The Foreign Service Journal, December 2018

90 DECEMBER 2018 | THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL IN MEMORY n Warren Clark , 81, a retired Foreign Service officer and former ambassador, died of cancer in Washington, D.C., on July 24. Mr. Clark was born in Bronxville, N.Y., the son of Warren and Mary Clark. He graduated fromWilliams College and later earned graduate degrees from Johns Hop- kins University, Georgetown and Harvard. After serving for four years as a naval air intelligence officer based in Morocco, Mr. Clark joined the State Department in 1963. His first Foreign Service assignment was to the U.S. consulate in Aleppo, Syria. Other overseas assignments included Beirut, Luxembourg and Ottawa, where he served as U.S. Treasury representative. He was the acting ambassador in Lagos, Nigeria, before becoming the U.S. ambassador to both Gabon and São Tomé and Principe from 1987 to 1989. Ambassador Clark went on to serve as deputy assistant secretary for Africa and was the deputy U.S. representative on the United Nations Economic and Social Council. After the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, as a specialist in communications and information technology, he ran a program helping governments in Central and Eastern Europe move toward a mar- ket economy. After retiring from the State Depart- ment in 1996, he worked as a consultant on privatization and liberalization of tele- communications in Eastern Europe. Sub- sequently, he entered Virginia Theologi- cal Seminary, graduating with a Master of Theological Studies degree in 2005. He then worked at the Center for Global Justice and Reconciliation at the Washington National Cathedral and as chair of the Peace Commission of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington. For eight years he was executive direc- tor of Churches for Middle East Peace, a coalition of national church groups that conducts political advocacy in support of a two-state solution for the conflict between Israel and Palestine. He advo- cated with congressional, State Depart- ment and White House officials, leading an annual delegation of church represen- tatives to the Middle East, and spoke to church groups across the country. Amb. Clark was an active member of Saint Albans Church in Washington, D.C. He was a member of the Cosmos Club of Washington, D.C., and was active in neighborhood organizations in Cleveland Park, including the Cleveland Park Play Group and the Cleveland Park Citizens Association, where he pursued his love of nature by helping to plant and maintain trees in the community. He was an active member of the Women’s National Demo- cratic Club, chairing their public policy task force on the economy. Amb. Clark is survived by three children from his first marriage to Alice Ritchie: Sarah Stuart Clark, Warren Clark (and spouse, Jody) and Hope Clark. He has two stepsons, Peter Spiro and Alex- ander Spiro (and spouse, Vanessa), and eight grandchildren. He is also survived by his wife of 25 years, Elizabeth Petersen Spiro Clark. Together they shared their great joy in music, Shakespeare, travel and adven- ture, including walking Hadrian’s Wall and sailing the coast of Turkey, visiting Hellenistic ruins, sailing the fjords of Nor- way, and riding a zip line to keep close to a granddaughter seeing the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve of Costa Rica. For those who wish to make a con- tribution in Amb. Clark’s memory, the family suggests donating to Churches for Middle East Peace. n Robert Webb Huddleston , 87, a retired Foreign Service officer and spouse of Ambassador (ret.) Vicki Huddleston, passed away in Santa Fe, N.M., on Sept. 11. Mr. Huddleston served in both the Department of State and USAID. He graduated fromWilliams College and served in Army intelligence prior to join- ing the Department of State, serving in Dar es Salaam and Nairobi. After leaving State he joined USAID, serving in Rio de Janeiro, Freetown and Bamako. He is survived by his wife, Vicki Hud- dleston, and his children Michele, Stuart, Robert and Alexandra, as well as four grandchildren and four great-grandchil- dren. n John WilliamKoehring , 83, a retired Foreign Service officer with USAID, died of stroke-related complica- tions after several months of declining health in Virginia Beach, Va., on Sept. 16. Mr. Koehring was born in Syracuse, N.Y., on Nov. 13, 1934, the son of Ralph William Koehring and Mary Imogene Prince. He spent his boyhood in DeWitt, N.Y., attending Moses DeWitt elementary school and high school in Fayetteville, N.Y., where he played football and basket- ball and earned the rank of Eagle Scout. After graduating from high school in 1952 he entered Dartmouth College, graduating in 1956. While at Dartmouth, Mr. Koehring played football and rugby and was a member of Delta Kappa Epsi- lon. In addition to academics and sports, he worked at the Hanover Inn, where he learned the life skill of selecting and cut- ting meat. While at Dartmouth, he was in the Navy ROTC. After graduating, he worked at the Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C., before transferring to deep sea diving, an occupation he practiced in every major naval theater of the world. He spent four years in the Navy before joining USAID.