The Foreign Service Journal, January-February 2019

90 JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2019 | THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL four great-grandchildren, Christian, Mason, Hudson and Layla. Donations in memory of Mr. Hansen may be made in support of Dr. Hugh Calkin’s research on atrial fibrillation at The Johns Hopkins Heart and Vascular Institute Development Office, 600 NWolfe Street, Blalock 536, Baltimore MD 21287. Please include “In memory of Allen C. Hansen”on the memo line. n RaymondWai-man Lau , 45, an active-duty information management officer with the Department of State, died on May 4, 2018, after battling plasma cell leukemia. Mr. Lau was born on June 1, 1972, to Allen and Shirley Lau in Alhambra, Calif., where he attendedMarguerita Elementary School, Alhambra High School and Califor- nia State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Prior to joining the Department of State, Mr. Lau served for six years in the U.S. Air Force as a medical laboratory specialist, during which he was awarded multiple certificates of achievement. After leaving the Air Force, Mr. Lau returned to Los Angeles to work in the gaming indus- try, his lifelong passion, rising to brand manager and game designer at Alderac Entertainment Group in Ontario, Calif. Mr. Lau met FSOMaureen Yates at AEG, and they were married. Soon there- after, Mr. Lau began his nomadic life in the Foreign Service, first as a trailing spouse and then as an officer in his own right, joining the State Department in 2013 as an information management specialist. Mr. Lau was posted in Armenia, Angola, Niger, Singapore and Germany, receiving numerous Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards in his all-too- brief career. He and Maureen had many adventures crisscrossing the globe for their assignments and exploring many countries in between. His greatest adventure, however, was becoming a father to daughter Emma Peggy in July 2010. Family and friends recall his infectious humor, professional- ism and never-ending supply of snacks, and say his philosophy was to always leave a job better than he found it, whether through improvements, mentoring or morale. Mr. Lau’s passions included gaming, photography, cooking and his family. Family members recall him as caring, kind, hilarious, intelligent and a devoted son, husband, father and friend. Mr. Lau is survived by his wife, FSO Maureen Yates; daughter Emma Peggy; parents Allen and Shirley Lau; brother Edmond (and sister-in-law Linda); nieces Cali and Clara; and his in-laws, Ambassa- dor John M. Yates and Ambassador Mary Carlin Yates; along with a host of friends worldwide. n Robert J. Martens , 92, a retired For- eign Service officer, died on Sept. 18, 2018, in Silver Spring, Md. Born to John and Esther Martens on Nov. 24, 1925, Mr. Martens spent his child- hood in Kansas City, Kan., with frequent visits to Concordia, the family’s town of origin. During the Depression he shined shoes, delivered newspapers and joined his father as a house painter. At age 15, he enlisted in the army during World War II. A veteran of the Field Artillery and the Infantry, Martens marched through France and Germany with the Allied liberating forces. Later, he attended the National War College on the G.I. Bill, followed by law school at the Uni- versity of Southern California, fromwhich he graduated in 1949. Mr. Martens entered the Foreign Service in 1951, serving in Italy, occupied Austria, the Soviet Union, Indonesia, Burma (nowMyanmar), Romania and