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Fletcher News T h e O f f i c i a l N e w s l e t t e r f o r a lu m n i a n d f r i e n d s o f T h e F l e t c h e r S c h o o l o f L aw a n d D i p lo m a c y at T u f t s U n i v e r s i t y

preparing the world’s leaders

Peter Ackerman, F69, F71, F76 A Fletcher Legacy

Fletcher News T h e O f f i c i a l N e w s l e t t e r f o r a l u m n i a n d f r i e n d s o f T h e F l e t c h e r S c h o o l o f L aw a n d D i p lo m a c y at T u f t s U n i v e r s i t y

FEATURES Alumna Helps Digicel Win Gates/USAID First-to-Market Award – 4 Bhaskar Chakravorti’s Vision for the Next Generation of Integrative Leaders – 6 A Fletcher Legacy: Peter Ackerman – 8 Chrissy Martin, F10


Fletcher Secures Future of Murrow Recordings – 10 DEPARTMENTS From the Fletcher Files – 11 Club News – 14 Club Contacts – 17

Bhaskar Chakravorti


Class Notes – 18 In Memoriam – 41

GMAP Visits Buenos Aires




Sarah Bunnell Coordinator of Reunion Programs

PHOTOGRAPHS Dennis Drenner, Kelvin Ma, John Soares

Bronwyn McCarty Director of The Fletcher Fund

EDITORS Leah S. Brady, Laura McLaughlin OFFICE OF DEVELOPMENT AND ALUMNI RELATIONS Kathleen Bobick Administrative Assistant Leah S. Brady Associate Director of Alumni Relations and Stewardship

Laura H. McLaughlin Coordinator of Alumni Relations and Stewardship Jennifer Weingarden Director of Development and Alumni Relations Cynthia Weymouth Administrative Assistant Special thanks to: Megan Mahoney, Kate McLaughlin

D E A N ’ S C O R N ER

Greetings from Fletcher, The past several months have seen dramatic events on a global scale. Political change in North Africa and the Middle East, natural and man-made disasters on an unprecedented scale, and a slowly rebounding economy have deeply affected the international community. It is heartening to know that Fletcher alumni are among those working to bring positive change and help restore peace and safety. Here on campus, our thoughts have been with all those in the Fletcher community who have been affected by these events. We encourage you to be in touch with the School if the Fletcher network can assist you in any way. To a much different degree, change has also come to Fletcher and to Tufts. President Lawrence S. Bacow and Provost Jamshed Bharucha will be departing the University for new endeavors. Dr. Anthony Monaco, who currently serves as pro-vice-chancellor for planning and resources at the University of Oxford, will be the new President of Tufts University, assuming office this summer. Fletcher Professor Vali Nasr, F84, is leading a national search for the next Provost. After fifteen years of outstanding service as Chairman of Fletcher’s Board of Overseers, Peter Ackerman, F69, F71, F76, will be stepping down. During the course of his tenure, Peter has helped establish a range of new programs at Fletcher and has endeavored to keep those programs continually evolving. I hope you will enjoy reading more about the legacy he has established for the School on pages 8 –9. Alumnus Rick Thoman, F67, F71, will become our new chairman, joined by

four co-chairs: Paul Bagatelas, F87; Hans Binnendijk, F69, F72; Charles Dallara, F75, F86; and Maria Gordon, F98. And yet, amidst all this change, Fletcher continues to build the foundation for a stable and secure future as we near the close of Tufts’ and Fletcher’s Beyond Boundaries comprehensive campaign. As I write, I am pleased to let you know that we have reached 94% of our $100 million goal, and we are optimistic that we will soon see its successful completion. Financial aid for our students remains our top priority. One success that I am happy to report is that as part of our campaign and in celebration of the Global Master of Arts Program’s (GMAP) tenth anniversary, three GMAP alumni challenged their classmates to raise $100,000 in support of financial aid, which they would then match dollar for dollar. We are pleased to announce that, thanks to the support of more than 130 GMAP alums, that challenge has been met. Funds raised for the campaign will also increase the size of the faculty and its research capabilities, strengthen and expand our educational programs, and upgrade and maintain a world-class facility. While we have made great progress towards these essential goals, it will take each member of the Fletcher community to help us finish this ambitious task. Whether you make a gift to The Fletcher Fund to support the School’s essential budgetary needs, or you are interested in contributing to one of Fletcher’s capital initiatives, your gift makes a difference in a very tangible way.

Stephen W. Bosworth

Thank you for playing a part in ensuring that Fletcher will continue to excel well into the future. It is an exciting time for the School, and Chris and I are grateful to be a part of such a dynamic community. Sincerely,

Stephen W. Bosworth Dean

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Fletcher Alumna Helps Digicel Win Gates Foundation/USAID First-to-Market Award By Kim Liao, F11


ollowing the career trajectory of Chrissy Martin, F10, is almost as exhausting as having to live it day to day. Prior to matriculating at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Martin worked at a law firm in New York City and arrived on campus eager to pursue a career in international development. Today, she is a product manager at Digicel, the largest mobile telecommunications operator in the Caribbean and a leading cellular operator in Haiti. What is most striking about Digicel is its commitment to mobile commerce or m-commerce. Mobile commerce encompasses the range of financial functions individuals can transact via their mobile phone and includes such activities as accessing bank account information, making payments, transferring funds between bank accounts, and storing/transferring value between phones. More than 90% of the world’s poor don’t have access to safe, affordable savings accounts and resort to risky, expensive, and inefficient ways to save. Because of this phenomenon, the advent of m-commerce has been met with a flurry of positive press. With decreased personal transaction costs (time and travel expenses are virtually eliminated), access to critical financial services (which enables users to keep appropriate amounts of cash instead of investing in illiquid assets like cattle or jewelry), and increased security (compared to sending money on vehicles subject to hold-ups), m-commerce has connected far-flung families, made remittances easier, and helped developing countries prosper as money is seamlessly and securely transferred. Though Haiti is on its way to recovering from the devastating 2010 earthquake, growth is fitful and many citizens still live in abject poverty. As a survivor of this catastrophe, Martin finds working for Haiti especially meaningful. (She was in Portau-Prince with four other Fletcherites, Professor Kim Wilson, and Center for Emerging Market Enterprises fellow Nicholas Sullivan. The group was conducting a study for the MasterCard Foundation.) Finding her way to Digicel was a result of coordinating the Fletcher mBanking09 Conference in Nairobi (the conference’s goal was to identify how the advent of m-banking can enable economic growth and increased prosperity both for individuals and for Kenya), working with OpenRev in the Global Studies Consulting class offered by Professor Rusty Tunnard, F03, F85, F10, as well as having made contacts during the 2010 trip to Haiti.

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While at Fletcher, Martin also participated in Tufts’ 6th Annual $100K Business Plan Competition, sponsored by the Gordon Institute’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Program. As a member of the group representing Masawa, she and her team won the Social Entrepreneurship category. Masawa provides foundational software that will host a range of development-oriented applications on simple, Java-enabled cell phones enabling the poor to use their phones for more than just voice and text messaging. Masawa applications may include literacy training, agriculture market price information, and systems enabling citizen reporting on infrastructure failure or absentee teachers. As a result of these experiences, Martin credits her current success with the training and opportunities that she gained during the course of her time at Fletcher. Martin joined Digicel in June 2010 and currently is responsible for coordinating with all departments to ensure that the product, TchoTcho Mobile, is delivered to the end-user as defined in the product specifications. This includes working closely with the technology and marketing divisions, the agent management team, business risk teams, and external partners. She also designs product promotions and manages the product rollout and implementation plans.

The 2010 earthquake destroyed one-third of bank branches in Haiti, along with much of its infrastructure, leading to severe cash shortages for Haitians. Digicel was recently awarded a $2.5 million prize from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the U.S. government for becoming the first company to launch a service for Haitians to do banking by mobile phone. She described the process of competing for the grant as “intense,” particularly because the terms of the prize stipulated that the winner had to be the first company to launch a mobile money service with 100 agents that had conducted 100 transactions each. The winner also had to obtain approval from the Central Bank of Haiti and the national telecommunications regulator, all within six months of the grant announcement.

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The prize money is part of a $10 million initiative funded by the Gates foundation and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The fund offers cash awards to companies that initiate mobile financial services in Haiti. According to the competition terms, the first company to launch a mobile money service that meets certain criteria receives $2.5 million while the second operator to launch and reach these benchmarks within 12 months receives $1.5 million. Another $6 million will be awarded in the scaling phase and divided accordingly between those operators that contributed to the total number of transactions. According to a press release by USAID, “The purpose of the competition is to jumpstart financial services by mobile phone in Haiti and expedite the delivery of cash assistance to victims of the country’s devastating earthquake by humanitarian agencies. This initiative lays the foundation for advanced banking services that could help millions of Haitians lift themselves out of extreme poverty.” In the short term, mobile money services have the potential to accelerate Haiti’s recovery, while in the long term, mobile money could help millions of Haitians improve their lives through easy access to savings accounts and financial services. The 2010 earthquake destroyed one-third of bank branches in Haiti, along with much of its infrastructure, leading to severe

cash shortages for Haitians. Though banks serve only about 10% of the population, 35% of Haitians use mobile phones. Modeled on the successful M-PESA program in Kenya, where 13 million people are using mobile phones in place of cash to pay bills and send and receive money, Digicel aims to replicate the convenience and security that this revolutionary m-banking program pioneered. Digicel will invest all proceeds into its mobile financial services division. As it builds out its services, the prize money will help it to become more innovative and bring new services more quickly to market. When asked what Digicel’s future milestones may include, Martin responded, “We hope to launch many new products, which may include merchant payments, bill payments, international remittances, microfinance loans, microinsurance— the goal is to create a cashless ecosystem to avoid infrastructure and logistical problems associated with cash.” Martin clearly defies the stereotype that Fletcher students go on solely to become diplomats or ambassadors. Indeed, Fletcher is renowned for its diverse, talented students and alumni who become leaders in their respective fields, both established and emerging. Her success at Digicel is remarkable and representative of the types of career paths that Fletcher graduates forge for themselves upon graduation.

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Bhaskar Chakravorti’s Vision for the Next Generation of Integrative Leaders Fletcher Welcomes New Senior Associate Dean of International Business and Finance By Elise Crane, F11


ith more than twenty years of experience spanning academia, consulting, industry, and high-tech research and development, Dr. Bhaskar Chakravorti brings a zeal for innovation to his new role as Fletcher’s senior associate dean of international business and finance. Chakravorti, who was most recently a partner at McKinsey & Company and has taught at the Harvard Business School, will also serve as executive director of the International Business Center (IBC), executive director of the Center for Emerging Market Enterprises (CEME), and professor of practice in international business. Chakravorti is renowned for his work on innovation, including his book The Slow Pace of Fast Change: Bringing Innovations to Market in a Connected World. He sees innovation as an opportunity for collaboration and mutual benefit among nations, rather than as a zero-sum race against rising economic giants such as China and India.

“While it is a tool of competition, innovation has no borders,” he declares. “The whole paradigm has fundamentally changed. For example, consider the highly innovative portable EKG machine designed by GE, a U.S. company. The machine was meant for use in India’s remote rural areas lacking access to modern hospitals. However, it can be hugely effective in the United States as well, significantly reducing healthcare costs and improving the efficiency of patient care.” The context does, however, make a profound difference to adoption of innovations. In the early 1990s, Chakravorti consulted with the freshly minted post-apartheid South African government about the benefits of a fiber-optic network and saw up close how post-colonial realism, foreign policy, and political and historical relationships often trump rational economics and business analytics. Nelson Mandela had just formed a close bond with Malaysia’s Mahathir, Chakravorti says, and was committed to stronger ties. The South African administration officials had no interest in connecting with the rest of Africa; they simply wanted a direct fiber-optic link to Malaysia—more than 5,000 miles away. Conversely, older officials—holdovers from the pre-apartheid

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era—wanted a direct link to a different destination 5,000 miles away: Europe. “I came to Pretoria equipped with the best economic theories money could buy,” Chakravorti said. “Better telecom connectivity would translate into an economic multiplier for the African continent with a newly emergent South Africa as an anchor. But all my arguments fell on deaf ears.” This experience sparked Chakrakorti’s interest in synthesizing “the front page with the business page,” or overlaying “rational” international business with geopolitical considerations. The IBC’s interdisciplinary approach to international business was a natural magnet for Chakravorti. “There are no watertight compartments,” he says. “Decisions in today’s global economy are made by leaders who integrate. Academics may find it convenient to specialize but to be effective, we must connect across different streams of thinking.”

Chakravorti sees innovation as an opportunity for collaboration and mutual benefit among nations, rather than as a zero-sum race against rising economic giants such as China and India. The new dean acknowledges inherent challenges in this crossconnection. “As an academic institution,” he says, “we need concentration of research to achieve depth and rigor, but Fletcher’s lack of departments makes it uniquely suited for students to acquire integrative skills. We aspire to educate leaders who will change the world with a clear awareness of the challenges that arise in different contextual settings. At Fletcher, the context is the content.” International business plays a fundamental role in the conduct of international affairs—and vice versa. Chakravorti seeks to build on the solid business foundation established at Fletcher,

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business program. Each provides key classroom leadership and complements Fletcher’s established and widely recognized business faculty. In the longer term, Chakravorti is committed to maximizing CEME’s potential as a forum and information source for an interconnected, global business community. “The convening power of Fletcher can bring together faculty, a network of fellows, students, organizations, and colleagues from other knowledge centers to elevate CEME to a preeminent place for insight into the changes being brought about by the phenomena of emerging markets.” Describing emerging markets as “one of the most significant transformations on the global stage in our lifetime,” Chakravorti highlights Fletcher’s unique ability to unite problem solvers with those who offer insight and can articulate policy recommendations to address the most pressing problems.

stating clear goals for the IBC and CEME. In the short term, the IBC will continue to selectively recruit intellectually curious future leaders capable of being globally adept across disciplinary lines with a passion for international issues.

Even with the sharpest of minds, no single group can address the geographically dispersed questions associated with emerging markets, Chakravorti emphasizes. “We must think of CEME as a hub,” he says. “We want the world to turn to CEME for insight, knowledge, and new ideas. CEME, in turn, will be successful if it can connect with other centers of expertise, particularly in the emerging markets themselves. In this sense, CEME too must integrate across borders.” CEME’s benefit to Fletcher students will be immense, Chakravorti predicts. “Our students will learn not only from what is taught in the classroom, but from the knowledge developed and debated under the CEME umbrella.”

“We aren’t looking for 800 students,” Chakravorti says. “Just a handful who can make a positive change in the organizations they enter after Fletcher with a mindset and a toolset that blend the analytical rigor of international business with the nuances of international affairs. Over time, they will distinguish themselves as leaders and critical thinkers with a truly integrative vision.”

While synthesizing the front page and the business page is a lofty goal, with Fletcher students’ ability to think outside the box and Chakravorti’s dedication to making connections between international relations and practical economics, the goal has never seemed more attainable. Chakravorti has arrived.

Chakravorti joins renowned expert on innovation and entrepreneurship and Schmidheiny Professor of International Business Amar Bhidé as the School’s most recent faculty additions to the

To learn more about CEME, please contact Stacy Neal, Associate Director, The Center for Emerging Market Enterprises, at or +1.617.627.4928.

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A Fletcher Legacy: Peter Ackerman, F69, F71, F76


hen Peter Ackerman became chairman of the Board of Overseers at The Fletcher School in 1996, the world was a different place. The Cold War had recently ended, online news readership had not yet surpassed print news readership, and nobody could have dreamt of 9/11.

Nevertheless, Ackerman, F69, F71, F76, predicted change. He knew that a worldwide political, technological, and economic reordering was imminent, and that The Fletcher School would have to undergo some reordering itself if it wanted to maintain a high standard of excellence. To that end, Ackerman proceeded to establish a range of new programs at Fletcher, and for a decade and a half, he has endeavored to keep those programs continually evolving. Now at the end of his tenure as chairman, he feels honored to have been a part of a particularly dynamic period in the School’s history. As he puts it: “We’ve created a culture that refuses to stagnate.” According to Hans Binnendijk, F69, F72, Ackerman’s close friend and one of Fletcher’s next vice chairmen of the board, Ackerman’s vision and energy have fueled the dynamic culture. “Fletcher is a different—and better—place from what it was 15 years ago as a result of the changes Peter has helped to make,” Binnendijk says. “He’s had more than half a dozen major accomplishments as chair.” To list a few: Under Ackerman’s leadership, Fletcher created the Institute for Human Security and later the Master of International Business program. It also launched the Master of International Law program, the Global Master of Arts program, an improved Ph.D. program, and, to attract the brightest students and reduce the amount of debt they would incur, the Board of Overseers Scholarship. The size of both the faculty and the student body has grown, as has Fletcher’s physical plant. These innovations together have allowed Fletcher to remain highly competitive in the 21st century, Binnendijk says, and the changes are remarkable for the transformative impact they have had all across the School. “What [Peter] has done has been balanced across the spectrum of Fletcher’s activities,” he explains. That’s not surprising, considering the wide range of abilities and interests that have shaped Ackerman’s career to date. Ackerman entered The Fletcher School as a graduate student at the end

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of the 1960s, having grown up in Queens and attended Colgate University. At Fletcher, he focused on issues relating to nonviolent conflict, a topic on which he wrote a 1,100-page dissertation—“Probably the second-longest thesis in the history of The Fletcher School,” he jokes (the first, he thinks, belonged to the late U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan). But the expense of producing such a thesis was no joke. “In those days,” he explains, “your thesis was typed with carbon paper, and it was very costly to make changes. I basically spent all my net worth on my typist, and then I was out of money.” In a bid to make a living, Ackerman tried to establish a cattletrucking business in West Africa. That failed, but through that venture he ended up meeting the president of an investment bank who was looking for an assistant. That launched his 15-year investment banking career. Now Ackerman is the managing director of the private investment firm Rockport Capital, Incorporated. He is also the founding chair of the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict, a member of the board of the Council on Foreign Relations, and part of the executive council of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London. Considered one of the world’s leading authorities on nonviolent conflict, he has co-authored two books on the subject, and he served as the executive producer of a television documentary about the fall of Serbian dictator Slobodan Milosevic. He also was principal content advisor on the Emmy-nominated television series A Force More Powerful, about 20th-century civilian-based resistance, and he has written numerous op-eds and newspaper and magazine articles.

“Ackerman has helped set the School up for continued success in the future, in part because he’s corralled the energy, attention, and dedication of so many outstanding individuals.” But, he says, some of the most rewarding work he’s done has been for The Fletcher School. “I step down very reluctantly,” he explains, “but I believe it’s the right thing to do. I would have loved to have stayed on, but the leadership of great institutions needs to be refreshed, and it’s an appropriate time because

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In addition to his visions of debt-free graduates and collaboration between Fletcher and Tufts, Ackerman hopes that the School will produce more alumni who become leaders of nongovernmental organizations.

there’s going to be a change in the leadership at Tufts. It will be important for my successor to develop a relationship with that new leadership.” In fact, one of the achievements he is most proud of when he looks back over his tenure is the way in which he’s fostered a strong relationship between Fletcher and the university as a whole. “Tufts is our most important partner for delivering what we want to deliver over the next 25 years,” he says. He sees the maintenance of that partnership as one of the key goals for Fletcher in the years to come. Another key goal, he says, and one of his primary hopes for Fletcher, is to keep programs affordable and continue bolstering financial aid. “I’d like to see Fletcher students go in and come out debt-free,” he says. Dean Stephen W. Bosworth, who has worked with Ackerman for a decade, says that Ackerman has done a lot to ensure that that hope will someday be realized. “I think Peter’s particular achievement has been his leadership in providing additional resources for financial aid,” Bosworth explains. “He’s done it through his passion and the force of his personality.” Moreover,

Bosworth says, “Ackerman has helped set the School up for continued success in the future, in part because he’s corralled the energy, attention, and dedication of so many outstanding individuals. His passion and commitment are infectious for his fellow board members and for the entire Fletcher community. He’s leaving a legacy of profound commitment to excellence.” For Ackerman, the legacies he believes he’ll leave behind are his hopes for the institution’s continued growth and development. In addition to his visions of debt-free graduates and collaboration between Fletcher and Tufts, he hopes that the School will produce more alumni who become leaders of nongovernmental organizations. He hopes that it will further develop its use of distance learning and its delivery of education through technology. And he hopes that Fletcher will gain more international prominence as an alternative to traditional business schools. Overall, he says, he anticipates that the School will continue changing with the same dynamic energy it has exhibited during his time as chairman, and that it will always seek out and implement change while also attracting the brightest students and faculty from around the world. As he puts it: “Are we determined to be the very best? Are we determined to change with the times? Are we determined to always value each member of the community? If we do all that, we’ll be successful.”

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Fletcher Secures Future of Murrow Recordings


n 1951, renowned broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow began a radio series on CBS called This I Believe, in which Americans of all walks of life had the chance to share—in four-minute “oral essays”—the personal philosophies and core values that guided their daily lives. The show lasted four years and became a cultural phenomenon as the American public used these words for inspiration shortly after World War II.

Those messages can still be used as moral guidelines to this day as our nation once again finds itself in an era of confusion, economic uncertainty, and international turmoil. Thanks to a gift from Iron Mountain Digital Studios and a grant from Save America’s Treasures, the original essays will be digitized and restored, preserving the content for all to embrace once again.

Robinson, Martha Graham, Albert Einstein, Harry Truman, Helen Keller, and Eleanor Roosevelt, as well as teachers, secretaries, cab drivers, and students. Only a selection of oral essays by the most prominent contributors was made broadly available on phonograph records after broadcast. While transcripts are available for all of the essays (, Tufts is believed to have the only extant original audio recordings. Thus, the digitization process is the only way to bring the voices back to life as they were originally intended—as personal oral statements.

“The tapes collectively represent an authentic and revealing documentary view of America at the time of transition from a somewhat isolationist power feeling protected by its ocean buffers, to realizing the ineviThe 200 original reel-to-reel audio tapes of This I Believe tability and importance of its broadcasts, which contain the 800 oral essays, are housed at full engagement in the world,” the Edward R. Murrow Center for Public Diplomacy at Tufts says Snow. “To be able to University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. When Tufts protect those and digitize them received the tapes, they were in fragile condition due to age and many years of poor storage. The tape splices were disintegrating, for history and prevent any gradual breakdown of the tapes and without significant stabilization, playback was impossible. themselves, I think it’s quite As a gift to The Fletcher School, Iron Mountain is digitizing the clear why this is essential.” tapes, so the entire series of recordings will be available online The idea for the This I Believe to the public through Tufts’ Digital Collections and Archives. series came from Murrow’s Transfer to a high-quality digital master will provide the safest, broadcasting experience during most viable approach to ensuring the long-term preservation of WWII in the United Kingdom the radio program. and the Cold War hostility with the Soviet Union. He hoped the The gift, worth $78,000, matches a $58,783 Save America’s series would bring light to all Americans, whom he identified as Treasures grant awarded to DCA in 2009. Sponsored by the having widespread attitudes of confusion and despair. National Endowment for the Humanities, in partnership In Murrow’s opening message to the series, he says of the with the President’s Committee on Arts and Humanities, the interviews: “In this brief time each night, a banker or a butcher, National Park Service, the National Endowment for the Arts, a painter or a social worker, people of all kinds who need have and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the grant nothing more in common than integrity—a real honesty—will called for the stabilization and preservation of the audio tapes. talk out loud about the rules they live by, the things they have “The tapes are something of an intellectual time capsule,” says found to be the basic values in their lives.” Crocker Snow, director of the Murrow Center. “Taken together, the different brief essays solicited by Murrow from such a range The messages were meant to provoke thought and offer inspiration. “This has helped me to see my own [life] in truer perspecof Americans represent the optimism of the country shortly tive. In learning how others have faced their problems, this has after the end of WWII. They are some of the actual voices from given me fresh ideas about how to tackle mine,” Murrow was what Tom Brokaw later used to title his book, the Greatest recorded saying. Generation,” he says. The content consists of on-air recordings of individuals reading essays, each approximately four minutes long, of their own personal philosophies on faith, religion, courage, and other life quandaries. Participants include notable figures like Jackie

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The radio tapes are part of Murrow’s personal library and papers, which he bequeathed to The Fletcher School. Fletcher now holds the largest single deposit of Murrow materials in the world and continues Murrow’s legacy.


GMAP visits Buenos Aires Students from Fletcher’s Global Master of Arts Program (GMAP), joined by faculty and staff, spent their midyear residency in Buenos Aires where they connected with Fletcher alumni who, assisted in planning the trip, and participated in GMAP activities. Dean Deborah Winslow Nutter interviewed Luis Rosales, F98, political TV-commentator, about the issues facing Argentina, and Juan Cruz Diaz, F06, and Francisco Resnicoff, F07, spoke about the political and economic challenges of their country today.

The class met with diplomats including Fletcher alum Enrique Julio de la Torre, F74, and his colleagues at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and also visited the Casa Rosada. The GMAP group had lunch with Mrs. Estela Carlotto, local activist since the late 70s when she lost her daughter to the military regime and has been leading the group of grandmothers looking for their grandchildren. John Finn, F98, assisted in having the U.S. Ambassador to Argentina address the group, and Martin Furlong, F09, and Carlos St. James, F04 (GMAP), and president of the Fletcher Club of Buenos Aires, joined the group for various events.

Dean Deborah Nutter and Fletcher Argentine alums (from left) John Finn, Carlos St. James, Luis Rosales, Martin Furlong

Jose Elverdin, A89 and Fletcher AGLA member, hosted the group for a final dinner for a traditional Argentine asado that will not soon be forgotten.

US Ambassador to Argentina Vilma Socorro Martínez, Professor Richard Shultz, Dean Nutter

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Quotes of Note

A Conversation with Ambassador Liu Xiaoming, F83: London Symposium 2010

“The U.S. has already ceded a lot of renewables production to other countries,’’ Gallagher said in an email. “It could get it back through consistent, stable, aligned policies. I’m not hopeful. I don’t think the U.S. is that far behind innovation-wise, but the problem is that we are not ‘learning by doing’ as much as we should. The longer that happens, the more we will fundamentally fall behind and then we will be in a catch-up mode.’’

Fletcher’s Eighth Annual London Symposium, which took place December 4, 2010, featured a keynote speech delivered by Ambassador Liu Xiaoming, F83, China’s current Ambassador to the United Kingdom, former Chinese Ambassador to North Ambassador Liu Xiaoming, F83, and Dean Stephen W. Bosworth Korea, and recipient at Fletcher’s Eighth Annual London Symposium. of The Fletcher School’s Dean’s Medal. This year’s Symposium provided a unique opportunity for Dean Stephen W. Bosworth, U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Policy, and Ambassador Liu to discuss Asia, and more specifically, recent events on the Korean Peninsula. Ambassador Liu will be joined by this year’s keynote speaker at Fletcher’s Tenth Annual Talloires Symposium in June.

— Fletcher Professor Kelly Sims Gallagher quoted in the Boston Globe, 2 April 2011.

“The day after his emotional speech, large groups of Mubarak supporters poured into streets and clashed with anti-Mubarak protesters. The clashes were violent as people used Molotov cocktails and gunfire against each other. Thus, it became hard to claim that Mubarak or the police forces are behind the violence against protesters. It is now people fighting people, while the regime is completely innocent.” — Dahlia Ziada, F11, prominent activist and current Fletcher GMAP student, from an op-ed in the Washington Post, 6 February 2011.

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Details for Talloires can be found at

Celebrating the Thomas Schmidheiny Professor of International Business On February 16, Dr. Thomas Schmidheiny, H99, benefactor of The Fletcher School’s Master of International Business Program, visited campus to celebrate the appointment of Amar Bhidé as the first Thomas Schmidheiny Professor of International Business. Mr. Schmidheiny addressed members of the Fletcher community speaking about the history and development strategy of Holcim Ltd., a family company and a leading global supplier of cement and aggregates. Following his remarks, he joined President Lawrence S. Bacow, Amar Bhidé, MIB students, and distinguished guests for a lunch to celebrate this new professorship.


Gifts that Grow by the Month Zaid A. Zaid, F99 “Simply put, Fletcher is brilliant, and has made my professional life rewarding.” As long as he is able, Zaid A. Zaid says, he is going to be a loyal donor to The Fletcher School. Taking advantage of the Giving in Installments program is a way for Zaid to make his gift annually to Fletcher in monthly installments, charged to his credit card. It’s a convenient way to increase his gift and watch the giving dollars grow. Zaid feels that convenience and consistency are motivators to this program. “I can give to Fletcher without ever really thinking about it each month,” Zaid says. “I made a decision about how much I wanted to give and how much I could afford for the year, and it is automatically built into my monthly budget.” “Since graduation, Fletcher has served as a connection to people in every country and city I’ve worked—there is always a Fletcher grad somewhere,” says Zaid. “The network is amazing, and as a member of the D.C. Fletcher Club, I have had the opportunity to connect with dozens of alumni over the years.” Zaid goes on, “I’ve decided to support Fletcher each year because I really enjoyed my time at Fletcher. I want to do everything I possibly can to make sure that Fletcher is able to provide the type of experience that I had as a student.” It’s a priority for Zaid to support Fletcher. “I cannot imagine that I would be where I am today, without Fletcher,” he says.

Quotes of Note “Spending and borrowing without limit isn’t sustainable. A dynamic economy needs prudent lenders to restrain the exuberance of borrowers. Unfortunately, public policies have promoted the robotic extension of credit in amounts that can’t possibly be repaid. We need to restore careful, case-by-case lending rather than bemoan the venturesomeness of the American consumer.” — Fletcher Professor Amar Bhidé, from his online op-ed in the New York Times, 8 February 2011.

“The question is what will follow regime falls. In other words, some countries are better endowed to actually make it to democracy; others have a much more difficult path ahead of them.” —Professor Vali Nasr discusses the fate of emerging governments in the Middle East for NPR, 18 February 2011, podcast online at

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(L to R) Dean Stephen W. Bosworth, Mr. Thomas Schmidheiny, President Lawrence S. Bacow, Professor Amar Bhidé

FLETCHER PUBLICATIONS Thomas Schmidheiny, H99, with Master of International Business students Violet Midzi, Imad Ahmed, Abiskar Shrestha, Natalia Sucha.

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Club leader Paul Bagatelas, F87, and wife Christine Lauper Bagatelas, F87, report, “In Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in December 2010, we hosted at our home a dinner in honor of our visiting dean, Ambassador Stephen Bosworth, and Mrs. Christine Bosworth, and Jennifer Weingarden, director of development and alumni relations. It was a small gathering of alumni who joined us for a discussion of the latest news from Fletcher and international affairs. It was an enjoyable and informal evening dinner, and we were honored by the dean’s presence in Dubai, following his trip to India.”

The Fletcher Club of London has had an event-filled season. Club members enjoyed the Eighth Annual London Symposium hosted by Andrei Vandoros, F71, in December, which was held at the Hellenic Center, and featured a Fletcher conversation with His Excellency Liu Xiaoming, F83,Chinese Ambassador to the Court of St. James. The club was also delighted to host Dean and Mrs. Bosworth on 25 March for a reception at the Piano Bar. Additionally, the club held a dinner in early May with Professor Vali Nasr during his visit to London to participate in speaking engagements hosted by the American Embassy. Fletcher Club of London and Dean Bosworth at The Piano Bar.



The Boston club kicked off the spring with a brunch on 17 April at Flora Restaurant in Arlington, and has plans for a possible NPR site visit and summer social event in coming months.

The Fletcher Club of Houston gathered for a luncheon at Americas River Oaks in November, and collaborated with the Tufts Alumni Houston club to host a lecture by Professor William Moomaw on 10 March at the Houstonian Club.

São Paulo A delegation of Fletcher students and Senior Associate Dean Bhaskar Chakravorti visited São Paulo, Brazil, in the week of 21 March for a series of meetings aimed at increasing the links (academic and career) between Brazil and The Fletcher School. Fabiana and Daniel Sonder, F99, opened their house for a reception that brought together more than 50 Fletcher and Tufts alums and friends currently living in São Paulo. The Fletcher alums of Brazil announced a partial term scholarship to support two Brazilian students going to Fletcher in the next two years. Photos attached show the “organizing committee” of Fletcher alums in Brazil and the Fletcher delegation: Fletcher Brazilian alums

pictured are, from left to right, Claudio Sonder (parent), Alberto Pfeifer, F02, Daniel Sonder, Claudia Cunha, Dean Chakravorti, Alexandre Doria, F04. Levindo Santos, F09, should have been in the picture as well, but left early. Fletcher students in attendance were Atsushi Tanizawa, F11, Erika Tabacniks, F10, Fatima Asvat Patel, F12, Sofia Galante, F12, Jeronimo Silva, F12, Gabrielle Maguire, F12, Ye (Patty) Cao, F12, and James Siegel, F12, and David Rosenblat.



“We’re planning a get together in Canberra for sometime in April to introduce returned alumni Rod Brazier, F05, to Fletcher contacts in Canberra. I’m also in contact with Jim Terrie, F08, in Sydney and hope to organize a get-together when I’m up there next in coming months. Any visiting alumni are always welcome to make contact with me.” — Melissa Conley Tyler, F96.

Paris Fletcher’s own Professor Michael Glennon visited the Fletcher Club of Paris in March to speak about his newest book The Fog of War.

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Alums in Shanghai enjoyed a brunch gathering on 5 December.

Los Angeles The Fletcher Club of LA hosted a mixer for alumni and newly admitted Fletcher students at the hip Hollywood sushi bar, Geisha House. Turnout was solid with ten alumni and five prospective students. We had a great night of interesting conversation, well-crafted cocktails, and delicious food. Jeff Carbone from the admissions office was also in attendance representing Fletcher. We have plans to organize an alumni-only event for the early fall.

Washington, D.C. The Fletcher Club of D.C. continues to sponsor a wide variety of activities. The year 2010 closed with a happy hour on 15 December with Professor Klein. We kicked off the 2011 speaker series with a January event with the Honorable Robert R. King, F67 and F70, the Secretary of State’s special envoy for North Korean Human Rights Issues. He provided an overview of the progress of the Department of State’s human rights efforts. In March, we hosted Mark Feierstein, F87, USAID assistant administrator for Latin America and the Caribbean. Feierstein discussed the agency’s plans for the future and engaged in a lively discussion with Fletcher alumni. On 2 February, the club was honored to receive a visit from the Japanese Ambassador to the United States. The club also moderated a panel discussion on “Reactivating US-Japan Relations in a Changing Asia.” The D.C. Club also continues to foster community, organizing a monthly happy hour at a new D.C. hot spot. In honor of the February career trip,

the club hosted an alumni reception after-party at the W Hotel, just steps from the Department of the Treasury and the White House, for current students and alumni. The event was a great success and even featured a sighting of some Glee superstars. The spring and summer will continue to be busy for the club. We are participating in Greater D.C. Cares Volunteer day on 16 April. The Fletcher Club team will volunteer with the Georgia Avenue Task Force: Pleasant Plains Heritage Trail and distribute information to local businesses and residents about community development service and photograph community assets. We are already planning for our annual alumni picnic on 11 June. Please visit our website at www. to sign up for our email list-serv or to pay your club dues. You can also find us on Facebook by searching for The Fletcher Alumni Association of Washington, D.C. If you have ideas or suggestions for the club, an event you would like to host, or if you have space to host a club event, please contact us at



On 7 April, alumni gathered at the Hannam Club to meet and welcome Fletcher’s newly admitted students. Club leader Changrok Soh, F86, F92, writes, “Every year, many students who finally chose to attend Fletcher testify that the meeting with alumni helped their decision. This is one of the most important annual events of our club.”

The newly-formed Fletcher Club of Taiwan met for a lunch hosted by Dr. Shou-Chung Ting, F81, F85. Alumni in attendance were Paul Hsu, F65, Yuming Shaw, F66, F67, Wen-cheng Lin, F86, F93, Victor Wei, F79, F81, Su-yin Chiang, F82, F85, Linda Liu, F85, F87, and Hwei-luan Poong, F82. The new club president will be Ted I, F64.


Ne therlands

On 17 November, club members journeyed to Irving Street Kitchen for a “meet and greet.” The club also enjoyed a visit in February from Jaime Lynn de Coster, F10, who gave an informal discussion about her work on General Petraeus’s private staff as a member of the Commander’s Initiative Group.

On 17 March, the Fletcher Club of the Netherlands gathered in The Hague for a Swiss Raclette dinner at the home of Ursina Pluess, F01. Participants included Marcel Feenstra, F96, Alison Arnstein, F92, Ginger da Silva, F71, Ursina Pluess, Gabor Nagy, F06, and club leader Jennifer Croft, F99

Switzerland The Fletcher Club of Switzerland has been very active over the past few months. Under the leadership of a new board, the club hosted Richard Samans, managing director of the World Economic Forum (WEF) and a Tufts alum, who gave a talk on the Global Redesign Initiative of WEF and the need for strengthening international cooperation and enhancing multi-stakeholder engagement. The club also recently hosted Dr. Shahram Chubin, renowned expert on Iran’s nuclear policy and Middle East security issues, who participated in a fascinating discussion on the current challenges and opportunities facing Iran. Dr. Chubin has previously taught at Fletcher and is the author of numerous publications.

The Fletcher Club of Switzerland also celebrated the annual Geneva festival—Fête de l’Escalade—with a large gathering for a pot-luck lunch at the home of Philippe, F89, and Barbara Truan, F90. The highlight of the afternoon was the smashing of a large marmite (cauldron) made of chocolate and filled with marzipan vegetables and candies wrapped in the Geneva colors of red and gold. It is a tradition for the eldest and youngest in the room to smash the marmite, while reciting, “Ainsi périssent les ennemis de la République!” (“Thus perish the enemies of the Republic!”). The club is planning many more social and professional events in the spring and summer.

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Women’s Net work of D.C.

Mariko Noda, F90, writes, “Many thanks for the warm thoughts and deeds, and a lot of encouragement from Fletcher friends in many places. The spring has come and the cherry blossoms have begun to bloom in Tokyo. We were delighted to host a welcoming reception for incoming students on 16 April.”

The Fletcher Women’s Network of D.C. assisted current students during their D.C. career trip in February by forming a panel to discuss landing the first job and negotiating salaries. The club also hosted a networking event on 28 March at Kellari.

Ne w York On 30 March 2011, the Fletcher Club of New York hosted a vibrant discussion on “Mexico and U.S. National Security Concerns” with Ambassador Donald Planty, an expert on Latin American affairs and European security issues and currently managing director of the Emergence Group, an international consulting firm based in Washington, D.C.; Anthony Chapa, who served as assistant director, Office of Professional Responsibility, U.S. Secret Service, where he developed policy for internal security of all Secret Service programs and is currently director of law enforcement operations at Special Operations Technology (SOTECH) where he provides advanced communications technologies used to investigate major international criminal organizations in support of U.S. law enforcement; Jaime Lopez-Aranda Trewartha, F06, works as a consultant for the Ministry of the Interior (SEGOB) of Mexico on organized crime and drug trafficking intelligence analysis and was previously director general for public affairs, Ministry of Public Security of Mexico, director general for local media in the executive office of the President of Mexico and a foreign policy advisor in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico; Francisco Acuna, moderator, wrote a book on Mexico’s constitutional controversies and democracy and is currently CEO, InTrust Global Investments, Washington, D.C., with offices in N.Y. and Mexico.

Bangladesh The Fletcher community in Bangladesh held a year-end get-together on 9 December 2010. The event was hosted by Pakistani High Commissioner to Bangladesh, Ashraf Qurashi, and his elegant and lovely wife Lubna at their residence. A welcome addition to the Fletcher community and to the event was Ali Ahmad Aldafiri, the new ambassador of the State of Kuwait to Bangladesh. Other Fletcherites who attended the event with their spouses (as appropriate) included retired ambassadors of Bangladesh, namely Manzoor Ahmed Choudhury, F55, Faruk Ahmed Choudhury, F57, Shafi U Ahmed, F86; Afsarul Qader, F84, Nasim Ferdaus, and Mahmuda Haque Choudhury, F76; Prof. G. M. Shahidul Alam, F82, Independent University of Bangladesh; Zain Husain, F93, a lawyer turned industrialist; Sajedul Hoq, F09, a private sector executive; and the current President of Fletcher Club, Mrs. Sarwar Sultana, F98, a former acting cabinet

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On 25 March, New York Club members also attended a book talk with Kuniko and Richard Ponzio, F97, to review their new work Democratic Peacebuilding: Aiding Afghanistan and Other Fragile States. Schmidheiny Professor Amar Bhide also discussed his recent work, A Call for Judgment, Sensible Finance for a Dynamic Economy, with the club on 3 February. Additionally, happy hours are hosted every third Thursday of the month, the last taking place at the Bombay Palace on 30 West 52nd St. The Fletcher Club of New York encourages alumni to seek out their friends and colleagues at the club website where pictures are posted. Currently, new board members are needed to assist with membership and panel events. If you are interested in joining the board of the Fletcher Club of New York, contact Farri Cress at Mexico panelists Francisco Acuna, Ambassador Donald Planty, Anthony Chapa and Jaime Lopez-Aranda Trewartha with Fletcher Club of New York leader Farri Cress

member (East Timor) and a retired UN director. Besides reminiscing about Fletcher experiences, renewing contacts, and enjoying a sumptuous meal, Fletcherites also discussed a variety of subjects ranging from developments at the national level to emerging and current international issues, among other things.

Buenos Aires Members of the Fletcher Club of Buenos Aires gathered at their favorite watering hole in March and unanimously elected Francisco Resnicoff, F07, as their new president. Outgoing club founder and now ex-president Carlos St. James, F04, presided over the meeting, which had an excellent turnout. Francisco’s task is a big one: to continue to cement Fletcher’s reputation in Argentina, attract more candidates to Fletcher, and coordinate the organization of events in the country with Fletcher professors as speakers.

CLUB CONTACTS United States Atlanta Tim Holly, F79 Boston Sheila Chen Lawrence, F07 Maria Speridakos, F04 David Weisman, F99 Chicago Sarah Cartmell, F09* Colorado* Maria Farnon, F95 Houston Mark Fisher, F05 Los Angeles Grant Hosford, F97 Miami Daniel Ades, F03 New York Farrinaz Cress, F70 fletcherclubofny Oregon Kristen Rainey, F06, F07 Philadelphia Tommy Heanue, F90* San Diego Geoffrey Pack, F89 San Francisco Vladimir Todorovic, F01 Seattle Julie Bennion, F01 Washington, D.C. Roland Pearson, F91

International Armenia Arusyak Mirzakhanyan, F04 Australia Melissa Conley Tyler, F96

* Change or addition since the last edition of the  Fletcher News

Austria Rainer Staub, F96 Jonathan Tirone, F00

Hong Kong Dorothy Chan, F03 Alicia Eastman, F04

São Paulo Paulo Bilyk, F92 Alberto Pfeifer, F02*

Baghdad* John Hagen, F07, F09

India Richard Cooper, F02

Sarajevo Haris Mesinovic, F00

Bangkok Ekachai Chainuvati, F03

Kabul Jim Wasserstrom, F78, F80

Saudi Arabia Jamil Al Dandany, F87

Beijing Stephane Grand, F98 sjgrand@sjgrand.ncn

Kenya Anne Angwenyi, F02 anne_angwenyi@alumni.

Seoul Sukhee Han, F94

Berlin Mosud Mannan, F89 Brussels Katrina Destree, F95 Budapest Anita Orban, F01 Buenos Aires Francisco Resnicoff, F07* Bulgaria* Nadja Milanova, F12 Radka Betcheva, F11 radka.betcheva@alumni. Cambodia* Coming soon Chile Andres Montero, F85 German Olave, F97 Colombia Stella Cuevas, F95 Stella_Cuevas_1995@alumni. Dhaka Sarwar Sultana, F98 Dubai Paul Bagatelas, F87 Christine Lauper Bagatelas, F87 Greece Thomas Varvitsiotis, F99 Gregory Dimitriadis, F06

Kosovo Iliriana Kacaniku, F04 Lebanon Mindy Burrell, F98 London Tannaz Banisadre, F06 Rachel Gangji, F09 Karen Miles, F07 Eugenia Vandoros, F10 Malaysia Shah Azmi, F86 Mexico José Luis Stein, F08 fletcherclubofmexico Morocco Athena Makri, F09 Nepal Ram Thapaliya, F02 Netherlands Jennifer Croft, F99 Paris William Holmberg, F05 fletcherclubofparis

Shanghai Bryan Stewart, F07 Singapore Kim Odhner, F03 South Africa Jacques Roussellier, F01 Switzerland Anand Balachandran, F02 fletcherclubofswitzerland Taiwan* Ted I, F64 Tokyo Mariko Noda, F90 Turkey Emre Kayhan, F02, F03, F09 Uganda Hildah Birungi, F02 Vietnam Viviane Chao, F02

Shared Interest Fletcher Alumni of Color Association Belinda Chiu, F04

Philippines Cathy Hartigan-Go, F92

Middle East Alumni Association Walid Chamoun, F00

Romania Sinziana Frangeti, F07

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STEPHEN LOW, F51 and F56, passed on 15 November 2010 at his home in Bethesda, Maryland, from congestive heart failure. Mr. Low was a career American diplomat who participated in negotiations establishing black majority rule in what is now Zimbabwe and retired as director of the State Department’s Foreign Service training institution. His 31-year career in the Foreign Service included assignments in South America and Africa, including service as ambassador to Zambia and Nigeria. He received the State Department Distinguished Honor Award and two Presidential Meritorious Service Awards. After retiring from the Foreign Service training institute in 1987, Mr. Low was appointed director of the Bologna Center, a satellite campus in Bologna, Italy, of Johns Hopkins University’s graduate school of advanced international studies. Upon his return to the United States, he became the president of the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training, a nonprofit organization that he helped start a few years earlier. Mr. Low was born in Cincinnati on 2 December 1927. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Helen Carpenter Low; three sons, Diego Low, Rod Low, and Jesse Low, and five grandchildren. Ambassador MAYNARD GLITMAN, F56, passed away at the age of 77 on 14 December 2010 in Shelburne, Vermont. Glitman was a diplomat who began his thirty-eight year career with the Foreign Service directly after completing his studies at Fletcher. He led the American side in negotiating the intermediate-range nuclear forces treaty, signed by the United States and the Soviet Union in 1987. His many postings included deputy assistant secretary of state for International Trade Policy, deputy assistant secretary of defense for International Security

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Affairs, and deputy chief of mission at the United States Mission to NATO in Brussels, Belgium. He finished his diplomatic career as the U.S. ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium from 1988 to 1991. In recognition of his work, he was awarded the Presidential Distinguished Public Service Award in 1989 and Presidential Meritorious Public Service Award in 1987 and 1984. The Department of Defense awarded him the Outstanding Public Service Medal in 1980 and its Meritorious Public Service Medal in 1977. After retiring from the Foreign Service, Ambassador Glitman wrote articles for many foreign affairs publications, served as diplomat in residence and an adjunct political science professor at the University of Vermont. Maynard, known by loved ones as “Mike,” is survived by his wife, Christine (Amundsen) Glitman; his five children, Russell, Erik and his wife, Diane Kirson, Karen and her husband, Glenn Russell, Matthew, and Rebecca and her husband, Michael Trieb; and six grandchildren. He also leaves his sister, Paula Glitman; his brother, Joseph Glitman; and many nieces and nephews. Mike enjoyed the outdoors, especially hiking and skiing in the woods and mountains of Vermont. His family requested that rather than memorial donations or flowers, in his memory, please enjoy a walk in the woods. TERRY DEIBEL, F68, F72, passed away at the age of 65 on 26 October 2010 from lung cancer in Rockville, Maryland. Mr. Deibel served as a professor of foreign affairs strategy at the National War College for more than three decades, where he taught methods of diplomacy and strategic thinking to a generation of Foreign Service, intelligence, and military officers. He wrote four books, including Foreign Affairs Strategy: Logic for American Statecraft (2007), which elaborated what became known as the

“Deibel Model,” a step-by-step method of developing diplomatic strategies. Mr. Deibel was born on 26 May 1945. He is survived by his wife Carolyn R. Deibel; children Charlotte A., Geoffrey S., and Catherine M. Deibel. LESLIE KNAPP FENLON JR., F78, passed away on 17 January 2011 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He entered the Navy in 1944 as an enlisted sailor, served as a hospital corpsman, and attended the U.S. Naval Academy, graduating in 1949. Mr. Fenlon was on active duty as a surface warfare officer until he retired in 1976. His first ship, the Battleship Missouri, had an infamous grounding in Hampton Roads, but later served as fleet flagship in the Korean War. His first command, a reserve training ship homeported in New Orleans, successfully traversed the eye of Hurricane Hazel, a Category 4 storm in 1954, without injury to crew or damage to ship. Les commanded the Destroyer Rich and later the Destroyer Squadron 18, which surveilled the Soviet fleet in the Caribbean during the pre-satellite era with six spy ships homeported in Key West and Mayport, Florida. He was awarded the Bronze Star with Combat V for duty as executive officer of the heavy cruiser Newport News during the Vietnam War. Between sea tours he taught navigation and seamanship at the Naval Academy, served on a joint staff for two years in Seoul, South Korea (where he earned an Army Commendation Medal), and later was a senior member of the Naval Forces Europe staff in London. He is survived by his son, Leslie K. Fenlon III, his daughter-in-law Evelyn C. Fenlon; his brother John W. Fenlon; four grandchildren and one great-grandson. He was predeceased by his wife of 61 years, Mary Jane Kinkaid Fenlon, his brother, Charles E. Fenlon, and his daughter, Karen Fenlon Miller.

“My Fletcher education allowed me to have a varied career, which began in academia and later shifted to public service, focusing on international trade. We hope our professorship will help prepare future Fletcher students for their unique careers.” — H. Jon Rosenbaum

Look Ahead



H. Jon Rosenbaum came to The Fletcher School after receiving a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and spending a year abroad at the London School of Economics. While at Fletcher, Jon earned an MA in 1964, MALD in 1965, and PhD in 1967, and says that his love for the school is rooted in its strong sense of community. “The tight-knit, intimate nature of the student body was new to me. During my years at Fletcher, I formed some of the closest friendships of my life.”   It was during Jon’s time at Fletcher that he traveled to Brazil on a fellowship and met his future wife, Betsey, who was there with the Peace Corps. Jon and Betsey recently decided to include a gift for The Fletcher School in their estate plans. Their bequest will create an endowed professorship, the Betsey R. and H. Jon Rosenbaum Chair in Commercial Diplomacy, to support teaching and research at Fletcher in the area of international trade policy and negotiation.

Betsey describes their gift as a perfect match with Jon’s professional pursuits. Jon started his career as a professor at City College of New York, Wellesley College, and American University. Later, he served as Assistant United States Trade Representative, where he focused on Latin America, Africa, and the Caribbean, and negotiated numerous bilateral trade agreements. Betsey’s career also reflects a commitment to service. She spent more than thirty years working to improve public human services policy and was recognized for her contributions to the field in 2004, when the National Association of Public Child Welfare Administrators created the Betsey R. Rosenbaum Award for Excellence in Public Child Welfare Administration. Jon and Betsey are currently enjoying retirement and traveling around the world together. They are pictured here outside their home in Alexandria, VA.

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Save the Date! Fall Reunion 2011 8  –   9 September 2011 1961’s 50th Reunion, Classes of 1934 –1960 Dean Stephen W. Bosworth and the entire Fletcher community invite our alumni, especially the Class of 1961 marking their 50th Reunion, to join us for Fall Reunion 2011. Save the dates, 08 – 09 September 2011, and join us in Medford for this great celebration. ( alumni/reunions)

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3–5 June 2011 Asia and the World: The Evolving Context Featuring keynote speaker Liu Xioming, F83, Chinese Ambassador to the United Kingdom, joined by faculty speaker Alan M. Wachman, F84, Fletcher Associate Professor of International Politics. Details and registration online

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Fletcher News publication from Spring 2011 without class notes. Cover Story: Peter Ackerman, F69, F71, F76

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