In Memoriam | October 2019

James F. Anderson, 98, died July 10, in McLean, Va. Anderson served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a captain and navigator during World War II. He later joined the Department of State as a public affairs officer and served at posts in Vietnam, Libya, Korea, Indonesia, Penang, Australia and New Zealand. Anderson retired after 30 years of service in 1980 and enjoyed reading, the arts and traveling with his wife of 63 years, Helen. Anderson was predeceased by his wife. He is survived by three children, Jim, Phil and Sheila; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Robert “Ted” Theodore Curran, 87, died July 10, in Traverse City, Mich. Curran graduated from Haverford College and received an M.A. from Columbia University. In 1955, he joined the Foreign Service as a public affairs officer and served at posts in Washington, D.C., Germany, Lebanon, Jordan, Yemen, Mexico, Afghanistan and Morocco. After retiring as a career minister in 1984, Curran joined the executive team of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and held positions as president of Springfield College, president of the Foreign Policy Association and executive director of the American Institute for Foreign Study Foundation. He also served on numerous boards that focused on education and environmental issues. Curran is survived by his wife, Marcia; and two daughters, Sara and Diana.

Cari Robin Enav, 58, died July 3, in Loudon County, Va. A graduate of Cornell University, Enav received her master’s degree from Arizona State University. She joined the Foreign Service in 1991 and served at posts in Ciudad Juarez, Tel Aviv, Beijing and Lisbon. In Washington, D.C., Enav served numerous leadership assignments and attended the National War College. Most recently, she served as an office director in the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement and the director for cultural preservation in the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs. Enav is survived by her husband Doron; and four children, Eli, Gil, Emma and Tali.

P. Joyce Gunn, 79, died July 8, in Houston, Texas. Gunn served in the U.S. Naval Reserves until 1969. She began her career with the Department of State at the Los Angeles Passport Agency. She transferred to Washington, D.C., and served in the Washington Passport Agency as assistant director and as assistant chief of the European Division in the Citizens Emergency Center until 1986. Gunn later served as regional director of the New Orleans Passport Agency and the Houston Passport Agency until her retirement in 2002. Gunn is survived by a sister, Hazel; her lifelong partner, William; and two nieces.

Robert A. Martin, 87, died July 22, in Menlo Park, Calif. Martin graduated from Yale University in 1954 and was drafted to the U.S. Army Intelligence in Germany. He later attended law school at the University of Pennsylvania and in 1959, Martin began his career as a Foreign Service officer. Martin served in positions primarily working on arms control and national security issues in Geneva, Paris and Brussels, Saigon, Moscow, Tehran and Frankfurt, as well as in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research in Washington, D.C. Martin retired as a senior Foreign Service officer after 35 years of service. In retirement, he was active in many local volunteer activities and enjoyed traveling. Martin is survived by his wife and retired Foreign Service officer, Joanna.

John W. McDonald, 97, died May 17, in Arlington, Va. McDonald joined the Foreign Service in 1949 and held positions throughout Western Europe and the Middle East. He served as deputy director-general of the U.N.’s International Labour Organization and was appointed an ambassador on four occasions by two different presidents. In 1983, McDonald joined the Department’s Center for the Study of Foreign Affairs as coordinator for multilateral affairs. He retired in 1987 and became a professor of law at the George Washington University, in addition to cofounding the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy, which he led until 2017. McDonald was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 1994 and was an avid fencer. He was predeceased by two children, Kathleen and Jim. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Christel; two daughters, Lynn and Laura; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Oliver Charles Shaw, 85, died on Aug. 3, in Albuquerque, N.M. Shaw served in the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division before entering the Foreign Service in 1961. He served as a communicator in Rangoon, Guatemala City, Brussels, Asuncion and Djakarta. Shaw also served as a budget and fiscal officer in Tehran, Tokyo, Nairobi, Cairo, La Paz, Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong. He retired from the Foreign Service in 1991. Shaw was predeceased by a son, Patrick. He is survived by his wife, Janet; a daughter; and three granddaughters.

Jean Marie Heywood Tueller, 89, died Aug. 14, in Lehi, Utah. An employee family member, Tueller and her husband, Blaine, a Foreign Service officer, spent 30 years traveling on assignments in Dublin, Vienna, Tangier, Caracas, Panama City, Manila and Madrid. Tueller and her husband retired to Utah and presided over the Greece Athens Mission with their church, traveling to Turkey, Albania, Cyprus, Jordan and Egypt. Tueller is survived by her husband; 10 children, Jan, Anna, Matthew—also a Foreign Service officer—Marie, Diane, Martha, Elisabeth, James, Rachel and Jeanne; 30 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and two sisters.

Michael Masahiko Uyehara, 64, died Jan. 10, in Fairfax, Va. Uyehara served in the U.S. Army for eight years, both enlisted and as an officer. He joined the Foreign Service in 1986 and served in London, Belfast, Manila, Washington, Yokohama, Tokyo, Kyiv, Baghdad, Vienna and Belgrade. Uyehara retired in 2018. He is survived by his wife, Foreign Service Officer Margaret; and five children, Andrew, Leilani, Ryan, Christopher and Malia.

George Roney Younts Jr., 87, died July 3, in Loudoun County, Va. Younts was in the U.S. Air Force for four years prior to attending Texas A&M University where he earned his engineering degree. He then attended George Washington University and earned his master’s degree in political science. He worked as a Foreign Service officer and was posted in Germany and Israel before retiring in 1983. Younts was predeceased by two children, Vicki and George. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Patricia; a son, John; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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