In Memory/Obituaries

The FSJ’s In Memory department, which is reserved for members of the Foreign Service and their immediate families, is published on alternate months, according to the schedule below. The obituaries average between 300 and 500 words in length, but that is a guideline and not a limit. We do not use photographs. You may write the obituary yourself, or send us the information and we will draft it.

Please be sure to include date, place and cause of death; details of the individual’s Foreign Service career (when entered, postings, when retired); and survivors and where they live. In addition, our readers are very interested in what their colleagues have done in retirement. You may also want to include birthplace, education and any other highlights of the individual's life.

We strongly encourage you to also consider memorializing your loved one through AFSA's new online memorial tribute page, where photos, biographic information and remembrances may be saved for posterity.

Obituaries or inquiries concerning obituaries may be sent by email to, or by snail mail to: The Foreign Service Journal, 2101 E Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20037.

November 2021

  • Joy-Lyn Blake
  • Carol A. Colloton
  • Lola Sybil Cooper
  • James Colin “Jim” Curran
  • George Anthony Gowen
  • Ernest Barnwell Johnston Jr.
  • Kenneth Adolf Kurze
  • Robert “Bob” Edward Mitchell
  • Richard “Keith” Rutherford
  • Roger J. Simmons
  • Virginia Stave
  • Paul D. Taylor
  • Peter H. Thormann
  • Thomas (Tom) J. Wallis
  • James Alan Weiner
  • Johnny Young
  • George S. Vest III

September 2021

  • Geraldine “Gerry” Pollack Biller
  • Frances Wilma Breaux
  • Jane Carswell Corrigan
  • Nancy S. Gordon
  • Curtis F. Jones
  • Samuel Karp
  • Penelope “Penne” Babcock Laingen
  • Robert Bernard Nolan
  • Larry L. Palmer
  • George Edward Shepard Jr.
  • Dan A. Zachary

July/August 2021

  • Archie M. Bolster
  • Ronald “Ron” D. Clifton
  • William “Bill” T. Crocker
  • Samuel Charles Fromowitz
  • Edward W. “Ted” Lollis II
  • Charles John Terio III
  • Evelyn “Burgess” Venezia

May 2021

  • Jeanine Ashton
  • John Francis Coppola
  • Joseph C. Huber
  • Edmund “Pat” Hamilton Kelly
  • Cora Der Koorkanian
  • John F. Kordek
  • Jay P. (Peter) Moffat Jr.
  • Philip W. Pillsbury Jr.

March 2021

  • Alexander Akalovsky
  • Elizabeth C. “Betty” Brook
  • Gerald Bernard Helman
  • William “Bill” M. Howe
  • Louis Elton “Lou” Kahn
  • The Rev. Theodore L. “Ted” Lewis
  • Charles “Chuck” Fredrick Keil
  • John “Jack” Wellington Macdonald
  • Bernard Norwood
  • Charles “Pat” Patterson
  • Suzanne Rountree Phillips
  • Marilyn Ross Povenmire
  • Harry G. Wilkinson

January/February 2021

  • Diego Cortes Asencio
  • Lois Mervyn
  • Ernest Nagy
  • Edward J. Perkins
  • Robert A. Powers
  • David Rawson