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
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 Joseph (Joe) Liebner
John Joseph (Joe) Liebner of Boerne, TX via the WORLD, passed away on May 3, 2020. A recitation of the Rosary followed by a Funeral Mass will be held at 1:00 PM on May 8, 2020 at Our Lady of Atonement Catholic Church, located at 15415 Red Robin Road, San Antonio, TX 78255.
John was born on April 24, 1951 in Chicago, IL to parents Joseph and Joan Liebner. He served his country for over 50 years. He attended Central Michigan University on an ROTC scholarship and was commissioned in the Army as an Infantry Officer, serving in the 4th Infantry Division, UN Honor Guard (ROK), 82nd Airborne Division, XVIII Airborne Corps. After the Army, he went on to a 30-year career as a USAID foreign service officer, living in Yemen, Sudan, Zaire, Kenya, Bolivia and Egypt. He then spent the next 14 years as a government contractor in some 10 countries.
John would play any sport that had a ball to include rugby, cricket, football, basketball, baseball, softball, pool, and field hockey. In his retirement he loved fantasy football/baseball, Hill Country drives to try the wine, his hummingbirds that he fed on the porch, his olive trees, and sketching after he completed his daily Sudoku.
John is survived by his wife Ann; his daughter, Sarah Mendoza (Michael); his son, Joseph; his daughter, Elizabeth; his granddaughters, Ava and Elise Mendoza; his mother, Joan; and his siblings, Mark, Mary, Anne, Lisa, and Paul. John was preceded in death by his father, Joseph.
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, 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: bit.ly/PhyllisOakleyMemorial. 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: https://support.anera.org/a/donate-honor.
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 [https://www.myfarewelling.com/memorial/frank-gillespie#obituary]. 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 [http://www.mechaifoundation.org].
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 https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/fairfax-va/peter-davis-10612067.
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 www.stjohns-dc.org, 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 www.bishopwalkerschool.org/onlinegiving.www.bishopwalkerschool.org/onlinegiving.
Published by The Washington Post from Feb. 19 to Feb. 26, 2022.
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 (www.quakersdc.org) or to its Social Justice Fund.
Hugh Sheridan (Sher) Plunkett
Sher Plunkett was born the son of Carlton and Virginia Plunkett of Fort Smith, Arkansas on October 13, 1938 and passed away unexpectedly on December 24, 2021, at his home in Springfield, Virginia. He is survived by his wife of over forty years, Peggy Plunkett, and three sons — David, Sheridan and Alexander.
Sher lived an extraordinary life as an anthropologist specializing in Asia studies with field work in India, Pakistan and Nepal and as a Foreign Service Officer with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
Sher was an avid reader and he once cited the importance of Stuart Chase’s book, “The Proper Study of Mankind” for his lifelong focus on how social scientists and, specifically, anthropologists can provide the analysis and insights necessary to solve problems faced by mankind. Leaving Arkansas in 1956, Sher won a full scholarship to the University of Chicago and went on to complete an undergraduate degree followed by the award of a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship for graduate studies. A doctoral program in South Asia anthropology followed in 1963 at the University of California – Berkley with field work in India. This led to a job providing cultural training at the University of California – Davis to one of the first Peace Corps groups to India. More field work in India and Pakistan was followed by teaching positions at the University of Virginia and Davidson College in North Carolina.
In 1979, Sher began working with USAID in Pakistan and was commissioned a Foreign Service Officer. After Pakistan, he served as an anthropologist/evaluation officer in USAID Bangladesh through 1984. Sher received an appointment as a visiting professor at Colorado State University in 1985 followed by a four-year assignment with the Science and Technology Bureau in USAID Washington where he was a major player in the design and implementation of a land mark environmental program – DESFIL (Development Strategies for Fragile Areas) project. USAID Nepal was his next assignment (1989 – 1991) in the agriculture office where Sher applied his social and cultural analysis skills to establish sustainable irrigation models that are still being implemented there today.
From 1992 through 1998, Sher returned to Washington and worked on a comprehensive technical assistance program supporting USAID missions throughout Latin America. During this period, Sher also worked on a major reengineering initiative and developed a “customer service” approach to make USAID programming more responsive and effective in achieving U.S. foreign policy objectives and serving the interests of stakeholders and program beneficiaries. Sher’s last overseas assignment in USAID was in Peru with the Alternative Development Program. His efforts to design and implement the program resulted in a significant increase in small scale farmer incomes and played a key role in reducing the production of coca leaf (used in the production of cocaine) in Peru. Sher returned to Washington DC in 2002 and finished his career in the Latin America Bureau.
After retirement, Sher taught at George Washington University, worked with the Foreign Affairs Counter Threat (FACT) course as a Deputy Chief of Mission role player in the fictious country of Erewhon, undertook several short-term consulting assignments, and volunteered with the Fairfax County Medical Reserve Corps. Sher was a good friend, a valued colleague, a loving husband and father, and a patriot. He will be missed.
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 https://tributes.com/obituary/show/Jenkins-Eric-Wellington-Cooper-108535216.
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, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org) P. O Box 2224, South Portland ME 04116; Harpswell Aging at Home via the Holbrook foundation (email@example.com 207 833-5771) , or Lorton Community Action Center (firstname.lastname@example.org) Lorton Va PO Box 154 Lorton VA 22079. There will be a celebration of Charlie’s life this summer on Great Diamond Island.
Rufus C. Phillips III
Rufus C. Phillips III, of Arlington, Virginia and author of “Why Vietnam Matters: An Eyewitness Account of Lessons Not Learned”, died at Virginia Hospital Center on December 29, 2021 of complications from pneumonia. Richard Holbrooke, in his foreword to the book, said that for several crucial years in the 1060s Rufus was “probably the best informed American on events in the country [Vietnam] as a whole, and perhaps the American most trusted and listened to by the Vietnamese.”
In a recent USAID Notice, Administrator Samantha Power said of him:
” Rufus Phillips embodied a spirit of humility and mutual respect that should guide our efforts to promote democracy and dignity around the world. As he concluded in his singular work, Why Vietnam Matters: An Eyewitness Account of Lessons Not Learned, “To work successfully in direct support of others whose history and culture are different from ours, our attitude needs to be the antithesis of hubris; it needs to be something best expressed by the old saying, ‘May God give us the grace to see ourselves as others see us.
We should all take this wisdom to heart. I hope you’ll join me in reflecting on the legacy of one of USAID’s earliest and most principled leaders whose calls for understanding are as timeless as they are necessary.”
In recent years, Rufus lectured extensively on the Vietnam War and was interviewed by Ken Burns for the PBS documentary, “The Vietnam War”. This fall, he completed a second book, “Stabilizing Fragile States: Why it Matters and What To Do About It”, which will be published by University Press of Kansas this spring.
Rufus was born in Middletown, Ohio on August 10, 1929 to Rufus C. Phillips, Jr. and the former Williamina A. Chamberlain and grew up in rural Charlotte County in Southside Virginia. He attended Woodberry Forest School in Orange, Virginia before going on to Yale University. At Yale, he majored in American History, was President of St. Anthony Hall, played defensive tackle on the varsity football team, and received the Gordon Brown Memorial Prize.
After graduating from Yale in 1951, he attended the University of Virginia Law School for a semester before deciding to join the CIA in 1952. In 1954, he graduated from the U.S. Army Officer Candidate School for Fort Benning, Georgia as a First Lieutenant and became a member of the Saigon Military Mission led by Colonel Edward G. Landsdale, who strongly believed in the philosophy of winning the “hearts and minds” of the Vietnamese people. In 1955, Rufus served as the sole advisor to two Vietnamese army pacification operations, earning him the CIA’s Intelligence Medal of Honor. He later worked as a CIA civilian case officer in Vietnam and Laos.
In a true case of love at first sight, Rufus met his future wife Bárbara Eleanora Hübner Vidal, a contract interpreter for the Interamerican Development Bank, Organization of American States and the U.S State Department, in San Salvador in February 1960. They were married three months later. After the birth of their first two children in McLean, Virginia, they moved to Vietnam in 1962 when Rufus was appointed by the Kennedy Administration to lead the USAID Saigon Mission’s counterinsurgency efforts as Assistant Director for Rural Affairs, including rural development support for the Strategic Hamlet Program.
In early 1963, he attended a White House briefing in which he advised President Kennedy that the effort to counter the communist insurgency in South Vietnam was not going well, contrary to U.S. military reporting. David Halberstam in his book, The Best and the Brightest, described it as “a remarkable moment of intellectual honesty.” From 1064 to 1968, he served as a consultant on Vietnam to USAID and later the State Department. He also acted as an advisor to Vice President Hubert Humphrey while taking on the management of his father’s company, Airways Engineering.
In 1971, Rufus completed his M.S. in City and Regional Planning at Catholic University and was elected to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, where he served until 1975 and led the development of a nationally recognized planning and land use system (PLUS) for the County. In recognition of this groundbreaking effort, he was named a Washingtonian of the Year in 1975 by the Washingtonian Magazine.
In 2009, Rufus served as an informal consultant to the group working for the US Army Central Command on an assessment of Afghanistan. He then spent his 80th birthday that year in Afghanistan as a volunteer helping the Free and Fair Elections Foundation of Afghanistan observe the national presidential election. In 2014, he was inducted into the U.S. Army Officer Candidate School Hall of Fame at Ft. Benning, Georgia.
Rufus was a true patriot who believed fervently in our country’s founding principles and dedicated his life to public service and the promotion of freedom and democracy abroad. He had an abiding faith and optimism in the ability of the American people to continue to strive towards a more perfect union. With a board smile that exuded warmth and kindness, extraordinary empathy, an easy sense of humor, and patient ability to listen, he naturally connected with people of all backgrounds, races and cultures. He combined great heart and passion with a keen intellect that cut to the core of even the most complex issues.
Rufus loved his wife, Barbara, dearly and was deeply devoid to her over their 59 years of marriage. Towards the end of her life when she was beset with a rare form of frontotemporal dementia, he was her constant caregiver. Rufus is survived by his four children and nephew, his six grandchildren, and his sister Lucretia Whitehouse. He was buried in Rock Creek Cemetery in Washington, DC on January 6, 2022. An open celebration of his life for all who knew him will be held this spring of 2022 with the date and location to be determined.
John F. Hicks, Sr.
Ambassador John F. Hicks, Sr., age 71, of Atlanta, GA passed away August 28, 2021. Ambassador Hicks, born in Goldsboro, North Carolina on September 25, 1949, graduated from Dillard High School in 1967, and graduated with honors from Morehouse College in May of 1971 with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science, followed by a master’s degree in International Studies from Johns Hopkins University in 1973. John married his childhood neighbor and wife of fifty years Jacqueline Murphy Hicks (Jackie) on June 5, 1971. Together they have two children, Jocelyn and Frederick, and four grandchildren.
John joined USAID as a Foreign Service Officer in 1973, serving in Ethiopia, the Sinai Peninsula, Zambia (Program Officer), Zimbabwe (Deputy Mission Director), Malawi (Mission Director), and Liberia (Mission Director. He returned to Washington in 1993 as the Assistant Administrator for Africa. His final government posting was as Ambassador to Eritrea. In 1997 John returned to the US and took a position at Georgia State University as the Assistant Provost for International Affairs, from which he retired in 2011, albeit retaining his strong interest in development and foreign affairs through work with the International University of Grand-Bassam Foundation.
A memorial service was held on October 2, 2021 at Morehouse College. Contributions to Morehouse can be made in John’s honor: https://giving.morehouse.edu/s/Designation: Special Memorial. Willie A. Watkins Historic West End Chapel.
Herbert N. Miller
Herbert Nathan Miller passed away on December 17th, 2020 just one month shy of his 85th birthday. He was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the youngest of three children of Lee Richard Miller and Catherine Jane (Traver).
He served two years in the army in California before earning a degree in Political Science in 1965 from Michigan State University. He then began a lifelong career in Foreign Service with the US State Department working for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). In 1966 he began a five year assignment as Community Development Advisor in southern Laos. He then served as the Chief of the Community Development Division for all of Laos.
In 1976 he became the USAID Program Officer in Niamey, Niger and in 1980 continued as Program Officer in Yaounde, Cameroon, going on to become Deputy Mission Director for Cameroon. In the summer of 1985, he transferred to Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso as Mission Director and served there until July 1989 after which he returned to Washington, D.C after almost 14 years in Africa.
While in Washington he served in a variety of capacities including short-term assignments in Bolivia, Costa Rica, Mauritania, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Pakistan and Indonesia. With the breakup of the Soviet Union, he served with a group who were the first American officials into the newly independent country of Moldova. Subsequent to that he helped open the first USAID Missions in Ukraine, Armenia and Kazakhstan.
After his retirement in April, 1994 as a Counselor in the Senior Foreign Service, Herb undertook a three-month contract to open the USAID post in Tashkent, Uzbekistan and a six-month contract to open the USAID post in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Herb remained active in the community of retired USAID hands and greatly enjoyed opportunities to reconnect with former colleagues.
Outside of work, Herb’s family was his life. He extensively researched his genealogy and wrote a detailed history chronicling the discoveries he made. During his Thanksgiving toast one year, he proclaimed he had traced his lineage back to the Mayflower, and that we were certified official members of the Mayflower Society!
Herb has now joined his parents, brother, Chuck, and sister, LouEllen, along with the generations of ancestors he memorialized in his studies. His infectious smile, wise counsel, and unconditional love lives on in the hearts of his wife of 50 years, Martha, his children Christine (John) Moore, Jane (Phil) McLaughlin, Matthew (Reena) Miller, and Michael (Lisa) Miller, his grandchildren, Katie, Traver, David, Angelica, Trinity, Krishan, and Maya, and five great grandchildren, Daniel, Charlie, Cooper, Bennett, and Elise. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends who remember him fondly.
Arrangements were handled by Money and King Funeral Home. Online condolences and remembrances can be made on their website: https://www.moneyandking.com/obituaries/Herbert-Nathan-Miller?obId=19423144#/obituaryInfo. A celebration of life and internment took place in his home town of Williamston, Michigan in July of 2021.
Ludwig “Lu” Rudel
Long time Bethesda, MD, and Flinton, PA, resident Ludwig “Lu” Rudel passed away, surrounded by family, Thursday, September 30, 2021, after a brief illness. Lu was born in 1930 in Vienna, Austria to Josephine Sonnenblum Rudel and Jakob Rudel. With his mother, he escaped Europe’s Nazi persecutions to join his older brother Julius in New York City in 1938. He and his brother were deeply grateful to become Americans and remained patriotic Americans all of their lives. He is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, Joan Fogltanz Rudel.
After graduation from City College in New York (1952) and training in ROTC, Lu served in the Army in the US and Japan during the Korean conflict (1953-1955). He worked for the US State Department Agency for International Development in Iran, Turkey (where he met Joan), and India. Six years in New Delhi left an indelible imprint on the family. He earned a masters at the University of Michigan in 1964, worked for the State of Pennsylvania, and retired from the Federal government in 1980. His post-retirement employment included international consultancies as well as a stint as a limo driver. Lu had an entrepreneurial streak and bought land in rural Pennsylvania. Over several decades he worked with local residents and businesses to develop it into the vibrant residential and recreational community of Glendale Yearound. In the course of this work he assembled investors (including many of his friends), befriended local bankers, and developed lifelong connections with the local folks he worked with. He loved flying small planes, earning his pilot’s license in 1965 and flying the rest of his life, for a time owning a small Cessna. He and Joan loved traveling and visited over 70 countries for work or pleasure, often meeting friends and relatives. They also loved theatre and music – especially opera– and hosted poetry readings. Lu and Joan had long and strong connections with their friends, especially a core group that had worked in India together. This group was always ready to discuss and solve world problems and to create witty puns and playful scavenger hunts based on current event themes, spending weekends sipping wine together at the Pennsylvania farmhouse. Lu never forgot the terror of how things fell apart in Austria at the beginning of the second world war and these experiences contributed to his worry about the fragility of democracy, including in the US. He invested in land in Canada in case things would fall apart in the US. He made sure all of his children and grandchildren had copies of the US Constitution and Bill of Rights, and tried to impress on them the uniqueness and value of the governance and citizenship agreements enshrined there. Lu has been described as wise, curious, witty, and pesky. He would speak passionately and skillfully about philosophy, religion, and politics. He loved the arts, and had a particular fondness for poetry. His wonder at the world around him and his capacity to seek out new knowledge and experiences persisted even after many decades of an extraordinary life. He was generous with his time and eager to hear other’s perspectives.
Lu is preceded in death by his parents and his brother Julius Rudel. Survived by his wife Joan, son, David Rudel (Sandra) of Colrain, MA and daughters, Ruthann Rudel of Colrain and Cambridge, MA and Joanna Devine (Jack) of N. Potomac, MD. Also survived by his grandchildren “The Eight Cousins” Wolfgang, Emma, Declan, Ambrose, Ezra, Willa, Eamon and Carrie and a caring group of loving relatives, friends and neighbors. A memorial service was held November 20, 2021. Some of Lu’s favorite charities were the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, which helped his family settle in the US and now helps refugees of all faiths and ethnicities from all over the world, Death with Dignity, the Turner Syndrome Society of the US, and GenderSpectrum.org. He described his escape from Austria and subsequent experiences and careers in the US in his memoir, “Memoirs of an Agent for Change in International Development: My Flight Path into the 21st Century,” and his experience of fleeing from Nazis in Austria is recorded as an oral history in the Leo Baeck Society archive.
Edwin Thomas Chapman (1935-2021)
Tom, as he was known by one and all, passed away peacefully at home on December 10, 2021. He was a life-long lover of life and a man who helped everyone he ever knew. Tom earned Master’s degrees from Duke University and the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard University. He joined the U.S. Agency for International Development Foreign Service soon after its founding and served two tours in Dalat, Vietnam, followed by Sudan, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Washington, and Russia. After retirement, he lived and worked as a contractor in India and Iraq.
Tom always gave more than he received from his co-workers and friends – in fact, the network of friends of Tom is vast and constituted by people of many cultures, ages, and languages. Tom was particularly adept at the skills of planning, negotiation, and collaboration. He advanced the international development agenda and improved lives and institutions wherever he worked.
Tom lived life large and traveled extensively and well with his many close friends and family. His loving parents predeceased him, and he is survived by many nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews to whom Uncle Tom was a huge and positive figure. He was called on to be the officiant at multiple family and friend weddings due to his eloquence, passion, and humor. He was a passionate advocate for gay rights, international peace, human development, and democratic values.
Tom is missed by so many people who know that their lives will always better for having had him as a shining light in their lives. He will always be with us having a great time.
Carol Joan Mills
Carol Joan Mills passed away Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at the Elks Home Noble Senior Living Community in Bedford, Virginia. Born September 9, 1938 in Keyser, West Virginia, she was preceded in death by her parents, Delbert Elwood Mills and Genevieve Shoemaker Mills and her three sisters, Charlotte Mills Wilmoth, Jeanie Mills Graham and Delberta Mills Daveler, and their spouses.She is survived by seven nephews and nieces, Richard Lee Wilmoth, Thomas Craig Wilmoth, Mark Stephen Graham, Stephanie Graham Sorensen, Jonathan Mills Graham, Elizabeth Kristin Graham and Matthew Christopher Graham, and their families. She loved spending time with her nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews. To them, she was affectionately known as “Aunt Butchie” and she brought them great joy.
Carol graduated from Keyser High School in 1956 and Potomac State College, AA, in 1958. She worked as a secretary at a law office in Keyser in 1958-1959 and then served with Brethren Volunteer Services in Washington, DC. She served in Thailand and Laos while working with USAID and then went to work for the State Department, serving as secretary to ambassadors all over the world. Her career included service tours in Nicaragua, Hungary, South Korea and Australia.
Carol grew up in the Church of the Brethren and she credited her youth group with her relationship with the Lord as well as instilling in her precepts she kept throughout her life. Carol loved cats, reading and travel. After her retirement she went on cruises to many different countries. She enjoyed staying in touch with her friends, both in her hometown and throughout the world. At her request, a memorial service will not be held. Memorial contributions are suggested to be sent to the Best Friends Animal Shelter in Kanab, Utah or to your local church.
Alan Donovan passed away on December 5th in Nairobi, Kenya. Alan was with USAID for just three years (1966-1969), but he went on to have a remarkable career born in his experience at USAID in Nigeria – more specifically in his role as a relief officer in what was then known as Biafra.
Alan was deeply affected by Biafra and the Ibo people – their history – their political aspirations – their art, artists and culture – and their geography and habitat. Indeed, it was his identification with Biafra, the Ibo people, and the hidden story of places like Biafra and people like the Ibo, that prompted him to leave the institutional confines of USAID and to embrace the breadth and dynamism of Africa as his professional and life platform.
His life story is readily accessible on-line. Just type in his name or African Heritage House (e.g., https://africanheritagehouse.info). But a sampler here may inspire you to go that search. In 1970, Alan drove across the Sahara to Nigeria and then through the Congo to Kenya. For a year he walked through Turkana in northern Kenya, collected old and contemporary crafts – built an African gallery with global reach from that early experience – partnered with Kenya’s first Vice President in promoting indigenous arts, later fathering three museums in Nairobi built on the Vice President’s life and collections. In all of that experience and work, Alan championed Kenyan and African arts, artists, fashion, interior and jewelry design, musicians, poets, free spirits, and culture. In each of those spheres, he also created his own distinctive output. And he was a fierce spokesperson for Kenya’s unique environment and wildlife.
Alan’s great physical monument is African Heritage House. Conceived on the mud structures of West Africa, Alan brought his well-developed aesthetic to each room, to the selection of stunning local building materials, to the display of his extraordinary collections, and to the ambiance enjoyed by so many global dignitaries (including the U.S. Secretary of State).
Perhaps the tribute with the most meaning to Alan was when he was initiated as a Yoruba chief in a ceremony at the African Heritage House and given the name Baba Laje of Ido Osun for his lifetime’s work of promoting African arts and artists. Donovan also received an award from the Nigerian High Commission in Kenya for the same. (Source – Owen Cylke)
Alfred Waterlow Ford
Alfred Waterlow Ford, age 87, of Bethesda, MD, passed away peacefully in his home with his family at his side on November 26, 2021. Born and raised in California by his parents Norman and Helen Ford, Al was educated at UC Berkeley and then got his masters degree in Foreign Relations at Georgetown University. Following employment in Washington, DC with the Peace Corps during the exciting Kennedy years, Al’s career spanned 35 years with the US Agency for International Development with posts in many African countries and Haiti. Al was also an avid tennis player throughout his life, pursued a degree in music after his retirement, and had a lifelong love for reading. He is survived by his beloved wife Catharina; his daughter Christina (Anthony); son Thomas (Aynoor), as well as three grandchildren. A funeral service will take place on Monday December 20 at 2 p.m., at Joseph Gawler’s Sons, 5130 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington DC 20016. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice JSSA, 6123 Montrose Rd, Rockville, MD 20852.
The country lost a great public servant when Dwight Ink, 99, passed away on
October 17. He was a 20-year resident of Lansdowne, VA, but lived at Falcons Landing in Sterling in his last years. Dwight devoted more than 50 years to public service, working in high level policy and management positions under seven U.S. presidents, from Eisenhower to Reagan. Born September 9, 1922, Dwight grew up in rural Iowa, and was raised during the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, and droughts that destroyed his family’s orchard. He left college in 1942 to join the U.S. Army, and rose to captain before returning to Iowa State University to earn the school’s first degree in government. He completed his Masters of Public Administration at the University of Minnesota, working part-time for Minneapolis Mayor Hubert Humphrey. Dwight went to work at the Atomic Energy Commission in Oak Ridge, TN, then Savannah River, and Washington DC where he moved up to Assistant General Manager. He worked with President Kennedy on nuclear arms and disarmament issues, and escorted him to Los Alamos, NM to discuss nuclear research. President Johnson appointed Dwight to several tasks including leading the Alaskan reconstruction effort in 1964 to rebuild highways, harbors, and towns following the devasting 9.2 earthquake. During the Nixon years, Dwight was the head of Management at the newly restructured OMB, and later was appointed deputy administrator and then administrator of GSA. Dwight retired from the U.S. government — for the first time – in 1975. But government kept calling him back. President Carter asked Dwight to head the task force to overhaul the federal civil service, resulting in the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978. Additional appointments followed as VP for U.S. Synthetic Fuels Corporation and VP for the National Consumer Cooperative Bank.
President Reagan appointed Dwight as Administrator for the Community Services Administration (formerly OEO), and later Assistant Secretary for Latin America at U.S.A.I.D. where Dwight worked on the challenging issues of civil war in Central America; Manuel Noriega, the about-to-be overthrown dictator of Panama; and political turmoil in Argentina and Chile. He retired from the federal government for the last time in 1989 to become president of the Institute of Public Administration in New York City. Dwight was active throughout his career in both the American Society for Public Administration (serving as president) and as a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, a member of both organizations for 50 plus years. At age 96, he received an honorary doctorate from his alma mater, ISU, and published a college textbook on public management. In 2019, Dwight felt truly honored to be among the first class of inductees in the Government Hall of Fame, with Teddy Roosevelt, the Apollo 11 Astronauts, Elliot Richardson, Colin Powell, and Anthony Fauci.
Dwight’s greatest passion was his commitment to good government and to the public service, but he was also incredibly devoted to his family. His marriage to Margaret Child Ink ended in divorce, but gave him five wonderful children: Stephen (Sharon), Bruce (Jean), Lawrence (Hannah), Barbara Ink Usher (Tony), and Lauri Ink, along with stepson David Wolf; and seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren. His marriage to Dona Wolf and their 45-year partnership was the highlight of his life, as he would tell everyone. Our government has lost a true public servant in Dwight Ink and his family has lost their great patriarch. Memorial services will be held on Saturday, December 4 at 2 p.m. at the Loudoun Funeral Chapel in Leesburg, 158 Catoctin Circle, S.E. Leesburg, VA. Interment will be in Arlington Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dwight Ink Endowment Fund, Iowa State University Foundation, 2505 University Blvd, Ames, Iowa 50010-2230.Memorial services will be held on Saturday, December 4 at 2 p.m. at the Loudoun Funeral Chapel in Leesburg, 158 Catoctin Circle, S.E. Leesburg, VA. Interment will be in Arlington Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dwight Ink Endowment Fund, Iowa State University Foundation, 2505 University Blvd, Ames, Iowa 50010-2230.
Eugene Nathaniel “Tony” Babb
Eugene Nathaniel “Tony” Babb died of heart failure in Oakmont, Santa Rosa, California on October 26, 2021. He was 84. Tony’s life had many acts. He was born in Redding, in Shasta County. When he entered kindergarten, during the Second World War, his parents had moved to Menlo Park. His school planted a victory garden, which he recently pointed to as the beginning of a life-long love of helping people grow things. Tony returned to Shasta County most summers during his childhood to work on the Jessee Ranch in Hayfork, a two-thousand acre cattle operation. It was there he learned the ways of the cowboy. He spent the summer of his senior year managing a dairy farm in Saudi Arabia, where his father was working as the first harbor master at the new port at Dammam. This planted the seed of his desire to travel the world and make a career of it.
Tony studied agriculture, animal science, and economics at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo where he was a competitive bulldogger on the rodeo circuit and later became an advocate for foreign students and published an underground newspaper. He funded his education by taking time off to ship out with the Merchant Marines and to help his father manage the Calistoga Mineral Water Company. At Cal Poly, Tony was approached by Rafer Johnson, the Olympic gold medal decathlete, to start a chapter of People-to-People, an international exchange organization, which then led to a job organizing students on college campuses all over the West, including the recruitment of early Peace Corps volunteers with Bobby Kennedy. Tony’s daughter Holly was born during this time.
In 1966, Tony was recruited by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) for his first overseas post, managing rural development projects in over a hundred villages in Savannakhet province, Laos. He and Marcia Conary were married that same year, and the two settled into their first home in the village of Lahanam, near the border with Vietnam during wartime. Tony and the villagers built an irrigation system that, to this day, feeds hundreds of hectares of rice fields. His projects also included wells, schools, and clinics. Marcia taught English as a second language to the village monks and introduced women to new hygiene practices. They had a pet water buffalo named Daisy.
Over the next four decades, Tony and Marcia had three children together. They lived and worked in Lebanon, Afghanistan, Jordan, and the Philippines. Tony also did extensive work in Kurdistan, Uzbekistan, Pakistan and Cambodia. He went on shorter term assignments all over the globe, preparing proposals for new projects or performing evaluations of existing projects. Tony’s integrity, ingenuity, compassion, and spicy sense of humor meant he always left friends in every port. He left his appendix in Jamaica while on assignment there.
During his long career, Tony worked for the UN Food and Agriculture Organization and as a consultant to the World Bank, Asian Development Bank and USAID, among others. During a stint between these places and projects, he was appointed by President Jimmy Carter as the head of Food and Nutrition at USAID in Washington, DC. He publicly resigned under the next administration in protest of the US refusal to condemn the Nestle Corporation’s marketing of infant formula to mothers in Africa, who were told their breast milk was dangerous to their babies, causing them to mix powdered formula with contaminated water. His noisy exit landed him on the front page of the New York Times, and later that year he received the Elliott-Black Award from the American Ethical Union.
Later in life, Tony operated the Rose and Crown Pub in Palo Alto for a few years before he and Marcia bought the historic Crocker Ranch in Cloverdale where they operated a bed and breakfast for over a decade.
Tony was very active in the Democratic Party. He campaigned for every presidential nominee from JFK to Biden, sometimes holding leadership positions, and for many candidates for local and state-wide offices along the way. His work as a field organizer on the McGovern campaign drew mention in Hunter S. Thompson’s “Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail.”
Tony was a mentor to many, and formed deep and lasting friendships with people he met around the world. He would call his friends regularly to talk about life, politics, and family. He embraced the friends of his children and the children of his friends, and brought them into his larger definition of family. Tony was an avid sailor, scuba diver, cribbage player, baseball fan, and an unskilled but highly-spirited singer of old cowboy tunes.
In addition to all those who called Tony their friend or uncle, he leaves behind Marcia and their daughter Suzanne, who is a partner at a local law firm; their son Trevor and his wife Maggie and their son Bear, who live in Williamstown, MA; and his daughter Holly, her husband Mike and their children Jessica, Nick and Gabby of Scotts Valley. Tony and Marcia’s first-born son, Brian, died as a child when the family was living in Jordan. No services will be held; Tony’s reach extended too far. An online memorial, to which you are invited to contribute, can be found at tonybabb.net If you would like to make a donation in Tony’s name, please consider the Rafer Johnson Impact Fund or Human Rights First
William G. Rhoads
William “Bill” G. Rhoads, age 92, died from complications of Parkinson on Thursday October 14th, 2021 in Arlington, Virginia. He is survived by his wife, Ines M. Rhoads, two children; Robert W. Rhoads and Elizabeth M. Richter married to Anthony Richter, and two grandchildren; Christian and Emma Richter of San Jose, CA. He is preceded in death by his two older brothers Samuel Edward “Ted” Rhoads 1926-2008 and Donald V. Rhoads 1928-2015.
Bill Rhoads was born on September 8th, 1929 in Pasadena California at the precipice of the Great Depression to parents Samuel Rhoads and Helen Vail. He graduated high school at Westtown School in West Chester, PA 1947 where he promptly enrolled at MIT for undergraduate studies in economics and chemical engineering, graduating in 1951. While studying economics at MIT for his masters, he accepted a position at Williams College in Williamstown, MA as an Economics professor from 1959-1965. While attending a conference in Chicago, he was recruited by USAID (United States Agency for International Development) which launched his government career and combined his love for travel and philanthropy. His years in service include:
1965-1969: USAID Assistant Director. Bogota, Columbia.
1970-1973: USAID Representative. Montevideo, Uruguay.
1974-1977: Deputy Assistant Administrator, Interagency Development Coordination. Washington, D.C.
1978-1981: USAID Assistant Director. Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
1981-1985: Chief, PL-480 Food loans, Food for Peace. Washington, D.C.
1985-1989: USAID Program Officer. Lima, Peru.
He served as a crucial figure in appropriating funds to assist these countries grow and develop economically including infrastructure, agriculture and education. After his retirement, his experience and altruism drew him to El Hogar Hispano in Arlington, VA as a volunteer to assist immigrants seeking asylum 1990-1996. Afterwards he volunteered at the Nature Conservancy, Rosslyn, VA 1996-1998 working on proposals for fund appropriation for watershed protection in Latin America. He had a deep interest in archeology and a great love for travel and nature which is why he supported several charities including The Wildlife Federation and Rails to Trails. Science and math were the foundation of his education, and as an ancestor of our founding fathers, Bill gave generously in support of the Wistar Institute in PA. He also supported local and regional food assistance programs such as the AFAC in Arlington, VA.
Bill was a loving and supportive father and husband. He met his wife, Ines Rhoads, during his tour in Uruguay and married November 17, 1973 in Arlington, VA. They enjoyed 47 years of marriage together, traveling the world and living a quiet comfortable life in Arlington, Virginia.
Friends will remember him for his dry sense of humor, his intriguing narratives, his political preferences, and his matter of fact style. Services private.
Donald Mervon Harrison
Donald Mervon Harrison of Oakton, Virginia, died at Georgetown University Hospital, May 25, 2020. Don was the son of Donald and Marguerite Harrison of Annandale, Virginia and St. Augustine, Florida. Don graduated from Annandale High School, College of William and Mary, and University of Virginia, where he earned an MA and PhD (1977) in Economics. He served in the US Army Medical Services Corp, attaining the rank of Captain. He was an intelligence officer at the Central Intelligence Agency for two years.
The bulk of Don’s career was spent with the U.S. Agency for International Development. He found his years with USAID to be both challenging and fulfilling. Always concerned about those living in hardship, he found helping to improve peoples’ lives and advancing development very rewarding. He served with his family in Barbados, Grenada, Honduras and El Salvador, and in temporary assignments in Eastern Europe, Eurasia, the Middle East and Africa. Always keen to stay fit, he did his daily jog where ever he was. He was widely recognized as “the man who runs.”
In retirement, Don pursued his interest in gardening, was active in his church, and volunteered with the Virginia Adopt a Highway program. He was passionate about nature and his family. His goal in every encounter was to leave each person a little happier than they had been before.
Don is survived by his beloved wife, Wesley March Harrison, his devoted children, Donald (Rob) Harrison and Joseph (Drew) Harrison and his siblings, Alan R. Harrison of Annandale, Marguerite Pickering (Craig) of Charlottesville and Elizabeth Spivey (Mike) of Afton, Virginia.
A memorial service will be held October 30, 2021, at Church of the Holy Comforter, 543 Beulah Road, NE, Vienna, VA 22180 at 12 noon. Memorial donations may be made to the World Wildlife Fund, Church of the Holy Comforter or Food for the Poor.
George Gardiner Wood
George Gardiner Wood, of Vienna, Virginia, passed away on October 10, 2021, at 92. After months of declining health, he died peacefully with his beloved wife, Geeta and son, Michael by his side. George was born on August 12, 1929, on Hawaii’s Big Island to Margaret Sutherland Wood and George Gardiner Wood, Sr. Shortly after his birth, he and his family moved to Portknockie, a small fishing village on the northeast coast of Scotland where most of his father’s family resided. He spent his formative years there and developed a love for languages and literature while attending Fordyce Academy, a well-known grammar school. In 1946, George’s family returned to Hawaii (this time to Kauai). George attended the University of Hawaii and majored in French, graduating in 1951. He went on to receive an M.A. in French from Middlebury College in Vermont (1959). George spent his early career working for CARE in Haiti and for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in the former Yugoslavia, where he assisted with the Hungarian Refugee Program. After a few years teaching French at Hunter College in New York and at UCLA, he joined the UN in 1962 and worked on development projects in the Congo. From 1963 to 1965, George served as an English instructor for the South Vietnamese Navy in Nha Trang and Saigon. After two years as a contractor for the US Agency for International Development (USAID), he officially joined the organization in 1967 to work on food aid, economic development, and refugee resettlement programs. In 1970, George met his future wife, Geeta Shrestha, while stationed in New Delhi, India. After many years together, they eloped in 1974. Through his work with USAID and later the State Department, the two traveled the world together, living in Senegal, Niger, Morocco, Bangladesh, and Thailand, before eventually settling in Vienna, Virginia, in 1988. George retired in 1993 after 26 years of federal service. While his wife Geeta continued to work as a nurse, George settled into retirement by doting on the family dog, a faithful terrier named Rascal, who lived to the ripe old age of 15. The two were practically inseparable. George loved conversing in Doric, a dialect of northeast Scotland, and listening to music from that region. He enjoyed watching boxing; reading history books, especially about the Vietnam War and the 1961 assassination of UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold; and tending to his wood-burning stove. He also enjoyed keeping in touch with family and friends near and far. George was a one-of-a-kind man who spent his life helping others. He was a good husband and father who was devoted to his family and cared deeply about the education and welfare of his son and grandchildren. George was preceded in death by his parents, George G. Wood and Margaret S. Wood. He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Geeta S. Wood of Vienna, VA; son, Michael S. Wood (Megan L. Balduf) of Fairfax, VA; grandchildren, James S. Wood and Charlotte R. Wood; brother, David (Sue), of Colorado; sister, Rosemary (Alan) Tambe, of Michigan; several nieces and a nephew; and many other beloved friends and relatives. A private memorial service will be held on Sunday, October 24, 2021 at 4 p.m. at the Lewinsville Presbyterian Church in McLean, VA. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in George’s memory to Lewinsville Presbyterian Church [lewinsville.org] or the Shepherd’s Center of Northern Virginia [scnova.org].A private memorial service will be held on Sunday, October 24, 2021 at 4 p.m. at the Lewinsville Presbyterian Church in McLean, VA. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in George’s memory to Lewinsville Presbyterian Church [lewinsville.org] or the Shepherd’s Center of Northern Virginia [scnova.org].
George Edward Shepard, Jr.
George Edward SHEPARD Jr., former Foreign Service officer with the U.S. Agency for International Development, died March 1, 2021, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, at the age of 81. Mr. Shepard was born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, on October 3,1939. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina in 1964 and a master’s degree from The George Washington University in 1966.
In October 1967, Mr. Shepard was hired by USAID as a refugee advisor and served in the Civil Operations and Revolutionary Development Support Program in Vietnam from 1967 to 1969. During 18 months in Pleiku Province in the Central Highlands, he worked as a civilian with the indigenous Montagnards—allies of the United States in the war against North Vietnam. His last assignment was as an advisor to the deputy district chief. Mr. Shepard’s time in Vietnam and his work as a refugee advisor had a tremendous impact on his life. He was one of only five recipients of a medal for the development of minority ethnic groups from the Republic of Vietnam. Later, when the Montagnards began entering the United States as refugees in the 1980s, he became involved with the resettlement process, once again making lifelong friends. Subsequently, Mr. Shepard had a varied and interesting career, ending with 10 years as an economic developer in the North Carolina Department of Commerce.
Mr. Shepard is survived by his wife, Sharon Sullivan Mújica; his sons Erik (Laura) and Adam (Ivana); stepchildren Marco and Samantha Marquez and Jeff and Tanya Keenan; and step-grandchildren Elle and Sofia.
Howard Raymond Handler
Howard Raymond Handler, a retired Senior Foreign Service officer and longtime international development expert, died September 21, 2021 at age 79, after a short illness. Born in Manhattan on January 15, 1942, he is survived by two brothers, Arthur Handler of New York and Mark Handler of Pennsylvania and three nieces, Karen Handler Ryan, Jennifer Handler Mandell of New York, and Hayley Rubin Handler of Nashville. His parents Herbert and Minnie predeceased him.
Howard answered President Kennedy’s call to join the Peace Corps after graduating from Queens College. He served in Chile from 1964-66, and then attended the University of Pittsburgh. Upon graduation with a Masters degree in economics, he was recruited by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), as an intern and thereafter served as a foreign service officer for more than twenty-five years in various official capacities in Washington and abroad, including service as Mission Director in Botswana and Latvia. Upon retirement, Howard continued his commitment to foreign service, serving as a USAID consultant in various foreign countries. His tours of duty included service in Viet Nam, Guatemala, Bolivia, El Salvador, Ivory Coast, Montenegro, Poland, Republic of Georgia and Bangladesh.
Howard’s international assignments took him to Viet Nam – both during and after the War. Howard was especially pleased with his 20-year return to Vietnam and assisting the country in developing economically and becoming a favored U.S. trading partner.
Funeral services are private.
Julius Kaplan “Jay” died unexpectedly on September 1, 2021. He was born on August 3, 1934 in Washington, DC, and lived most of his life in the District. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Ann Lanyon Kaplan, his two children, Samantha Kaplan (Dirk Mason) of Madison, WI and Lael Kaplan (Cheryl Kaplan) of Ashburn, VA; four grandchildren; and his sister, Jean Sulkes, of Chicago, IL. He was preceded in death by his brother, William Kaplan. Jay was the son of immigrant parents who owned a delicatessen in the Eckington neighborhood of NW Washington.
Jay left his tight-knit Jewish community to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Intellectual History with an undergraduate thesis on 20th century American art. While art and philosophy were his early passions, family pressure directed him towards law school. The intellectual challenge of law appealed to Jay and ultimately led him around the globe. Jay received a BA (1956) from Wesleyan University in Connecticut, a JD (1961) from the University of Chicago Law School where he edited the law review, and an MCL (1962), also from the University of Chicago. He served a year on the Law Faculty of the University of Grenoble, France which began a lifelong appreciation of French culture.
His career began in 1962 in the office of legal counsel for the Agency for International Development, Department of State, during the Kennedy Administration. Jay met his wife, Ann Lanyon, at a French conversation group, and they were married in London in 1963. Ann had spent a year in France on a Fulbright Fellowship and shared his interest in French language and culture. Beginning in 1965 Jay entered private practice as an international lawyer. In 1969 he became a founding partner of Kirkwood, Kaplan, Russin, and Vecchi, which grew to an international firm over the next 25 years with 125 lawyers with many national and overseas offices. Locations included Washington, New York, San Francisco, Bangkok, Saigon, Santo Domingo, Beirut, Bogota, Jakarta, Madrid, Moscow, and Taipei. He finished his career as of counsel to Cadwalader, Wickersham, and Taft from 1995 to 2000.
Jay represented the State of Israel and the countries of Taiwan, Korea, Vietnam, Pakistan, and Iran. His commercial clients included IBM, Citicorp, Gulf Oil, and InterContinental Hotels, among others. Jay had countless other projects and interests. He served as president of the Washington Foreign Law Society. He was on the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Moral Courage. He spent many years working to establish a museum of Jewish heritage in Washington, DC to celebrate the accom- plishments and contributions of the Jewish community. He was also a member of the Philosophical Society of Washington and was fascinated by cosmology. Jay was an active member of the Cosmos Club since 1983 and served on and chaired many committees. He successfully nominated nearly 100 other members and in 2018 was awarded the prestigious Founders’ Club award. His family recalls special occasions at the Club such as the Easter or Mother’s Day brunch with children and grandchildren, the New Year’s Eve celebrations, and countless lectures and lunches with friends. In his retirement Jay became a member then Chair of the Explorers Club Washington Group. Through them he embarked on a series of trips and expeditions all over the world. Some of the most memorable include climbing live volcanoes in Kamchatka, Siberia, climbing sand dunes in the Gobi Desert, Mongolia, watching the orangutans in Borneo, viewing four of the five world’s highest peaks from Sandakphu mountain on the border between India and Nepal, and navigating the Peruvian Amazon. He was active in fundraising events for the Explorers Club that provide field research grants for graduate students. Jay’s love of art began during his undergraduate years and continued throughout his life. He supported numerous museums and counted renowned curators among his friends. He collected Chinese ceramics, 18th century English and Dutch glass, American studio glass, and American paintings (most notably, a George Bellows winter scene). He was a member of The Glass Circle, attending its meetings while in London on business or holiday, and presenting a lecture on his glass collection in 2017. His collections also included antique English place card holders and antique Judaica traveling menorahs. In recent years Jay was an author of two books. The first, “Secrets and Suspense” (2018), captured the highlights of his legal career. One accolade stated that it “read like an international thriller. From working a clandestine Middle East deal, to secretly supporting Argentinian freedom fighters, to trying to establish fast food in France.” His second book, a memoir called, “In Search of Beauty” (2019), illustrated his experiences as an art collector over the course of five decades. At the time of his death Jay was writing a fictional novel that drew upon and intertwined his lifelong interests of art and law. Jay was a connoisseur of food and wine. He took pride in his personal wine cellar and was a member of the DC chapter of the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin, a Burgundian wine society. He patronized Michelin starred restaurants and enjoyed crafting multi-course menus for special occasions. Jay will be remembered as generous, cultivated, and passionate in all his pursuits. He relished a challenge and did not hesitate to try new things. Above all, Jay’s family and friends cherished his energy, optimism, and enthusiasm for life. The poem Ulysses by Tennyson best captures Jay’s spirit, “I cannot rest from travel: I will drink Life to the lees.”
Gifts in remembrance can be sent to Wesleyan University, the Cosmos Club Foundation, the Explorers Club Washington Group, or the National Gallery of Art. A memorial service will be held at a future date. The family appreciates the many thoughtful messages from around the world. Condolences may also be left at www.josephgawlers.com.
Peter H. Thormann
Peter H. Thormann, 83, an economist and retired Foreign Service officer, died on Aug. 16 at Galloway Ridge at Fearrington in Pittsboro, North Carolina. Born in 1938 in Munich, Germany, Mr. Thormann was nine months old when he and his parents fled the Nazi regime and arrived as refugees in the United States. Mr. Thormann spent his childhood in the Boston area. He attended the Boston Latin School for three years until his family moved to the suburb of Newton, where he graduated from Newton High School in 1955. Mr. Thormann earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Brandeis University in 1959 followed by an MBA in industrial relations at the University of California at Berkeley in 1961. While completing doctoral work in economics at the University of Minnesota, he met and married his wife, Mary. In 1966, he accepted a permanent position in his field at the International Labor Organization, in Geneva, Switzerland.
In 1973, he was recruited to USAID and posted to Washington D.C. He served as an adviser to the Program and Policy Coordination Bureau on employment policy and science and technology programs, then as Principal Adviser for Technical Resources for the Asia Bureau. In 1983, he joined the Foreign Service. He was posted twice to New Delhi, India, for nine years, first as Program Economist and then as Director, Office of Program Development and Economic Growth. He was recognized for his leadership and innovation in developing the Program for Advancement of Commercial Technology (PACT) in India, helping establish the Indian stock exchange, and creating the roadmap for restarting the economic growth program suspended by sanctions due to the nuclear test in 1998. In Thailand, where he was posted from 1988 to 1992, he served as Program Economist and later Director of the Program Office. He helped design and manage the financial markets development program and the launch of a vibrant venture capital industry.
From 1992 to 1996, headquartered in Washington D.C., he was Supervisory Program Economist and Supervisory Country Development Officer for the Horn of Africa, East Africa Desk, and then Chief, Strategic Analysis Division with the Africa Bureau. His career included Acting USAID Mission Director to Sri Lanka, Somalia (out of Nairobi), and India, and other short-term assignments in over 25 countries. Following his retirement in 2001 as Chief Economist for USAID’s Africa Bureau, based out of Washington D.C., he provided services as a consultant to USAID overseas missions and firms working with USAID, such as The Mitchell Group, Inc. Relocating to North Carolina in 2010, as part of the Fearrington Village community, Mr. Thormann started an economics discussion group that meets on a regular basis to discuss current domestic and international political and economic issues. The group continues to this day though diminished by his absence. Known for his kindness, sense of humor and gentle demeanor, he was a dedicated family man and friend. His interest in people, cultures, and countries improved many lives around the world. Not one to shy from challenges, he lived his life to the fullest.
In addition to his wife of 55 years, Mary, and their son Mark (Beth Thormann) and daughter Monique (Marcus Courtney), Mr. Thormann is survived by a daughter, Gabrielle, from his first marriage, as well as his brother Michael and sister Joan. A celebration of life will be announced later. Expressions of sympathy can be made to the Diversity Scholarships fund at Brandeis University via giving.brandeis.edu/diversity.
Message from USAID Administrator Samantha Power:
I write to you with heartbreaking news. Our colleague, Tresja Denysenko, passed away unexpectedly earlier this morning. Tresja, a longtime force behind our humanitarian efforts, was serving with our Disaster Assistance Response Team in Haiti as our Deputy Leader for Operations when last night she collapsed after experiencing a sudden medical emergency. Surrounded by her colleagues, Tresja received immediate care from paramedics and doctors from the Fairfax Search and Rescue team. She was then medevaced by our Embassy in Port-au-Prince and the US Coast Guard to a hospital in Miami, where she subsequently passed.
Tresja is survived by her husband, Nick, and their 12-year-old daughter, Sophia, and I want to extend my heartfelt condolences to them on behalf of a grateful nation and Agency. I want to offer that same expression of sympathy to Tresja’s entire family, and all her friends and colleagues whose hearts are filled with grief today.
Tresja first joined the USAID family in 2005, and was a keystone in our disaster and humanitarian responses over the past sixteen years. She served in Haiti once before, following the 2010 earthquake. She deployed to West Africa to help partner countries contain and ultimately end the Ebola outbreak in 2014. She responded to the political crisis in Venezuela, the Civil War in South Sudan, and recently to the conflict and humanitarian disaster in the Tigray region of Ethiopia. For Tresja, there was no region too difficult to reach, no assignment too risky, no challenge too great. When people needed help, she went.
As an operational lead, Tresja also made our teams better. She worked tirelessly to train staff across the Bureau of Humanitarian Affairs, and Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance before that, to deliver assistance more efficiently and more effectively, to save more lives and respond to more human needs. And she was beloved by her colleagues. For her mentorship. For her dedication. For her quick wit and endless reservoir of compassion.
Her passing today, on World Humanitarian Day no less, reminds us of the grave risks many members of our USAID family take every single day to deliver assistance to those in need. I ask that you bear those sacrifices in mind and that you look to support colleagues who are in pain today, if your own grief will allow it.
Tresja’s passing comes at a time of compounding anguish, as we grapple with the loss of life and suffering in Haiti following the recent earthquake, and the grave peril confronting our Afghan colleagues and partners. We are all in a state of sorrow today; you do not have to face it alone. I urge you to take advantage of our Staff Care grief and loss counseling services, and to let your manager and colleagues know if you need time and space to process and try to heal.
We are setting up a condolence book for Tresja here in Washington in the 14th Street lobby, and have also created a digital condolence book where you can share memories and pay your respects. We are arranging a virtual memorial service for her in the coming days, with more details to follow. In the meantime, let us celebrate Tresja’s contributions, honor her memory, and, if we are so lucky, hug our colleagues and families a bit more tightly today.
Ann Kieswetter Morales A resident of the Ingleside of Rock Creek CCRC in Washington, DC, passed away on August 19, 2021 at the age of 84, after a long battle with dementia and a shorter one with cancer. She grew up in Manhasset Long, Island, NY, a member of the Manhasset High School class of 1954, attended Vassar college, majoring in economics, and Johns Hopkins University, and her two main jobs were in Washington, DC with the State Department and the International Development Bank (IDB). After college she went to work for the Latin-American bureau of the Agency for International Development (AID). Later on, around 1969, she left AID and went to work for The Interamerican Development Bank (IDB), where she married her boss, Cecilio Morales, an Argentinian, and gained two step-children, Christian and Maria Elena. IDB didn’t allow this type of business relationship, so Ann went over to an agency called the American Institute for Free Labor Development (AIFLD). Cecilio passed away in 1980 and some years later she reestablished a relationship with an old friend, Rice Odell, a writer for the Washington Daily News and an editor of the Conservation Foundation newsletter. After Ann retired in 1999, and was able to become more active in her church. She worked on a team with others each year to organize the annual church bazaar as a way of raising funds to support social justice and action causes, all the while donating generously to deserving organizations. She served on a pastoral search committee, was an usher and deacon, took part in Middle East committee conversations and study groups and more. She would come to the church on Monday mornings to tidy up the sanctuary and to mail out hard copies of the church bulletin and of sermon manuscripts to people who were unable to come to church in person as a way of including them. And her offers to proofread sermons were accepted by head minister Tim Tutt. Ann and Rice eventually planned to move to the Ingleside of Rock Creek, where her mother, Martha, had spent several active years until 2004. But unfortunately, Rice passed away in February of 2015, so she moved in by herself and became active in the community, workings on committees and volunteering for various events. She leaves behind a brother, Chico Kieswetter, of Sarasota, Florida and his son, John, of Montville, New Jersey, her two step-children, Maria Elena of Tallahassee, Florida and Christian, of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Maria Elena’s son, Fred, as well as Rice’s two children, Denise and Colin, both of Washington, DC. A memorial service celebrating Ann’s life will be held at the Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ in Bethesda on Wednesday, September 1, 2021, at 11 a.m., by invitation only due to the COVID virus. Anyone interested in attending the memorial service via ZOOM session may contact the church at email@example.com and request the link. Funeral services were provided by Thibadeau Mortuary Service. Donations may be made to Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ in Bethesda, MD.
Roger J. Simmons
Roger J. Simmons passed away on August 18, 2021, as a result of complications associated with dementia. Over his 81 years of life, he was able to develop and pursue deep commitments to racial equality and international development. He worked with the U.S. Agency for International Development, both as a contractor (addressing issues of public administration in Nigeria, Liberia, Tanzania, and Swaziland) and as a Foreign Service officer (as the program officer in Mali and as Deputy Mission Director in Kenya and Russia, as well as tours in Washington). His wife, Emmy Simmons, also served as a Foreign Service officer, and they were able to function as a “tandem couple” in Mali/the Sahel Development Planning Team, Kenya/the Regional Office for East and Central Africa, and Russia. Roger retired from USAID in 2000, although he continued to participate in training new staff until 2004. Emmy retired from USAID in 2005. In December 2020, they moved into the Vinson Hall Retirement Community in McLean, less than two miles away from their “first house” (purchased in 1978) in the Chesterbrook Woods community. Roger Simmons was born in Boston, Massachusetts and grew up in the suburb of Malden. He graduated from Tufts University (having spent a few gap years working on farms and rural resettlement in Kenya) and the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) at the University of Pittsburgh.
It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Larry Cowper, beloved father of Steve Cowper and father-in-law of Pamela White on August 13, 2021.
Larry joined USAID as a Health Officer focusing on Malaria control in 1959 and served in Nepal, Ethiopia, India, Sri Lanka, Burma, and several tours in Washington before retiring in 1989 at the Minister Consular level. He passed away peacefully at his daughters’ home in South Carolina after a short illness at the age of 94.
He leaves his wife Connie after 69 years of marriage and three children Sandi Cathcart, Steve, and Diane Cowper: 4 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. He will be greatly missed but all family members and friends knew he had a fascinating life and lived it to the fullest.
Peter A. Gajewsky
Peter Gajewski passed away peacefully in Berkeley, California on July 15, 2021. Born in 1932 in Warsaw, Poland, Peter was an economist with a decade’s long career in international development with the United States Agency for International Development. He leaves his wife, Suzanne E. Siskel, sons Gregory (Susan) and Matthew, granddaughter Laurel Olney (Jonathan) and his nephews Todzio and Christopher Welisz and their families.
Idris M. Diaz
It is with profound sadness that USAID shares the news that our friend and colleague, Idris Michael Diaz, retired Foreign Service Officer and Deputy General Counsel, passed away on July 22, 2021, after a battle with a rare form of leukemia. He passed at home peacefully in his sleep, surrounded by his family.
Idris joined USAID in 2002 and served as Resident Legal Officer in Senegal, Pakistan, and India; as Assistant General Counsel for Africa, Asia and the Middle East, Europe and Eurasia and Latin America; as Deputy General Counsel; and as Deputy Mission Director to USAID/India. He retired from USAID in 2019.
Idris had a deep affection for the people, music, art, and religions of each of the places where he served or visited. He embraced diversity, equity, and inclusion; and civil and human rights and justice from his days as a journalist, before entering public service, through to his time with USAID. He earned the gratitude and respect of USAID leadership and of his colleagues and friends around the world.
Idris’ work and his life and worldview were rooted in his experience as an African American growing up in Queens, N.Y., and his avid interest in and study of diverse faiths, the martial arts, yoga, and meditation. Idris was especially proud to become certified as a yoga teacher last year. He celebrated the cultures of New Orleans and Honduras that were intertwined in his background and was fascinated by how cultures bring together and influence people.
Idris had an uncanny ability to connect with people. He was a great listener, advisor, and storyteller. He was charming and had a talent for speaking hard truths and staying true to himself and his principles, yet never losing his sense of fun and humor. Idris also shared a deep love for friends and family—including his three siblings, his nieces and nephews and his current partner—and he nurtured his relationships with each of them with attention and care.
A celebration of Idris’ life will be planned in the coming months. If you wish to be added to the family’s notification list, please add your information to the Virtual Memory Book for Idris Diaz.
We offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Diaz. Any questions concerning this notice may be directed to: Michelle Godette, GC/AFR, (202) 712-0221, firstname.lastname@example.org
Thomas Elliott Johnson
Passed away peacefully on July 13, 2021 at his home in Vienna, Virginia. He is survived by his beloved wife, Insoon; two devoted sons, Donald and Robert; his five granddaughters, and six nieces and nephews. Born March 29, 1932, in Miami, Florida to George D. Johnson and Margaret Elliott both of Danville, Illinois. He received both an undergraduate degree from the University of Florida in 1954, with Phi Beta Kappa honors, as well as a master’s degree in economics and transportation in 1956. Tom was a lifelong Gators fan and while at the University of Florida was president of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity.His career was one dedicated to service to his country. After graduation, he served in the US Army for three years, stationed primarily in Okinawa, Japan. Upon leaving the military, he embarked on a 35-year career in the US Agency for International Development culminating in a position in the Senior Foreign Service. His focus was economic development and helping build infrastructure in South Korea, Taiwan, Philippines, Egypt and Thailand. Throughout his career his strong preference was to be away from the bureaucracy of Washington, DC and “in the field” making a difference.He will be remembered for his dedication to his family.
Tom never missed his sons’ sporting events, Boy Scout activities, or concerts as they grew up. He was always there to guide and mentor them even after adulthood. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends and all who knew him. A visitation will be held on Friday, July 30, 2021 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., and a service on Saturday, July 31, 2021 at 11 a.m. at Money & King Funeral Home, Vienna, Virginia. Details as well as the ability to share a memory with the family is available at www.moneyandking.com
Sidney Kidd Bliss
Sidney Kidd Bliss succumbed following a heart attack at his home in Maputo, Mozambique on 20 July, 2021, just shy of his 78th birthday. Sid grew up in Boston, the eldest son of a Congregationalist minister. Christian values instilled in his youth served Sid well throughout his life. He first went to Africa as a Peace Corp Volunteer serving in a rural development program in northern Togo. After a tragic accident, he returned to West Africa, working for various NGO’s and as a contractor to USAID, eventually as a Direct Hire. As a Foreign Service Officer, he served in West Africa (Niger, Togo, AID/W) and then in Southern Africa (Mozambique) as a Project Development Officer. In retirement he continued to assist USAID/Maputo for several years on contract work primarily on providing humanitarian assistance to populations in northern Mozambique. He leaves behind his wife, Lurdes, of the family home in Maputo and son, Joshue, studying journalism in the UK.
Sid’s love for Africa spans decades. Fluent in French and Portuguese, Sid worked tirelessly with government agencies, local community organizations, and international and local NGOs to improve the lives of some of Africa’s most poverty-stricken communities. Sid loved his work, suffered the AID bureaucracy graciously, and excelled at networking with friends and colleagues who shared his commitment to respect and hope for African development. Throughout his life, Sidney served as a “connector” of people and ideas engaged in African development. He mentored many younger development professionals who will keep his commitment to the development of African populations and his spirit of cooperation alive.
Thomas Robert Ross
Thomas Robert Ross, Age 76, died Monday, July 19, 2021 in Washington, DC. He was born in 1945 in Kingsville, Texas, the only son and younger of two children of the late Samuel Thomas and Willow June (Lowery) Ross. He lived in Baytown, Texas, before completing high school in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, Class of 1963, where his father was a Celanese Corporation executive. Tom received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from The Pennsylvania State University in 1967 after spending his senior year studying in Bregenz, Austria, and his master’s degree in experimental psychology at Central Michigan University in 1971, where he was also a Catholic elementary school teacher. Tom then became a psychology teacher and guidance counseling department director at a private school in San Jose, Costa Rica. He taught the son and daughter of then-Costa Rican President Jose Pepe Figueres. An avid hiker, Tom once walked a portion of the remote southeastern shore of Costa Rica to Panama enjoying the pristine nature. After Costa Rica, Tom also partly completed doctoral studies in counseling at Michigan State University before accepting a research position at the Organization of America States in Washington, DC.
After thirty-eight years of federal government service, Tom retired in 2015 from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). His last assignment was in the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance where he served as a program analyst for approximately twenty-five years. He joined USAID’s Foreign Service in October 1976 as an International Development Intern/Education Specialist and remained in the Foreign Service until he transitioned to the Civil Service in 1988. Overseas he worked in the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Kenya, and Zimbabwe. He served as an education officer in the Dominican Republic for five years, using an interactive radio-based instructional program for children in remote villages. In Washington, DC, Tom also served in the Bureau for Science and Technology and in the Africa Bureau.
A high school musician, Tom was also a founding member of the National Chorus performing with the National Symphony in San Jose, Costa Rica. He sang with the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC, and in, 1984, met Dr. Peter Muehrer backstage at Lincoln Center, NYC, while they were waiting to go onstage for a chorus performance. Dr. Muehrer was Tom’s husband of 36 years–both federal public servants. He and Peter also enjoyed hikes in numerous United States national parks, including the Grand Tetons, Yellowstone, Yosemite, Olympic National Park, the Cascades, Mount Rainier, Banff and Jasper National Parks in Canada and many more. Tom was an accomplished nature photographer in all these locations.
Tom is survived by his husband Dr. Peter Muehrer and by his older sister Patricia (Gerald) Harman of Camarillo, California; niece Emily Harman (PJ) Stewart; and nephew Michael Harman, both of Thousand Oaks, California. Contributions in Tom’s memory may be made to the two college scholarship funds that he established and endowed: The Samuel T. and Thomas R. Ross Scholarship at Schreyer Honors College of The Pennsylvania State University or the Ross Family Scholarship at Point Pleasant, West Virginia High School through the Parkersburg, West Virginia Area Community Foundation.
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Joseph C. Huber
Joseph C. Huber, 95, died November 26, 2020 at Heritage Pointe in Warren, Indiana. Joseph was born on the family farm outside of Warren on September 12, 1925 to Guy and Lillian Huber. After graduating from Jefferson Twp. High School in 1943, he was drafted and served 29 months in the US Navy. As a flight engineer on Navy seaplanes, he served in the Philippines, China, Korea and Japan. He was recalled during the Korean War and was stationed in Washington, D.C. as a Communications Technician. Upon graduating from Purdue University in 1950 and marrying Willene Alexander, his interests took him to a variety of jobs and travels. He taught Vocational Agriculture, Chemistry, Biology and a few more subjects at Jackson Twp. High School. Joseph managed the family dairy farm for a few years, he sold livestock feed and was an Assistant County Agent in Clinton County. From 1958 until 1976 he worked for the US Agency for International Development with assignments in Colombia, Bolivia, Brazil, Nicaragua, Honduras, Tanzania and Haiti. Lastly, he was a Pesticide Field Investigator for the Indiana State Chemist and Seed Commissioner’s Office. He was an adventuresome person, a humanitarian, a jokester and loved to tell his life experiences to people and see their reactions. With his smile and the sparkle in his eyes, he will be much missed by his family and friends.
Joseph is survived by daughters Mary and Jane, his brother David and step-sister JoAnn, seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Willene, sons Tom and Bill and step brothers Jack, George and Perry.
Bruce Monroe Blackman
Bruce Blackman–a Foreign Service Officer, Zen Roshi and Guiding Teacher– was born in Bridgeport, CT on November 6, 1942 and passed away on May 3, 2021 in Falls Church, VA. Bruce moved with his family to Portland, Oregon when he was 12. He loved sports and was a great baseball player in high school and college. He graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Arts, followed by a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley, and a 2nd Master’s Degree from the Johns Hopkins University School for Advanced International Studies in International Public Policy. He began a career with the State Department Foreign Service (US Agency for International Development) in 1970 as a Foreign Service Officer which took the Blackman family to South America, Central America, and Asia. After 23 years with USAID, he retired from government and worked for Fairfax County while pursuing his passion for Zen teaching and Meditation, through which he formed many lasting, important relationships in his life.
Bruce was a Zen Roshi and guiding teacher of the Clare Sangha Meditation group in Baltimore, MD, where many were fortunate enough to learn meditation through his gentle and patient guidance. Helping people grow in their spirituality and mindfulness gave him great happiness. He was an avid runner, swimmer, and hiker – completing 18 marathons, including the Boston, New York and Marine Corps marathons – as well as numerous hikes around the world. Bruce enjoyed spending summers at the family cottage in Nova Scotia and loved to hear about his family’s interests and successes, regular family get-togethers, watching his grandsons play baseball, and seeing his loving family grow. We are heartbroken by his loss but take comfort in knowing he lived a full, rich, spiritual, and interesting life that touched so many people in a unique way.
Bruce is survived by his wife of 54 years, Joan, as well as sons, Marc (Susanna), Burke (Casey), daughter, Holly (Justin), sister, Lindsay (Hugh) and six grandchildren, Melanie, Kristina, Monroe, Callen, Reeve and Abbie. He is predeceased by mother, Virginia Pottratz; father, Judson Blackman; daughter, Erin Nunez; and brother Gary Blackman. The family will receive friends at the Money and King Funeral Home, 171 W. Maple Ave. on Thursday, May 13, 2021 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, May 14, at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 11900 Lawyers Road, Reston, VA 20190 at 10:30 a.m. www.moneyandking.com
Maria Carmen Naranjo
Our beloved wife and mother, Maria Carmen Naranjo, entered her eternal life on Thursday, March 4, 2021. Carmen was surrounded by her family and passed peacefully. She was born on July 31, 1944 to Jesus and Balbina Fernandez (both deceased), in Havana, Cuba. She immigrated to the United States when she was 10 years old and arrived in Washington, D.C. Carmen grew up with her three brothers; Antonio Fernandez (deceased), Benigno Fernandez (Alicia)(both deceased), and James Fernandez (Pilar).
Life’s twists and turns brought Carmen to the love of her life and husband of 50 years, Edgar Marcelo Naranjo. Together they raised two daughters, Michelle Bentkowski (Scott), Kristie Lofland (Larry) and a nephew they loved like a son; Angel “Roddy” Naranjo (deceased). Carmen was blessed with granddaughters and seized every chance to brag about Sammi, Gabby, Peytyn, Adrianna, and Maddy. Carmen is also survived by one cousin and many nieces and nephews who were present in her life and she loved dearly.
Carmen was a visionary and worked hard. She was a proud employee of the Federal Government and retired from the United States Agency for International Development in 2011. In her retirement, Carmen enjoyed how life slowed down and spending time with her husband and family were her top priority. Carmen will long be remembered for being caring and helpful to all. You never had to ask a favor of her because she would offer to assist when she saw a need. She was a loving and selfless wife, mother and grandmother who kept our family close and strong no matter what the storm. We will forever be grateful that she always put our needs before her own. Carmen was also a dedicated and loyal friend to many and has been described as the most genuine and giving friend to all who crossed her path.
Carmen’s family expresses their heartfelt and sincere gratitude for all the support and kindness during this time.
Services were held privately and burial will be at a later date.
A. David Lundberg
Alfred David “Dave” Lundberg, 80 of Ipswich, beloved husband of Barbara (Ritter) Lundberg, passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 18, 2021 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House surrounded by his loving family. Born in Cambridge, New York, he was the son of the late Edward and Ruth (Wolfe) Lundberg. Dave left the family farm to attend Cornell University where he received his bachelor’s degree in agriculture and his master’s degree in urban development. Mr. Lundberg embarked on a long and distinguished career with the United States Agency for International Development. His work took him to several countries: Vietnam, where he worked in the Rural Development Program, then as an aide to John Paul Vann; followed by Thailand, Pakistan, and Kenya, where he served in diplomatic posts focused on agriculture and development. He immersed himself in local cultures with humility and respect and spoke several languages. Dave returned to the Washington D.C. area to head the East Africa Bureau at the U.S. Department of State, then retired from government service to join the private sector as a Vice President for RONCO, an international consulting corporation specializing in development and humanitarian landmine disposal.
A devoted family man, Dave was a loving husband, father, and grandfather who took great pride in his children and grandchildren’s many milestones and accomplishments. The family travelled together extensively through his work, which provided them with countless extraordinary experiences. Dave was an avid and hard-working gardener, a hobby that gave him great pleasure, and he enjoyed cooking, fishing, and always made time to hunt with his family in upstate New York. He will be fondly remembered for his love for his family, dedication to his country, and for the generosity and respect with which he treated everyone he worked with and for. He is deeply missed by his loving family and by the many people whom he touched along the way. Surviving Dave in addition to his wife Barbara with whom he shared 40 years of marriage are his children, Kristen Birkland and her husband Michael of Reston, VA, Christopher Lundberg and his wife Leah of Washington D.C.; John Lundberg and his wife Sara of Maplewood, NJ, and Catherine Cameron and her husband Peter of Danvers, MA; and his seven grandchildren and his brothers Robert Lundberg of Phoenix, AZ and Jack Lundberg and his wife Judy of Schaghticoke, NY. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Dave’s memory to Kaplan Family Hospice House, C/O Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan St., Suite B102, Danvers, MA 01923 or to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation at jdrf.org. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit www.odonnellfuneralservice.com.
Elly Maria Tierney (née Amourghi)
Born in Athens, Greece, to General Nicholas Amourghis and Adriani Zervou, both from the Ionian island of Kefalonia, our mother was a force of nature able to transcend great adversities,
such as the Germans’ occupation of Greece when she was 15, and embrace many challenges, when enthusiastically undertaking the study of Mandarin and Dari Persian later in life. She was an avid reader of history and French literature, a polyglot and world traveler, which included an overseas life of more than 20 years as the spouse of a Foreign Service Officer with USAID. On her return from abroad, she worked as an interpreter and secretary for the Embassy of the Republic of Burundi for over 20 years, and went on a lovely holiday there upon her retirement. Our mother’s life spanned nearly a century of history that was for her deeply personal. Her experiences, gift of language and sense of humor made her an unforgettable raconteuse; a serious scholar filled with joie de vivre. She raised us to appreciate world travel and embrace the gift of education as a life-long and joyful adventure. Above all, our mother instilled in us a sense of justice, ethics, and kindness. All our successes are owed to her encouragement and inspiration. Mama died peacefully, on Easter Sunday, in her home, in Washington DC. She was preceded in death by her husband of 29 years, William Joseph Tierney, daughters Elizabeth Theresa Tierney, and Christine Nichole Tierney, and is survived by daughters Martha Adrienne Tierney and Alice Tierney Witt; grandchildren William P. Critz , Anna Critz, Blair Witt, Jenny Witt, and Allison Hansen Ngoma; great-grandchildren William E. Critz, Nolan Critz, Neyo Ngoma and Nala Ngoma. We wish to express our deepest gratitude to Marta Rodriguez, Maribel Martinez, and Sally Chinanzvavana for their selfless and loving care and their enduring friendship. Services will be held at a later date. Our mother will be lovingly and longingly remembered for all time. Gialo Gialo Mama.
George Theodore Eaton
On Thursday, March 18th, 2021, George Theodore
Eaton (“Pete”), husband, brother, and father of three children, passed away peacefully in Nanterre, France at the age of 82 following a Covid diagnosis.
George was born in Ithaca, NY on August 22, 1938 and grew up in NY state, Virginia, Kansas and North Carolina. Awarded the Angier B. Duke Memorial Prize, he received his B.A. in Political Science from Duke University in 1960. On a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, George received his M.A. from Yale University in 1961. He was married to Helen Marie Rupp in 1964, to Susan Lofstrom Mayer in 2000, and to Diaka Diane in 2008.
George served almost 30 years promoting international development in Africa both as a diplomat and as a Foreign Service Officer before retiring in 1994. He began as a Peace Corps volunteer in Nsukka, Nigeria from 1961-1963. After studying French Literature and Language at the Sorbonne (University of Paris) and teaching Political Science at Prairie View A & M College, TX, he joined USAID in Washington D.C. His overseas postings started in 1969, taking him and his family to Kenya, Tanzania, Eswatini, Mali, and finally to Mauritania and Niger, where he was Director.
From 1994-2004, George worked as an international aid consultant in Afghanistan, Moldova, Rwanda, Belize, Botswana, Egypt, Haiti, Mali, Niger, Côte d’Ivoire, Macedonia, Zambia, Cameroon. Following nine years in Taos, NM, he settled in France in 2009 with his wife, Diaka Diane, and his youngest son, Jacques. In George’s youth he was an adventurer and a mountain climber. He appreciated the richness of other cultures as well as the beauty of wildlife. In retirement, he was an avid walker, reader and writer, as well as an observer of local, national and international politics. He enjoyed the quirks of how the French and English languages overlapped in popular culture.
In addition to his wife and son in France and his sister, Margaret Eaton, in New Zealand, George is survived in the U.S. by his oldest son, Timothy, his daughter, Natasha Copeland, his former wife, Helen, and their grandchildren, Henry, Li-Yen, Liam and Katya.
On August 21, 202, 0Ronald Glover Russell (Age 87), a retired Foreign Service officer, died at his home in Washington DC, his wife by his side,. Cardiac failure was the cause of death.
Mr. Russell was a Stanford University graduate (1954) which he attended on a Navy ROTC scholarship. He served with the Marine Corps as a jet fighter pilot with the rank of Captain. He received a law degree from the Harvard Law School in 1961. He was then awarded a Ford Foundation Fellowship in public administration which took him to Beaufort, North Borneo where he lived with his wife, Susan (Collins) Russell whom he had met in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
He later worked for the World Bank and then joined the Agency for International Development where he was posted to positions in Argentina, Bolivia and Panama. After retiring from the Foreign Service, he practiced law in Washington, DC. Subsequently he founded and ran McPherson Square Associates, a Washington, DC attorney placement firm. He was an active member of the Washington, DC Army Navy Club for 65 years. Over the years he travelled extensively with his wife who cherished him.
He lived a full long life and is greatly missed by his family and lifelong friends. He leaves behind his wife of 58 years Susan, three sons, Tom, Andrew and Michael, his brother, Bill, and four grandchildren, Aaron, Sarah, Michael and Melanie. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Caroline Eguawomi Barrett
Caroline Equawumi Barrett, 74 of Perryville, Maryland, passed away on March 4, 2021 at the University of Maryland Harford Memorial Hospital in Havre de Grace, Maryland. Born November 26, 1946 in Koko, Nigeria, she was the daughter of the late John A. and Esther Ede Kpenosen.
Caroline attended primary school in Sapele, Nigeria and moved to London in 1966 where she graduated from the Paris Academy of Fashion and Design. In 1971 she moved to the US and graduated from the LaRose Beauty Institute located in Petersburg, Virginia. She was subsequently licensed to practice cosmetology in the states of Virginia and North Carolina.
Her father was the driving force in a life earmarked with hard work, creativity and compassion. Her father rewarded hard work and creativity and encouraged her to be bold. When his business fortunes turned, she modeled his efforts by taking care of her younger brothers and sisters and looked for more creative ways to support their success. Caroline then moved to the big city of Lagos, Nigeria and worked in modeling, acting on television and advertising.
Caroline later moved to London and worked at the Nigerian Embassy where she met the Queen of England as a Nigerian Embassy staffer. Her first of what would be many entrepreneurial efforts included sewing human hair sections to be used in weave-ins and hair extensions for merchants in London. It was during this time that she met her husband who was serving in England in the US Air Force. Caroline married Henry L. Barrett in 1970 and for 50 years, shared his life as, among other things, a Foreign Service Officer in the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). They renewed their vows on two separate occasions; once at a Native and custom ceremony in Caroline’s home of Koko Nigeria and then, at the Church in Israel where Jesus Christ turned water into wine.
The family moved to Durham North Carolina in 1971 where, Caroline owned two wig boutiques and a Beauty salon. In 1979, the family moved to Monrovia, Liberia where Henry served as an Advisor to the Minister of Finance and they remained there for over 10 years. While there, she opened a state-of-the art beauty salon, named Madam Carol’s House of Beauty and Charm (Featured in a Washington Post article on Liberia in 1985).
In 1990, the family moved to Singapore where Henry was posted with the USAID Office of the Inspector General (OIG). Over the next four years Caroline immersed herself in Asian antiques and culture with travels to Brunei, Philippines and Indonesia before returning to the US in 1995. In 1997 Caroline accompanied Henry to Senegal where she actively participated in the activities of the American diplomatic community and met President and Mrs. Clinton during their visit to Senegal in April 1998. They moved to Perryville, Maryland in 2002 and lived there until her passing.
Caroline continued to enjoy her multiple travels and visits to Nigeria, London, Israel and a number of states. She was always excited about meeting new people and learning different cultures and traditions. She would especially “beam up” when her children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews would come for visits. She was also very passionate about supporting her aging relatives in Nigeria. One of her nephews is fond of saying that “there is no problem that aunty can’t solve.”
Caroline was an active member of the Pleasant View Baptist Church of Port Deposit, Maryland and she was especially proud of her baptism in the Jordan River during her travel to Israel. Caroline is survived by her loving husband of 50 years, Henry; son, Michael; daughter, Juliana; two grand-children, Boma and Abiye; and four brothers and sisters.
Madeline Claire Williams
It is with great sadness that we inform you of the unexpected passing of our dear friend and colleague Madeline Claire Williams (56) in Sodwana Bay, South Africa on April 3, 2021. Preceded in death by her mother Janet Williams, Madeline is survived by her loving husband and life-long partner Jorge Delgado and children Jordan, Jesse and Jaydn; father, The Honorable Charles H. Williams, Jr.; siblings Chuck (Rachel), Paul (Mickey), and Daniel; many loving (and duly- mentored) nieces and nephews, favorite aunts and uncles and countless cousins, “sister-friends” and a truly world-wide family.
Madeline was born in Saint Paul and grew up in the Summit-University/Rondo neighborhoods. She graduated from Breck High School in 1982, where her athletic and leadership skills were recognized with an Athena Award and 2016 induction into the Breck School Athletic Hall of Fame. Madeline graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in International Studies. Her graduate work at the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs also focused on International Affairs, preparing her for a distinguished career in the Foreign Service. Madeline brought her passion for democracy, human rights, and diversity/inclusion to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), working across the globe to build local capacity and raising her family in a wide range of cultures, including posts in Burkina-Faso, Peru, Ghana, and Egypt. She also worked extensively throughout the Caribbean. Most recently, Madeline was posted in Pretoria, South Africa, working to bring electrical power to millions in sub-Saharan Africa.
Friends and colleagues across the world will remember her passion, commitment, rigor and deep love of family and friendships. Madeline was a teacher and a mentor wherever she lived and worked. Her zest for life and exploration was contagious. As one colleague noted, she was “all-in” on whatever was before her. In the words of the Bahamian spiritual, Madeline, “We Bid you Goodnight.” Celebration of Madeline’s life will be held on Saturday, April 24, 10:00 a.m. at St. Thomas More Church in St. Paul (service will also be live streamed on the St. Thomas More Facebook Live page). Due to COVID restrictions, space will be limited. Please reach out to the family at (612) 208-7710 for information about the service. Interment at Resurrection Cemetery, following the celebration of life. Memorials preferred to Reconnect Rondo (reconnectrondo.com). Arrangements by Brooks Funeral Home, 651-228-1935. Also, the family has a virtual condolence book, which will be sent to her family.
John “Jack” Wellington MacDonald
John “Jack” Wellington MACDONALD, retired Foreign Service officer with the U.S. Agency for International Development, died November 25, 2020, in Austin, Texas, at the age of 91. Mr. Macdonald was born on November 14, 1929, in Grand Forks,North Dakota. He served in the U.S. Army before earning a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Dakota in 1953. He worked on Capitol Hill from 1953 to 1955, while taking courses at Georgetown University Graduate School and Law School. He worked for Prudential Insurance from
1955 to 1957 in New York City, then returned to Washington, D.C., where he joined USAID.
Overseas assignments for Mr. Macdonald included Lagos, Nigeria, in 1966; Saigon, Vietnam, in 1969; Tunis,Tunisia, in 1970; Damascus, Syria; Beirut, Lebanon; Amsterdam, the Netherlands; Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo; and Baku, Azerbaijan. In Washington, he was a USAID international trade specialist in 1971; a capital resources development officer in 1974; and a special management administration program assistant in 1976.
After retiring in 1980, Mr. Macdonald moved to Easton, Maryland, where he was an active sailor, single-handing his 33-foot Swiftsure sloop until he was 80. He did volunteer work at the hospital, church, and library and sold antiques in Easton. He also ran a portrait group at the Easton Academy of Art for 15 years and was a member of the English-Speaking Union, the Commonwealth Society, and various art groups. Following his move to Austin, Texas, in 2006, Mr. Macdonald joined the Austin Yacht Club and ran open studio art classes at the Austin Museum of Art.
Mr. Macdonald was predeceased by his brother Neil, his first wife Alexandra, his son John Dimitri, and his grandson, John Daniel. He is survived by his former wife Marie, his sister Edith Anderson; his daughter Pam (John) Halter; grandchildren Kristin, Neil, Madeline, and Katherine; and his great-granddaughter Annabelle.
Susan L. Eaton
Susan L. Eaton, nee Lofstrom, age 72, passed away on August 25, 2016 surrounded by the loving comfort of her daughter and son and family members. Loving mother of Diana Schreibman (Mayer) and William Mayer of Dallas (formerly Lake Forest, IL), proud grandmother of Eliza Schreibman. Dear sister of Joan (the late James) Sinadinos, and her brothers David (Mary) Lofstrom, Dr. Brian Lofstrom, and Michael Lofstrom. Dear aunt to Elizabeth (Thad) Driskell, Nicole (Rob) Lashbrook, and Bridget (Trevor) Tyrrell. Executive secretary for 7 yrs. at Abbott Labs in North Chicago, served 4 yrs.in the foreign service, USAID in Africa (Niger and Rwanda) in the 90’s. Only contestant to have won the Washington Post’s neologism contest 3 times. Services to be held later; interment at All Saints Cemetery. Memorials to the American Lung Association.
Catherine Ann Balsis
The best that can be said of any of us is that we lived fully and loved whole-heartedly. Catherine Ann Balsis did that and more. A “Jersey girl” at heart, she was born on January 8, 1948 in Trenton, NJ to Dr. Bernard Balsis and Mary Louise (Brown) Balsis. After graduating from American University in 1969, Catherine received her Masters of Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh. She was passionate about international development as evidenced by over thirty years of experience working for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), her time as an instructor at the Experiment for International Living, and as the owner of her own international consulting business, Lakewood Associates, LLC. Catherine spent many years travelling not only professionally but as a private citizen of the world. Catherine, known lovingly as “CAB”, married the love of her life Ronald Nicholson in 1985. Together with Ron, Catherine had a life full of family dinners, vacations, weddings and celebrations. She was known and loved by her neighborhood community for her warmth and empathy. She was a dedicated dog mom, most recently to her curly-coated retriever, Odie.
Catherine will be remembered for her endless patience and love by her husband Ron Nicholson, her stepchildren Andrew Nicholson, Robert Nicholson, Marcy Clapp, Maria Petow, Teri Nicholson, Cathy Kennerly and Ronald Nicholson. Catherine was a devoted and loving grandmother to her fifteen grandchildren. She is survived by her three siblings, Mary Louise Balsis, Jane Feary and Bernard Balsis, Jr. and many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grandnephews. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Arlington Welfare League of Arlington or the National MS Society.
Julius ‘Julio’ Schlotthauer
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.
Christine Zarr passed away at age 81 on Thursday, September 3, 2020 with her family at her side. The cause of death was Goodpasture Syndrome, a rare kidney condition. She was born Christine Worrall on February 9, 1939 in Formby, on the north coast of Liverpool, England. Christine was a natural athlete, a talented watercolor artist, and an accomplished pianist. However, what Christine loved the most was to read, which took her to Liverpool University to a degree in Modern History (with honors) and to her first job as a high school history teacher.
In 1966, Christine met Gerald Zarr, an American lawyer on leave from teaching law in Liberia (who was staying with a friend in Formby.) They married and raised two children—Jocelyn and Anthony—born in New York and Washington, DC. In 1968, Gerald joined USAID and in 1974, they moved abroad and lived there until 1994 (with the exception of a two-year DC assignment in 1984-86). In their years overseas, the Zarr family lived and worked in Pakistan, Tunisia, Ghana, Egypt, Haiti and Bulgaria. In each of these assignments, Christine immersed herself in the history, local culture and geography of each country and explored the natural and historic sites. In Egypt, she and Jerry enjoyed sailing on sunset cruises on the Nile, while in Haiti taking mountain walks to colonial era forts and citadels (as well as sailing their own small boat named Sac Passe or “What’s Up!”) During their last assignment, Bulgaria, Christine took a role as Community Liaison Officer in the US Embassy at a fascinating time when Bulgaria and their people were emerging from the grip of communism. Christine learned Bulgarian, organized events and trips to enhance cultural exchange, and received an award from the US State Department in 1994 for her work.
After their return to Washington, DC in 1995, Christine worked as a licensed DC tour guide, a substitute teacher in Montgomery County, and led walking tours through two of the city’s most iconic neighborhoods – Georgetown and Embassy Row. She also served as an enrichment lecturer for various cruise lines, giving talks on Atlantic, Mediterranean, Indian Ocean, Pacific and Caribbean cruises. She was a past president of the Association of American Foreign Services Women, now the Associates of the American Foreign Services Worldwide. Not surprisingly, she was a member of various book clubs, to satisfy her life-long passion of reading. Her family had a nickname that suited her well, calling her simply, the Brain of Britain.
Christine is survived by her husband Gerald Zarr of Bethesda, Maryland, her daughter Jocelyn Rock of Washington, DC, and her son Anthony Zarr of Grimaud, France. She is also survived by many loving family members in England. Interment will take place at Oak Hill Cemetery in Georgetown.
Stephen Windsor Bergen
Stephen Windsor Bergen, 95, at his home in Washington, DC on December 4, 2020. Stephen attended schools in Queens New York, Mt. Hermon School in Northfield Massachusetts, and matriculated at St. John’s College in Annapolis in 1941. He was drafted into the US Army in November 1943 and served in France, Belgium and Germany in the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne. He graduated from St. John’s College in 1947. He worked for the Conservation Foundation in NYC from 1948 to 1960. He met and married Anne Virginia Hobhouse in 1959, and after a year as a Harvard Graduate School of Public Administration Littauer Fellow, served in the US Agency for International Development for 28 years, focusing on developmental projects to Private and Voluntary Agencies in Africa and Asia. His Christian faith and post-war optimism carried through his entire life in his professional and personal interests about people and the natural world. Stephen was a member of St. Alban’s Parish for over 40 years. He is remembered by neighbors and parishioners as a thoughtful man with time to listen to their concerns. He is survived by Anne, two sons, their spouses, and a grandson. Remembrance and Interment services are planned.
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William L. Rodgers
Passed away February 20, 2021 at the age of 93 at Country Meadows Residence in York, Pennsylvania. Rodgers, a senior agricultural officer, worked for USAID from 1966-1982, heading agricultural programs in Peru and Brazil and later working in Washington, DC, where he was responsible for the agency’s agribusiness and rural development projects. After retiring from USAID, he worked as a consultant and project manager for USAID projects in Ecuador, Bolivia, and Guatemala. Prior to joining USAID, Rodgers was the deputy director of the Peace Corps program in Colombia from 1963 to 1966, during which he helped manage a team of over 700 volunteers. Born in New York City in 1928, Rodgers grew up in California and Connecticut. Upon graduating from high school in 1946, he enlisted in the Marine Corps. After being discharged, he earned a BS in Animal Science at the University of Connecticut. While there, he met and married Maria Arce Fernandez, a young Chilean student studying at Connecticut College in New London. The couple settled in Ridgefield, Connecticut while Rodgers worked for Swift and Company but they later moved to Phoenix, Arizona, where he attended the Thunderbird School of Global Management. With his business degree, he took a job with the American Foreign Power company in Santiago, Chile, in 1956. In 1961, Rodgers moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico where he set up a cattle feeding business. He ran the business until mid-1963, when he joined the Peace Corps. A man of many interests who read voraciously, especially biographies and history books, he enjoyed talking about current events and international affairs. He will be missed by his three children, Bill, Linda and Marion Rodgers and his three beloved grandchildren: Matthew and Alysia Rodgers and Anna Suben. He is survived by his ex-wife, Maria, and his sister, Kari Urbowicz, of Mystic, CT. No services scheduled. Memorial contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to a fund for the Country Meadows personal care staff: Co-Workers Foundation, Country Meadows, 2760 Pine Grove Road, York, PA 17403.
Senior Foreign Service Officer Barry Riley, 81, died peacefully in his sleep on December 28, 2020, in Ithaca, NY. Born in 1939 in Texas, Barry moved to Southern California as a young child and grew up there. He obtained both a B.A. and an M.A. in political science from Stanford University and then pursued a doctorate in African Studies at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). After completing doctoral research in Somalia, he traveled around East Africa, Iraq, Iran, and Afghanistan before returning to Washington to work as an Africa specialist at the Library of Congress.
In 1967, he entered the Junior Officer Trainee program. Afterwards, he and his bride of two weeks, Esther, departed for Uganda, where Barry served as Assistant Program Officer in the first overseas assignment of his 26-year career at USAID. The following year he was transferred to Kenya to be Regional Program Officer for the East Africa Office of Regional Affairs and then Assistant Program Officer for the USAID Mission to Kenya. Barry subsequently served as Program Officer in Ethiopia, from 1973 to 1977. In Ethiopia, he and a few young colleagues successfully sounded the alarm over an unfolding famine in Wollo province that was being covered up for political reasons. Barry’s next two assignments were in Washington, as Desk Officer for Peru and Ecuador for a brief time, and then back to the Africa Bureau as Chief of the Economic Analysis and Evaluation Division in the Office of Programs, where he strengthened the methodology of evaluations to better predict projects’ effectiveness and conducted training sessions for all USAID missions in Africa. Returning to East Africa in 1979, he served as Deputy Director of USAID Tanzania (1979-1981) and as Deputy Director of USAID Kenya (1981-1986). In addition to his management duties, he chaired the U.S. interagency drought famine response effort during the devastating 1984/85 drought which fed more than 2 million destitute Kenyans and spurred food production in the following years. From 1986 to 1990, Barry was Director of the Office of Policy, Programs, and Management in the Bureau of Food for Peace and Humanitarian Assistance, where he helped bring about a consensus that food aid should be developmental aid aimed at providing food security–an objective defined by the 1990 farm bill.
In 1990, Barry was seconded to the World Bank, where he was Senior Projects Officer in the Food Security Unit, Africa Technical Department. After officially retiring from USAID in 1992, he continued to work at the World Bank as a full-time consultant for a year until he moved to California. From his home in Fairfax, California, he consulted for many organizations, including the World Bank, UNESCO, USAID, the World Food Programme, and a variety of NGOs.
After retiring from consultancy work, Barry returned to Stanford University as a visiting scholar at the Center for Food Security and the Environment in the Freeman Spogli Institute. He spent several years researching and writing on the political history of U.S. food aid, examining the tug of war between competing interests, some of which he had personally witnessed during his career. The resulting book, The Political History of American Food Aid: An Uneasy Benevolence, published by Oxford University Press in 2017, is regarded as the definitive book on the subject. After more than 25 years in California, Barry and Esther moved to New York in 2019 to escape the increasing fire risk and to be closer to their daughter and her family. Living fully until his unexpected death, he was hard at work on a second book, researching the effects of rapid climate change on food security and how to mitigate them.
In addition to his professional contributions, Barry will be remembered for his zest for life. He loved to travel and explore, and greatly appreciated good food, coffee, wine, and conversation. He was a voracious reader, avid birder, technology enthusiast, aspiring hammered dulcimer musician, and energetic walker. He also had an entrepreneurial side, founding a small business in the late 1980s called the Foreign Affairs Buying Service (FABS), which shipped books and small items to people overseas.
Barry is survived by his wife, Esther Shull Riley; their daughter, Malaika Imani (Jasdev); their son, Brendan Riley (Nikki); and four grandsons. The family can be reached through Esther at 145 Honness Lane, Ithaca, NY, and by email at email@example.com. Any donation in the areas of food security and/or the environment would advance his interests. He especially admired the work of WFP.
Marilyn Elizabeth Wilkey Merritt, PhD
Marilyn Elizabeth Wilkey Merritt, PhD, passed away February 4, 2021 in Arlington, VA, after a brief illness. Marilyn was a devoted partner to Gary, her husband of 60 years; a selfless mother to her children Brienne (Andy) and Seth (Michelle) a loving “Mere-Mom” to Macy, Cole, Wyatt, Maureen and Henry; a beloved sister to Debbie (Larry), Cathy (Rick), Heather (Rick), Bill (Laurie); a kind and encouraging Aunt to many nieces and nephews. She was a faithful friend and correspondent and touched the lives of many, including students and neighbors whose lives she brightened with genuine care and sparkling conversation.
Born on Winter Solstice, 1941, Marilyn was raised in South-East Missouri, and went on to travel the world with her family, including living and working in India, Kenya, Niger and Senegal, and working in other countries too. Although frugal, cautious and analytical, she thrilled to the call of adventure and romance.
She earned a PhD in Linguistic Anthropology in 1976 — proud student of Henry Hoenigsvald, Dell Hymes and Erving Goffman at Univ. of Pennsylvania. Her work has been cited often in the fields of discourse analysis and education, especially articles on “service encounters” and on describing the many contexts and uses of the term “OK” in American English. She taught at The George Washington University, Georgetown University, Catholic University, and Univ. of Maryland. She served as a docent at numerous museums, including the DACOR Bacon House, and the National Museum of Kenya. She leaves behind a legacy of many students who have gone on to their own successful careers in academia and other fields. She was a vigorous participant in professional societies, including AAAS, American Anthropology Association, Center for Applied Linguistics. Marilyn relished conference and symposium gatherings, meeting new and old friends, and sparking ideas.
Education was a passion, and not just for her own children. Equality of access was important — one of her refrains was “every child is gifted”. Marilyn truly loved language in all its forms, from poetry to newspaper comics to the innocent words of children. She acquired skills in French, German, Hindustani, Swahili, and Wolof. She wrote and recited many poems at poetry gatherings, and loved to encourage others by buying and subscribing to poetry publications, and was proud of publishing a small book of poems with her sister Cathy.
She reveled in the beauties of nature, catching sunrises, picking wildflowers for the table, taking children on a hike in the woods. She invariably found museums and gardens wherever she traveled, and was known occasionally to visit a gift shop on the way out. She delighted in handcrafts and supported the work of artisans and artists around the world. Creativity was a spiritual practice for her – she journaled, sketched, painted the beauty she saw and felt. She believed in the power of art to heal, to lift us out of ourselves, and to unite us.
Her memory was prodigious, for numbers, for birthdays, and anniversaries of loved ones. Marilyn would eagerly invite any who wish to join us in contributing to a worthy cause of choice, in celebrating your personal memories of her. Gary, Brie, and Seth are planning a memorial for her later this Spring to celebrate her life with colleagues, neighbors, and friends. Be Safe, All!
Archie Columbus Hogan, Jr.
Archie Columbus Hogan, Jr., 83, of Brenham, Texas, passed away October 13, 2020 peacefully at home with his children. Archie was born February 20, 1937 in Brenham, Texas, the eldest child of Archie Columbus Hogan, Sr. and Ruby Ruth (Meredith) Hogan. Archie graduated from A.R. Pickard High School in 1954 and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Prairie View A&M University in 1959. He planned to work as a high school teacher but months after college graduation, was drafted into the US Army. He was stationed at Fort Knox, Kentucky and Schofield Barracks Oahu, Hawaii, serving for two years before receiving an honorable discharge and earning the Army Good Conduct Medal. He began graduate studies in agricultural economics at the University of Hawaii.
In 1963, Archie joined the US Peace Corps as one of its first African American volunteers and served in Cali, Colombia. His Peace Corps cohort, known as Columbia Group 6, formed a tightly knit group that remained in close contact until his last days. Archie finished his graduate work at Southern Illinois University, earning a Masters of Science in Agricultural Economics and Industries. He joined the US Agency for International Development in 1965 and his first assignment took him to Vietnam, where he coordinated wartime development projects. He also pursued economic development graduate training at Oregon State University. Archie had a long, distinguished career with USAID, participating in international development initiatives throughout west and central Africa, the Middle East, and the Caribbean. He was a commissioned Foreign Service Officer and served as the Senior Business Specialist for the USAID Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization. No matter where he traveled in the world, though, Archie was a proud Texan and son of Brenham. A lifelong member of New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, he believed in his Lord and savior Jesus Christ and embraced a life of service to others. He retired in 1995 after 33 years of government service and pursued varying jobs and interests before returning to his hometown.
Archie was a loving son, brother, uncle, godfather and cousin. He married and divorced twice. Archie became a father late in life, a role to which he was devoted. He adored Sara and Archie, and was present at every science fair, recital, Cub Scout activity, and graduation. His love of travel was passed on to his children, who he took on countless cross-country road trips and adventures abroad. Archie enjoyed a hot cup of coffee, Texas BBQ and chili, fixing cars, and most of all, meeting new people. He possessed the gift of connection and could strike up a conversation and laugh with anyone. A voracious reader and lover of politics, international spy thrillers, and American history, Archie at his busiest would read up to four novels in a week. He was an avid bird watcher and all of the neighborhood animals knew to stop by his backyard for the treats he left out daily. He loved to play chess and often carried a chessboard with him in case he would meet new opponent, who would often then become a friend. Archie loved life. And it was a remarkable, colorful, and full life that he lived.
He is survived by his beloved children Sara Ruth (Francis DeMichele) Hogan of Manhattan Beach, CA and Archie Columbus Hogan, III of Washington, DC, niece Sheila RuthRandolph of Fort Worth, TX, nephew Roland Nicholas Brown (Zawarki Dugar-Brown) of Houston, TX, cousin Darlene Burelson of Oxford, NC, and a multitude of loving family members and friends. Archie is preceded in death by his parents and sisters Marilyn Joyce (Randolph) Hogan and Darlyne (Brown) Hogan. We know that he is overjoyed to be reunited with his heavenly family. Those who he left behind, though, will miss him beyond measure.
William T. Dentzer, Jr.
William T. Dentzer, Jr., age 91, whose life of faith, love, service, integrity, and humility inspired many, died of non-Covid pneumonia while surrounded by family on Jan. 25, 2021. During his professional career he was president of the National Student Association (1951-2); a force in the creation of the U.S. foreign aid program in the 1960s; USAID Mission Director to Peru; Deputy Ambassador to the Organization of American States; New York State Superintendent of Banks; and founding chairman and CEO of the Depository Trust Co. (now Depository Trust & Clearing Corp.), the entity created to address the paperwork crisis that paralyzed Wall Street in the 1960s.
In his own words: “After John F. Kennedy’s election in 1960, I asked one of his White House Special Assistants, a former NSA officer, to arrange my transfer from CIA to the task force that created the Agency for International Development (AID), America’s program of foreign assistance to underdeveloped nations. I soon became Special Assistant to the first head of AID, and thereafter Special Assistant to the U.S. Coordinator of the Alliance for Progress, the program initiated by President Kennedy to foster economic development in Latin America.
My work for the Alliance was interrupted by my appointment as Executive Secretary of a committee appointed by President Kennedy and chaired by retired General Lucius Clay. Clay may be best known as the Military Commander in Germany who in 1948 persuaded President Truman to mount the Berlin airlift after Russia blocked land routes to that city. President Kennedy hoped the conservative Clay Committee, which included former World Bank President Eugene Black and Robert Lovett, a former Deputy Secretary of State and Secretary of Defense, would increase Congressional support for AID appropriations. After the committee reported, I followed up as coordinator of AID’s annual budget presentation to Congress.
In 1965, my family and I moved to Lima, Peru, where I served as Director of the AID Mission to that nation. After three years there and fearful that I would become a lame duck awaiting firing if Nixon was elected President, I engineered a return to Washington. There I was named Deputy U.S. Ambassador to the Organization of American States, the multi-governmental organization based in Washington and created in 1948 to foster cooperation among member states in the Americas.”
A longtime resident of Larchmont, NY, he also led several New York state and local commissions, including a 1982 panel that recommended increasing the inadequate salaries of state judges. He is survived by Celia, his wife of 68 years; a sister, Ann Azer; sons James (Holly) and William T. III; daughters Susan (Charles Alston) and Emily (Scott Rodi); and 8 grandchildren. A full obituary and other details are at https://jjffh.com
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 www.kirbyandfamily.com.
Arthur Danart, 81, passed away at his home in Austin, Texas on January 4. He is remembered by his friends and former colleagues as an unfailingly cheerful raconteur, as a thoughtful and considerate manager, and as a pioneer in the development of innovative ways to deliver health and family planning services to low-income populations.
After graduating from college, Art joined the Peace Corps and was assigned to Colombia for two years. Following his Peace Corps service, Art joined Westinghouse Heath Systems, leaving that firm with a colleague to launch a startup company that helped develop approaches that provided physicians with unbiased drug prescribing information. More relevant to the longer term, Art became very interested in a novel concept that was just gaining traction in the development community—the use of social marketing techniques to expand the availability of health and family planning products and services to low-income populations in developing countries.
USAID, meanwhile, had become similarly interested in the potential of social marketing, but did not have personnel with the technical knowledge, a personal belief in the potential of the approach, or the organizational skills needed to design, test, and implement social marketing programs. USAID recruited Art in 1976 to fill that role. Over the next several years, Art was the Agency’s leading advocate for social marketing. He created (with his colleague Jack Thomas, deceased) a design template for AID Missions, and travelled to over a dozen Missions to help develop and launch social marketing programs. By the time Art moved on to his first Foreign Service assignment—to Peru—social marketing programs based on Art’s model were up and operating in over a dozen countries. From these early efforts over 40 countries have nationwide social marketing programs providing millions of low-income women and men access to health services.
Following his service in Peru, Art was assigned to REDSO/Nairobi, where he enthusiastically helped Missions develop and implement new programs to provide services to underserved populations, with a special focus on efforts to combat the raging HIV/AIDS pandemic and to extend the availability of family planning services in the region.
By the time Art took up his assignment as AID Representative in Mexico in 1992, he had established himself as one of the Agency’s most effective and consequential Health & Population officers. Mexico posed different challenges. USAID’s program included dozens of cooperative ventures covering population, HIV prevention, environment, energy, narcotics education, support for the judiciary, and a range of government-to-government initiatives to support the newly approved North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The management of the portfolio was made more complicated by the Mexican Government’s sensitivity to US involvement in their country’s affairs. Art successfully negotiated this challenging environment and gained the respect and affection of Mexican counterparts who recognized his authenticity and respect for Mexican priorities. USAID acknowledged the importance and effectiveness of Art’s work by upgrading the status of the AID Representative’s Office to a USAID Mission in 1998.
Art and his beloved wife of 52 years, Karen, retired to Austin, Texas in 1998. Art is survived by Karen, their son Josh, and his brother Victor.
Daisy Portee Withers
Daisy Portee Withers passed away peacefully on January 17, 2021. Born in Camden, South Carolina, on June 24, 1924, Daisy was raised on a farm outside nearby Lugoff township before accompanying her family to High Point, North Carolina. At age twelve, she entered Mather Academy, a private boarding school in Camden devoted to providing its African American student body with a high quality education. Upon graduating, she studied at West Virginia State College in Institute, West Virginia. During World War II, Daisy moved to Washington to make her own personal contribution to the war effort by working in the Departments of Agriculture and Defense. In 1953, she earned a Masters Degree in education at North Carolina A & T University in Greensboro, North Carolina.
In 1947, Daisy married John L. Withers of Greensboro and, for 25 years beginning in 1958, shared his life as a Foreign Service Officer in the U. S. Agency for International Development. They had two sons, John II and Gregory. Their assignments carried the family to Asia (Laos, Thailand, Burma, and Korea), to Africa (Ethiopia and Kenya), and finally to India. Dr. Withers was one of the first black officers in USAID and was the Mission Director in Ethiopia and India. John retired in 1982 and the couple lived the rest of their lives in Silver Spring, Maryland. He passed away in October, 2007. (Their son, John L. Withers II, also served as U.S. Ambassador to Albania.)
Throughout her long life, Daisy remained a committed teacher, working not only in a variety of international schools abroad, but wherever there were community needs. (In Laos, for example, she taught English to a group of orange-robed Buddhist priests.) In 1960, when political turmoil forced the American community in Laos to evacuate to Bangkok, Thailand, the U. S. Ambassador appointed Daisy Principal of the hastily-established school for the evacuated children. Under trying circumstances, she managed to ensure that the uprooted students’ education continued uninterrupted. The Ambassador gave her a special award in recognition of her success. Years later, in 1983, she won the coveted Agnes Meyer Teaching Award for her outstanding work at the Gateway Alternative School in Montgomery County, Maryland. She was further selected as one of the finalists for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Teaching Science and Mathematics in 1984.
Daisy’s generous nature and effervescent personality won her friends all across the world. As her sons, John and Greg, wrote of her: “Our mother lived life as well as anyone we know. There was always a freshness in her spirit and a joyousness in her soul. She loved everyone. We know that she has gone to a sweeter rest than we can imagine. We are graced to have her as our mother.”
The family will hold a final viewing at the Francis J. Collins Funeral Home in Silver Spring on Thursday, January 28, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. When hopefully the Covid virus subsides later this year, it will commemorate her in a Celebration of Life ceremony at a time and place to be determined. Her ashes will finally be interned next to her husband, John, at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
Frank D. Correl
Frank D. Correl died Sunday January 10, at Suburban Hospital, Bethesda MD. Frank was born on January 3, 1929, in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. In August 1939, he and his sister left for England on the Kindertransport, where he lived during the War. He arrived in the United States in November 1943 and joined his parents in Highland Park, NJ.
He was awarded a B.A. in Business from Rider College and an M.A. in History from Columbia University. He joined the US Department of Commerce in 1952, and served in the US Army. In 1959, he became a foreign service officer with the US Agency for International Development, serving over 42 years specializing in Asia and Africa, including as Mission Director in Lesotho and Sri Lanka. He was an avid and lifelong philatelist from age six. He loved to travel, and was a veritable encyclopedia of history, visiting or living in some 80 countries, and inspired this same love in those around him.
A longtime resident of Chevy Chase, MD, he served on the Village Council of the Village of Martin’s Additions and was always active in his neighborhood and his community. He is survived by his loving family — his wife of 40 years Hanne Correl of Chevy Chase, MD, and two sons from his first marriage, Theodore Correl of Seattle, WA, and Stephen Correl of Portland, OR, his wife Dr. Gaye Harris, and their sons Hailas and Julius — and by his first spouse Marilyn Mauch, of Portland, OR. A service will be planned at a later time. To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.
Don Boyd, Jr.
In the early afternoon of January 8, 2021, Donald Boyd Jr. passed away as a result of complications related to COVID-19. Don, known as Donny to his Massachusetts relatives, was born in Fitchburg, MA on August 10, 1942, but he found his calling in 1965 when he joined the Peace Corps and headed to Northeast Brazil. Following their graduation from University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where Don graduated cum laude with senior honors, Don and his then wife Wendy Hall Bourgeois volunteered their service in the area of community development and health. However, Don’s commitment to the Peace Corps was ended prematurely by the births of his twin daughters Tania Boyd Blow and Diana Boyd De Nitto.
Once back state side, Don completed his master’s degree in political science at the University of Wisconsin as a Ford and National Defense Foreign Language Fellow, and then took a position at Clinton Community College in Plattsburgh, NY. From 1970 to 1976, Don taught classes in local, state, national government and Latin American history. This time was punctuated in 1972 by the birth of Don’s only son, Donald Nicoll Boyd. His birth was celebrate in typical 70s fashion with the purchase of a gold Buick station wagon.
From 1977 to 2004 Don heeded his calling—he entered the Foreign Service and joined the Agency for International Development (US AID). Between 1978 and 2004 Don worked in the eastern Caribbean, El Salvador, Guatemala, Peru and Washington D.C. During this time he rose to the ranks of Director and Deputy Mission Director in Peru, and Director, Office of Central American Affairs in Washington, D.C. A highpoint in his career was a 1999 Presidential Meritorious Service Award for “sustained superior accomplishment in the conduct of the foreign policy of the United States Government.”
In 1985, Don married Liliana Dutriz Boyd whom he met while serving in El Salvador. While state side in Alexandria, Virginia in 1989, they welcomed the birth of their daughter Chelsea Boyd Lumsden. Later in Lima, Peru in 1995, Don, Liliana, and Chelsea greeted the birth of Bonnie Boyd. Don and Bonnie had a special bond and loyalty. They would affectionately call to each other, “cuckoo” and enjoyed passing weekends together.
In retirement Don worked in mediation, but his real joy was his garden (he never met a pepper, lettuce seed, or bulb he didn’t want to buy), and certainly his grandchildren. Don is survived by his grandchildren: Kirsti and Sarah Blow of Queensbury, NY; Aidan and Mia Boyd of Williamsville, NY; Marcella and Emerson De Nitto of Wolfeboro, NH, and Julian Lumsden of Newnan, GA. Don’s children include Don Boyd and his wife Ann, Tania Blow and her husband Dave, Diana De Nitto and her husband Mark, Chelsea Lumsden and her husband Shawn, and Bonnie Boyd. Don is also survived by his brother Richard Boyd and his wife Rosie of Key West Florida.
A memorial service will be held in Don’s honor at the McDonald and Son Funeral Home in Cummings, GA on January 23, 2021. The service will be streamed live on Facebook, please like McDonald and Son Funeral Home’s page to view. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Donald Boyd, Jr, please visit our floral store.