The Foreign Service Journal, March 2019

74 MARCH 2019 | THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL regional East Caribbean embassy in Barba- dos, Trinidad & Tobago, and Denmark. He also benefited from three years of training at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, as a research fellow at Harvard’s Center for International Affairs and in the State Department’s prestigious Senior Seminar. He became public affairs officer in Iceland after attending Harvard and director of training at USIA after the Senior Seminar. Mr. Dickerman told his family that he wanted his FSJ obituary tomake the same pitch that he occasionally made in letters to this magazine: the importance of bring- ing in new FSOs when in their 20s so that they could gain extensive worldwide and professional experience in preparation for top jobs decades later. (Until the Foreign Service Act of 1980, the maximum age to enter the Foreign Service was 32.) He was concerned that while burgeon- ing youth populations dominate most of the world’s countries, few embassies have officers under 30 or even 40. In his self-publishedmemoir, My Daddy Fought the ColdWar: Not Entirely Serious Tales of a Foreign Service Career , Mr. Dickerman told of his alarm as public affairs officer for the region when President Ronald Reagan was preparing to invade (“rescue”) Grenada in 1983, and how in time then spent on the island he came to learn that most Grenadians believed that President Reagan had been the instrument through which God had answered their prayers to rid themof leftist ideologues. Mr. Dickerman is survived by daughters Julia Torres and Anneke Braisted of Cary, N.C., and their husbands Nehemiah and Timothy; grandchildren Liam and Kaia; former wife (and best friend) Gerhild Sachs Dickerman of Durham, N.C.; and three siblings: his brother Dr. William Dickerman, a psychologist; half-sister Anne Reid; and half-brother Dr. Will Dick- erman, anM.D. n Margaret Lovelace Fessler , 98, a former Foreign Service member, passed away peacefully on Sept. 25, 2018, in Dur- ham, N.C. Ms. Fessler was born on Nov. 25, 1919, inMontgomery, Ala., toThomas Pickens and Nannie Lee (Mims) Lovelace. She took a secretarial training course in the 1930s, after which she moved toWashington, D.C., to work for the federal government, serving eventually as a secretary for the Army Air Force Weather Wing. While assigned to Asheville, N.C., she met Max Everett Fessler, a meteorologist for the Army Air Force, a Ph.D. candidate in statistics at Columbia Business School and a native Kansan. They were wed on June 4, 1949, at Danforth Chapel on the University of Kansas campus, where Mr. Fessler was a professor. The couple’s only child, Sally, was born in 1954. Mr. Fessler died suddenly of a heart attack in 1963, andMs. Fessler raised their daughter alone while working in the chancellor’s office at the university. In 1975, Ms. Fessler began a new career in the Foreign Service, joining the Depart- ment of State and serving in Geneva, Damascus, London and Beijing. She travelled extensively, both during her time in the Foreign Service and after retirement. She returned to Lawrence, Kan., in 1984 andmoved to Durham, N.C., in 2006. Ms. Fessler was an avid reader and an engaged citizen; she fondly remembered FDR and followedMSNBC and Rachel Maddow daily. During the 2016 election, she wrote 240 letters to infrequent female voters in support of Hillary Clinton’s candidacy for president. She also had a great love for animals, especially cats and pet mice. Ms. Fessler is survived by her daughter, Sally Fessler, son-in-lawDavid Kirkpatrick and granddaughter Grace Kirkpatrick. Memorial contributions may be made to the Max E. Fessler Dissertation Award, which provides financial support to deserving Ph.D. students in the University of Kansas School of Business (P.O. Box 928, Lawrence KS 66044) or to the Lawrence Humane Society (1805 E. 19th St., Law- rence KS 66046) for the care and rehoming of companion animals. n Roy T. Haverkamp , 93, a retired Senior Foreign Service officer, died on Nov. 12, 2018, at Arden Courts Memory Care Community in Kensington, Md. Mr. Haverkamp grew up in St. Louis, Mo. He finished high school in 1943 and enlisted in the Army Air Forces. He was awarded five Bronze Stars for combat missions in Europe. After his discharge he attended Yale University, and follow- ing graduation in 1949 he studied law at Cambridge University. Mr. Haverkamp joined the Foreign Ser- vice in 1952 and served in Korea, Sweden, Japan, Cambodia, Congo (both Braz- zaville and Kinshasa), Vietnam, Guinea, England and Jamaica. He spent a year in NewOrleans as diplomat-in-residence at Dillard University. From 1984 to 1986 he was interim chargé d’affaires in Grenada following the political upheaval and subsequent Ameri- canmilitary invasion. From 1986 to 1989 Mr. Haverkamp served as political adviser to NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic in Norfolk, Va. Mr. Haverkamp was highly decorated in both his military and Foreign Service careers. After retirement, Mr. Haverkamp kept busy reading, writing, staying in touch with Foreign Service colleagues and attending scholarly lectures inWashington and New York. He was a member of Annuncia-