The Foreign Service Journal, May 2024

THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL | MAY 2024 83 IN MEMORY n Lindsey Grant, 97, a retired Foreign Service officer, died on Jan. 9, 2024, in Asheville, N.C., at the home of his son and daughter-in-law, where he had lived since 2019. Born in Chapel Hill, N.C., in 1926, Mr. Grant grew up in New York City, except for a formative high school year when he and his sister lived with his grandmother on St. Simons Island, Ga. The family moved constantly during the Depression to stay in housing they could afford, navigating to keep the kids in the best school districts. Mr. Grant excelled academically and won an invitation to attend Deep Springs College in California, which imprinted him for life with a love of wilderness and photography and a commitment to making a contribution in the world. From Deep Springs, he joined the Navy and, when World War II ended, enrolled at Cornell University. After graduating with a history degree, Mr. Grant joined the U.S. Foreign Service in 1951. His first post was to the consulate in Hong Kong, where he developed a strong interest in Chinese language, culture, and politics, and fell in love with Helen Burwell “Berry” Marshall, who was working for the United States Information Agency. They married in 1952, had two children, daughter Paige and son Gordon, and served for 27 years in Asia and Cyprus, with intervening assignments at the State Department and the White House. As director of the Office of Asian Communist Affairs at the State Department, Mr. Grant drafted Assistant Secretary Roger Hilsman’s Commonwealth Club speech of December 1963, the first public statement by the U.S. government that the U.S. expected to live with Communist China, not overthrow it. On the staff of the National Security Council, he drafted the “Nixon Doctrine,” which stated that the U.S. would provide an external shield to friendly countries against communist aggression, but that it was up to those countries to develop healthy societies resistant to such aggression. Toward the end of his diplomatic career, Mr. Grant became convinced that population growth and its environmental effect was more important than bilateral foreign policy. As deputy assistant secretary of State for environment and population affairs, he was the initiator and State Department coordinator for the Global 2000 Report to the President. He chaired the interagency committee on international environmental affairs, was the U.S. delegate to (and vice chair of) the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) environment committee, was the U.S. member of a U.N. committee of experts on the environment, and convened the first studies leading to international agreements on stratospheric ozone and acid precipitation. Mr. Grant retired in 1978 and became a researcher and writer on population issues. His books include Foresight and National Decisions: The Horseman and the Bureaucrat (1988); Elephants in the Volkswagen (1992); How Many Americans? (with Leon Bouvier, 1994); Juggernaut: Growth on a Finite Planet (1996); Too Many People: The Case for Reversing Growth (2001); and The Collapsing Bubble: Growth and Fossil Energy (2005). Several of these books and dozens of articles on similar topics can be found at, the website of Negative Population Growth, Inc. Between writing and research projects, Mr. Grant continued to evolve as a photographer, doing his own darkroom work and later engaging in impressionistic manipulations of digital images. He and Ms. Grant moved to Santa Fe, N.M., in 1992, where daughter Paige had settled, and spent 25 years delighted with that community and its high, dry landscape. As his wife’s health declined, they moved to Asheville and the kind care of son Gordon and daughter-in-law Susan. Ms. Grant predeceased him in 2020. Survivors include daughter Paige (and spouse Neil Williams); son Gordon (and spouse Susan); grandchildren Meade, Ariel (and partner Travis Sehorn), Rachel (and spouse Jon Rugh), and Glenna; and great-grandchildren Winnie, Virginia, and Grant. Mr. and Ms. Grant are interred at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. n Lars Holman Hydle, 83, a retired Foreign Service officer and former AFSA president, died on Nov. 19, 2023, in Washington, D.C. Mr. Hydle was born in 1940 in Muncie, Ind., to Lars L. Hydle, of Ulvik, Norway, a professor of psychology at Ball State University, and Louise E.H. Hydle, of Rochester, Ind., a kindergarten teacher and homemaker. His family moved to Glendale, Calif., in 1953 when his father retired. Mr. Hydle graduated from Hoover High School in Glendale in 1957. He earned a B.A. in diplomacy and world affairs from Occidental College in 1960, and he later earned a Ph.D. from Columbia University’s department of public law and government. His first job with the federal government was with the Voice of America in Washington, D.C. Mr. Hydle was sworn into the U.S. Foreign Service on Nov. 6, 1965. During a nearly 30-year career, he was involved in some of the most significant foreign policy issues and conflicts of the time. In 1966, he volunteered to go to Vietnam for his first tour, where he served in Saigon as a consular and political officer. From 1968 to 1970, he was stationed in