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T h e N e w s l e tt 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 Un i v e r s i t y

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World Peace Foundation A New Era Begins at Fletcher

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Greetings from Fletcher Reflecting on global events and trends over the last few months, a slow and still-uncertain global economic recovery paired with pressures for fiscal austerity and continuing political change in North Africa, the Middle East, and Myanmar highlight that the world has never needed forward-thinking institutions and individuals who understand the links between policy, economics, and business more. I am happy to report that, based on the exciting events and developments from the last semester, Fletcher is continuing its strong tradition of filling that need. Few organizations embody “forward-thinking” like the World Peace Foundation, founded to promote peace before international cooperation was the norm. In July 2011, the World Peace Foundation moved to The Fletcher School to embark upon an exciting new partnership for teaching, research, and engagement with Fletcher. To kick off the spring semester and a new year, over 250 Fletcher alums, faculty, friends, staff, and students helped the World Peace Foundation celebrate 101 years of peacebuilding activities. Fletcher continues to host high profile speakers and alums, giving students the opportunity to discuss trends and events across disciplines with Robert D. Hormats, F66, Department of State’s Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment; Ali Babacan, the Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey; Farah Pandith, F95, Special Representative for Muslim Communities; and others. Another superb lecture this semester, “The Diplomatic Factor in American History,” was delivered by Professor Alan Henrikson as Fletcher celebrated his inauguration to the Lee E. Dirks Professorship in Diplomatic History. Fletcher’s Office of Career Services held career trips in New York and Washington, which culminated with networking receptions to connect

students with alumni working in all areas across the private, public, and non-profit sectors. Our engagement with Fletcher’s diverse and vibrant alumni community at events like these is what sets Fletcher apart. I Stephen W. Bosworth would encourage you to participate, as helping our students take their broad knowledge and talents into the working world through finding meaningful employment when they graduate is one of the most important things we can do together. Chris and I just returned from Fletcher’s Eleventh Annual Symposium in Talloires, France, where we welcomed almost 90 alumni and guests for discussions on this year’s theme: “The Middle East after the Arab Spring: Changing Political and Strategic Landscape.” The stimulating conversations that continue to be a part of the Talloires Symposium remind us of how grateful we are to be a member of this dynamic and exciting community that continuously looks for opportunities to draw lessons from diverse sectors to improve upon the status quo. Our global community and its approach to the world is what makes Fletcher truly special, and I thank you for your continued dedication and support. We look forward to seeing and hearing from you. Sincerely,

Stephen W. Bosworth, Dean

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F EAT U RES 4 World Peace Foundation 7 Generating Power from Rice Husks: Mimi Alemayehou, F98, and the OPIC

8 AGE Africa 10 Initiative Seeks to Advance Fletcher Women in Global Leadership Positions

11 Fletcher Alumni of Color Association: Providing Vital Financial Support to Students

12 International Political Economy in the 21st Century

14 Fletcher Annual D  .C. Career Trip 16 Alumna’s Estate Plans Include Endowed Scholarship for Women

18 Profile: Angelo Yoder, F12

DE PAR T M EN T S 19 From the Fletcher Files 21 Club News 24 Club Contacts 25 Reunion 2012 in Pictures 27 Class Notes 50 In Memoriam 11

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World Peace Foundation Finding a Natural Home at Fletcher



Kathleen Bobick Administrative Assistant Sarah Bunnell Assistant Director, Reunion Programs Caroline Caldwell Coordinator, Alumni Relations and Stewardship Tara DiDomenico Assistant Director, The Fletcher Fund Georgia Koumoundouros Development Officer

By Mark Sullivan


he founder of the World Peace Foundation, Boston publisher Edwin Ginn, first man to give a million dollars to the cause of peace, was a leading advocate for anti-war efforts in the early years of the twentieth century. He died in January 1914. Eight months later, the First World War erupted. What followed was the bloodiest century on record. One might say his World Peace Foundation was a “signal but glorious failure,” in the words of its former president, Robert Rotberg, who observed: “It was created in the vain hope of ending war and introducing an era of peace. That is still the World Peace Foundation’s mission. It is still an urgent mission.” Today that mission is being carried on from The Fletcher School, new home to the foundation that was born of noble ideals a century ago and which aims to have a renewed impact on the world by providing intellectual leadership on issues of peace, justice, and security.

Bronwyn McCarty Director, The Fletcher Fund

“Ginn’s vision remains valid,” says the foundation’s executive director, Alex de Waal. “We just need to reinvent it.”

Pete Mumma Associate Director, Alumni Relations and Stewardship

In a recent interview with Fletcher News, de Waal offered his perspective on the foundation’s legacy and current role.

Jennifer Weingarden Lowery Senior Director, Development and Alumni Relations Cynthia Weymouth Administrative Assistant PHOTOGRAPHs

Kelvin Ma, p. 4 –7 Tufts University Photography Marco Baringer, Katie Hatch, Aubryn Sidle, p. 8 – 9 Dennis Drenner, p. 14 Cover

“Don’t Be Ashamed to Stand for Peace” poster courtesy of The Religious Society of Friends in Britain

“What Ginn and his contemporaries were doing was ‘inventing peace,’ the idea that a higher international order of institutions and rules could eliminate war,” de Waal said. “To some extent, 100 years later, that has been achieved.

“We want to inspire young people to combine that passion and intellectual openness with a readiness to grapple with complicated challenges.”

“The United Nations, the World Courts at the Hague, the World Trade Organization: these are institutions that 100 years ago were just a dream. Now the idea that Britain would go to war with France, or the United States with Mexico, is largely incomprehensible. If the next war envisioned is the United States vs. Iran, there are mechanisms for making the prospect of war less likely. “Men like Ginn were instrumental in making that kind of world a reality,” de Waal said. “Yes, Ginn’s vision clearly was not realized in his lifetime or in the 75 years that followed — but 100 years on, you can say he was less naïve than he seemed 50 years ago. “ When the World Peace Foundation recently established its home at Fletcher, it was, in a way, returning to its roots. “The WPF is a natural fit for Fletcher,” said Peter Uvin, academic dean and Henry J. Leir Professor of International Humanitarian Studies at Fletcher. “It adds new resources and dynamics in the space between the school’s already strong programs in security studies, negotiation and conflict resolution, and human security.” A welcoming reception in January was held in Ginn Library, likewise the legacy of the philanthropist, publisher, and peace activist who served as an overseer and trustee at Tufts and whose portrait, a present from the foundation, now hangs in the library that bears his name.

Descendants of WPF founder Edwin Ginn:  James K. Bonney (far left), husband of Ginn’s great-granddaughter Margaret Ginn Bonney (3rd from left), and their children, Margaret Helm Bonney (2nd from left) and Andrew W. Bonney (2nd from right), along with Andrew’s wife, Christina R. Bonney (far right)

“Edwin Ginn was a textbook publisher, and education was his calling,” de Waal said. “The purpose of the foundation, in his view, was to educate the people of the nations of the world as well as to campaign for peace, justice, and brotherhood.”

Afghanistan, violence is embedded in places that are run without government institutions. Most large-scale political violence has different features now, but the mechanisms we have for grappling with that are left over from old wars.”

Today Ginn’s vision informs the foundation’s website (fletcher. A brief mission statement reads: “We believe that innovative research and teaching are critical to the challenges of making peace around the world and should go hand in hand with advocacy and practical engagement with the toughest issues.”

For the New York Times in March, de Waal penned an op-ed piece titled, “How to End Mass Atrocities.” His work in conflict resolution and mediation in Africa has given him an up-close look at intractable challenges to peace.

The foundation’s blog is named “Reinventing Peace.” A series of essays from participants in a foundation seminar titled “New War, New Peace” addresses the theme of how international conflict resolution practices should respond to the changing nature of war and organized violence. “One hundred years ago, the classic war was between two nationstate armies, with one forcing the other to submit,” said de Waal. “Today, conflicts are more complicated and murky: they blur the lines of what we consider conventional war. Today in Africa or

He did his Ph.D. at Oxford on famine in the Sudan, worked with Human Rights Watch and other human rights organizations, and was first chairman of the Mines Advisory Group, one of a coalition of organizations that in 1997 were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their work toward banning land mines. He has since worked with the African Union as a mediator in negotiations between North and South Sudan over security, borders, nationality, and citizenship. He has had experiences that would temper most anyone’s idealism. He describes a meeting in Mogadishu with the Somali warlord, Mohammed Farrah Aidid, whose forces later shot down

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the U.S. helicopter in the “Black Hawk Down” incident. They were discussing the general’s alleged war crimes over tea on the veranda when shell-fire began to rain down, the blasts rattling the windows. When it was suggested it would be safer to move the conversation elsewhere, the general, a “charming thug,” replied: “This is the safest place — they’re aiming at us!” The Somalis “have a sense of humor,” de Waal recalled. “They addressed their shells, ‘To Whom It May Concern.’” Is he ever tempted to give up hope? He gave a rueful laugh. “The fact is, we’re dealing with the world’s most difficult places and the world’s most difficult problems. Edwin Ginn did not see the horrors of World War I. Andrew Carnegie did and was profoundly disturbed and depressed. People like them might have been moved to give up. One hundred years later we can see their efforts were not futile.” Fletcher is a natural home for the foundation and its work, he said. “The real change in this field comes about through educating young people, who have this incredible energy and are hungry to learn and to do things. They have the passion. We want to inspire them to combine that passion and intellectual openness with a readiness to grapple with complicated challenges.” Are there grounds for hope? “Absolutely.”


The World Peace Foundation has produced a variety of posters through the years. View more in The World Peace Foundation archives at fletcher. History

The WPF team, from left: Bridget Conley-Zilkic, Lisa Avery, and Alex de Waal


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Generating Power from Rice Husks Mimi Alemayehou, F98, and the OPIC


“We look not for just financial return, but also social and environmental returns,” Alemayehou said.

ike most financiers, Mimi Alemayehou is in the business of making investments that are going to pay her back. But Alemayehou works at a development agency. Instead of stocks, bonds, real estate, or currency swaps, she spends her days thinking about more unusual investments, like rice husks in India, for example. Welcome to the world of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. government agency where Alemayehou has served as executive vice president since March 2010. A 1998 MALD graduate of The Fletcher School at Tufts University, Alemayehou is charged with helping the agency fulfill an intriguing mandate: to support U.S. investment and foster development in emerging markets worldwide.

Mimi Alemayehou, F98

“We support U.S. investment in the neediest places, like Liberia and Haiti and Afghanistan. We’re not an export agency, we’re a development agency — that’s what’s in our veins,” she said in a presentation at Fletcher in March, one in a series hosted by the school’s Institute for Business in the Global Context. Similar to governmental aid agencies such as USAID or Britain’s DFID, OPIC is charged with figuring out ways to help build economic and social prosperity and pull people out of poverty in developing countries. But unlike these agencies, OPIC doesn’t provide aid — it supports private sector investment. OPIC has to fulfill its mission on a self-sustaining basis, which means returning money to the U.S. taxpayer every year. The way OPIC makes this happen, Alemayehou said, is by supporting investments in development that also help U.S. businesses get a foothold in fast-growing emerging markets. Using tools such as political risk insurance, loans, guarantees, and support for private equity funds, according to the agency, to date it has supported nearly $200 billion of investment in over 4,000 projects, generated $74 billion in U.S. exports, and supported more than 275,000 U.S. jobs. Last year OPIC made $270 million for the U.S. government, Alemayehou added. The rice-husk investment is one example of an innovative project that helps further economic prosperity and also makes money. OPIC loaned $750,000 to a group of Indian-American entrepreneurs who came up with a way to take the discarded husks of rice, which are usually dumped in a landfill, and use them to generate electricity in impoverished Indian villages. The loan, the agency says, helped the company, Husk Power Systems Inc., build three dozen mini-power plants and power light bulbs and mobile phone chargers in villages that are off the power grid.

“The things that keep me awake at night are: Do we have the right balance in our portfolio? Are we taking too much risk in a certain country or sector? Are we being innovative enough with our products to meet the demand from our clients? Are we maximizing our developmental impact?” she mused. “The challenge is also to find U.S. firms that are interested in making these types of investments.”

Prior to coming to OPIC, Alemayehou was U.S. executive director at the African Development Bank and served as the most senior U.S. Treasury official in Africa. She also founded a development consulting firm, Trade Links, LLC, which worked with clients on emerging markets issues and promoting African exports. It’s a career track she said wouldn’t have been possible without the multidimensional research and study experience she got while at Fletcher. “In my job, I regularly rely on what I learned at Fletcher. At OPIC, we are balancing financial returns with environmental impact, social impact, and economic impact,” Alemayehou said. “So the broad curriculum I completed at Fletcher comes in handy.” Alemayehou cited her Fletcher studies with Prof. Laurent L. Jacque, director of the School’s International Business Studies Program, as being particularly instrumental in influencing her future career. “I didn’t come to Fletcher to get an MBA, but after Professor Jacque’s class, I was hooked,” she said. Alemayehou went on to pursue coursework in international business transactions with Prof. Joel Trachtman, which she said she uses every day, along with studies in international negotiation and conflict resolution with the program’s founder, Prof. Jeswald Salacuse. “I still have his book on my shelf,” she said. “Fletcher offers what’s missing from most MBA programs: anyone can give students business models, but to truly make an impact you first have to understand the countries, the people, and the political situation,” said Alemayehou. “Having a Fletcher degree helps you understand that context.” — Mike Eckel, MALD 2013 

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AGE Africa Mobilizing the Fletcher Network to Support Girls’ Education By Caroline Louis Cole


his year 77 poor high school girls in the landlocked south central African country of Malawi have the chance of beating enormous odds by graduating from high school and delaying their first pregnancy, thanks to ongoing support from the Fletcher community. Another two are pursuing university degrees, and 350 rural girls are being introduced to life-skills and leadership education as part of the Advancing Girls’ Education Africa program founded by Xanthe Scharff Ackerman, F06. AGE Africa for short, Ackerman’s initiative to break the cycle of poverty and isolation for teen girls in Malawi was borne out of a newspaper article she wrote for the Christian Science Monitor about her experience working for CARE during a summer internship between her first and second years at Fletcher. Headlined “What It Is Like to Live on $1 a Day,” the July 2005 piece generated some 20 letters from readers asking how they could help, some with small checks. “Initially I was looking for a way to channel the outpouring of generosity and compassion my article generated,” Ackerman said. “From those initial letters of support and encouragement, we have designed a comprehensive program that provides tuition support as well as mentoring, health education, and career guidance. What we’ve discovered over the last six years is that it isn’t enough to just write a scholarship check. The odds against these young women are so formidable that without programs that support the multiple causes of dropout, simple financial aid is not enough.”

So AGE Africa now pays for tuition for its AGE scholars, as well as for textbooks, school uniforms, backpacks, notebooks, pens, transportation, and exam fees, and then provides mentoring through life-skills and career guidance. While 27 percent of Malawian girls enroll in secondary school, less than 7 percent will finish, with early marriage and early pregnancy among the leading causes of the high dropout rate, Ackerman said. Because all secondary schools charge tuition, if families have the money, they generally send their boys. AGE Africa, which has a budget of $300,000 this year, operates with a full-time director based in Washington, D.C., and a small staff of tutors and faculty coordinators based in Malawi, including summer interns from Fletcher. Since its founding, 600 girls have benefited from AGE Africa programs and 98 percent of AGE Africa scholars have finished four years of high school. “Our students leave our program with knowledge about small business opportunities and higher education, and all of them have delayed pregnancy and marriage well beyond what is expected,” Ackerman said proudly.

AGE girls check out a computer

AGE Africa’s first alumni left the program in 2008 and of those, just 40 percent are married and all of these delayed their first pregnancy until they were at least 19 (85 percent until they were 20), Ackerman said. “What I love is the holistic approach we are taking helps these girls not only attend school but stay in school,” said Christine Beggs, F09, who initially volunteered to head the Fletcher intern team during the summer of 2009 after reading about Ackerman and her program in a course she took at Fletcher on social entrepreneurship. Beggs has stayed connected and is now a member of the AGE Africa board of directors, along with Valerie Gilpin, F89, who learned about Ackerman’s program through the Fletcher network. The AGE Program Team: From left, Mphatso Zidana, Program Assistant, Jean Chiona, Program Manager, and Karen Laflash, Program Coordinator


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AGE Scholars at Nsala CDSS on the steps of the school

“I have a deep commitment to education, the advancement of women, and African development,” said Gilpin, who manages Fulbright scholar exchange programs with sub-Saharan Africa at the U.S. Department of State. “Girls’ education is a critical issue not just for Malawi but the African continent, and I was attracted to AGE because it is a great example of a low-cost, high-yield NGO with targeted, focused programs.” Likewise Mieke van der Wansem stumbled over the AGE Africa program through the Fletcher network. Van der Wansem, who directs the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy at Fletcher, and her two sisters, Francois, also a Tufts alum, and Brigette, make regular grants to AGE Africa through their family foundation. “We like that AGE Africa has a small and dedicated staff that is really good at sharing the stories and providing us information,” said van de Wansem. “We appreciate seeing the direct impact our dollars are making on changing these young girls’ lives, and we feel good about supporting Fletcher graduates doing important work.” Liz Stites, a 2001 Fletcher alum and Tufts faculty member, is another AGE Africa supporter through her family’s Brush Foundation, dedicated to reproductive health and family planning. “What impresses me about AGE Africa is that Xanthe saw a problem and used her knowledge and connections to address

it,” Stites said. “It is unusual for us to see such a direct connect between vision and results. She and her colleagues see the whole picture.” If AGE Africa is to continue to grow and flourish, Ackerman knows she has to reach out beyond the Fletcher community for fundraisAGE interns ing support. One recent initiative is the program’s participation in the Nation’s Triathlon in Washington, D.C., this year on 9 September. “Last year our goal was $60,000 to support 60 girls, and the Tri for Malawi Team raised $75,000,” Ackerman said. “This year our goal is $100,000 for 120 students.” Of course, she and Beggs are hoping that several of their fellow Tufts alums will join the Tri for Malawi Team, either as participants or donors.


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Initiative to Advance Fletcher Women in Global Leadership Positions By Amy Poftak


he statistics are sobering: fewer than 20 percent of legislators in the world today are women. A mere 2.4 percent of Fortune 500 companies are led by women. And female participation in U.S. political and business leadership hovers at 18 percent, according to the White House Project.

“Just discussing these issues with other women who have been there can provide some insight and build courage, which can make a big difference,” said Powell, who notes that IWIL plans to tap outstanding alumnae to share their experiences and expertise with students.

Improving those numbers is the focus of the Initiative on Women’s International Leadership (IWIL), which aims to make Fletcher a hub for educating, training, and supporting global women leaders.

The IWIL Task Force has also been in conversation with Smith College President Carol Christ about a potential B.A./M.A. degree partnership that would complement the Women in Public Service Project, a U.S. State Department collaboration with five leading women’s colleges to boost the number of women in political and civic leadership roles.

“More than half of Fletcher students are women and they are incredibly talented, yet like the female population in general, they’re not rising to positions of leadership to the extent to which men are,” said IWIL Task Force chair Lisbeth Tarlow, F84, F97. “We see an opportunity to help Fletcher women stay on track to reaching their highest goals.” Now in the planning stages, IWIL is the brainchild of Tarlow and fellow Fletcher Board members Elizabeth Powell, F62, and Alice Finn, F86—each of whom has enjoyed successful careers in more traditionally male-dominated fields (academia, manufacturing, and wealth management, respectively). Although the reasons women remain underrepresented in leadership roles are varied, IWIL’s co-founders point to attrition as one major obstacle. Simply put, many women veer off their career path during their childbearing years to juggle the demands of work and family. “The question is, how can we help women stay engaged and achieve their potential as leaders?” Finn said. “Women are half the human potential of the world. It’s important for them to be able to realize their potential, especially when you look at the talent that comes to Fletcher.” While IWIL’s programmatic goals are still taking shape, Tarlow, Powell, and Finn envision an approach that is part scholarly and part pragmatic. Their biggest ambition is to create an institute at Fletcher dedicated to promoting the development of women international leaders. Led by faculty and enhanced by visiting scholars, the institute would tackle policy issues surrounding women’s leadership and gender equality in international leadership roles. The institute would also include a strong practical component— including skills-based training, mentoring opportunities, and networking assistance. Some of the initial ideas for hands-on programs include salary negotiation, public speaking, and navigating work/life challenges. 10

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IWIL Task Force chair Lisbeth Tarlow, F84, left, with fellow Fletcher Board members Alice Finn, F86, and Elizabeth Powell, F62

IWIL’s vision has met with universal support from the Board, Dean Stephen Bosworth, and existing women-focused groups at Fletcher. The recently formed IWIL Task Force, made up of about two dozen Fletcher Board members and other alumni, has been charged with developing a concrete plan of action to bring back to the Board. As a first step, the group is canvassing faculty, students, and alumni to determine what they consider the most pressing needs. With the Fletcher Women’s Network, they have also conducted a survey of Fletcher alumnae to learn more about their career trajectories. “We all agree this is the moment in time to put Fletcher on the map on this issue,” Tarlow said. “Because Fletcher trains people to be global leaders, we have the luxury of access to fantastic people and networks to help nourish what we are trying to accomplish.”

Fletcher Alumni of Color Association Providing Vital Financial Support to Students By Amy Poftak


or many Fletcher students, landing a plum summer internship can hold the key to their career path after graduation. Yet most prized internship opportunities are unpaid and typically located in expensive cities like Washington, D.C., or overseas, putting students of color—who are more likely to have a higher debt burden—at a disadvantage. Enter the Fletcher Alumni of Color Association (FACA) Internship Support Fund. Launched in late 2011 with the blessing of the Fletcher Board and Dean Stephen Bosworth, the fund supports up to eight students with $2,000 internship stipends. U.S. students of color and non-U.S. nationals of African, Asian, Native/Indigenous, Latin, and Caribbean descent are eligible to apply for the award, which is decided by a FACA-appointed committee of seven alumni from diverse backgrounds. Founded in 2004 by a dedicated group of recent graduates, including Belinda Chiu, F04, Camille Catenza, F04, Anna ThompsonQuaye, F04, Stevie Hamilton, F02, Kelly Smith, F03, and Kafia Haile, F05, FACA’s mission is to foster community among Fletcher alumni and students of color. For this summer’s awards, FACA raised $20,000 in less than two months thanks to a handful of generous donors, including an anonymous donor who committed a $10,000 match per year for three years. Next year, the group hopes to expand the number of stipends offered from eight to twelve. Fletcher Board and FACA executive board member Nihal Goonewardene, F73, points out that many students of color face a double burden when it comes to securing internships. “For debt-strapped students, there’s the financial challenge of living and working away from home for no pay,” he said. “There’s also the burden of often not having access to the right network. You need to tap into alumni connections and family friends to get your foot in the door, especially when so many people are competing for these jobs.” With that in mind, along with providing stipends, FACA is working with internship sponsors to place students of color from Fletcher with possibly up to three placements at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C. FACA stipend recipient Juliana Bedoya Carmona, MALD 2013, landed an internship in East Africa designing an evaluation and monitoring system for FrontlineSMS, an NGO whose free text messaging software is used for human rights monitoring, field data collection, and more.

Columbian-born Juliana Bedoya Carmona, MALD 2013, interned in East Africa; Ugandan-born Patrick Kabanda, MALD 2013, is spending 10 weeks in Thailand

“It’s a great opportunity to get hands-on skills in evaluation and experience a different continent,” said the Colombian-born Bedoya, who notes the stipend was essential for covering her travel and living expenses. Patrick Kabanda, MALD 2013, received a special memorial stipend established by FACA to honor Ugandan national Josephine Lukoma, F05, who passed away in February. Kabanda, also from Uganda, is spending 10 weeks in Thailand as a researcher and analyst for the Mae Fah Luang Foundation. His chief responsibility is to document the foundation’s projects aimed at promoting sustainable development and preserving local culture. “The stipend made it possible for me to take the internship without going into more debt,” Kabanda said. The FACA Internship Support Fund is one of two recent efforts FACA has undertaken to support current Fletcher students. The second is the Ralph J. Bunche Endowed Scholarship Fund. In addition to helping Fletcher attract and yield more students from historically underrepresented backgrounds to international affairs, the fund commemorates the legacy of groundbreaking scholar-diplomat Dr. Ralph J. Bunche, the first African American to win the Nobel Peace Prize. The endowed scholarship, which required a threshold of $25,000 to go active, is the culmination of four years of fundraising that kicked off at a reception hosted by supporters Wesley S. Williams Jr., F64, and Karen Hastie Williams, F67. The inaugural Ralph J. Bunche Scholar, yet to be named, will enter Fletcher this fall. Kelly Smith, F03, Kafia Haile, F05, Nihal W. Goonewardene, F73, Jennifer Weingarden Lowery, Senior Director of the Office of Development and Alumni Relations, and Stevie B. Hamilton, Jr, F02

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International Political Economy In the 21st Century


hat are the main challenges for the United States visà-vis the economic rise of China? Has the American economic model been discredited by the 2008 financial crisis, or is it still a credible option? What is the role of the G-20 going forward? These are some of the critical questions facing international economy policymakers and academics looking to the future of global interaction. These topics were also at the heart of a recent talk at The Fletcher School with one of the country’s foremost experts in the field: Dr. Robert D. Hormats, U.S. Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment. “If United States economy is to prosper, it will need good relations with China,” explained Dr. Hormats, who is a Fletcher graduate (F66, F70). “We are now bound together for economic reasons, and we both have an effect on the global economy.” The Sino-American relationship has changed dramatically over the past 40 years, going from a limited strategic security relationship aimed at strengthening the United States’ hand in the Vietnam War to a strong and burgeoning coalition rooted in economic interests. According to Dr. Hormats, the main challenge for the United States today is how to deal with the distortions in the relationship. “We should identify as many areas of Chinese interests as possible that would also benefit us, while still being very robust in addressing our concerns,” Dr. Hormats said.

What does that mean for the United States? “We have to preserve the economic system that has worked so well since World War II and be steadfast about our principles, but at the same time find some accommodation for these rising powers,” Dr. Hormats suggested. Still, the 2008 crisis fed concerns about the viability and reliability of increasing financial integration between countries. Isolated nations claimed to have fared relatively well during the global recession, creating a potential obstacle for future integration.

“Government can play a facilitative role—by keeping the Internet open, for example—but it’s up to the people around the world to connect and facilitate these synergies.”

The talk was moderated by Michael Klein, William L. Clayton Professor of International Economic Affairs at Fletcher, who just returned from a one-and-a-half-year appointment as chief economist in the Office of International Affairs of the U.S. Treasury.


towards an industrial system, Brazil is specializing in commodity export, India is focused on services and Russia on raw materials. “What they do have in common is that they all want to play a bigger role in the international economic system.”

Dr. Hormats acknowledged the effects of the crisis, accepting that some countries might want to build up a defense against global volatility by accumulating additional reserves through trade surpluses and by being more skeptical towards opening borders for trade. “Other countries may have lost confidence that the United States is the gold standard as far as financial regulation. That means that now we are in competition not only in terms of goods and services but also in terms of economic model,” Dr. Hormats said. He noted that the state-centered model that prevails among many rising economic powers may look attractive today, “but will not be very successful in the long term.”

During the discussion, Prof. Klein brought up the tendency among the international economic community to amalgamate the BRIC countries and not distinguish between them.

The event, part of the Charles Francis Adams Lecture series, offered the Fletcher community an opportunity to hear from one of the most influential and knowledgeable individuals in the United States with respect to the world economic situation. Both faculty and students raised their hands during the question-andanswer session to bring up new topics of discussion or ask for a clarification from the guest speaker.

“They don’t have much in common, except that they’re big markets,” replied Dr. Hormats, pointing to the different economic structures and priorities of each: China is heavily geared

A professor of international politics in the audience asked about the role of the G-20 in managing the global economic system in the decades ahead.

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U.S. Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Robert D. Hormats, F66, F70

“The G-20 worked quite effectively during the financial crisis,” acknowledged Dr. Hormats. Going forward, the question is whether it will be as successful at getting countries to subscribe to initiatives in other fields—including the environment, energy, and anti-corruption. In other words, whether “it will be able to get as much consensus on medium-term issues that do not appear to be as urgent.” During the talk, Dr. Hormats expressed his pleasure about being back at Fletcher, where he earned both master’s and doctoral degrees. “Both the human element and the intellectual component of the Fletcher experience are superb. The network is an enormous benefit, both personally and professionally, and a Fletcher

education is unparalleled anywhere in this country or the world,” Dr. Hormats said of his alma mater. The speaker closed by giving career advice to the students in the audience. “Learn how to work with people. It’s an increasingly interdisciplinary world, and the key to success in both the private and public sectors is being able to harness the integration of expertise, technology, and communication to find pragmatic solutions to problems,” Dr. Hormats said. “Government can play a facilitative role—by keeping the Internet open, for example—but it’s up to the people around the world to connect and facilitate these synergies.” — Elia Boggia, MALD 2013

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Fletcher’s Annual D.C. Career Trip Key Tips to Opening Doors


ASHINGTON, D.C.— If there was ever any doubt about the depth, breadth, diversity, and authority of the vaunted Fletcher network, the mingle and buzz at the cocktail reception of the School’s annual D.C. Career Trip put it to rest.

The reception, just blocks from the White House and the Capitol, hosted hundreds of students and alumni of The Fletcher School at Tufts University. During the event, Dean Stephen Bosworth offered this advice to students, many harboring nervous doubt about landing a job in a tough economy, post-graduation: “Exploit your fellow alumni. Shamelessly,” he said to laughter. “They are here to be exploited.” The reception—the most highly attended of any past Fletcher career event—was one of many high points for the MALD, MIB, LLM, M.A., and Ph.D. students who made the trek from Medford to Washington, D.C., in February. Painstakingly organized by Fletcher’s Office of Career Services, the trip featured two days of panel discussions, site visits, happy hours, and informal chats with just a small portion of the thousands of Fletcher alumni who populate the Washington corridors of government, business, philanthropy, and advocacy. “The D.C. Career Trip is a wonderful way for students to survey the wide landscape of careers that are possible after obtaining a Fletcher degree,” said Branden Grimmett, associate director of

Victoria Esser, F99, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Public Affairs for Digital Strategy, U.S. Department of State


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the School’s Office of Career Services (OCS). “Despite a persistently tough job market, through the various panels, site visits, lunches, and receptions, students come away empowered by Fletcher alumni doing amazing work in amazing places.” Fletcher’s Washington alumni network features the largest concentration of the School’s graduates of anywhere in the world; according to the Office of Development and Alumni Relations, almost 2,000 graduates work in, live in, or frequent the U.S. capital’s environs. Alumni panels organized by OCS focused on a myriad of topics, including international communications and media, humanitarian assistance, conflict resolution, and U.S. security and intelligence. Students could also participate in alumni-hosted luncheons or attend different site visits to institutions and companies such as Bloomberg, Eurasia Group, the FBI, the World Wildlife Fund, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), McKinsey & Company, and ExxonMobil. Rounding out the two days of events were various receptions hosted by student clubs, as well as the Fletcher Board, among others. Many alumni participating or hosting students offered practical advice in planning for a post-Fletcher career, while also acknowledging the difficulty in simply getting in the door to begin with: Be persistent. Develop a skill set. Don’t time the market. Don’t turn down a job that you haven’t even been offered yet. “It’s often the situation that in order to get a job, you have to have

Joshua Gross, F10, Director, Government Relations, The Glover Park Group

Elena M. Suarez, F91, Chief, Development Communication and Special Programs, Office of External Relations, Inter-American Development Bank

had a job to begin with. It’s a chicken-and-egg kind of thing,” said one alumnus.

a way to get one’s resume to stand out from hundreds of others that may be piling up in a recruiter’s inbox.

An alumna spoke about how unlike other graduate students and job applicants, Fletcher students are uncommonly known as broad thinkers, with a much wider perspective on the world. “Multidimensional, smart, multiple areas of focus: the Fletcher experience allows you to look at the world in lots of different ways, in ways that other people don’t know,” she offered.

“I wouldn’t be where I am today without my Fletcher degree,” added alumnus Brett Freedman, F03, who works as a staff attorney at a U.S. federal government security agency. “You’ll never be able to anticipate the path you might be on in 20 years. What you can do is gain the necessary tools and skills, however you select it, so you can open as many doors as possible.”

A popular sentiment expressed by many alumni was the value of utilizing the Fletcher network: for contacts, for job leads, and as

— Mike Eckel, MALD 2013

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Alumna’s Estate Plans Include Endowed Scholarship for Women


t may have been more than a year ago that Sandra Urquiza, MALD 2013, was accepted to Fletcher, but from her perspective, it might as well have been yesterday. “I remember the moment vividly,” Urquiza says. “I was in Peru spending time with my family before I left for my internship in Kosovo. The letter from Fletcher arrived, and I was ecstatic. All who knew how hard I had worked to get into the School were very happy for me, and we celebrated Peruvian style!” Urquiza, who plans to pursue a career at the U.S. State Department or at an international organization that focuses on democratization issues, says she was attracted to Fletcher for three reasons—its curriculum, its faculty and students, and its networking opportunities. “The curriculum is quite flexible,” she says. “In a single day I study topics ranging from women’s inclusion in electoral processes in Mongolia, to project design and monitoring in North Darfur, to an international legal case on humanitarian law. The scope of my knowledge has broadened tremendously at Fletcher because of the quality of its curriculum.”

“I had received a full scholarship and stipend from a different school, but that school does not have nearly the international makeup and resources that Fletcher does.”

Her faculty and peers are on par with each other. “Not one day goes by when I don’t learn something from both groups, both personally and academically. And the support we get from the Office of Career Services is very important,” Urquiza emphasizes. “We receive professional development preparation and are exposed to a number of networking opportunities. Fletcher is a great school, a great resource, and a great place to invest my time.”

Yet Urquiza’s decision to accept Fletcher’s admission was not certain. “Financial aid was crucial,” she says. “I had received a full scholarship and stipend from a different school, but that school does not have nearly the international makeup and resources that Fletcher does. So when I received financial aid from Fletcher, it made it more affordable to go to the school of my dreams and to have access to the top-notch education I desired.”


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Beverly Ann Bendekgey, F70, sympathizes with the dilemma Urquiza faced, and she has decided to do something about it. She recently made provisions in her estate plans to endow a scholarship at Fletcher. “I was so thrilled to be accepted to the School in 1969,” Bendekgey explains. “My primary interest was in international relations; I wanted to solve all of the problems of the world! I started attending; however, midway through my first semester my dad died. He had been ill for more than two years and was unable to work during that time. Fletcher helped me with a half scholarship that supplemented a fellowship I was awarded by the Phi Kappa Phi honor society. The two together made it possible for me to stay at Fletcher.” With her Fletcher degree in hand, Bendekgey went to work as an international economist for the U.S. Department of Labor and eventually settled in the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) where she spent 20 years analyzing federal public policy and budgets. “I really loved working with agency officials, even though by definition GAO and the agencies are supposed to stand in an adversarial relationship,” Bendekgey says. “I loved learning to understand the many programs I reviewed and identifying how improvements would help achieve the programs’ goals. I am especially proud of the work I did that helped remove restrictions on the admission of and roles available for women who want to serve in the military.” Grateful for the exceptional education she received at Fletcher and how it provided her with the knowledge and analytical skills to succeed in her career, Bendekgey knew she wanted to help others attain that same benefit. “I want especially to help women, who might not otherwise be able to pursue their education at the graduate level, to achieve their potential in spite of having few resources,” Bendekgey says. “I want to encourage Fletcher students who may want to pursue a career in public service in order to help the U.S. achieve its goals. This was my objective as

Peruvian Sandra Urquiza, MALD 2013

a public servant, and I hope others will continue to make that choice for themselves and for the benefit of the U.S. and the international community.”

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Bendekgey says it was important to her to establish a scholarship for first-year students because she thinks the hardest thing is to get started. “I want to help students embark on their journey at the School,” she says. “The Fletcher degree listed on a résumé immediately sets one apart from others seeking just about any position throughout anyone’s professional life. It worked that way for me. Fletcher’s reputation as a premier educational program carries instant recognition and tells prospective employers that you, as an applicant, can be relied on to stand above the rest as a responsible, reliable, skilled, and talented applicant. It is my pleasure to use my estate to establish a Fletcher scholarship, because then what little I have will go to benefit people trying to improve themselves and the world, and it will go on giving into the future. I can’t think of a better legacy for an ordinary person such as myself.”

Beverly Bendekgey is a member of the Austin B. Fletcher Society, a group of alumni and friends who have remembered The Fletcher School in their estate plans. If you would like information on including Fletcher in your plans or are interested in establishing a life income gift, such as a charitable gift annuity or a charitable remainder trust, please contact the Gift Planning Office:

888-748-8387 | | If The Fletcher School is already included in your plans, please let us know so we can welcome you into the Austin B. Fletcher Society.

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Angelo Yoder, F12 Recipient of the Fletcher Board of Overseers Scholarship


ngelo Yoder, F12, grew up separate from the world while also engaged in it. In the Amish Mennonite community in Kansas where his father is a senior pastor, Angelo was raised with plain clothes, a tradition of nonparticipation in war, and no radio, television, or movies. “We had a sense we were a community apart,” he recalls. At the same time, their branch of the Amish Mennonites had a strong missionary tradition. His parents served in El Salvador, where he was born. His father now travels often to India. While no longer part of the community, he says, “I very much value — and always try to remember — where I came from.” His parents’ international work sparked a desire in him to experience the world beyond Kansas. After working for a time as a stone mason, he applied to community college — and then, successfully, to Yale.


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He was working in South Sudan with an international relief organization when he met his future wife, Anna, a nurse. “She came looking for cholera and found me.” Expecting their first child, they hope eventually to return to East Africa. “One of the things I love about Fletcher is that everyone has his or her own amazing tale,” he says. “I feel very fortunate to be here. A Board of Overseers scholarship covers 75 percent of my tuition. I was raised to be leery of too much debt, and thanks to this scholarship, I will leave with a relatively small amount. For that I am hugely grateful.” Bernard Simonin, professor of marketing and international business at Fletcher, says, “If ‘change is the only constant,’ as is often said, Angelo is the solid constant in the act of change. His own transformation is methodic and inspired. I cannot wait to see him enter the international business arena; he will make his mark with brio.”

Midyear Residency GMAP visits Cyprus For their midyear residency, students, faculty and staff from Fletcher’s Global Master of Arts Program (GMAP) visited Cyprus from 2–14 January 2012. Between courses in international finance, politics, economics, law, security studies, and leadership, the students gained a deep appreciation for Cypriot political and foreign policy challenges. The class had the opportunity to meet and speak with a number of distinguished speakers, including the former President of Cyprus George Vassiliou, current Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis, former Finance Minister Michael Sarris, Charge d’Affairs at the U.S. Embassy Andrew Schofer, and former Ambassador of Cyprus to the United States Andrew Jacovides. During a visit to the U.N. Good offices in Cyprus, the class also met with the U.N. Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Cyprus Alexander Downer, the former Australian Foreign Minister. The residency was enriched by the enthusiasm and the participation of the

Fletcher alumni community in Cyprus. Dr. Rita Severis, a Cypriot art historian, author of The Travelling Artists in Cyprus, 1700–1960 and mother of Fletcher graduate Zenon Severis, F04, led the class through the multi-layered and textured history and beauty of old Nicosia and the port town of Famagusta, located in the northern part of the island. Elizabeth Kassinis, F93, senior program advisor for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Cyprus, as well as Marcia Kammitsi, F10, went out of their way in their hospitality and assistance in the programming of the residency. Other Fletcher alumni added to the conversations on international politics: Arthur Sculley, F09, and member of the Fletcher European Advisory Group, presented his latest research project on Turkey, while Dr. Obaida El-Dandarawy,

F03, F11, from Egypt’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, flew to the island to take part in an open discussion on recent events in Egypt with current GMAP student Dalia Ziada. GMAP was also thrilled to host an alumni reception and dinner at the Hilton Park Nicosia on 12 January, where the GMAP students connected with Fletcher alumni, such as Sunaina Lowe, F85, Donatella Giubilaro, F09, Albion Land, F78, and Sinan Semiler, F00.

Above: Obaida El-Dandarawy, F03, F11, Professor Richard Shultz, and Dalia Ziada, GMAP July 2012 Below: The July 2012 GMAP class in front of Carmelite Church in Famagusta, Northern Cyprus

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September 2012 6th Annual Fletcher Doctoral Conference The Fletcher Doctoral Conference, which takes place annually at the beginning of the fall semester, provides a unique opportunity for leading scholars and practitioners in the field of international relations to exchange perspectives on the most important issues facing academics and policymakers today. In addition to bringing together current Ph.D. students and alumni, the conference serves as a forum to showcase our community’s academic research and professional achievements and to encourage networking for future collaboration. The all-day event starts with a keynote speech delivered by a prominent Ph.D. graduate and concludes with a dinner, where current and past students have the opportunity to hear about the state of the school and the program and to interact with Fletcher faculty and administration. But the highlight of the Fletcher Doctoral Conference is undoubtedly the panels, where our students and alumni are given the opportunity to present original research covering nearly all Fletcher fields of study, such as international security studies, international environment and resource policy, Southwest Asia, development economics, East Asia, and human security.

From left: Rabia Zafar, Ph.D. candidate, Professor William “Bill” Moomaw, and President Monaco

The 6th Annual Fletcher Doctoral Conference will be held on 28 September 2012 in Medford. Updated information on the conference will be provided on the website fletcher.tufts. edu/Doctoral-Conference-2012. As the scheduled conference date approaches, additional information will be provided, including online registration and a conference schedule. We look forward to welcoming the Fletcher community to the 6th Annual Fletcher Doctoral Conference!

Southeast Asia Singapore trip In March 2012, six Fletcher students, both first and second year, spent a week in Singapore, exploring the economic and business environment of Southeast Asia and learning about the career opportunities in the region. The week’s events provided an excellent opportunity for networking and a chance for alumni in the area to catch up. As part of the trip, an alumni gathering was organized with the lively Fletcher community in Singapore. Graciously hosted by Syetarn Hansakul, F88, and her husband Darren Tan, A87, at Pasta Brava, the event attracted not only a large group of alumni, but also newly admitted students. The event was planned with the extensive support of Nishan Pradhan, F08, an active member of the Fletcher Club of Singapore. “Traveling to Singapore was a critical component of our Fletcher education,” explained Peter Maher, MALD 2013, reflecting back on the trip. “We gained insights on best practices and innovative trends from business leaders directly involved in the Southeast Asian growth story. “Just as important, we were able to engage with Fletcher alumni in a robust and meaningful way to strengthen the school’s presence in the region.”


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The Fletcher Club of Paris hosted a Champagne tasting at ÔChateau in the first arrondissement, gathering 12 alumni including Philipe Breeden,F86, Caroline Coquin, F97, Marta Mueller Guicciardini, Malick Antoine, A98, F04, Dale Prince, F86, and his wife Regina, Michael Hougaard, F02, Maia Seaden, F08, Alison Jarrett, F06, William Holmberg, F05, Andrea Beccalli, F11, and Alex Gourevitch, A87. The Fletcher Club of Paris also held an evening with Peter Uvin, academic dean, and Henry J. Leir, professor of international humanitarian studies, at The Fletcher School on 23 March. The event was hosted at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP by Noah Rubins, F99, where he is a partner. The event was attended by 25 alumni, Freshfields employees, and even a newly admitted student.


Zahra’s Paradise: A Uniquely Fletcher Combination of Politics, Prose, and Poetry on 5 October, featured Amir X, a Fletcher grad and author of Zahra’s Paradise, at a book reading and signing, offering an intriguing take on the Arab Spring. Portraits of Iran: A Discussion with Two Iranian-American Authors, on 7 October, featured Fletcher graduate, Amir X, plus Roya Hakakian and Karim Sadjadpour. The Private Sector’s Role in Food Security: The Walmart Perspective and Experience, on 19 October, featured Sarah Thorn, F93, senior director of federal government relations, Walmart Stores, Inc. She shared Walmart’s timely and unique perspective and experience, relating to “The Private Sector’s Role in Food Security.” Her presentation from that event is available at Our Monthly Happy Hour tradition continued on 20 October at BlackJack, just above Pearl Dive Oyster Palace, along trendy 14th Street in D.C. National Zoo’s 13th Annual Boo at the Zoo: On 23 October, we combined our outreach to the Fletcher community with our volunteer service to the D.C.-area community, by having Fletcher alums and their families volunteer

for and participate in the National Zoo’s 13th Annual Boo at the Zoo, a fundraiser to support public education programs. Activities included trick or treating, a variety of animal related activities, haunted trails, and more. United States Engagement with Muslim Communities around the World: On 21 November, the Fletcher Alumni of Color Association hosted a discussion with Special Representative Farah Pandith, F95, on the topic of U.S. engagement with Muslim communities around the world and global shifts and trends with young Muslims. Career Networking Event: Gender-Focused Careers: On 1 December, the Fletcher Alumni Association of Washington, D.C., and the Fletcher Women’s Network jointly hosted a networking event for men and women in the Fletcher community who work on, or aspire to work on, gender-focused issues to discuss employment opportunities and career development. This event was held at Carbon, an eco-friendly, locally focused boutique in Woodley Park. Fletcher alumna Amy West, F02, displayed art and photography from her extensive travel. D.C. Club Holiday Party 2011: We ended the year on a great note on 17 December, as

an overflow crowd of nearly 170 Fletcherites and guests celebrated the festive season and marked the rekindling of our traditional Holiday Party, held at the sophisticated and fun Napoleon Bistro and Lounge, run by our very own Mustafa Popal, F01, and family. Our honorary hosts for the evening, Dr. Peter Ackerman, F69, and Dr. Hans Binnendijk, F72, welcomed our guests and helped us to introduce our two new liaisons from the Fletcher Office of Development and Alumni Relations, Pete Mumma and Caroline Caldwell. Two of our alumni, Abby Lindsay, F09, and Luke Schoen, F10, were lucky winners of Fletcher memorabilia from the evening’s raffle. In case you missed the party, you can read more about it and find the link to the photo album here: Please be sure to visit our website (www. for continuous updates, or send us an email to info@fletcherclubofdc. org, if you have any questions, comments, or ideas about how we can best serve the Fletcher community. spring/summer 2012

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FLETCHER WOMEN’S NETWORK As the Fletcher Women’s Network (FWN) enters its sixth year, the network continues to grow and look for new opportunities to address issues of importance to Fletcher alumnae. The FWN is determined to serve the global community of women, going beyond those located in the United States. To expand our membership, Alison Jarrett, F06, in Paris and Barbara Geary Truan, F90, in Geneva designed and disseminated a survey for all Fletcher women graduates with two aims: to determine technology preferences for our online networking and to increase our membership. The response was excellent (thank you!) and provided fantastic feedback that we are analyzing as a basis for next steps.

And our recent newsletter, guest edited by Yoon Park, F91, features Fletcher women in Asia in part to build our linkages there. At the same time, the DC FWN group enjoyed a number of gatherings this fall, including a cozy brunch at Yoon Park’s home; collaboration with the Fletcher Alumni of Color Association (FACA) to hear Fletcher alumna Farah Pandith, U.S. Special Representative to Muslim Communities; and partnering with Fletcher alumna Anna Mecagni, F05, of the D.C. Fletcher Club for an exceptionally well-attended career networking event for those who work on, or aspire to work on, gender-related issues, such as gender mainstreaming and women’s empowerment.

The survey also generated a significant increase in FWN membership (40 new members since mid-November for a total of 533 Fletcher women on that system). The FWN has begun to thrive in Europe: Women in Geneva met on a number of occasions and began growing the network, and by the end of the year, a local group was initiated in Rome. We hope to see the group in London come together this year.

One terrific development for Fletcher women this fall was the launch of the Initiative for Women’s International Leadership at Fletcher (IWIL). Started by three women on Fletcher’s Board in partnership with the Fletcher School, IWIL seeks to examine the extent to which Fletcher’s primary aim “to educate professionals from around the world and to prepare them for positions of leadership and influence in the national and international arenas” is being realized among the School’s women graduates.



The Fletcher Club of Budapest celebrated the end of 2011 with Professor Shultz and his family, who had spent the holiday season in Budapest. The group had a lunch in a traditional Hungarian restaurant on 31 December and recalled memories of the course on the role of force and on ethnic conflicts. Some alumni even recalled the seat they took in the class room 10 years before. The visit of the Shultz family closed a busy year for the Budapest club with the GMAP residency having its mid-year residence in Budapest in August and the GMAP and Central European reunions in town in September. We are ready for further adventures in 2012!

The Fletcher Club of London reports that “2011 was an eventful year for the club. We kicked off the year in the blustery capital with a well-attended Happy Hour in Mayfair, followed by a reception in March that welcomed President Bacow and Dean Bosworth to town. As the year went on, we were honored to host Fletcher Professor of


International Politics Vali Nasr, F84, two times, the first at a unforgettable 25-person roundtable dinner — on the day Osama bin Laden was killed — where Vali spoke about international affairs vis-à-vis Pakistan, and the second at our 9th Annual London Symposium where he and Dean Bosworth discussed Iranian nuclear proliferation. Attendees left both

The Fletcher Club of Australia held a dinner in Melbourne on 1 December to greet Zoe Nielsen, F01, and celebrate the graduation of Jasmine Barrett, F12. The next event will be a dinner in Canberra on 31 January. Any alumni visiting Australia are most welcome to contact Melissa Conley Tyler on


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IWIL’s first step was to bring together key interested parties, including the FWN and two student groups, Global Women and the Gender Equality Project. The second step was that Claire Carroll of the FWN volunteered her time to draft a white paper that summarizes the women’s leadership literature and frames the issues for the IWIL. We are now working on a survey to inform Fletcher’s decisions on policies, support systems, and perhaps even curriculum. Though we regret sending two surveys in such close succession, we urge you to respond to this one. While it will require some time and thought, this is an extraordinary opportunity for Fletcher women to contribute their experiences, perspectives, and suggestions to determine the IWIL focus. Further, the FWN plans to hold brainstorming sessions for the IWIL. One is already planned for 21 January in Switzerland. Fletcher women from France and Italy are planning to attend and the group hopes to provide practical feedback and creative ideas for the initiative. Not yet a member of the FWN? Send inquiries to with “Join FWN” in the subject line.

events feeling nostalgic for the Medford days when such topical dialogue was commonplace. We are happy to report that the Fletcher and Tufts clubs of London organized multiple joint events this year, including a panel discussion entitled ‘The Impact of Social Media on Civic Engagement,’ a welcome reception for President Monaco and a ‘Night of Emerging Artists,’ which was hosted by Cynthia Corbett, F79, at Gallery 27 in Mayfair. Please send an email to to join our mailing list.”


Uganda reunion October 2011.

Orach Godfrey Otobi, N10, F10, Richard Bob Opio, F11, Elise Crane, F11, and Hilda Birungi, F02



On 12 April, a welcoming party for the newly admitted students was held at the residence of Mark Davidson who is now back in Tokyo as the new Minister for Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Embassy, Japan. It was a great fun and noisy party, old and new Fletcherites jam-packing Mark’s residence.

The Fletcher Club of Beijing hosted Dean Chakravorti for a discussion and reception in late March. The event was sponsored by S.J. Grand Financial and Tax Advisory and held in the Ambassadors’ Room at the Capital Club, one of Beijing’s most prestigious venues. Alumni

A week later, on 20 April, another gathering was held at the International House of Japan to welcome Dean Bosworth who came to Tokyo to attend the Trilateral Conference. Despite the close proximity to the new student event, there were nearly 30 alumni in attendance. It was a very friendly and warm gathering with those in attendance ranging from 1955 to 2011, including GMAP alumni. All were refreshed with Dean’s latest report about our alma mater. Richard Thoman, F67, F69, F71, Chair of the Fletcher Board of Advisors, was also able to join the Dean. It was indeed a very busy and happy Fletcher week in Tokyo.

Lijun Jia, F86, Sean Molloy, F03, F05, Will Hess, F03, and Stephane Grand, F98 and Beijing Club Leader, were in attendance along with other participants. The presentation was very well received and there was a lot of very high-quality feedback from the audience as well as a great discussion afterwards.


The Fletcher Club of New York held a panel in early May focused on the topic of the race for space, posing the question “Is Weaponization Inevitable?” Distinguished panelists included Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space, Taylor Dinerman, Senior Editor, Gatestone Institute, Jeff Kueter, President of the George C. Marshall Institute

Moderator Bill Martel


and Dr. Gregory L. Matloff, leading expert in possibilities for interstellar propulsion. The panel was moderated by Fletcher’s own Bill Martel, Associate Professor of International Security Studies. The event kicked off with a reception, providing the opportunity for alumni to speak with the panelists and also socialize amongst themselves.

The panel began with opening statements and it was obvious that the synergy amongst the panelists was strong as there were many opinions shared back and forth. With 30 in attendance, the question and answer section of the panel was lively and provided additional opportunities for the panelists to share their insights on the future of space. The Club looks forward to hosting more exciting panels in the future!

Panelists Neil deGrasse Tyson, Taylor Dinerman, Jeff Keuter, and Gregory Matloff (second from right in group)

The Fletcher Club of New York hosted its annual holiday party on 16 December at the Bombay Palace in Manhattan and had a great turnout of graduates from 1954 through 2011. Alumni were treated to fabulous Indian food and danced the night away to both club and Middle Eastern music, the latter especially popular and filling up the

Audience Q & A

dance floor. Prior to the party, some board members were privileged to meet Caroline Caldwell and Pete Mumma from the Alumni Office, with whom the future and direction of the club were discussed. The board encourages Fletcherites to access the club page to see the many images from that evening: fletcher.tufts. edu/fletcherclubofny.

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CLUB CONTACTS United States California Los Angeles Grant Hosford, F97 San Diego Geoffrey Pack, F89





Seattle Julie Bennion, F01

Nadja Milanova, F12 Radka Betcheva, F11 radka.betcheva@

Budapest Anita Orban, F01

Kim Odhner, F03



Delhi* John Floretta, F11 Mumbai Vikram Chhatwal, F01

Jacques Roussellier, F01 jacques_roussellier@

International Afghanistan

San Francisco Vladimir Todorovic, F01 vladimirtodorovic@

Colorado Denver Maria Farnon, F95

District of Colombia

Kabul* Connie Schneider, F06 schneider.cornelia@ Ted Achilles, F62 Marta Mendes, F09 marta.abrantes.mendes@


Roland Pearson, F91

Buenos Aires Francisco Resnicoff, F07 fletcher.buenosaires@



Miami Needs new leadership

Arusyak Mirzakhanyan, F04



Atlanta Tim Holly, F79

Melissa Conley Tyler, F96


Taryn Lesser, F04

Chile Andres Montero, F85 German Olave, F97

China Beijing Stephane Grand, F98 sjgrand@sjgrand.ncn Hong Kong Dorothy Chan, F03 Alicia Eastman, F04 Shanghai Bryan Stewart, F07

Iraq Baghdad Needs new leadership

Japan Tokyo Mariko Noda, F90

Kenya Anne Angwenyi, F02 anne_angwenyi@


Mindy Burrell, F98



Dhaka Sarwar Sultana, F98 sarwar_sultana@

Quito* Genevieve Abraham, F11 genevieve.abraham@

Needs new leadership




Brussels Katrina Destree, F95

London fletcherclublondon@

Ram Thapaliya, F02


Bosnia and Herzegovinia


Jennifer Croft, F99

Portland Kristen Rainey, F06 rainey@

Sarajevo Haris Mesinovic, F00 harismesinovic@



Philadelphia Tommy Heanue, F90

SĂŁo Paulo Paulo Bilyk, F92 Alberto Pfeifer, F02

Texas Houston Mark Fisher, F05


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Bangkok Ekachai Chainuvati, F03

Stella Cuevas, F95


NyC & tri-state area Farrinaz Cress, F70 fletcherclubofny



Shahryn Azmi, F86

New York

Taiwan Ted I, F64

Emre Kayhan, F03, F09

Mariano Batalla, F11


Switzerland Anand Balachandran, F02 swissfletcherclub@ fletcherclubofswitzerland




Seoul Sukhee Han, F94


Costa Rica

Chicago Sarah Cartmell, F09

South Korea

Needs new leadership

Rainer Staub, F96 Jonathan Tirone, F00


South Africa

Paris William Holmberg, F05 fletcherclubofparis@ fletcherclubofparis

Germany Berlin Mosud Mannan, F89

Greece Thomas Varvitsiotis, F99

Morocco Athena Makri, F09


Philippines Catherine Hartigan-Go, F92 cathartigango@

Romania Sinziana Frangeti, F07

Saudi Arabia Jamil Al Dandany, F87 jamil.dandany@

Uganda Hilda Birungi, F02

United Arab Emirates Dubai Paul Bagatelas, F87 Christine Lauper Bagatelas, F87

Vietnam Viviane Chao, F02

Shared Interest Fletcher Alumni of Color Association Belinda Chiu, F04

Fletcher Women’s Network Marcia Greenberg, F91 Boston New York San Francisco Washington, D.C. London Rome*

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May Reunion

18 –20 May 2012

The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy welcomed back more than 180 alumni and guests from all over the world, including Tokyo, Dubai, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Switzerland, and Brazil. Programming included an address by Alex de Waal, Executive Director of the World Peace Foundation, at the Alumni Lunch on Saturday and a Student Panel which featured a current student from each degree program. Reunion is a unique opportunity for Fletcher alumni all over the world to meet current students, reconnect with friends, faculty, and the School, and engage in intellectually stimulating lectures and events. Visit the May Reunion webpage for text from Reunion speakers, Dean Bosworth’s State of the School presentation and photos from Reunion Weekend:

Left: Class of 2007 Fifth Reunion


6-7 September, 2012 Dean Stephen W. Bosworth and the entire Fletcher community invite the class of 1962 celebrating their 50th reunion and the classes of 1934  –1961 to join us in Medford for Fall Reunion, which takes place in conjunction with Convocation. Please mark the dates on your calendar, 6 – 7 September, 2012.

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Call for Papers The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs is pleased to announce a general call for papers for our Winter 2013 issue. Manuscripts will be accepted on a variety of topics and may be either Features (3,000-8,000 words) or Perspectives (1,500-3,000 words). Please include an abstract and adhere to the Chicago Manual of Style. Please send submissions and any questions to by September 15, 2012. For more information on submissions, or to subscribe to the print journal, visit our new website: Founded in 1975 and published biannually, The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs is the student-managed foreign policy journal at The Fletcher School. The publication provides a broad, interdisciplinary platform for analysis of legal, political, economic, environmental, and diplomatic issues in international affairs.

“The Fletcher Forum is required reading for the international affairs professional.” STEPHEN W. BOSWORTH Dean of The Fletcher School

The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs is happy to announce the launch of our new website: Merging the Forum with the former student publication The IR Thread, this website retains a database of print journal archives but will also publish new, online-only articles with a policy focus. Our new website also features video interviews and multimedia content. It is updated regularly with fresh content on contemporary issues in international affairs. We encourage all readers to contribute, including via comments on existing articles, so that the site can become a forum for conversations across a range of international issues. Our first online contributors have included Professor Sung-Yoon Lee, two Fletcher Military Fellows, the State Department’s Alec Ross, and students who have previously been published in The New York Times. Articles on the website are searchable and are organized by topic (Development, Diplomacy, Economics, Energy and Environment, Law and Institutions, Politics, Security) as well as by region (Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, Middle East and North Africa, North America). Check it out today! For more information, or to submit an article for review, email Web Managing Editor Jamie Kraut at

CARL QUIMBY CHRISTOL, F36, a leading pioneer in the field of international space law, died of natural causes at his home in Santa Barbara, California, on 22 February 2012 at the age of 98. Christol was a member of the faculty of the University of Southern California from 1949 to 1987 and authored numerous academic texts including, The Modern International Law of Outer Space, which became a primer for the field of law that evolved with man’s foray into space. Christol “was an icon of space law,” said president of the International Institute of Space Law, Tanja MassonZwaan. “As a student I consulted his classic The Modern International Law of Outer Space, and it is now consulted by those who are today my own students, along with his other writings.” Christol served for six years as the chair of the department of political science during his tenure at USC. His research and writing focused on international space law, international law, U.S. constitutional law, American foreign policy, security issues resulting from terrorism, and human rights. Christol was highly respected by his students for his academic integrity and his commitment to their intellectual growth and wellbeing. “[Christol’s] undergraduate course was every bit as good as the ones I had at Harvard law School. In a way, far better. His enthusiasm for the topic and for teaching gave me the spark to pursue the subject,” former U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission chairman Christopher Cox told fellow USC alumni in 2008. Christol was a retired Army Colonel and a recipient of the Bronze Star. He served in the 69th Infantry from 1941–1946, including at the Battle of the Bulge in Germany, and was among the forces that made initial contact with Russians east of the Elbe 50

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River in 1945. His World War II experiences in Germany resulted in a lifetime interest in human rights. He developed a course at USC titled, “The Politics of Peace — Human Rights,” which he taught for many years. This was among the first courses devoted to this subject area taught at the undergraduate level at a major American university. In 1968 and again in 1987, he organized conferences hosted by USC and co-sponsored by the American Society of International Law and Los Angeles legal organizations titled, “A Quest for Human Rights,” and “Human Rights and Terrorism.” Christol was born in 1913 on the farm homesteaded by his grandparents in what was the Dakota Territory at the time. He grew up in Vermillion, South Dakota, and graduated in 1934 from the University of South Dakota where his father was a history professor. Christol received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1940 following studies at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Massachusetts, and a year at the University of Geneva and the Institute of Higher International Studies. He earned a law degree from Yale Law School where he studied from 1940–1941 and from 1946–1947; his studies at Yale were interrupted by his service in the infantry during World War II. In the summer of 1950, he attended the Academy of International Law at The Hague. During the summer of 1980, he was a scholar in residence at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Conference and Study Center. His first book on international space law resulted from his holding the Stockton Chair of International Law at the U. S. Naval War College in 1962–1963. Four subsequent books in the field resulted in awards from Phi Kappa Phi, the International Academy of Astronautics to which he was elected in 1984, and the International Institute of Space Law, where he was the president of the American Branch, 1973–1975. He received the Institute’s Life Time Achievement Award in 1998. He

authored eight books, including a political science text with USC colleagues that ran to four editions. He also wrote many chapters in books edited by other scholars and over 100 journal articles, many of which appeared in foreign professional publications. For over 25 years Christol was the faculty advisor for Blackstonians, the undergraduate honorary scholastic pre-law society. His former students have achieved notable successes in the professions of law and teaching and in business and politics, both in the United States and abroad, including members of Congress, sub-cabinet officials, the speaker of the California Assembly, and a foreign minister of Thailand. He had a great memory for names and faces and was able to identify many former students many years after graduation by their names. His early specialization in international space law resulted in teaching assignments at the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia; McGill University in Montreal, Canada; three universities in Beijing, China; universities and institutes in Tokyo, Japan; the University of Korea in Seoul; with governmental military and foreign policy officials in Bangkok, Thailand; and the University of Uruguay and Catholic University in Montevideo. He was a guest lecturer at the United Nations University Conference on arms control and disarmament at The Hague in 1984. He was an honorary member of space law organizations in Japan and in Uruguay. He chaired the Space Law Committee of the American branch of the International Law Association and served on the Space Law Committee of the International Law Association (London). He was the chair of the International Law Committee of the American Studies Association in the 1970s. He was the founding chair in 1950 of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Committee on International Law, which now is one of the largest and most active of the association’s sections. He also

served during the 1950s as the chair of the American Bar Association’s Space Law Committee. Professor Christol has been a member of the board of editors of the Western Political Quarterly, the Australian Journal of International Law, Space Policy (London), and a contributing editor of International Legal Materials, a publication of the American Society of International Law. He was a member of the American Society of International Law executive committee in the 1970s. In 2010 he was elected to the board of the London Institute of Space Policy and Law. From 1970 to 1975, he was a member of the U.S. Department of State’s Advisory Committee on International Law. As a member of the Commission to Study the Organization of Peace, he became an observer at the United Nations law of the sea conferences in Geneva during the early 1970s. He became acquainted with Ambassador Arvid Pardo of Malta, who became a world figure as a result of his “Common Heritage of Mankind” proposal for the ocean. When Ambassador Pardo’s official status later ended with a change of government in Malta, Professor Christol was able to obtain an appointment for him on the faculty of USC. Together they offered a graduate seminar in which Ambassador Pardo took the lead on ocean subjects and Professor Christol on outer space. In the 1960s and 1970s, Christol participated in Pacem in Terris and Pacem in Maribus conferences held in Switzerland, Algeria, Malta, and Japan. They were conducted by the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions and associated organizations located in Santa Barbara. During the 1970s and 1980s, he was a vice president of the Court of Man Foundation. On its behalf, he met with many influential lawyers and judges in the United States, Europe, and Africa seeking their support for the concept of “The Court of Man,” a non-governmental tribunal designed to engage in prosecutions of governmental officials for violations of basic human rights.

Following his retirement in 1987 from USC, he was invited by the University’s Emeriti College to deliver the 2002 Borchard Foundation lecture on “International Law and U.S. Foreign Policy.” This led to a book on the subject in 2004 with a second revised edition in 2006. In 2009, his The American Challenge: Terrorism, Detainees, Treaties, and Torture: The American Rule of Law, 2001–2008 was published. It focused on America’s legal and military difficulties during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the vastly different appraisals of these situations, and the prospect that the United States might regain its reputation as a supporter of the world rule of law. After moving to Santa Barbara in 2004, he renewed his interest in the work of the United Nations Association of the United States (having served as president of the Los Angeles organization in the 1970s). His interest in arms control and disarmament resulted in his appointment as chair of the committee dealing with anti-personnel land mines and cluster bombs. This resulted in a cooperative political involvement with community leaders on the subject and subsequent communications with the White House and congressional leaders. These efforts were designed to secure the signing and ratification by the United States of the two current international agreements outlawing anti-personnel land mines and cluster bombs. “My father saw the world change in profound ways during his lifetime, and his efforts to better the lives of others by promoting the rule of law as a vehicle for peace will be his enduring legacy,” said his daughter, Susan Christol Deacon, president of the Santa Barbara Unified School District board of trustees. Dr. Christol was predeceased in 2000 by Jeannette, his wife of over 50 years, and by his son Richard in 1983. He is survived by his daughter Susan, her husband Jim Deacon, and by grandsons Dekker C. Deacon and Kyle Q. Deacon of Goleta, California.

ALLAN B. COLE, Professor Emeritus, died peacefully at Rivercrest Nursing Home in Concord, Massachusetts, on 28 January 2012. He was 97. Mr. Cole was born in Kobe, Japan, and subsequently raised in Shanghai, China, where his parents, George Herbert and Jesse Singleton Cole, were missionaries. One of four children, Mr. Cole outlived his siblings, Kenneth Cole of Red Bluff, California, Dorothy Cole of Los Angeles, and Margery Baldwin, of Ithaca, New York. After their work in China, the Coles returned to Yonkers, then to Canada, eventually settling in southern California. Mr. Cole graduated from Redlands University, Redlands, California. While there, he was something of an athlete, winning the Rose Bowl mile, of which he was very proud. After Redlands, he took a doctorate at the University of Chicago, where he studied international relations, and where he met his future wife, Marjorie Daniel Cole of Senoia, Georgia. Mr. Cole taught international relations, primarily American foreign policy towards southeast Asia at the University of Texas, Austin, and later at Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio. In Austin, he and Marjorie had a son, Daniel Andrew, and in Oberlin a daughter, Anne Blanton. From Oberlin, the family moved to Claremont, California, where Mr. Cole taught at Pomona College until he moved the family east and taught for many years at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. It was at Fletcher that he mentored many graduate students who remained in touch with him over the rest of his life. Later in his life, Mr. Cole worked diligently to learn the art of poetry. He read voraciously and wrote voluminously. He has several small books of poems to his credit and one that will be published posthumously. Although his entire life was about scholarship, he took a serious interest in music and the small, intimate aspects of nature. He is survived by his daughter, who resides in Concord, Massachusetts spring/summer 2012

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NICHOLAS G. CURUBY, F57, of Lynn, Massachusetts, passed 11 November at the age 91. He was a graduate of Lynn Classical High School, Northeastern University, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Boston University Law School, and The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. A member of the Massachusetts Bar Association since 1949, he continued as a practicing attorney until his death. He was assistant solicitor and city solicitor for the city of Lynn for 20 years. Husband of the late Evelyn Angelica (Antonelli) Curuby, he is survived by his first wife Jeannette and their sons George and John; he was also predeceased by his step-daughter, Charlotte (Clemens) Granahan and survived by her children, Cheryl Clem and her husband Harold, David Toppi, and William Toppi and his wife Raisa Toppi; her grandchildren, Kristy Lee Brown, David Toppi, Jr., Giuseppe Toppi, Angelica Toppi, Levon Dill Toppi, Evelyn Toppi, and William Toppi, Jr.; as well as his great-granddaughter, Eulila. He was brother of the late Agnes Janakas and Mary Kourbetsos. Ambassador AMBADY K, DAMODARAN, F54, one of the doyens of Indian diplomacy and a freedom fighter, passed away in Delhi, India, on 31 January. He was 90. Ambassador Damodaran, an IFS officer of the 1953 batch, is survived by his son Ramu Damodaran. Ramu, who left the Indian Foreign Service to join the United Nations, is posted in New York. ROBERT HUFF, F53, passed away 13 March in Geneva, New York, at the age of 81. Robert was born in Nashua, New Hampshire, and resided in Geneva for many years. He was the son of the late Arthur and Eunice Blanchette Huff. Professor Huff received his bachelor’s degree from Boston University, his master’s degree from Tufts University, and his doctorate from University of Rochester. He served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and retired with the rank of LTJG. Prior to 52

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moving to Geneva, he taught at Hebron Academy in Maine. Professor Huff was a professor of history from 1962–1992 at Hobart and William Smith College. He was a member and past president of the Geneva Historical Society, and a member of Geneva Country Club, Seneca Yacht Club, and the Finger Lakes Forum. He is survived by his wife Jane B. Donegan; his son Alec (Stacey) Huff of Glen Ellyn, Illinois; his daughter Anna Heck of Geneva, Ohio; stepchildren Jennifer (Matthew Kendall) Donegan of Syracuse and Stuart Donegan of China; and his seven grandchildren: Taylor, Braden, Bryce, Liam, Ainsley, Alex, and Jaina. RONALD E. KOWALSKI, F63, of S. Daytona, Florida, passed away at the age of 71 on 12 April with his wife, Blumie, by his side. Born in Salem, Massachussets on 29 November 1940, he was the son of Edmund M. Kowalski and Harriet (Neary) Kowalski. Ron received degrees from Georgetown University, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and Suffolk University Law School. He was an assistant professor of political science at Boston State College for 17 years and also ran for U.S. Congress in 1972 and 1974. He and his wife moved to Florida in 1981, where they practiced law and he authored three books. Ron is survived by his wife, six children, and nine grandchildren. JOSEPHINE LUKOMA, F05, of Uganda, residing in Boston, passed suddenly 3 February. She was a loving daughter, sister, aunt, granddaughter, and friend to many. PRISCILLA MASON, F41, 98, of Duxbury, formerly of Washington, D.C., died on 23 March. Priscilla was born on 6 November, 1913 in Whitinsville, Massachusetts. She was the only child of Elsa and Sydney Mason. Priscilla’s mother was deeply involved in numerous charitable activities in Whitinsville and her father was a vice-president of the Whitin Machine Works of which Priscilla’s grandfather, Marston Whitin,

was the chief executive. During her youth Priscilla had many Whitin relations in the Village and was initially schooled with some of them in a building on her grandparent’s estate under the watchful eye of her grandmother Catherine Lasell Whitin. At age 13 she was sent to board at Miss Hall’s School in Pittsfield, and graduated in 1931. Notwithstanding the Depression she spent four enjoyable years at Smith College and received an A.B. degree Phi Beta Kappa in 1935. After travel in Japan and China, she enrolled at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and received a master’s degree. She stayed on at the Fletcher School and in 1943 was working as an assistant in the library and registrar’s office when the dean, Halford Hoskins, persuaded her to join him in Washington D.C. in forming a new graduate school to train future diplomats and others involved in international relations. She dedicated the next 24 years to the graduate school, the School for Advanced International Studies, which later became part of Johns Hopkins University, and worked for Hoskins and two other deans. In the school’s early years she managed everything from registration, financial aid, admissions, fundraising, administration and maintenance: if asked who ran the school during these years graduates might specify the dean but always would mention Priscilla Mason. During her career at SAIS Priscilla showed a deep interest in the students and was a friendly and compassionate mentor to many of them. She retired in 1967 but continued to help students not only with friendship but also with financial support. On arriving in Washington, Priscilla acquired a small 18th-century house on N Street where she lived for 35 years. With assistance from her housekeeper, Maria Gaede, the house became the scene of constant activity. Priscilla knew how to give a good party and would often do so for colleagues, students, family and friends. Many out-of-towners never thought of staying in a hotel when in Washington but instead would call Priscilla, who would invariably welcome

them into her home, arrange activities, and provide a memorable stay. Her abilities as a hostess, organizer, and warm friend and relative were also employed in Priscilla’s operation of the family fishing camp on Kennebago Lake in Northern Maine. The camp had been established by her grandfather and lacked electricity and road access. With help from some excellent Maine guides, Priscilla took over operation of the camp from her mother and for 25 years saw to staffing and maintenance of its numerous buildings and boats. She ran the camp with calm, style, and efficiency in the manner in which it had always been run. Numerous guests had a very special experience. After her mother’s death, Priscilla, who had always been generous in charitable works, established the Homestead Foundation through which her charitable giving was directed. She also established the Priscilla Mason Funds for Public Service, which provides full tuition to two SAIS students intending to pursue a career in U.S. government service. With good memories of her early life in Whitinsville, Priscilla has also provided significant funding to the Whitin Community Center, to Alternatives Inc. for its restoration of the first Whitin mill, and to the Village Congregational Church. While in Washington, she was a faithful member of Westmoreland Congregational Church and became its first woman moderator in 1975. An avid reader, she also liked to hike, to fish, to travel and to play bridge. Survivors include many cousins, including Anne Sawyer, Arlette Swift, Martha Gruson, Christine Bachrach, Cora Truslow and Alexander Whiteside, her lifelong friend Harriet Micocci, Harriet’s children Rhoda Micocci, Anthony Micocci and Jonathan Micocci, her adviser and friend John Goldthwait, her friends Frank and Susan Strom, Maine guide and friend Charles Bradbury, and her principal caregiver, in recent years, Karen Drosos. JOHN M. NEWMANN, F66, 70, died peacefully of natural causes in Oakland, California, on 12 August, surrounded

by his loving family. Born 11 July 1941 in Highland Park, Illinois, the second son of Harold and Maxine Newmann, John will be remembered for his remarkable resilience, his ability to find humor in any situation, his staunch advocacy for patients with renal and organ failure, his ardent passion for Louis Armstrong and jazz, and his love and complete devotion to his adoring family and many lifelong friends. John graduated cum laude with a B.A. in religion from Amherst College in 1963, a Ph.D. in economics and international relations from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, in 1974, and a master’s in public health from Harvard University in 1980. He worked for the Ford Foundation from 1967–1978 on economic development, living in Indonesia from 1967–1971 until he was diagnosed with end-stage renal disease and began hemodialysis at age 30. Kidney failure transformed John’s and his family’s lives. In the early 1970s, he and his family were among the first to perform self-dialysis at home. John became a nationally recognized authority on hemodialysis, patient quality of life, and organ donation and an award-winning consultant to the medical profession, patient and research organizations, and government public policy panels. He served on many national boards, including the National Kidney Foundation, the United Network for Organ Sharing, the American Kidney Fund, and the American Association of Kidney Patients, of which he was president for four years. He also served on various task forces for the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Few, if any, institutions concerned with kidney or organ failure did not benefit from John’s leadership and guidance. John’s first wife, Mary Misch Newmann, preceded him in death by 19 days. They are survived by their daughters, Sara (Doug Sovern), of Berkeley, California,

and Emily (John Darrah), of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and their granddaughters Maxine and Sadie Newmann Darrah. John is survived by his life partner for the last two decades, Judy Solomon Engelberg of Chevy Chase, Maryland, with whom he enjoyed humor, travel, music, art, and their closely interconnected families. John is also survived by his second wife, Lisa Aronson Newmann of Housatonic, Massachusetts, and by his loving brothers, Fred (Carolyn Hegeler) of Madison, Wisconsin, and Bill (Rachel) of Olympia, Washington. The three brothers were known in the family for their zany antics and for always “sticking together.” When he was 11 years old, John met and played piano with Louis Armstrong in Chicago, beginning a cherished friendship that lasted until Armstrong’s death in 1971. John’s devotion to Satchmo’s music continued until the last moments of his own life. As Louis once said, “What we play is life,” and what a wonderful life John had. “We’ll keep it rolling for you.” HAROLD NOVICK, A40, F41, J71P, of Springfield, New Jersey, formerly of West Orange, New Jersey, died on 3 April, at home at the age of 93. Mr. Novick attended Tufts University and The Fletcher of International Law and Diplomacy. He served as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army during World War II. Mr. Novick was a highly respected businessman and vice president of Camden Yarns of Lewiston, Maine, and New York City. He served on the board of trustees of Congregation Oheb Shalom, South Orange, New Jersey, and as the former general manager of the South Orange Symphony. He also served twice as president of the Berkley Tennis Club. Mr. Novick is survived by his beloved wife, Miriam, sharing more than 60 years of marriage together; his daughter, the Honorable Emily J. Novick and husband, Steven Heikin, and Cantor Martha Novick, and his four grandchildren, Abby and Seth Nadel, and Benjamin and Aaron Heikin. He was the beloved brother of Louis Novick, Pauline Flaxer, and Irving Novick. spring/summer 2012

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ELEANOR FORD PENROSE, F67, born 14 January 1944, passed away surrounded by her loving family on 16 November. Eleanor was the mother of two wonderful girls, a partner to Steve for 44 years, and was loved by a large extended family. Ele was the sunshine in the room. She loved to talk, but even more than that, she loved to listen. She approached everything she did with passion and inspired others to do the same. She had music in her voice and in her soul. HORACE L. “RIP” RHORER JR., F51, of Mobile, Alabama, died Tuesday, 11 October 2011, at his home at the age of 84. Rip was born on 25 March 1927, in Atlanta, Georgia, to the late Charlotte Morris Rhorer and the late Horace L. Rhorer, Sr. He graduated from Sewanee Military Academy in 1945 and was drafted into the Navy in August of that year. After serving in the post-World War II Pacific theater, he enrolled at the University of the South and earned his B.A. in political science in 1950. Rip earned his master’s degree the following year from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Rip spent the majority of his career working for the United States Central Intelligence Agency. During his career, he was stationed in Japan, Vietnam, the Philippines, France, and Washington, D.C. Rip and Margaret “Magee” Crane of Mobile, Alabama, met in Saigon, Vietnam, and married on 13 September 1958. They have one daughter, Margee. When Rip retired in 1991, he and Magee moved to Mobile. Rip enjoyed his retirement years as an avid reader, golfer and gardener. He also worked as a volunteer docent at the Mobile Historical Association. Rip is survived by his wife Magee; his daughter and son-in-law, Margee and Tim Mossman; and two granddaughters, Megan and Mandy Mossman.


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The Reverend DAVID D. ROSE, A37, F38, passed away at home in Seattle after a short illness, with his wife of 67 years, Margaret Ostrander Rose, and their children at his side on 23 September. Dave was born in 1916, in Bridgeport, Connecticut, the son of Mary Bird Rose and William Wallace Rose. He graduated from Tufts University and Andover Newton Seminary and attended Tufts yearly alumnae reunions as recently as May 2011. With Margaret, he served as a Congregational (UCC) minister in Orono, Maine; Seattle (Alki), Washington; Rock Springs, Wyoming; Salem, Oregon; and Cummington, Massachusetts. He later worked as a religious news editor with the Massachusetts Council of Churches. Dave’s love of France and the couple’s sense of adventure inspired a sabbatical year (1962–63) with the family in Le Chambon-surLignon, France. His particular love of medieval French language and history inspired solo pilgrimages to France until age 93. He had a great love for literature, devotedly reading Shakespeare, Rabelais, Cervantes, Mark Twain, and many others. Dave was an indefatigable conversationalist and networker. As a long-time member of University Congregational Church in Seattle, he was known and loved for his welcoming smile and warm handshake. He practiced charity and good humor every day of his life, with genuine caring for people of all sorts and conditions. As a liberal Christian, Dave Rose actively “hungered and thirsted after righteousness.” His ministry and parenting through decades of war, division, social upheaval, and transformation, up to the very last days of his life, held passionate concern for social justice. He lived with faith in Jesus not as a personal savior but as a revolutionary figure calling on Christians in a broken world to love one another and all creation, radically and wholly. His final weeks of life were spent in a loving circle of care by his family, community, and hospice team. He is survived by his wife Margaret, their children Deborah, Mary, Betsy,

and Will, and their families, including grandchildren Blunt and Chantal Jackson, Margaret Irribarra, and Matthew RoseStark, and by beloved nieces and nephews Holly, Carol, and Joe. A younger daughter, Martha, passed away in 1984. FREDERICK C. SMITH, F76, for a quarter century a Department of Defense official, passed away on 10 November 2011 at his home in Alexandria, Virginia. The cause of death was complications stemming from lung cancer. Smith, who never smoked, was diagnosed with the disease three years ago. Born in 1947 on 23 March, he received his B.A. from Bucknell University in 1969. He then enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he served as an officer for four years during the Vietnam War. He went on to get his master’s degree from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Smith then embarked on what would become decades of service as a civilian official in the Department of Defense. His positions included deputy assistant secretary for East Asia and Pacific Affairs and principal deputy assistant secretary for International Security Affairs. He was also a visiting professor at both the U.S. Naval Academy and the National Defense University. In 2003–2004, Smith served as deputy senior advisor to L. Paul Bremer, the chief administrator of the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq, and as senior advisor to the Iraqi Ministry of Defense, helping to establish that agency in the aftermath of the ouster of the Saddam Hussein regime. After leaving government service, Smith was president and CEO of Siemens Government Services and later vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Twenty-First Century Energy. Fred Smith is survived by his wife Tegwin, his brothers Arthur and Robert Smith, two married daughters Tiffany Kernan and Tami Mount, and four grandchildren.

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