The Foreign Service Journal, October 2018

THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL | OCTOB ER 2018 59 IN MEMORY n Samuel B. Bartlett, 82, a retired Foreign Service officer, died of a stroke in Plymouth, Mass., onMarch 31. He attended Noble and Greenough School, where he played hockey and was captain of the football team. He gradu- ated fromDartmouth College in 1957 and served in the National Guard before enter- ing Harvard Law School. He then joined Ely Bartlett Brown and Procter, the family law firm. Mr. Bartlett joined the Foreign Service in 1965 and served in Paris, The Hague, Cebu, Ottawa, San Salvador and Belfast. An enthusiastic sailor, both on his own boats and on those of friends, he sailed in the Fastnet Race on a Dutch boat and in the Hong Kong toManila Race. He also played tennis wherever he was posted. After retiring from the Foreign Service in 1986, Mr. Bartlett worked as corporate secretary to the Amoskeag Company in Boston, and later launched his fourth career working for the Massachusetts Bureau of Substance Abuse. He continued this work as a volunteer in the addiction field after his retirement, putting to good use his ability to connect with people who were struggling. Mr. Bartlett is survived by his wife of 61 years, the former Joan Harding; three children: Tom (and his wife, Linda); Molly (and her husband, Robert Stoner); Mary (and her husband, Greg Petrini); and eight grandchildren: Samuel and Eleanor Bartlett; Lily, Isaac and Rosemary Stoner; andMaddy, Curt and Lee Petrini. n Amanda Bisnauth-Thomas, 49, the spouse of retired Foreign Service Officer Michael D. Thomas, passed away onMay 31 at home in Arlington, Va., after a long illness. Ms. Bisnauth-Thomas was born in the village of Melville onWakenaam Island in Guyana’s Essequibo River. She was the daughter of the late Motiram andMohini Bisnauth. She was a graduate of St. Stan- islaus College in Georgetown, Guyana, and Strayer University in Arlington, Va. Ms. Bisnauth-Thomas was working as a database programmer for the Guyana Sugar Company when she met her hus- band during his first Foreign Service tour in Georgetown; they married during his second tour, in Lisbon. She accompanied himon tours to Vientiane, where she taught at the Lao- American College; Chennai; and a repeat tour in Georgetown. The recipient of multiple organ transplants, Ms. Bisnauth-Thomas was a committed volunteer with the Georgetown University Hospital and the Washington Regional Transplant Community. In a final act of generosity, she donated her body to the Georgetown University School of Medicine to support the train- ing of the next generation of transplant surgeons. A block party to celebrate her life was held in Arlington on June 16. Ms. Bisnauth-Thomas leaves behind her husband, Michael; son, Thornton; brother, Mitch; many aunts, uncles, cous- ins, nieces and nephews; and the family of Jami Interiano—the donor of her liver and kidney. People wishing to honor Ms. Bisn- auth-Thomas’ memory may sign up as an organ, eye and tissue donor (www. ) and/or as an anatomical donor ( donate/anatomical-donor-program, or contact your nearest medical school). Memorial contributions may be made to the Washington Regional Transplant Community at . n WilliamAmes (Bill) De Pree, 89, a retired Foreign Service officer and former ambassador, died on July 2 in Bethesda, Md. Mr. De Pree grew up in Zeeland, Mich., and was a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Michigan. He spent a year at the University of Wales in Aberystwyth as a Rotary Foun- dation Fellow. Mr. De Pree retired in 1993 after 40 years of government service, two with the Army in Germany and 38 as a For- eign Service officer with the Department of State. He served overseas in Egypt, Cyprus, Ghana and Sierra Leone. He also served as ambassador to Mozambique and Bangladesh. His Washington assignments included stints with the Policy Planning Staff, the Office of Inspector General and as director of the Office of Management Operations. After retiring, Ambassador De Pree continued to work as a consultant to the State Department, heading inspection teams of U.S. embassies. He was active in both the Ameri- can Foreign Service Association—see AFSA’s appreciation on page 52—and DACOR (then known as Diplomatic and Consular Officers Retired), serving as interim president and vice president for retirees at AFSA and on DACOR’s governing board. Amb. De Pree organized weeklong programs on the Foreign Service and foreign policy issues for Elderhostel (now Road Scholar) audiences and was instrumental in expanding the program from the Washington area to eight states. He was the recipient of DACOR’s Foreign Service Cup and AFSA’s Achievement Award in recognition of his post-retirement work. He was an avid reader of history, politics and current events. He enjoyed traveling, meeting people and golf. Family members report that throughout his retirement, Amb. De