The Foreign Service Journal, July-August 2019

THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL | JULY-AUGUST 2019 65 IN MEMORY n Eugene “Gene” Aloysius Byrne, 96, a retired Foreign Service officer with USAID, passed away peacefully sur- rounded by family on Jan. 6, at Freedom Plaza West in Sun City Center, Fla. Mr. Byrne was born and raised in New York City. During World War II, he served in Europe as an artillery forward observer. After the war, he joined the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration and remained in Salz- burg, Austria, working with the displaced persons program. When he returned to the United States, Mr. Byrne attended the George- town University School of Foreign Service, graduating in 1951. He was recalled to military service during the Korean War and assigned to the National Security Agency in Washington, D.C. He remained with NSA until 1962, when he joined the U.S. Foreign Service. As a Foreign Service officer, he served in Tripoli from 1962 to 1964; Kathmandu from 1964 to 1967; and New Delhi from 1967 to 1973. Following his overseas assignments, Mr. Byrne worked in Washington, D.C., as assistant, deputy and acting director of the Office of International Training. He retired in 1976. Mr. Byrne enjoyed travel, work in various cultures, the soaring song of a world-class tenor, fried shrimp, Baby Ruth candy bars and a good glass of scotch, which he unfailingly raised to toast love, life, friends and his cherished family. Mr. Byrne was predeceased by par- ents John and Ellen, wife Ethel Marion Byrne, and brothers Joseph and John. He is survived by his second wife, Nancy Filstrup Clark Byrne of Sun City Center, Fla; his son, Bryan Byrne of Oak Ridge, Tenn.; and a granddaughter, Sum- ner Byrne, of Washington, D.C. Mr. Byrne will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery. n Dale Warren Dover, 69, a former Foreign Service officer, died on Jan. 14 in Alexandria, Va. Mr. Dover attended Harvard Univer- sity, where he played basketball and led the team to a top 10 national ranking. He then became a player and coach for the Portuguese National basketball team, which led him to a career in interna- tional relations. He joined the Foreign Service in 1974. Mr. Dover served as vice consul in Den- mark and consul in Tel Aviv, Israel, before returning to Harvard, where he earned a doctorate in jurisprudence and became a corporate lawyer in 1984. In 1990 Mr. Dover was elected the first African American mayor of Falls Church, Va., and opened his own law practice in Alexandria, advocating mainly for children. Dover is survived by two children, Lauren and Noah; four brothers; and five grandchildren. n Lisa Kay Harshbarger, 59, a retired Foreign Service specialist, passed away on March 24 at the Treasure Coast Hospice Center in Stuart, Fla., following a long battle with early onset Alzheimer’s disease. Ms. Harshbarger was a graduate of Manchester College and received a master’s degree in applied linguistics and a Ph.D. in linguistics from Indiana University. She began her first job as a teaching assistant in Indiana University’s Intensive English Language Program in 1982. In 1985 she taught writing and speak- ing skills to students at the University of Shah Alam in Kuala Lumpur as part of a Midwestern University Consortium for International Exchange that prepared students for undergraduate studies at U.S. universities. This first overseas job led her to accept two Fulbright junior lecturer posi- tions in Yugoslavia: she taught speaking skills at the University of Mostar from 1987 to 1989, followed by an assignment at the University of Novi Sad from 1989 to 1990. In 1991 she took on an English Lan- guage Fellow assignment with the U.S. Information Agency in Belgrade, Serbia. She moved to Ljubljana in 1992 to con- tinue her ELF work. When the ELF program in Ljubljana closed in 1996, she became a Depart- ment of Defense contractor for the School of Foreign Languages at the Slovenian Military Education Center, coordinating the development of stan- dardized agreement (STANAG)–based reading, listening and writing tests, as well as English courses for NATO offi- cers, civilians and members of peace- keeping units. In 2001 Ms. Harshbarger joined the Department of State as a regional English language officer (RELO), serving in Washington, D.C. (2001-2002), Uzbeki- stan (2002-2005), Ukraine (2005-2008), Hungary (2008-2011), the Philippines (2011-2013) and in the English Language Program Office for a few months before her disability retirement in 2013. Highly decorated throughout her Foreign Service career, she was respon- sible for the design and implementation of English teacher training programs. At each post, she worked with local educational institutions to improve the teaching of English as a foreign language in the public and private sectors. She organized and participated in conferences and workshops, conducted needs analyses, advised teachers’ associ-