The Foreign Service Journal, November 2023

THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL | NOVEMBER 2023 71 Wis.; his in-laws Col. William A. Krantz (and wife Alice) of Williamsburg, Va., Dr. William A. Krantz, Jr. (and wife Allison) of Morgantown, W.V., Heidi K. Boyd (and husband Jay) of Shepherdstown, W.V., nephews Alex, Jacob, and Ethan, and nieces Gabrielle, Lauren, and Lena. He is also survived by the many members of his Foreign Service community, including friends, mentors, and Foreign Service nationals who served with him. Of particular note are the many younger FSOs whom Michael mentored and supported as they built careers within what he regarded as the most important and rewarding profession one could have. Donations may be made in his memory to the Shenandoah National Park Trust to support his favorite place. n Christine O’Connor Fulena, 71, a retired Foreign Service specialist, died on Dec. 23, 2022, in Geneva, Switzerland. Born in 1951 in Ann Arbor, Mich., Ms. Fulena obtained a bachelor’s degree in the performing arts from American University in Washington, D.C., and a paralegal diploma from Georgetown University. After a few months working on Capitol Hill, she joined the Foreign Service as an office management specialist in 1977. Ms. Fulena’s first assignment was with the U.S. Delegation to the Multilateral Trade Negotiations/General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (now the World Trade Organization) in Geneva, followed by assignments with the U.S. embassies in Bogotá, Port Louis, Brussels, and Mogadishu. She was next posted to Washington, to the department’s Near East and South Asia Bureau, and subsequently served at the Foreign Service Institute as an instructor. Then followed assignments with the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in Geneva, where, in 1995, Ms. Fulena was named Foreign Service Secretary of the Year for her work in the Refugee and Migration Affairs office, and with the U.S. Mission to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris. She then served in Port-au-Prince, Rome, Paris, and finally, again, with the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in Geneva. Ms. Fulena and her family retired in Geneva in 2017 after a 40-year career in the Foreign Service. During that time, she proudly served as OMS to six ambassadors at five posts in three different geographic regions. Ms. Fulena’s colleagues in the Foreign Service remember her as someone who made friends in the diplomatic community very quickly wherever she was posted. She was a solid, dependable team player, dedicated to and passionate about her work and about the Foreign Service, always willing and available to assist new arrivals at post if they had any problem, whether this was related to their work or was a personal problem such as their car breaking down after arrival at post. In addition to Port Louis, where she met and married her husband, Poolust (Udai) Fulena, in 1983, and Brussels where her daughter, Yasmine Nicole, was born in 1986, Ms. Fulena had a vivid recollection of Bogotá—her second tour in the Foreign Service—because soon after her arrival there, the U.S. ambassador and several other ambassadors were taken hostage by guerrillas while they were attending an official reception. She also remembered her assignment in the Near East and South Asia Bureau because Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait, Operation Desert Storm, and the subsequent peace process took place during that period, and her assignment to Geneva, where she launched the mission’s Thanksgiving luncheon for her counterparts at other embassies. Outside work, Ms. Fulena enjoyed spending time with her family, touring museums, scuba diving, downhill skiing, and sculling. She is survived by her husband; her daughter; three siblings: Valerie Clark, Amy O’Connor, and Christopher O’Connor; five nieces and nephews; and numerous in-laws in Mauritius. n Douglas Gordon Hartley, 89, a retired Foreign Service officer, passed away on July 14, 2023, in Scarborough, Maine, surrounded by family and friends. Mr. Hartley was born in London on March 25, 1934. His parents, both American citizens, came to England in 1927 and lived near Egham, Surrey. With the advent of World War II, his father, Gordon Hartley, stayed in England and joined the Coldstream Guards. He, sister Libby, and his mother (who was from Baltimore) sailed aboard a U.S. flag vessel, the Manhattan, to the United States where the family settled for the war’s duration. He attended Gilman School. In 1945 his father was demobilized, briefly returning to the U.S. before accompanying his son to England, where Mr. Hartley went to St. Leonard’s elementary school in Hastings. He then went on to Eton College for four years, an experience that, while not always easy, shaped his life. In 1948, when Mr. Hartley was 14 years old, his father died of a heart attack while on holiday in Italy. Mr. Hartley left England in 1951 to attend Harvard University, graduating in 1955. In March 1956, he married Deborah Wait of Boston. That same year, he joined the U.S. Foreign Service and, over the course of a 30-year career, served in