In Memoriam | 2023

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January 2023

Jordan Thomas “Tom” Rogers, 101, died Sept. 22, in Mechanicsburg, Penn., of congestive heart failure. Rogers was born May 25, 1921, in Hartsville, S.C. During WWII, he served in the Army Air Corps as a weather forecaster in Newfoundland for aircraft flying over the North Atlantic to Europe. He married Sarah Flinn Rogers in October 1945, and in 1946 joined the Department of State, where he was sent to Germany during the Berlin airlift. He later served in Hungary, Argentina, Ecuador, Washington, and Pakistan. Throughout his life he fought for social justice, including participating in the March on Washington in 1964. Rogers took early retirement in 1974, and worked in international commerce for the Pennsylvania state government before opening his own business specializing in the same field. In retirement, he enjoyed camping, running, and volunteering. He is survived by three daughters, Elinor Walker Rogers, Louisa Rogers, and Jane Sronce McIver; and by son-in-law Robert Meadows-Rogers.

David Ingersoll Hitchcock Jr., 94, died Sept. 4, in Rockville, Md. Hitchcock was born in Salem, Mass., and grew up in New Haven, Conn. In 1950, he graduated from Dartmouth College, and then served in the U.S. Army from 1951-1953. Thereafter, he worked as a legislative assistant for Sen. H. Alexander Smith. He married Rachel Lee Williamson in May 1956. In 1957, he joined the United States Information Agency (USIA). After two years in Vietnam, Hitchcock was assigned to Tokyo where he helped build American studies and Fulbright programs at Japanese universities, championed U.S.-Japan cultural exchange, and built ties to journalists and intellectuals. David later served in Tel Aviv before returning to Tokyo in 1981. He concluded his USIA career in Washington as director of the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, and retired in 1992. In retirement, Hitchcock dedicated himself to projects promoting peaceful coexistence between Arabs and Jews. He is survived by his wife of 66 years; his children, Charles W. Hitchcock, Evelyn T. Hitchcock (and Nick Black), Lucinda L. Hitchcock (and Thomas Brendler), and William I. Hitchcock (and Elizabeth Varon); and his grandchildren, Rachel L. Black, John P. Black, Benjamin L. Hitchcock, Emma T. Hitchcock, Phoebe L. Hitchcock Brendler, and Violet B. Hitchcock Brendler.

George Francis Sherman, Jr., 92, died Sept 17, in Chelsea, Mich. Sherman was born in Boston, Mass., July 25, 1930. He grew up in Euclid, Ohio, and Hamden, Conn. After finishing his undergraduate degree at Dartmouth College in 1952, George received a master’s degree at Columbia University’s Russian Institute in 1954, and pursued post-graduate studies at Oxford University, St Anthony’s College from 1954-1955. He married Anne “Nancy” Woodberry in 1956. Sherman and his graduate school classmate Peter Juviler sought and received permission from the Russian government to travel to the U.S.S.R. to interview Nikita Khrushchev, then Premier of the Soviet Union. The June 1955 publication of these interviews launched his almost 20-year career as a journalist for numerous publications. In 1974, Sherman joined the Department of State as the press liaison for the Bureau of Near East Affairs. He participated in the Middle East peace talks at Camp David in 1978. In 1981, he was accepted into the Foreign Service, and served abroad in Calcutta, Cairo, and New Delhi, before returning Stateside in 1991. He worked at the Foreign Service Institute and then the U.S. Mission to the U.N. until retirement in 1994. Sherman was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy. He is survived by his children, Deborah Sherman (Sarah Drury), Beth Sherman (Karen Hawver), Justin Sherman (Junko Onishi), Drew Sherman (Danielle Epstein); and grandchildren, Bradley Hawver-King, Emma Sherman-Hawver, Benjamin Sherman-Hawver, Astrid Sherman-Drury, and Michael Epstein Sherman.

Edward Allan Gallagher, 68, of Arlington, Va., died May 13, 2022, of cancer. Gallagher 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 Washington. During his military career, he attained command pilot status with more than 4,500 hours in the C-130 transport and KC-135 air refueling aircraft. He commanded several combat flying units, conducting numerous world-wide operations. He concluded his military career in 2006, as the defense and air attaché to the Czech Republic, retiring as a Colonel after 30 years of service. After retiring, Gallagher joined the Department of State as a Foreign Service Officer in 2007. During his 11-year tenure, Gallagher served in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cameroon, France, and Iraq. Upon his second retirement, he traveled and enjoyed conducting various renovation projects. He is survived by his wife, Julie (Ruffing) Gallagher; children, Matthew and Caitlin “Katie” Gallagher; and his sisters, Jeannine Ross and Shirley Kelly Mart.

Lorrell Smith Doughty, 68, of Upper Marlboro, Md., died Nov. 8. Doughty was born April 24, 1954, in the District of Columbia. She earned a nurse’s aide certificate from M.M. Washington Adult Education in 1973. As a teenager, she met and attended church with the man who became the love of her life, Clifton O. Doughty, Jr. The two were married in 1984, and together raised seven children. Doughty began her three decades of federal government service at USAID before joining the Bureau of Information Resource Management’s Office of the Chief Information Officer in 1999. In 2008, she moved to the Department’s eDiplomacy office where she served until her passing. Doughty shared her love and faith generously through cooking, sewing, gardening, and jewelry making. She was a devoted member of her church in Forestville, Md., where she served as a deacon in various ministries. She is survived by her husband of 38 years, Clifton; children, Abdul, Damion, Clifton III, Corrdell, and London; grandchildren, Quantia, Zane, Damion, Lauren, Makayla, Patience, Dakari, and Autumn; siblings, Alvin Charles (Love), Jackie (Mark), Lynn, and Shani; and a host of extended family members. Doughty was predeceased by her parents, Earl and Elma Smith; two siblings, Anita Leach and Jean Payne; and two children, Anthony and Damion Coleman. 

Karim Smither, 38, died Sept. 26, in Washington. Smither was born in Silver Spring, Md., and grew up in Maitland, Fla. He graduated summa cum laude from Georgetown University, majoring in government and Arabic languages, literature, and linguistics, and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa as a junior. Upon graduating, he was awarded a Marshall Scholarship and attended Oxford University where he obtained master’s degrees in global governance and diplomacy and modern Middle Eastern studies. After graduating from Oxford, Smither worked with the Carter Center as an election observer in South Sudan, after which he joined the Department’s Bureau of African Affairs (AF). Karim was a dedicated and brilliant public servant, who worked diligently as a member of the AF team from 2010-2017. In 2017, he left the office of U.S. special envoy to Sudan and South Sudan to pursue academic interests. During his tenure at the Department, he was consistently recognized for his accomplishments, including his extraordinary work to provide life-saving assistance for thousands of Sudanese refugees fleeing war. He was awaiting a new assignment in the Department’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, which would have greatly benefited from his experience and analytical acumen. He is survived by his parents, Robert and Janan Smither, and his sister, Dina Smither.


Questions concerning employee deaths should be directed to the Office of Casualty Assistance at (202) 736-4302. Inquiries concerning deaths of retired employees should be directed to the Office of Retirement at (202) 261-8960. For specific questions on submitting an obituary, please contact StateMagazine@state.gov.

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