, Nora, Emelia and James IV) and step-grandson, (George). Funeral services will be held at St. John’s Church – Lafayette Square on Tuesday, March 1, 2022 at 3 p.m. The service will be accessible by livestream at, and in the event that events in Washington, DC make it necessary to reschedule, up-to-date information can be viewed on the day of the service at the same link. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in the name of James R. Lowe, Jr. to the Bishop Walker School, 1801 Mississippi Ave. SE, Washington, DC or

Published by The Washington Post from Feb. 19 to Feb. 26, 2022.



Lewis Smith

Lewis Fullen Smith passed away peacefully at the age of 82 on February 13, 2022 surrounded by his family. For the last nine years, he lived with Alzheimer’s; cared for at home by his devoted wife of 46 years, Priscilla Skillman. Lewis was born in Pasadena, CA on December 16, 1939, and lived most of his adult life in Washington, DC. Lewis’s fondest memories of growing up were of his family’s homestead in Riverside, CA. He especially enjoyed participating in 4H; he raised and showed beef and dairy cattle and proudly raised a cow that won both Orange County and California championships. Lewis graduated from Haverford College in 1961 and also received graduate degrees in Education from Harvard and in Political Science from UCLA. After his time at Harvard, he joined the Peace Corps and taught English in Northeast Thailand from 1962-1964. He cherished and kept in touch with the friends he made in the Peace Corps for the rest of his life. In 1966-68, Lewis served with USAID for 18 months as an administrator in Vietnamese civilian hospitals during the Vietnam War.

Pivoting from his Foreign Service work after Vietnam, Lewis went to work at the Labor Department in 1968 where he met his wife, Priscilla. Lewis and Priscilla were married on May 3, 1975 and remained devoted to each other until his death. They lovingly raised two daughters, Jennifer and Julia, and lived in a beautiful old craftsman bungalow on Kanawha Street NW in Washington, DC for 39 years. One of Lewis’s great passions was renovating old houses. From 1976-1987, Lewis bought, lovingly restored, and sold 29 houses in Washington, DC, putting great care into maintaining the historic character of each property. During and following those years, he had a long and successful career with several companies in real estate and mortgage banking, ending his career with the nonprofit Manna Mortgage.

Lewis was a devoted Quaker and a member of Friends Meeting of Washington. He was also a dedicated daily runner and completed six marathons including Boston, New York, and the Marine. When he was no longer able to run, he went on long daily walks around his Washington, DC neighborhood. He loved the ocean, and took his family for a beach vacation every summer. He also loved international travel, especially memorable trips to East Africa, Italy, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, India, and Turkey. Lewis remained close all his life with his three siblings, Hannah Kully (Russel) of Altadena, CA, Deborah Smith (Ray Meeker) of Pondicherry, India, and Martin Smith (Marcela Gaviria) of Lew Beach, NY. He is also survived by his wife Priscilla Skillman of Washington, DC; his daughter Jennifer Smith, former son-in-law Nate Frigard, and grandchild Noah Frigard of Leeds, MA; and daughter Julia Smith of Los Angeles, CA. He was preceded in death by his parents, Elden and Harriet Smith. There will be a memorial service for Lewis in the spring. Donations in his memory may be made to Friends Meeting of Washington ( or to its Social Justice Fund.


Carleene Dei                                                                                    

Carleene Hope Dei passed peacefully in the morning hours on January 31st, 2022, in Colorado Springs, CO. She was surrounded by love in the home she shared with her daughter Ama Dei, son-in-law Paul Davis, and granddaughter Zara Davis.

Born on December 31st, 1944, in Kingston, Jamaica to Cynthia Claire and Wycliffe Samuel Bennett. Carleene Dei immigrated to New York City at the age of eleven. The faculty, quickly realizing that she was exceptional, placed her in the seventh grade. She played the piano though she attended the High School of Music and Art based on her gifts as a singer. There she began a pattern of forging meaningful life-long friendships. She earned a BA in Political Science from Cornell University, a Master of Education from Harvard University, and a PhD in Urban Anthropology from Columbia University.

After living in the Côte D’Ivoire for some years and having two daughters, Ama Otubia Dei and Ajowa Obeaku Dei (d.1989),Carleene went on to have a distinguished career with United States Agency for International Development (USAID). During her time with USAID, she served as an officer and Mission Director in Haiti, Ghana, Côte D’Ivoire, South Africa, and Mali. Carleene had an exemplary career. She continued to work as a counselor for USAID until just few short months ago.

Carleene was far more than her educational and professionalaccolades. Drawing on lessons learned in her childhood, she developed a profound need to be there for others. She oftenengaged in acts of kindness. She shared what she had, monetarily and mentally, with others and never wanted anythingin return. She was a listener, a mentor. She changed the course of many people’s lives.

She loved colors, patterns, jewelry, music, and art. She relished a good mango sorbet and a well-written story or tv show. She enjoyed long walks and crossword puzzles. She was witty and had the gift of repartee. 

Everyone who knew her has a story to tell, and the theme is always centered on the fact that Carleene Hope Dei was a genuinely good and caring person. She will be missed and never forgotten. 

Carleene is survived by her daughter Ama Dei, her son-in-law Paul Davis, her granddaughter Zara, her brother WycliffeBennett, her sister-in-law Dothlyn Bennett, her niece Kahrin Bennett, her nephew Kendal Bennett, her nephew-in-law Lenny Lefebvre, and her grand- nephews and grand-niece Kahlayo, Keanu, and Willamina Lefebvre. A celebration of life will be held at the end of March in Washington D.C. and a private venture for the family will take place over the summer.


Jenkins E.W. Cooper

The Cooper, Williams, Milton, Cox, and Davies families announce with profound sorrow the sudden homegoing of their beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and relative, Jenkins E.W. Cooper. This sad event occurred on January 10, 2022, in Aldie, Virginia. Jenkins was born in Harper City, Maryland County, Liberia unto the union of Brig. General Charles B. Cooper Sr, and Mrs. Janet H. Cooper, both of whom predeceased him. He was also predeceased by his siblings, Clarence Cooper, Danlette Cooper Sheriff, Wannie Seedee, Alice Merriam Wilson, Jimmy Cooper, Sr. and, Sandei Cooper, Sr.

Jenkins Cooper was a FSN program specialist who worked with USAID/Liberia  from 1978-1990. He was young, energetic, friendly and well liked by his FSO amd FSN colleagues as he took on a variety of program tasks for the Office of Health and the Program Office. When civil war broke out in Liberia, he immigrated to the United States where he became the defacto manager of The Mitchell Group, an 8a consulting company that often carried out USAID contracts. 

He worked with The Mitchell Group for 30+ years and served as Vice President for Operations. He was a founding member of Thrust ’80 (a social and humanitarian club formed during Jenkins’ undergraduate years) and ANC Global and served as the Chairman of ANC’s Board of Directors. Jenkins was also President of the Men’s Ministry and Vestry Member at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Ashburn, Virginia. He was the anchor and inspiration of his family! His demise is an immense loss which has created an unfillable vacuum leaving behind many broken hearts.

He leaves to mourn and cherish his memory, his loving and devoted wife, Cecelia; his son, Bloti Teh (Wyannie), other beloved children, grandchildren, and godchildren; siblings: Dr. Charles B. Cooper Jr. (Regina), Alice Cooper-Perry, Agnes Cooper-Lamptey, Amelia Jema Cooper, Ambassador Richelieu Williams, Amelia Thomas-Cooper, Jennifer Williams Graham, Charlotte Cooper-Wolters, Monsio Seedee, Mary Jones and Lucinda Cooper Thomas; nieces, nephews, grand nieces and nephews, cousins, special “Brother and Sister-Friends”, other relatives and many friends around the world. May his soul rest in perfect peace.

The family understands that many would like to join in the homegoing services, but due to the COVID19 pandemic, guidelines from the church and local municipalities, and with safety top of mind, the funeral service will be private with in-person attendance BY INVITATION ONLY. The family trusts that their decision will be respected and asks for prayers as Jenkins is bid a final farewell. In light of this, a virtual link to pay respects, send tributes, share memories, photos, and videos of special times and memories with him is  


Philip Duval Berlin

Passed away on January 14, 2022 at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, MD. Phil is survived by his long-time companion, Olivia Adler of Washington, DC, Thomas Ganiatsos, of Geneva, Switzerland (his closest friend for over 70 years), and two adored Siamese cats (Oscar and Wendy). Phil was born in Chicago, Illinois, but after short periods in New York and Arizona, spent most of his early years in California. He graduated from University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor’s Degree in economics with High Honors, having also spent one year of independent study in Heidelberg, Germany. Following a year in Berlin under a Fulbright Fellowship, he entered Harvard University as a Woodrow Wilson scholar, finishing with a PhD in economics and also serving as a Resident Tutor and Assistant Professor.  

In his professional life, he was an adviser to Commissioner Mary Gardner Jones at the Federal Trade Commission, and an international economist for the Office of Special Representative for Trade Negotiations, the Office of Foreign Direct Investments, US Agency for International Development and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (spending four years in Paris). He then worked for many years with the World Bank in French West Africa, followed by international consultancies in Czechoslovakia, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Vietnam.  He was fluent in German and French, with a working knowledge of Dutch, Italian and Russian.  

Although not an avid sportsman, Phil was a state champion swimmer in high school and a skilled skier. Travel was his special love and there are few places in the world that he did not visit. Only a trip on the Trans-Siberian Railway and a visit to Irkutsk remained on his “bucket list.” Phil was a broad and constant reader and an early adopter of Kindle. Never afraid of new things, he bought a Tesla at age 82, driving it home from the dealership in a blinding rainstorm on the Beltway, cheered on by a brave friend riding as passenger. An enthusiastic member of the Cosmos Club, Phil was always good, stimulating company who could always be counted on to have an original thought. He will be sorely missed by those he left behind. A memorial service is contemplated at the Cosmos Club on a date to be announced. Oysters will certainly be served.


Gloria Halm

Gloria Halm, 86, died peacefully on Wednesday, January 12, 2022, at her home in Springfield, Virginia.  She was born on May 21, 1935 in Jamaica, New York, to Mary and Joseph Pettinato.  She was the youngest of three siblings. Gloria, also known to many as Cookie, graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School on June 24, 1953 where she completed her course of study in Stenography. Cookie went on to be a secretary for Stein Hall.

On May 3, 1959 she married Harry Halm and together they raised their children, Rita Rushing, Christina Kimball and Harry Halm, Jr.  In 1968 Harry Sr. was provided with a work opportunity in Washington, D.C and so the family moved down to Springfield, Virginia. When the children were settled in Gloria found work in a school cafeteria to earn extra income and still be able to care for the children before and after school. Her kindness and good nature were apparent to her coworkers and she made several lifelong friends in the process. She eventually went on to work at the United States Agency for International Development where she retired after 31 years of service.  She was so dedicated and so beloved by her boss that even after her retirement at the age of 72 he tried to convince her to come back and work for him again.

Gloria loved to play cribbage and won a variety of local tournaments with the trophies to prove it. She enjoyed weekends gambling at Dover Downs and came home with her pockets full more often than not.  Her home was always open for her children or grandchildren to stop by with only a moment’s notice, and she would always provide a home cooked meal and an understanding ear. Her warmth and compassion where only matched by her quick wit and sense of humor. She could turn any situation on its head with a clever joke. Gloria is survived by her children, three grandchildren, Elizabeth, James and Daniel, granddaughter Camille Smith, and sister Rita Grinsell. Gloria was predeceased by her brother, Roger Pettinato.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday January 19th at St. Raymond Roman Catholic Church in Springfield, Virginia. Visitation begins at 10:00am, with Funeral Mass to follow at 11:00am. Interment will be held at Fairfax Memorial Park. Donations may be made in Gloria’s name to a charity of your choice.

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Charles James Stockman, Jr.

Charles James Stockman, Jr., Age 93, of Orr’s Island, ME, passed away on January 1st, 2022 at Sunnybrook in Brunswick, was born as Charles James Stockman Jr. to Charles J. Stockman and Helen Johnson Stockman on November 1 1928 in Portland Maine. The family travelled as his father served as executive officer for CCC and later Naval installations.   Charles graduated from Harvard University, where he played trombone in the marching band so he could be at Harvard football games.  He graduated in June 1951 and was commissioned as a Lieutentant JG in the  Navy.

While posted to Portsmouth VA he met Nan Clark Taylor.  They married on March 20, 1954.  They moved to Cambridge, MA, where Charlie (Jim) completed his MA in International Relations from Harvard.  After graduation they moved to northern Virginia where Charlie got a job with the Department of the Navy and then the Budget Bureau.  While residing in Alexandria their first child, a son, Reed Jennings Stockman was born on August 1, 1957. The family moved to Falls Church, VA where their second child, a daughter, Susan Stockman was born on May 31, 1960.

In 1966  he began his foreign service tours when Charlie was assigned as an Assistant Director for Program for USOM (USAID) in Bankok Thailand.  In 1970, Nan and Charlie moved to Lorton, VA, where he was active in Harborview Recreational Associaton and the Mason Neck Lions Club and supported LCAC.  In 1976,  Charlie was assigned to Boliva by USAID, where they lived until 1978.  In 1979, Charlie was  appointed as USAID Director to El Salvador.

Although technically retired,  he became a consultant. A highlight of his consulting career was when Charlie went to the Caribbean island of Grenada just after the US “incursion” there in the middle 80’s.  He was instrumental in developing the new government’s first budget and helped them rewrite their constitution.

Starting  as renters in 1960 and becoming owners in the early 1980’s , Charlie and Nan became an integral part of the Great Diamond Island community in Casco Bay, Maine. Charlie served in variety of roles including President of the Diamond Island Association.  In 2000, Nan and Charlie became full time Maine residents when they purchased the Pearl House on Orr’s Island, which the family had owned until sold by his grandfather during WWII. 

Both Charlie and Nan were ardent environmentalists and supported various causes in both Maine and Virginia. Throughout his lifetime Charlie was an avid stock market trader and led a participated in a variety of investment groups including one on Great Diamond Island.  He was known by various first names depending where he resided above or below the Mason Dixon line including Charles, Charlie, Chaz, Jim, and Jimmie.    

Charlie was preceded in death by his beloved wife Nan, by his  father, Charles, his mother, Helen, and  sister, Virginia. Charles “Jim” Stockman of Orr’s and Sunnybrook, is survived by son, Reed J Stockman, his wife Kathie and their children Taylor and Kelly of Fairfax Station VA,  daughter Susan S. Snow and husband Michael of Lorton VA.   He is also survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Please, no flowers, but condolences can be sent to the family care of:

Susan and Michael Snow, 10701 Greene Drive Lorton VA 22079, and/or Reed Stockman 8120 McCauley Way, Lorton VA 22079.

If you would like, a memorial contribution can be made to the GDI Land Preserve (contact Jane Laughin at P. O Box 2224, South Portland ME 04116; Harpswell Aging at Home via the Holbrook foundation ( 207 833-5771) , or Lorton Community Action Center ( Lorton Va PO Box 154 Lorton VA 22079.  There will be a celebration of Charlie’s life this summer on Great Diamond Island. 



Donna Baltz

Donna Garverich Baltz, age 88, departed this life on January 13, 2021. A true woman of faith who devoted her life to her family and to helping others, she was born April 12, 1932 in Des Moines, Iowa, the daughter of Ross and Edna Forrest Garverich. After graduating from the Washington School for Secretaries, she had a very active secretarial career, including sixteen years with the Agency for International Development, the foreign aid branch of the U.S. State Department. Her postings included Laos, the Philippines, Uganda, Korea, Ethiopia, and Washington, D.C. Her time in Uganda and Ethiopia included trips to the wild animal parks in East Africa, which ranked among her favorite places. Donna loved to travel, visiting 18 foreign countries and most of the states in the U.S., making friends around the world. She was well-known for her warm and loving hugs.

Donna was active in the local Methodist church wherever she lived. At the time of her death, she was a member of First United Methodist Church of Mountain Home, Arkansas, and had served for years as a member and an officer of the United Methodist Women. She also volunteered with the Baxter Regional Medical Center auxiliary for many years. She was preceded in death by her parents and her stepparents, Howard and Gertie Edleman. She leaves behind her husband of 42 years, Dickey L. Baltz of Waterloo, IL; beloved brother and sister-in-law, Jack and Eve Garverich of Littleton, Colorado; step-daughters and sons-in-law, Anne and Dave Rodrick of Spartanburg, SC, Susan and Steve Hibbits of Columbia, IL, and Jane and Dave Hokeness ofMequon, WI; five grandchildren, to whom she was a beloved Nana; two great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews who adored their Aunt Donna. She will be interred at the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. A memorial service will be scheduled later in Mountain Home. Arrangements are by Kirby & Family Funeral and Cremation Services – Mountain Home. Visit an online obituary and guestbook at