The Foreign Service Journal, September 2022

80 SEPTEMBER 2022 | THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL IN MEMORY n Henry Clay Black II , 89, a retired Foreign Service officer, passed away on May 22, 2022, from complications of Parkinson’s disease. Mr. Black was born on July 29, 1932. At the age of 6, wanting to help his mother during the Great Depression, he became the youngest paperboy ever in his native Des Plaines, Ill. This resourceful can-do spirit stayed with him all his life. He graduated fromMaine Township High School in Des Plaines in 1950. He then received his bachelor’s degree from Columbia University in 1954 and his master’s degree in English from Harvard University in 1957. He also completed an “all but dissertation” doctorate in American studies at the University of Minnesota. A great believer in service to country, Mr. Black was a Korean War veteran, a naval officer (NROTC Columbia) and a reservist, retiring at the rank of lieutenant commander. He especially loved his time serving in Japan from 1954 to 1956, where he was profoundly inspired by the culture and aesthetic tradition. In 1965 Mr. Black left academia for the Foreign Service, working in the consular sections in St. John’s, Newfoundland; Rio de Janeiro; and São Paulo. Moving into the economics and trade section, he sub- sequently served in Nassau, Bahamas; London; Paris; and Dakar. He finished his career as the economics counselor in Athens. Upon retiring, Mr. Black joined the State Department’s declassification unit, charged with releasing classified infor- mation to the public, where he worked until 2018. In his role as a declassifier, he proved tireless in helping writers, jour- nalists and historians uncover difficult- to-find information. This work earned him the gratitude of many, including author and journalist Yaroslav Trofimov as he was researching his book, The Siege of Mecca: The Forgot- ten Uprising in Islam’s Holiest Shrine and the Birth of Al Qaeda (Doubleday, 2007). Among Mr. Black’s proudest moments as an FSO was his work drafting the Law of the Sea Treaty of 1982 under Ambassa- dor Elliot Richardson. This treaty laid out a comprehensive international system for responsibly managing the resources of the sea for the collective good of all peoples. Though it was never ratified in the U.S., it remained for Mr. Black an example of what good diplomacy could potentially accomplish. Family members and friends remem- ber Mr. Black for his astonishing energy; his willingness to always go the extra mile for a friend; his boundless love for his wife and three daughters; and his infectious enthusiasm for cooking and social gatherings. All his life, Mr. Black remained in thrall to the joys of travel and to meeting new people along the way. Clay, as he was known to family and friends, was an adventurous traveler, an endlessly curious reader, a champion pancake-maker, and a very loving hus- band, father and grandfather. He is survived by his beloved wife, Moira; three daughters, Sheila, Samantha and Sarah Black; eight grandchildren, Annabelle, Walker and Eliza Hayse, Ruslan Black, and Clara, James, Brendan and Cate Doyle; and great-granddaughter Mabel Wolfe. Memorial contributions may be sent to Cecily’s Fund (https://cecilysfund. org/), which provides education for orphans in Zambia. n Edward Allan Gallagher , 68, a retired Foreign Service officer, died sur- rounded by his beloved family onMay 13, 2022, in Arlington, Va., after a battle with cancer. Mr. Gallagher was born on March 29, 1954, in San Antonio, Texas. After attend- ing Central Catholic High School there, he graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1976 with a major in Russian studies, and earned his master’s degree in international studies from Georgetown University. In 1984, while serving in East Ger- many as a member of the U.S. Military Liaison Mission, Mr. Gallagher met his wife, Julie Ruffing, who was then working in West Berlin as an English-as-a-second- language specialist with Department of Defense Dependents Schools. During his military career, he attained command pilot status with more than 4,500 hours in a C-130 transport and a KC-135 air refueling aircraft. He com- manded several combat flying units, con- ducting numerous worldwide operations, and was a senior planner and mission commander in Somalia (1992-1993) and Haiti (1994). In his additional role as an interna- tional political-military officer, he was a military liaison to Soviet forces in East Germany during the height of the Cold War (1983-1985), senior European Command officer for NATO enlarge- ment at the beginning of its expansion eastward (1996-1998), and Czech and Slovak country director at the Office of the Secretary of Defense in 2001 (he was there during the terrorist attack on September 11). Mr. Gallagher concluded his military career in 2006, as defense and air attaché to the Czech Republic, retiring at the rank of colonel after 30 years of service. He was awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal and the Legion of Merit. Given the chance to subsequently work in a lucrative position in the private sector, he chose instead to continue to serve his country as a Foreign Service