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preparing the world’s leaders

Lee Dirks, F57

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

FEATURES Dean’s Corner – 3 Lee Dirks Funds New Professorship in Diplomatic History – 4 Fletcher Alumna Works Tirelessly to Bring Democracy to Egypt – 6 Dalia Ziada, GMAP12


The Ultimate Fletcher Fund Fan – 8 Board of Overseers Scholarship Helps Recruit Best of the Best – 9 Summer Internships Critical to Professional Development – 10 Robertson Foundation 2012 Fellowship Recipients Selected – 11

Blakeley Fellowship


GMAP@Ten Alumni Challenge Exceeds Expectations – 12 Fletcher Welcomes a New Class – 13 DEPARTMENTS From the Fletcher Files – 14 Club News – 17 Club Contacts – 20

Robertson Fellows



Class Notes – 21 In Memoriam – 47

COVER PHOTOGRAPH Kelvin Ma Tufts University Photography Writer Christian Pope-Campbell Editor Jennifer Weingarden OFFICE OF DEVELOPMENT AND ALUMNI RELATIONS Kathleen Bobick Administrative Assistant Sarah Bunnell Reunion Coordinator

Tara DiDomenico Assistant Director, The Fletcher Fund Georgia Koumoundouros Development Officer Bronwyn McCarty Director, The Fletcher Fund Jennifer Weingarden Senior Director, Development and Alumni Relations Cynthia Weymouth Administrative Assistant Special thanks to: Christine Shepherd, Kate McLaughlin

D E A N ’ S C O R N ER

Greetings from Fletcher School of Law and Dipomacy, We are well into the fall semester at The Fletcher School and students have just finished their midterms. As I write this, there are reports that snow will be falling soon—a clear sign that summer is over. This year we welcomed 278 new members of the Fletcher community from a variety of countries and professional backgrounds. The incoming class includes students representing 50 citizenships, including Afghanistan, Ghana, Ecuador, Lebanon, Sri Lanka, Slovenia, Bangladesh, Venezuela, Uganda, Thailand, Pakistan, and Bulgaria. Admissions Director Laurie Hurley gives a full report in this issue. The past six months have seen The Fletcher School busy as usual. Over 190 Fletcher alumni and guests returned to celebrate their fifth through forty-fifth reunions. At that time, we bid farewell to our newest group of future leaders, the Class of 2011. Our Class Day Speaker was U.S. Senator John Kerry who wisely advised the graduates to think differently and act courageously. The Blakeley Summer Fellows travelled to locations around the world for internships at NGOs focused on international development. They returned and shared their experiences with one another and their benefactor. Convocation kicked off our fall semester with Peter Krogh, the Class of 1947 Distinguished Leadership Award recipient, giving an outstanding address and receiving the first ever standing ovation. At that time, we welcomed back the Greatest Generation for their Golden Fletcher Reunion—fifty years. They shared stories with students and each other resulting in fascinating conversations.

Abroad, Fletcher is also busy. The Global Master of Arts Program (GMAP) had another successful residency in Budapest and, on their final night, joined the Fletcher Club for a Central European reunion with alumni from the region. Fletcher’s annual Talloires Symposium, held in Talloires, France, celebrated its tenth anniversary with a keynote address from Ambassador Liu Xiaoming, F84, who spoke on “Asia and the World: The Evolving Context.” The world has been witness to rapidly changing world events. GMAP student Dalia Ziada’s work to use social media encouraged political reform in Egypt and Fletcher Vice-Chair and Board of Overseers member Charles Dallara, F75, served as chief negotiator for the lenders in the euro crisis. Recent international events such as the Arab Spring and the European debt crisis have demonstrated the interdependence of our world and underscored the importance of a Fletcher School graduate education, which provides its students — the world’s future leaders — with cross-disciplinary understanding of the links between policy, business, and economics. The School’s biggest accomplishment came in June when Fletcher successfully completed and exceeded the largest campaign in The School’s history — $100 million. As you know, Tufts University embarked upon a $1.2 billion comprehensive campaign, Beyond Boundaries: The Campaign for Tufts,and Fletcher’s achievement helped Tufts’ goal become a reality. I would like to extend my deepest thanks to all alumni and friends of The

Stephen W. Bosworth

Fletcher School for your tremendous support during this time. The funds raised will enable the School to continue its provision of excellence in international affairs education by increasing financial aid to the most talented and deserving students, creating new endowed professorships, and growing its scholarly community. I hope you enjoy the articles in this Fletcher News about the impact the Beyond Boundaries campaign has already had on The School. Another successful year here at Fletcher is a good opportunity to rejoice in The School’s accomplishments and its promising future. Thank you again for your support. Sincerely,

Stephen W. Bosworth, Dean

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Lee Dirks Funds New Professorship in Diplomatic History


ee Dirks thinks he may have been the youngest person ever to call a dean at The Fletcher School regarding enrollment.

As a 16-year old senior at Needham High School in Massachusetts in the early 1950s, Dirks found himself in the enviable position of having been offered full scholarships to Columbia, Yale, and DePauw universities. He knew the outsize reputations of the first two; attending DePauw was a family tradition. A key factor in his decision: his ultimate educational goal of earning a Fletcher graduate degree. Wanting to know which school would best prepare him for eventual admission to Fletcher, Dirks called Dean Robert B. Stewart, who encouraged him to attend DePauw and to distinguish himself by establishing an outstanding track record. So he did: Dirks graduated with a B.A. in political science in 1956 and received his M.A. from Fletcher the following year. Now Dirks is giving back to Fletcher by establishing a new professorship in diplomatic history. He considers this field an integral part of the Fletcher curriculum and one that helps prepare anyone who wants to help make the world a better place. As he puts it, “Diplomatic history is the story of the search for peace among peoples. I can’t think of anything more important than that.” Throughout his career as a journalist, Dirks found that his knowledge of diplomatic history informed his understanding — and coverage — of current events. From the age of 10, when he went with his family to Times Square to celebrate V-J Day with a notebook in hand, he knew that he wanted to be a journalist. As a teenager he set his sights on Fletcher because of advice given to him by one of his mentors, a senior executive at the Wall Street Journal. “He told me,” Dirks recalls, “if you’re interested in writing about medicine, you should go to medical school. If you’re interested in writing about the Supreme Court, go to law school. I was interested in writing about diplomacy, so it made sense for me to go to Fletcher.” During his undergraduate years, he gained experience in journalism by running the thrice-weekly newspaper at DePauw and working as a summer copyeditor at the Wall Street Journal. While at Fletcher, he was one of only two members of his class of about 75 who planned to pursue journalism. He completed his four-year ROTC commitment to the U.S. Air Force after

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he graduated and went to work as a reporter and editor for the National Observer, a paper published by Dow Jones at the time. Later, as newspapers began to sell stocks to private investors, he became the nation’s first full-time newspaper stock analyst on Wall Street. He then served as vice president and general manager of the Detroit Free Press, and in 1980, at the age of 45, started his own company, Dirks, Van Essen & Murray, a newspaper industry mergers-and-acquisition firm, from which he recently retired. Dirks says his Fletcher studies were critical to his success in journalism. “I was in Sweden back in 1968 when the riots broke out at the Sorbonne,” he says. “I was working as an editor for Dow Jones, and I wanted to do a piece on the riots, so I made my way to Paris and showed up at the home of Raymond Aron, the Walter Lippmann of Europe, whose book Peace and War I had read at Fletcher. He was probably stunned to see me, but he gave me all kinds of leads on whom to talk to and offered his own very informed perspective. If I had gone to journalism school I probably would never have even heard of him.” Fletcher also gave Dirks an understanding of scholarly rigor and the importance of impartial observation—insights he says he needed as a journalist. Ruhl Bartlett, with whom he studied diplomatic history, made a particularly powerful impression on him. “I admired so much about Professor Bartlett,” Dirks says. “He was absolutely dedicated to the importance of studying sources carefully and of not allowing one’s biases to get in the way of reaching correct conclusions. He taught me how to keep biases from intruding on my stories and how to study a subject with the utmost integrity.” Bartlett also transferred a love of his field directly to Dirks, who has assigned himself a lifelong syllabus of related reading; a number of books in his personal library are books about diplomatic history. (Many others reflect another passion: art. He currently serves as the president of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe.) Given what he gained at Fletcher, Dirks feels it is imperative to give back to the School. “The subjects Fletcher teaches and the School’s insistence on impeccable scholarship are crucial to the shaping of leaders who can improve the world,” he says. “I want to help make that possible. For me, establishing this professorship is a way of enabling future generations to study diplomatic history and gain the same sort of insights that I felt I gained—and go on to do great things.”

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Lee Dirks with Alan K. Henrikson, inaugural chairholder of the Lee Dirks Professorship in Diplomatic History.

Interested in including The Fletcher School in your estate plans? The experience of giving to Fletcher is familiar to Dirks. For years he has supported The Fletcher Fund, helping to provide support for the School’s immediate needs, such as financial aid, facilities, and the recruitment and retention of talented faculty members. His investment in the professorship in diplomatic history is different, however, in that it consists both of funds to be used immediately as well as a commitment in his estate plans for an additional gift to sustain the professorship into the future. “I thought about only making a bequest in my estate plans,” he explains, “but I realized that I wanted to see this gift come to fruition. It’s very exciting to me, and I want to enjoy it. I might even sit in on a class or two!” Ultimately, Dirks’s reasons for giving are very simple: “I’ve always believed in Fletcher,” he says. “I am continually impressed by the incredible work that it does.”

Lee E. Dirks 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: Gift Planning 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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Fletcher Alumna Works Tirelessly to Bring Democracy to Egypt: But First Equal Rights for Women


n 7 October 2011, in Oslo, Norway, the Norwegian Nobel Committee announced that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2011 would be divided in three equal parts among Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee, and Tawakkul Karman for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work. “We cannot achieve democracy and lasting peace in the world unless women obtain the same opportunities as men to influence developments at all levels of society,” the committee said in its announcement.

published in 2010 — and blogger. (The Daily Beast named her one of the bravest bloggers in the world.) She has written about the Internet’s ability to empower young activists in their efforts to speak out about civil rights violations and to communicate with the international community. She also advises local, regional, and American policymakers on how to best address human rights, women’s rights, Muslim-American relations, and the power of nonviolent action. In 2010, she received the Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Journalist Award for her work reporting across cultures and on issues of cultural diversity.

This was only the second time since its inception in 1901 that the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded concurrently to three individuals. It was the first time in its history that it was awarded simultaneously to three women. Sirleaf, Gbowee, and Karman have fought tirelessly to end the suppression of women that still occurs in many parts of the world, because they recognize that true democracy and enduring peace can be achieved only when women and men have equal rights.

Over the last ten years, Ziada has spearheaded several human rights initiatives, including the first Cairo Human Rights Film Festival, the Fearless Fighters for Faith and Freedom campaign (to promote religious freedom and tolerance), and the AB Human Rights campaign (to educate Egyptian children at primary schools and orphanages about human rights). In 2007, through her work with the AIC, she translated and published The Montgomery Story, a comic book about Martin Luther King Jr., to inspire young activists to adopt nonviolent strategies in their struggle for civil rights. It was widely distributed throughout the Middle East and North Africa and is believed to have been effective in its purpose, as demonstrated by the relatively peaceful start to the revolutionary wave of protests known as the Arab Spring.

In receiving this prize, Sirleaf, Gbowee, and Karman inspire other women who share in their goals, yet face what at times seem to be insurmountable obstacles—women like Dalia Ziada, a current GMAP student. Devoted to her advocacy, Dalia, originally a member of the July 2011 GMAP class, interrupted her studies last winter to play a role in the Egyptian uprisings. She will return to the program this fall to finish with the GMAP class of July 2012. “I have been working as a human rights advocate for nearly ten years, promoting values of democracy, women’s rights, liberalism, and freedom of expression all over the Middle East and the North Africa region,” Ziada said. “This has not been an easy thing to do. I have been harassed by a corrupt regime and religious extremists, but I am determined to stand strong in the face of any challenge.”

“In Egypt, we had been dreaming of change day and night,” Ziada said of the revolution. “We felt betrayed by corrupt political elections and the growing disparity among socio-economic groups—increasing numbers of Egyptians living in poverty, while the existing political regime controls the wealth of our nation. We had to say no and bring down the government in hope of a new start. We did this peacefully. And we helped average Egyptians break the barrier of fear and get involved in politics and decision making. Now, everyone in the country has a voice, and they know that their voice counts and will be heard.”

Born in Cairo in 1982, Ziada is the Egypt office director of the American Islamic Congress (AIC), where she works to promote tolerance and the exchange of ideas among Muslims and other peoples. Ziada is also a writer, poet — her first poetry book was

For Ziada, the voices that matter most are the voices of Egyptian women. “This is deeply personal for me and most important,” she explained. “My interest in advocating civil freedoms and human rights in the Middle East and North Africa began as a

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In that same report, Ziada stated, “There needs to be a clear commitment at the national level to a strategy for enforcing laws designed to prosecute gender-based harassment and discrimination.” From a social perspective, she recommends that women’s rights groups invest more time and money in changing the patriarchal attitudes of Egyptian society toward women. “This could be accomplished by promoting women’s rights in mainstream media, creating websites to educate the public on women’s rights, holding rights-oriented training seminars and debate sessions in rural Egypt, or shedding light on and rewarding Egyptian families that respect women’s rights,” she recommended in her report. The key, however, to forging a new future for women in the Middle East is their political participation either as candidates or voters, said Ziada. She intends to take her own advice. personal cause. Since I was eight years old, I wanted to change my family’s stance toward women’s rights and violence against women in particular. All of my life I have suffered simply because of my gender, from physical abuse under the guise of cultural tradition to sexual harassment to lack of equal work opportunities. Although I started my struggle for women’s rights for personal motivations, now it has become my top cause and passion because I know it is necessary for systemic change. “If we cannot make both men and women equally strong and valid, my country will fail. In Egypt, and the whole Arab world, women have been marginalized for so long. Even those women involved in public work and politics are often used by certain political parties and groups to enhance their image as liberal and progressive; their roles, however, are largely superficial and their voices limited. If we really believe in democracy and we want to achieve true liberal democracy, women must be validated and encouraged to be more involved in the social, economic, and political changes of their country.” In order to do that, women’s rights activists must tackle change in several ways, including economically, socially, legally, politically, and from a religious perspective, said Ziada, in an AIC report, A Modern Narrative for Muslim Women in the Middle East: Forging a New Future. To effect change in the economic sphere, Ziada recommends using the Internet as a tool for creating business opportunities for women. “Launching businesses and earning profits online and from home negates the need to jump through bureaucratic licensing and registration procedures,” she noted.

This fall Ziada will run for parliament as a member of the newly created Eladl Party, one of several new political parties founded in response to the revolution of 2011. (She is currently director of the party’s Woman Organization.) “One of my big dreams is to become the first woman president of Egypt. It is a big challenge here in my country, but I am sure it can happen one day,” she said. According to Egyptian law, a presidential candidate must be 40 or older. “This means I have eleven years to get ready, during which time I will run for parliament and continue my struggle for women’s rights so that our society will be prepared to accept a woman like me as a state president.” Ziada said her political aspirations will not deter her from her academic ones, which include eventually pursuing a Ph.D. in international relations from The Fletcher School. “I came to GMAP and it was one of the best experiences of my life. GMAP provided me with a tremendous amount of knowledge that I never would have been able to secure anywhere else. The amazing professors at Fletcher are there not only to educate you, but also to support you and your cause. And the diversity of students makes you feel how small the world is and how possible it is to achieve big dreams. I owe GMAP and Fletcher every single success I may achieve going forward. “Attending Fletcher was always a dream for me, and the scholarship I received as a result of the generous support of GMAP alumni made it possible. GMAP helped me change my life, and I promise to pay it forward by changing the world for the better. I believe in myself and in my unlimited ability to achieve my goals.”

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The Ultimate Fletcher Fund Fan Jonathan Small, F68


on Small, F68, is a fan of worthy endeavors and causes; and he is a fan of good people in pursuit of making a difference. It is for all these reasons that he is a fan of The Fletcher School. (He is also a big fan of Cornelia Small, his wife of 42 years, whom he met when they were both students at Fletcher in the 1960s, but that’s another story.) Small feels strongly that being passionate about The Fletcher School goes hand in hand with supporting The Fletcher Fund, and like any good enthusiast, he’s been an ardent devotee and supporter of both since the day he graduated more than 40 years ago. To say that Small has committed his time, talent, and treasure to the Fletcher School would be an understatement.

around the world; help fund internships so students can gain much-needed experiential knowledge; support faculty development, the Edwin Ginn Library, and many other areas critical to the school’s mission; and keep the Fletcher facilities in good order for its busy students. Small is quick to point to these achievements in explaining why participation in The Fletcher Fund is so vital to the success of the school. “Gifts to the annual fund are the foundation for ongoing philanthropy to The Fletcher School,” Small said. “Those gifts produce tangible results for Fletcher students and for the advancement of the school.” The Fletcher Fund has grown significantly in the past 12 years, exceeding the million dollar mark in 2006, and it continued to experience annual double-digit growth through 2009. Last year, the fund achieved and exceeded its US$1.4 million goal, raising US$1.423 million. Fletcher Fund support was extremely vital in the success of Tufts’ Beyond Boundaries campaign, surpassing the annual fund campaign goal of US$7 million and achieving more than US$10 million.

A consecutive donor to The Fletcher Fund for 27 years, Small and his wife co-chaired the annual fund, and they established a scholarship for Fletcher students who demonstrate both academic merit and financial need and are interested in studying human security, international negotiation, or conflict resolution. Small is currently a member of the school’s Board of Overseers “The Fletcher Fund’s success is attributable to many individuand chairs its Development Committee. In that role, he led an effort to increase annual fund giving to 100 percent participation als in the Fletcher community from around the globe,” Small explained. “Annual giving is a team effort, and the school could among members of the Board of Overseers. not achieve its goals without the support of its dedicated staff The Fletcher Fund is the annual fund to which alumni, parents, and volunteers.” and friends make unrestricted gifts to support daily life at Small also notes with pride that the school has recently Fletcher. It touches all areas of the school including financial launched new degree programs — the Master of International aid, faculty development, stipends for student internships, and Business (MIB) and the Master of Laws in International Law supporting the facility. Fletcher Fund gifts are used immediately (LL.M.). The first of its kind at a graduate school of internato enhance current operations and address needs as they arise tional affairs, the MIB degree marries the core Fletcher curthroughout the year. According to Small, the annual giving riculum with a sound foundation of MBA courses to provide program at Fletcher has had tremendous impact on the growth a keen understanding of business practices on the global stage. of the school. Additionally, Fletcher is the first non-law school in the United “The key to The Fletcher Fund’s success,” Small said, “is the States to offer an LL.M. program. He also notes that Fletcher recognition of the value of a Fletcher School education. The has undergone significant physical changes, specifically the Fletcher School successfully trains leaders with a global perspecrenovation to Cabot Hall. tive by teaching and providing skills that they need to work Small said he has been blessed with the opportunity to work effectively in the international community. Graduates and with terrific staff from the Office of Development and Alumni friends of The Fletcher School are happy and satisfied knowing Relations and with passionate fellow alumni over the years — that Fletcher is there doing what it’s doing. Making the case to too many to name without unintentionally forgetting someone. support The Fletcher Fund is usually pretty easy for me to do.” “They are the key reason why I keep serving Fletcher,” he said. Gifts to the fund help Fletcher do several important things, such “It’s a complete pleasure to work with so many talented and as offer better financial aid packages, which allows the school to enthusiastic individuals who share a common purpose — that of attract and support some of the best and brightest students from ensuring the success of The Fletcher School for decades to come.” 8 FLETCHER NEWS Fall/Winter 2011

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Board of Overseers Scholarship Helps Recruit Best of the Best


or Laurie Hurley, director of the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid, nothing could be more frustrating than losing an accepted candidate to a competitor school — particularly a candidate she knows will enhance the quality of the student body at Fletcher. It happens, though, and more often than not, it has to do with money.

Since 2007, with $20 million in gifts from members of The Fletcher School’s Board of Overseers, the Committee on Admissions and Scholarships has been awarding Board of Overseers Scholarships to the most outstanding Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (MALD) and Master of Arts (MA) candidates in the applicant pool each year, and according to Hurley, it’s making a big difference.

Now armed with a MALD from Fletcher, he is determined to return to his country and work to become a member of parliament where he can effect positive change for Ugandans. “The Board of Overseers Scholarship has made it possible to enroll students like Richard, who would not have been able to enroll otherwise,” said Hurley, “and in doing so we have been able to enhance diversity at the school. This year, we have 40 Board of Overseers Scholars representing 21 countries, including Afghanistan, Indonesia, and Sri Lanka.”

“The enrollment of the most desirable candidates has increased as a result of this scholarship,” Hurley said. “This year was our most successful yet; half of the students awarded the scholarship enrolled at Fletcher.” Both international students and United States citizens and permanent residents are eligible for the scholarship. According to Hurley, candidates must have outstanding academic credentials; professional success to date that is internationally relevant, substantive, and related to future goals; clear potential to make a significant contribution in the future; and noteworthy personal, professional, and academic experience that will contribute to the education of fellow Fletcher students. “Our Board of Overseers Scholars are truly outstanding in every way — far beyond GPAs and test scores,” Hurley said. “In addition to academic excellence, these students are selected for their personal and professional experiences. Moreover, they bring exceptional personal qualities, like maturity and leadership. They have tremendous potential for major impact post-Fletcher. In addition, they have been selected in some cases for the unique perspective they bring to the community.” Richard Opio, F11, of Uganda, is one of those students. Growing up in a nation that has endured decades of bloody civil war, Opio did not know safety or security throughout most of his life.

The Board of Overseers at their last meeting in October 2011.

Professors, too, have noticed the difference in the classroom and the value of this scholarship program. “Having more students of the highest caliber changes the dynamic in the classroom,” said Richard Shultz, professor of international politics. “Our Board of Overseers Scholars stand out among already stellar students.” Shultz said establishing the scholarship was a visionary move on the part of the Board of Overseers. “The Board of Overseers Scholarship enables the Fletcher School to act strategically in developing its student body.” Hurley said she is confident the scholarship will bring long-term benefits to Fletcher and its alumni. “As these scholars go on to graduate and establish their careers,” she noted, “we expect great work from them, thus enhancing Fletcher’s already exceptional reputation.”

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Summer Internships Critical to Professional Development: The Blakeley Fellowship


t Fletcher, summer time is travel time. From June through August, Fletcher students hit the road for research, internships, and exploring. You’ll find more Fletcher students in Geneva, Lima, or Dubai than you will on campus. Summer internships, in particular, are a critical building block in Fletcher’s professional development process that often steers the student into a field or career or into permanent work after graduation.

Most students choose to pursue summer internships in their fields of interest, and often that means a desire to intern at a nongovernmental organization (NGO) or nonprofit organization where paid opportunities are rare. Established four years ago, the Blakeley Fellowship Fund supports ten Fletcher School students each year who are seeking funding for unpaid internships with a non-profit organization in the field of international development. Meghan Mahoney, F12, is a Blakeley Fellow.

on-the-ground experience,” Dantas said. “When a Blakeley Fellow can demonstrate his or her knowledge of the field together with contributions to an NGO often in a developing country with adverse conditions, employers are impressed.” The Blakeley Fellowship program has become an important part of the microfinance curriculum at Fletcher, said Dantas. “The fellows are bringing their field experience into the classroom, writing theses related to their summer internships, publishing papers with professors, and overall contributing to Fletcher’s reputation in this field. So the Blakeley Fellowship Fund is having a broader impact on the school as a whole, not just on the ten students who are selected each year.”

“Last summer I conducted an evaluation of a microcredit and sustainable agriculture program in rural Nicaragua,” Mahoney said. “The program lent participants different types of trees and provided them with technical assistance on sustainable and organic farming practices. I really enjoyed the work. Being involved in every aspect of the evaluation, from process and survey design, to conducting interviews and collecting information on the program, to analyzing the data collected and presenting the results was incredibly rewarding. This experience reinforced my desire to work in program evaluation, especially in evaluations of microfinance programs.” Meghan Mahoney, F12, with CEPRODEL staff Vernon Berrios and Carlos Caceres, interview two program participants about their experience with the Reforestation and Water Source Protection Project. (photo courtesy of Rachel Lindsay and SosteNica)

Cynthia Dantas, associate director in the Office of Career Services, said stories like Meghan’s are not unusual. “The Blakeley Fellowship Fund allows students the freedom to do what they want to do as the financial support is quite generous and almost all nonprofit internships based in the field are unpaid,” she noted. “Students are able to focus on the issue, organization, or geographic location of interest without worrying about how to fund the experience.”

Dantas estimates that in the last three years, about 25 percent of the Blakeley Fellows accepted full-time positions with their summer employer, and that at least 50 percent of the fellows write theses based on their summer experience.

According to Dantas, Blakeley Fellows develop international experience and skills in their selected field — specifically microfinance and private sector development — and contacts within the industry, which often open doors for full-time opportunities. “Employers value the Fletcher degree, coupled with

Gerald and Lucy Blakeley, F04P, of Lincoln, Massachusetts, are longtime friends of Fletcher and established the Blakeley Fellowship Fund. “This has been a great ‘social investment’ for our family,” said the Blakeleys. “The impact that these students have made will pay dividends for years to come.”

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Robertson Foundation for Government 2012 Fellowship Recipients Selected


he Robertson Foundation for Government (RFFG) fellowship recipients for the class of 2012 were selected in September. The four Robertson Fellows at the Fletcher School — Andrew Chira, Audrey Flake, Brittany Gleixner-Hayat and Grace Choi — are enrolled in the Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (MALD) program. The newly named Robertson Fellows, all of whom are second-year Fletcher students, will receive full tuition scholarships that include summer internship stipends. The fellowship recipients have committed to working for the U.S. federal government for at least three of the first five years after receiving their MALD degree.

The Robertson Fellows program is modeled after the Service Academies, and a commitment to federal government service is integral to the program. Another program requirement is fluency in at least one foreign language. Fellowship candidates are top-quality graduate students who see government service as a potential calling and hope to become tomorrow’s foreignpolicy leaders. “Our hope is that the Robertson Fellows program will have a significant impact over time, as have the government-financed Fulbright Scholar Program, which is administered by the

Founded to inspire, encourage, and assist top U.S. graduate students to pursue federal government careers in foreign policy, national security, and international affairs, RFFG established its fellowship program in 2010 to support a growing need for well-prepared professionals as the United States faces significant global challenges. The Fletcher School is one of five universities selected to partner with RFFG in identifying, educating and motivating those students for government service. William S. Robertson, RFFG chairman, said The Fletcher School was selected as a partner university because of its “effectiveness and heritage” in the field of international relations. “In our first year of supporting Robertson Fellows at Fletcher, we have been extremely pleased. Last year’s recipients demonstrated academic achievement and exemplary devotion to service of our country. Both fellows are moving on to very appropriate positions in government.” According to Robertson, the federal government is at an employment crossroads. “An unprecedented number of federal government employees are now, or soon will be, eligible for retirement,” Robertson explained. “Additionally, the federal government’s needs and challenges have never been greater. With our current global economy, wars abroad, and continuing threats from global terrorism, the need for the best and brightest to serve in federal government positions — particularly in the international arena — has never been more critical.”

From left: Brittany Gleixner-Hayat, F12, Andrew Chira, F12, Geoffrey Robertson, Bill Robertson, Dean Stephen Bosworth, Audrey Flake, F12, and Grace Choi, F12.

U.S. Department of State, and the Presidential Management Fellows Program, administered by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management,” Robertson said. “A critical part of the program is the development of the Robertson Fellows network. We are grateful that Fletcher School graduates presently serving in government will engage in assisting not only Fletcher School Robertson Fellows, but also all Robertson Fellows as they seek positions in Washington and abroad.” Of the four new Robertson Fellows at Fletcher, Robertson said, “The aspirations and career goals of these four fellows align directly with the mission of the Robertson Foundation for Government. We look forward to seeing the positive impact these students will have on our country through their work with the federal government in the international arena.”

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GMAP@Ten Alumni Challenge Exceeds Expectations


red Pakis, GMAP04, is quick to give credit where it’s due. “The idea originated with Phil,” Pakis said, of the GMAP@Ten Alumni Challenge. The “Phil” is Philip Asherman, GMAP04, and the “idea” was a fundraising chal­ lenge proposed to the 500+ alumni of the Global Master of Arts Program (GMAP) at the Fletcher School. Pakis, Asherman, and fellow alum Craig Owens, GMAP01, all members of Fletcher’s Board of Overseers, challenged GMAP students and grads to raise $75,000 in honor of the program’s tenth anniversary. They agreed to match dollar for dollar every new or increased gift to GMAP from 1 March 2010 through 30 June 2011. Because of the enthusiasm generated by this challenge grant, The School soon realized that the GMAP alumni would quickly surpass this goal, and as a result, the three benefactors raised the challenge to $100,000. What resulted was beyond anyone’s expectation. Nearly 30 percent of GMAP alumni donated more than $100,000 to support GMAP financial aid. “We are thrilled with the outpouring response from the GMAP community,” Pakis said. “It’s an incredible show of support for GMAP and its unique offering in the marketplace.”

From left: His Excellency Dr. Klaus Scharioth, F74, F75, F78, German Ambassador; Stephen W. Bosworth, Dean, The Fletcher School; Fred Pakis, GMAP04, Managing Director, Clarendon Capital Management, LLC; Deborah Winslow Nutter, Senior Associate Dean and Director, GMAP; Peter Ackerman, F69, F71, F76, F03P, A03P, Former Chairman, Fletcher Board of Overseers, Managing Director, Rockport Capital, Inc.; B. Craig Owens, GMAP01, Senior Vice President, CFO and Chief Administrative Officer, Campbell Soup, Co. Not pictured is the third donor, Philip Asherman, GMAP04, President and CEO, Chicago Bridge & Iron Company. (Photo by Kaveh Sardari)

Pakis credits several factors associated with the challenge that contributed to its success: “Obviously, the timing was right. Acknowledging that GMAP exists and is growing and thriving after a decade is a special thing. The challenge itself was easy for and compelling to alumni — give what you can give is what we said. Above all else, GMAP itself is a world-class product that met the market with a bull’s-eye and still resonates for its distinctive value. Alumni appreciate and want to support that.”

found it to be an outstanding show of support for and belief in the program. There are few things more rewarding than that for an academic administrator.”

Established in 2010, GMAP was specifically designed to provide busy professionals the opportunity to master the disciplines necessary to gain a 360-degree perspective of global affairs. It is a one-year combined residency and Internet-mediated international affairs degree program that takes advantage of today’s technology to bring the unique Fletcher experience to mid-tosenior level international professionals who are unable to enroll in a full-time residency program.

According to Nutter, gifts in support of the challenge came from alumni in all ten GMAP graduating classes and from all over the world, from Nepal to Thailand to Los Angeles. “The GMAP@Ten Alumni Challenge was met with great enthusiasm and has sparked a renewed interest from our alumni to support the program,” Nutter said. “The funds raised through the challenge will make a significant impact on the program’s ability to offer our students competitive financial aid and will strengthen the foundation to continue to build GMAP in the years to come. We want to keep the momentum rolling and ensure continued support for what we consider to be the premier international leadership program in the world.”

Senior Associate Dean Deborah Winslow Nutter directs GMAP; she recalls the day Asherman, Owens, and Pakis approached her about the challenge: “I was very excited about their proposal and

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Nutter described the challenge as “brilliant,” and said its success demonstrates the wonderful sense of community among graduates of the program and the pride they take in their GMAP degree.

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Fletcher Welcomes a New Class


raving an earthquake and a hurricane, Fletcher’s 79th incoming class has arrived to begin an exciting year. After a successful orientation program in late August, classes have begun and the semester is in full swing. The 278 new members of the Fletcher community come to Medford from a variety of countries and professional backgrounds. From a pool of 1,660 applicants, these 128 men and 150 women are an accomplished and diverse group.

From left: Sarah Clark, F12, Joon Park, F12, and Merid Behre, F12, send a welcome note to the new Fletcher students from the UN headquarters in Geneva.

The incoming class includes students representing 50 citizenships, including Afghanistan, Ghana, Ecuador, Lebanon, Sri Lanka, Slovenia, Bangladesh, Venezuela, Uganda, Thailand, Pakistan, and Bulgaria. With 42% of the class entering from abroad, and a group of American students with substantial academic, professional, and volunteer experience overseas, the new class brings a true global perspective befitting Fletcher’s reputation. The class includes 197 MALD, 32 MIB, 16 M.A., 18 LLM, and 3 Ph.D. students, as well as 12 exchange students. Twenty-one students plan to pursue joint degrees in nutrition, law, business, and journalism. Included in the group are returned Peace Corps volunteers, U.S. military veterans, military officers, AmeriCorps volunteers, Fulbright Fellows, government officials, journalists, and lawyers. Tufts University, Brown University, the College of William and Mary, Carleton College, Georgetown University,

Harvard University, McGill University, the University of Tokyo, Colby College, and Dartmouth College are among the institutions contributing multiple alumni to the new Fletcher class. Ranging in age from 21 to 45, class members bring to Fletcher a variety of professional experience. Students include a Foreign Service officer in the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs, an Iran researcher for the New York Times, a Congressional Affairs officer in the Mexican Embassy, an Al Jazeera journalist, an ASEAN program officer, an aircraft maintenance officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, a research fellow at Global Witness, a market research analyst at Bank of Japan, a managing director of SRB Memorial Trust, a UN program officer, a researcher with the Millennium Village Project, a grants manager with the International Rescue Committee, a UNDP program officer, an ICJ programme officer, an analyst at Helios Global, Inc., a country analyst at Clinton Health Access Initiative, a deputy campaign manager for the Florida Democratic Party, an Africa analyst at Freedom House, and an associate project director with Amigos de las Americas. The academic interests of the members of the new class are as diverse as their nationalities and work experience. The most frequent intended fields of study are international negotiation and conflict resolution, human security, international security studies, development economics, and international organizations. The 2011–2012 academic year is off to a great start, with a new class ready to engage, challenge, and enrich the Fletcher community.

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Quotes of Note “The causes and consequences of hunger are complex, compound and contextspecific — but the lack of solutions, whether here or in Somalia, isn’t the result of a dispassionate public. It’s a failure of leadership. …We have inadequate and incoherent bureaucratic international humanitarian systems. …The crude famine criteria cited by Mark Bowden in a slow, deliberate, killing tone indicate leadership fatigue, not compassion fatigue — and with each devastating photo or story out of Somalia, it’s this that should scandalize the compassionate American public.” — Fletcher Professor of Practice in Humanitarian Policy and Global Public Health Astier M. Almedom, from her op-ed in The Washington Post, 08 August 2011 “We should recognize the benefits of greater economic interdependence between China and the rest of the world. The global system becomes more valuable to China as it becomes more intertwined with the fortunes of the rest of the world, and therefore [China] has a greater stake in the success of that system.” — Under Secretary of State for Economic, Energy, and Agricultural Affairs Robert Hormats, F66, F67, F70 quoted by Voice of America, 31 May 2011 “What’s [been] missing is a public map which can be picked up by the international media and that can say that dozens of communities in, say, northern Haiti, are not getting the relief and aid that they were promised.” — Patrick Meier, F13 and Director of Crisis Mapping at Ushahidi, explains to PBS how Ushahidi now lets locals let the media know whether they have received the aid that they were promised, 13 May 2011

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Diplomatic Academies The 39th Meeting of Deans and Directors of Diplomatic Academies and Institutes of International Relations—the International Forum on Diplomatic Training (IFDT)—was held at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy 25–27 September. Organized by Professor Alan Henrikson, director of diplomatic studies, and Gerard Sheehan, executive associate dean, with assistance from a Fletcher School administrative team, the IFDT meeting brought together representatives from more than fifty countries for a discussion of challenges involved in training for “Diplomacy in an Age of Transition.” Dean Stephen W. Bosworth delivered the keynote address, “Lessons from a Career in Diplomacy,” emphasizing the importance of “context” in determining diplomatic success. Following a panel discussion of “Regional Cooperation in Diplomatic Training” led by IFDT participants, there were panels moderated by Fletcher faculty members on UN multilateral diplomacy and the role of better argumentation (chaired by Professor Ian Johnstone), WikiLeaks and diplomatic reporting (chaired by Crocker Snow, Murrow Center director), international business diplomacy (chaired by Professor Bhaskar Chakravorti), the diplomacy of transitional justice (chaired by Professor Louis Aucoin), and international environmental diplomacy (chaired by Professor Kelly Sims Gallagher). Professor Hurst Hannum, as a member of a Colloquium panel, questioned humanitarian interventionism and inquired about the effect of the Responsibility to Protect concept on the work of diplomats. Ambassador Ronald E. Neumann, president of the American Academy of Diplomacy, gave the closing address, “Professional Diplomacy: Educating Americans and Educating Diplomats.” The following day, 28 September, Alan Henrikson led an excursion for IFDT members to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum for a discussion of presidential archives and the potential use of declassified documents in diplomatic training. The Deans and Directors group— known informally as the “Sons and Daughters of Maria Theresa”—was founded in 1972 in Vienna under the sponsorship of IFDT participants the Austrian Foreign Ministry. Its founding co-chairmen were Ambassador Arthur Breycha Vauthier, director of the Vienna Diplomatic Academy, and Peter F. Krogh, F61, dean of the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Ambassador Edmund A. Gullion, dean of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, was also a founder of the Sons and Daughters group. The 39th Meeting at Fletcher in September 2011 was its first meeting in Boston.

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Top 99 under 33 The Fletcher School was delighted to learn that nine of its alumni were recognized by Diplomatic Courier magazine as members of the elite “Top 99 under 33.” As is typical of so many of The School’s alumni, these individuals have made significant personal contributions to the advancement of foreign policy. Fletcher alumni represented included: Anika Locke Binnedijk, F06, F09, special assistant in international security affairs, Office of the Secretary of Defense; Sarah Labowitz, F09, a policy advisor with the Office of the Coordinator for Cyber Issues at the U.S. Department of State; Robert Marcus, F09, professional staff member with the United States House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs; Michael Mylrea, F09, manager and consultant at Deloitte Consulting, LLP; Jonathan Reiber, F08, special assistant to the Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy; Gaurav Relhan, F10, development specialist with the World Bank; and Danielle Tarin, F05, a litigation associate with White & Case LLP. Jamie Lynn De Coster, F10, who serves as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy and works as a strategic-level counterinsurgency advisor on General Petreaus’s personal staff, and Matan Chorey, F07, a foreign service officer for crisis, stabilization, and governance with the U.S. Agency for International Development, were amongst the top nine. All of these alumni recognized the importance of instilling an appreciation for foreign policy in the coming generations. Jamie Lynn De Coster stated: “I met an inspiring group of Afghan high school girls — who vowed to change their lives and the lives of their neighbors and fellow Afghans for the better. They dream to become doctors, lawyers, journalists, politicians, and artists — indeed, advocates for others. Each of them spoke to me of a mentor who had inspired them to dream big. This experience reinforced to me that we must make ourselves accessible to these younger generations to mentor and to open their eyes to the realities of the world — teaching foreign affairs serves as such a bridge.”

John Kerry Dean Stephen Bosworth presented Massachusetts Senator John Kerry with the Dean’s Medal at The Fletcher School’s Class Day ceremony on 21 May 2011. Addressing the graduating class, Senator Kerry discussed the coming changes in world affairs, expressing his belief that Fletcher equips its graduates with the skills and knowledge to tackle some of the world’s most pressing concerns. He commended graduates for their “valuable, intuitive understanding of the new technology shaping our world — technology that is breaking down borders, challenging autocrats, and empowering citizens more rapidly and dramatically than any time in history.” Senator Kerry also cautioned graduates against repeating the diplomatic mistakes of the Cold War era, noting, “The Cold War at times tempted us to support authoritarian and undemocratic regimes as a bulwark against communism, and in the process we lost the battle for hearts and minds in those countries.” With the changes in leadership resulting from the Arab Spring, Kerry advised that the United States uphold its democratic values by not continuing to support undemocratic, unaccountable regimes. To protect America’s security, our government must support stabilization in the Middle East. Calling graduates to take action, Kerry (From left) Academic Dean Peter Uvin, said, “The challenge Senator John Kerry, Dean Stephen for your generation Bosworth, Dr. Peter W. Ackerman, F69 of diplomats, policy makers, and thinkers is to be prepared to think differently and act courageously to define this new world and these new opportunities. You will need to fight back hard against increasing isolationism.”

Fletcher Professor Appointed to ICSID Panel of Conciliators Robert Zoellick, president of the World Bank and ex-officio chairman of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), has appointed Professor Jeswald Salacuse to the ICSID Panel of Conciliators until 2017. Salacuse is one of ten persons (and the only

American) that he is permitted to appoint under the ICSID Convention. In view of the rising number of investor-state disputes, ICSID and the bank are hoping to encourage disputants to use alternative dispute resolution, instead of arbitration.

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Quotes of Note “Donors and international aid agencies are often concerned with delivering aid and spending money quickly, and in this haste they often do not spend enough time identifying good local partners and maintaining effective relationships with them. … Even if their partnerships begin during emergencies, partners need to approach their relationships with a longer horizon and more consistency. For many international aid agencies that provide humanitarian as well as development assistance, the partnerships they establish (or build on) during emergencies will affect their relationships with communities for much longer. Even in the midst of an emergency, it is possible to build the capacity of local partners, but often there is little time — and sometimes little funding — to focus on it effectively.” — Dayna Brown, F98, in The Humanitarian Exchange, April 2011 “The vision in the U.S. is that on November 6, 2012, when people go to the polls, for the first time ever, there will be a third ticket that they’ve directly nominated … We’re really a second way to pick a president; one that’s bigger than the parties and puts people ahead of the parties. … What we want to do is leverage our newest technologies to get us back to some of our oldest values, which is letting every voter participate in a meaningful way in a primary.”

The Spring 2011 50th Reunion Each September, the Fletcher Community welcomes back alumni to celebrate their 50th Reunion, which takes place in conjunction with Convocation. It is a wonderful time to rediscover The Fletcher School and reconnect with classmates. On 8–9 September 2011, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy was delighted to welcome back alumni and guests for Fall Reunion. Thirteen members of the Class of 1961 were in attendance to celebrate their 50th Reunion, and were joined by alumni from preceding classes and by the Class of 1962. Reunion alums enjoyed a variety of events including faculty lectures and the Dean’s State of the School presentation; an enlightening career path panel presentation to current students by the Class of 1961; “Fletcher Today” student panel discussion where alumni and current students had the opportunity to engage in conversation, connecting past memories with current students’ endeavors; presentations by Colette Flesch, F61, and Yoshio Murakami, F61, on the future of the European Union (L-R): George Kosar, Associate Director, and Northeast Asia; and social events Corporate and Foundation Relations, Karen with the Dean and current students. Dr. Suva, GMAP11, and James Rotherham, F61 Peter F. Krogh, F61, F62, F66, delivered the keynote address, “The Fletcher School: An Act of Faith” at the Convocation Ceremony and was presented with the Class of 1947 Distinguished Leadership Award. For more information, visit out Reunion webpage at: Reunions. Group of alumni celebrating their 50th Reunion

Fletcher’s Tenth Annual Talloires Symposium

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The Fletcher School’s Tenth Annual Talloires Symposium, held 3–5 June 2011, featured keynote speaker Fletcher alumnus and Chinese Ambassador to the United Kingdom Liu Xioming, F83. Ambassador Xioming’s remarks on the theme “Asia and the World: The Evolving Context” were complemented by afternoon sessions with faculty speaker Alan Wachman, F84, Fletcher associate professor of international politics.

Chatham House rules are in effect during this three-day event, set at Tufts’ European Center in the mountain and lakeside village of Talloires, France. This year’s gathering saw close to 100 members of the Fletcher Community come together for a weekend of discussion, engaging lectures, dining, and the sharing of common interests in the typical Fletcher fashion. Thanks to a nearby wedding, guests also enjoyed a fireworks display reflected against Lake Annecy. The Eleventh Annual Talloires Symposium will take place 1–3 June 2012.


Saraje vo The Sarajevo Fletcher Club, currently consisting of Maja Marjanovic, F05, Rod Moore, Fletcher State Department Fellow in 2000, and club leader Haris Mesinovic, F00, had a most lively summer. The season was opened by Daniel Preston, F05, who visited to organize a summer study abroad course in the region for his students. Stefanie Ricarda Roos, F96, connected with the club again while taking part in another transitional justice seminars she has organized in Sarajevo over the years. Natasha Franceschi, F00, who had served in the US Embassy Sarajevo six years ago, made the club particularly happy by coming to Sarajevo from Brussels for a weekend specifically to connect to old Fletcher and other friends (and get a glimpse of the summer). Yet the highlight of the club summer were the appearance of three Fletcher interns, Amela Zanacic, F12, Shannon Brown, F12, and Ashley Belyea, F11 (later joined by boyfriend Keith Proctor, F11), whose dedication to club duties came close second to their primary internship tasks. We even managed to meet Nadja Skaljic, F13A, to provide

some last-minute advice on entering Fletcher. The club organized a series of hiking, rafting, and coastal trips, as well as a generous sampling of Sarajevo dining scene and nightlife, including a group visit to the closing night of the Sarajevo Film Festival, where we viewed a world premiere of the new movie by Danis Tanovic, Bosnia’s Oscar-winning movie director, and were caught in the commotion caused by an unexpected appearance by the Brangelina crowd. We hope to see more people coming this way, both on business and for pleasure. Ashley Belyea, F11, Keith Proctor, F11, Haris Mesinovic, F00, Stephanie Ricarda Roos, F94, Shannon Brown, F12



Cynthia Corbett, F79, hosted a rather unique event on 21 September for the Fletcher Club of London and Tufts graduates, a private showing of the exhibit, “An Evening of Emerging Artists,” at Gallery 27 in Mayfair. The exhibit featured the work of two gifted young artists, American Klari Reis and Frenchman Nicolas Saint Gregoire. Reis’s work comes from her collection entitled “Street Anatomy” and takes inspiration from maps and streetscapes of Venice, New York, London, and Paris (“How very Fletcher!”). Gregoire’s work stands out in more ways than one. Threedimensional, his exhibit will include a recreation of one of Yves Saint Laurent’s most iconic dresses.

Parisians enjoyed the company of Dean Stephen Bosworth and Ambassador Omar Samad, F06 and Afghan ambassador to France, on 31 May, for a reception and discussion on “Global Security Issues in Korea and Afghanistan.” In cooperation with the American University of Paris and Columbia University Club of France, the Fletcher Club of Paris was pleased to sponsor a panel discussion entitled “The Current and Future Capital Markets of Cambodia: from Microfinance to the Cambodian Securities Exchange” on 8 June. Club leader William Holmberg, F05, moderated the panel.

Uganda Club member Stevie Hamilton, F02, reports that he enjoyed a cup of African tea at Café Javas, a favorite Kamala hangout, with club leader Hilda Birungi, F02. Stevie also met up with Kaddu Sebunya, F02, to enjoy some live African music and entertainment at the Oliver Mutukudzi and Suzanne Owiyo Concert in Kampala. He looks forward to his return to the region in the not-so-distant future. Stevie Hamilton & Kaddu Sebunya

Stevie Hamilton & Hilda Birungi

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San Francisco

Women’s Network of D.C.

The alumni club of the SF Bay Area launched its own LinkedIn group to enable greater interaction amongst alumni in Northern California.

Fletcher alumna Maria Stephan, F02, entertained the minds of alumna on 29 June with book talk about her new book Civilian Jihad, which explored the rich, little-known history of nonviolent civilian-led struggles for rights and freedom in the Middle East.

Budapest Anita Orban, F01, and Patrick Egan, F00, on behalf of the Fletcher Club in Budapest, organized a Central European reunion on the first weekend of September inviting alumni from all over the region. The weekend featured a dinner in one of the best restaurants in town (by coincidence with Hugh Jackman at the next table!) with a speaker on the discussion topic of the crisis of the euro zone, climbing in the trees in “Challengeland” on the top of one of the mountains in Budapest, and a visit to the Hungarian parliament. The reunion coincided with the reunion of the Global Master’s of Arts Program in Budapest, and the two groups enjoyed the wine tasting together in the countryside on Saturday night and the presentation of Professor Anna Szelenyi on Sunday morning. Future generation is ready for the challenges of the twentyfirst century—Fletcher kids before climbing at the Central European reunion

New York On Thursday, 30 June, FCNY hosted a panel discussion in Manhattan on “Japan’s Nuclear Crisis: Global Repercussions” moderated by Herb Levin, F56. Panelists were Geoffrey Shaw, Representative of the IAEA director general to the United Nations and director of the New York Office; Tomoaki Ishigaki, counsellor at the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations; Dr. Andrew Karam, radiation safety consultant who traveled to Japan as part of an interdisciplinary team sponsored by NYC Medics and the Tokushukai Medical Corporation. The main discussion focused on how the nuclear disaster is causing a global shift away from nuclear power and a greater focus on national energy plans involving cheaper renewable energy. Europe’s divisions over nuclear power were also debated.

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FCNY has, with the assistance of the Alumni Office, chosen Goran Jutrisa, F12, an unpaid intern with the UN Office of Legal Affairs, to be the recipient of the annual FCNY intern award. Congratulations, Goran! The club is hosting a holiday party on Friday, 2 December, from 7:00 p.m. at the Bombay Palace in Manhattan. All alumni are invited to come dance the night away! Also, the leadership board is in need of some new members. If you are interested in becoming more involved with the club, please contact club leader Farri Cress, F70.

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Boston Professor William Martel enthralled club members with his predictions for the future of U.S.-Arab relations in a lecture for alumni on 15 June entitled “U.S. Foreign Policy and the Arab Spring.” Numerous Bostonians also came out for the club’s most recent Happy Hour event held on 18 August at Vlora restaurant.



The Tokyo club is planning a local reunion on 12 December to welcome Professor Perry, who will journey to Japan to attend the wedding of a recent Fletcher graduate.

The Fletcher Club of Australia held a dinner in Canberra on 27 July. Any alumni visiting Australia are most welcome to contact Melissa Conley Tyler.

Washington, D.C. The ever-active D.C. club elected new leadership in June for the 2011– 2013 term. The new board, led by Roland Pearson, F91, would like to thank the outgoing board for its leadership, and notes that it looks forward to further building up the club from the strong foundation it inherited. D.C. members enjoyed a great Fletcher Club picnic on 11 June at Virginia Highlands Park in Arlington, Virginia. Approximately 150 people attended from a wide diversity of classes, with spouses, kids, and other relatives and friends joining in. On 31 July, Kim Lyon (Class of 2011 representative) and Roland Pearson (chairman) welcomed Ambassador Mosud Mannan, F89, Bangladesh’s Berlin-based ambassador to Germany and president of the Fletcher Club of Germany, to Washington, D.C. Over lunch on a beautiful summer day, they exchanged many ideas about how they can reach out to, activate, and add value for club members, while also promising to extend open invitations to all Fletcher alumni to contact and visit them, when they are in their respective cities. D.C. had an outstanding turnout at the first-ever Fletcher Alumni Career Networking event at the Science Club on Thursday, 4 August. Approximately 80 D.C.-based alumni and current students gathered to talk about career opportunities in their specific sectors. The results of

the quick post-event survey were overwhelmingly positive. “The only downside was that the venue we chose was too small to accommodate everyone comfortably — a nice problem to have, which we will certainly fix the next time around!” The club has recently arranged the First Annual Tri-School Happy Hour inviting current students, alumni, and friends of Fletcher, the Kennedy School, and SIPA to meet up on 14 September at Local 16 in Washington. Other upcoming events include the rejuvenation of the annual holiday party, assisting Fletcher’s Office of Career Services and Office of Development and Alumni Relations with the annual D.C. Career Trip in February, and continuing to post career announcements via the club website. Please be sure to visit the club’s website ( for continuous updates, or send an email to, if you have any questions, comments, or ideas about how they can best serve the Fletcher community.

Left to right: Ambassador Mosud Mannan, Kim Lyon, and Roland Pearson

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

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

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

Austria Rainer Staub, F96 Jonathan Tirone, F00

Hong Kong Dorothy Chan, F03 Alicia Eastman, F04

São Paulo Paulo Bilyk, F92 Alberto Pfeifer, F02*

Baghdad John Hagen, F07, F09

India Vikram Chhatwal, F00

Sarajevo Haris Mesinovic, F00

Bangkok Ekachai Chainuvati, F03

Kabul Jim Wasserstrom, F78, F80

Saudi Arabia Jamil Al Dandany, F87

Beijing Stephane Grand, F98 sjgrand@sjgrand.ncn

Kenya Anne Angwenyi, F02 anne_angwenyi@alumni.tufts. edu

Seoul Sukhee Han, F94

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

Kosovo Iliriana Kacaniku, F04 Lebanon Mindy Burrell, F98 London Tannaz Banisadre, F06 Rachel Gangji, F09 Karen Miles, F07 Eugenia Vandoros, F10 Malaysia Shah Azmi, F86 Mexico José Luis Stein, F08 fletcherclubofmexico Morocco Athena Makri, F09 Nepal Ram Thapaliya, F02 Netherlands Jennifer Croft, F99 Paris William Holmberg, F05 fletcherclubofparis Philippines Cathy Hartigan-Go, F92 Romania Sinziana Frangeti, F07

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

Shared Interest Fletcher Alumni of Color Association Belinda Chiu, F04 Middle East Alumni Association Walid Chamoun, F00 Fletcher Women’s Network Marcia Greenberg, F91


Paul Gordon Bailey, F63, of Scottsdale, Arizona, passed away from cancer on 27 June 2011, with his wife Ace by his side. Paul was many things to many people: banker, businessman, golfer, ranger, linguist, fisherman, canoeist, brother, entertainer, poet, volunteer, uncle, friend, financial advisor, soldier, grandfather, skier, board member, flutist, Fulbright scholar, caring father, and loving husband. He was born 6 May 1936 in Wilton, Maine, and grew up in nearby Livermore Falls. He joined the army in 1955, which brought him to Germany, and eventually he launched a career in international banking, taking him on to Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Nevada, and Arizona. For the past fifteen years, he and his wife called Scottsdale their home. Paul is survived by his wife Ace, daughter Trish, son Adam, grandchildren CJ and Anna, brother Bill, and sisters Sybil and Mary. EVERETT BAUMAN, F39, died of cancer in Bethesda, Maryland, aged 95. Bauman was a committed journalist, an educationalist, dedicated to improving bilateral understanding between Venezuela and the United States. On the eve of World War II, Bauman began his career as a correspondent with United Press International in Buenos Aires, Argentina. UPI sent him to Venezuela in 1942 to manage its bureau there. It was there that Bauman began an illustrious career in Venezuelan oil and politics. In 1947, Bauman played a key role in establishing a professional school of journalism in Venezuela, the Escuela Nacional de Periodismo, which was inaugurated by President Betancourt. Bauman also was an adjunct professor on the faculty of economics at the Central University of Venezuela. Bauman later established a press/opinion leader exchange program that over fifteen years sponsored two-week visits to the U.S. for hundreds of Venezuelan newsmen,

politicians, and opinion leaders, as well as visits to Venezuela by hundreds of U.S. journalists promoting bilateral understanding. He also initiated the most popular evening radio news program El Observador Creole, recognized for its objectivity and professionalism and then the English-language Caracas Daily Journal. Bauman was particularly close to former President Romulo Betancourt. He often traveled with Venezuelan presidents to the Middle East, the Caribbean, Central and South America, Europe, and the Asia Pacific countries. He visited over 130 countries. He was decorated three times by Venezuelan presidents with the highest honor bestowed upon foreigners, the Order of Francisco Miranda, and made an honorary citizen of Venezuela in 1978. In 1987, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution, invited Bauman to Washington, D.C., to write about politics in Central America. Shortly thereafter, having fallen in love with Washington, D.C., he moved there permanently, serving as principal correspondent for Venezuela’s largest daily newspaper, El Universal, covering U.S. political and oil affairs until his retirement in 2009. Bauman also served on the board of many non-profit groups, including Acción de Venezuela, a successful private-sector sponsored community development initiative, the YMCA de Venezuela, the Boy Scouts de Venezuela, and the Venezuelan-American Friendship Society, and the Audubon Society of Venezuela. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Janice Newell Bauman, and their seven married children, 26 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.

HOMER LINCOLN BURRELL, F54, passed away at home in Anchorage, Alaska, on 28 July 2011. Burrell was born on 10 December 1925 in Oakland, California. Burrell referred to himself as a recovering lawyer, iconoclastic curmudgeon, and raconteur. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Teresa. Burrell married the love of his life Lynne Maiden in 1979, who predeceased him, and they enjoyed many happy years together with their beloved dog Charlie. He is survived by a sister Jan of Nutley, New Jersey, and brother David of Reno, Nevada. Burrell’s military career spanned 20 years. He enlisted as a Navy radioman and aerial gunner in 1943, and in 1945 became an aviation cadet. From 1948 through 1949, he was a Navy pilot stationed in Pensacola Naval Air Station Florida. After completing military service, Burrell worked for Union Oil Company as a senior landsman for 14 years in California, Colorado, and Alaska. He was the first director of the Alaska Division of Oil and Gas, created by then Governor Wally Hickel as a result of the discovery of oil in Prudhoe Bay, and served six years in this capacity. Burrell actively practiced law in Alaska for 14 years. He taught aviation law at Elmendorf Air Force Base years ago. Burrell participated in various organizations serving on corporate boards and volunteering many hours of public service. Burrell was an accomplished musician and played a mean clarinet in his day. He shared this talent with wife Lynne, who also sang and was associated with many famous jazz musicians of years past. ALLAN W. CAMERON, F64, F65, F79, who had been a senior national security policy adviser for national and defense programs at Computer Sciences Corp., a consulting and information technology company, died 10 June at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington,

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aged 72. Dr. Cameron served in the Navy from 1960 to 1963 and retired from the Reserve in 1972 at the rank of lieutenant. He was assistant dean at The Fletcher School before settling in the Washington area in the late 1970s. He was a top adviser on foreign and defense policy to Sen. Jeremiah Denton Jr. (R-Ala.) from 1981 to 1986. Dr. Cameron then became executive director of the new Presidential Commission on Merchant Marine and Defense, a body that examined how the merchant fleet and shipyards could meet national defense needs. From 1990 to 1993, Dr. Cameron was deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for international policy, a job involving oversight of international research, development, and acquisition. He later worked for government contractors, most recently with Computer Sciences Corp. Dr. Cameron was a strong supporter of The Fletcher School. His first marriage, to Rebecca Hancock Welch, ended in divorce. Survivors include his wife of five years, Margaret Haber; a stepson, Christopher Welch; and two brothers. GUY E. CORIDEN, F51, passed away at the age of eighty-nine on April 25, 2011. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his service in the U.S. Army during World War II where he fought in Normandy on D-Day. Mr. Coriden met his future wife, Mary Louise Winbigler, while both were enrolled at The Fletcher School. They both went on to enjoy distinguished careers with the Central Intelligence Agency. Guy’s career also included positions with the Department of State where he served as the director of the Office of European Exchange Programs from 1962–1975, as the director of the Office of International Arts Affairs in 1975, and later as the associate director of the Office of Management Operations from 1979 to 1985. The highlight of his career,

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however, was his participation in the Helsinki Accords of 1975 that lead to the advancement of human rights and civic freedoms in the thirty-four nations that signed the agreement. He is survived by his two brothers, John B. Coriden of Hammond, Indiana, and James A. Coriden of Washington, D.C., three nieces, three nephews, as well as 12 grand nieces and nephews. WILLIAM B. DALE, F47, passed away on 16 April 2011 of melanoma in Bethesda, Maryland. Mr. Dale served for more than twenty years as a top official at the International Monetary Fund and began his career with the Treasury Department in 1948. Following his retirement in 1984, he became a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Cosmos Club. Mr. Dale was a veteran of World War II and worked on the Marshall Plan from the embassy in Brussels early in his career. The Fletcher School was privileged to have Mr. Dale serve as the president for the Class of 1947. His wife of 51 years, Deborah Parry Dale, died in 1997. He is survived by his wife of 11 years, the Rev. Joy I. Ogden Dale; five children from his first marriage; three stepchildren; 22 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Nathaniel Davis, F47, passed away on 16 May in Claremont, California, of heart failure at the age of 86. Mr. Davis was a distinguished career diplomat and educator. Following his graduation at Fletcher, he joined the Foreign Service and served in Prague, Florence, Rome, and Moscow. He was the first secretary in the Venezuelan embassy in 1960 and administered the first group of Peace Corps Volunteers in Chile in 1962. From 1962–1965 he served as a special assistant to Sargent Shriver, the first Peace Corps director, and later became a deputy director himself.

Davis’s diplomatic career took off with his appointment as U.S. envoy to Bulgaria in 1965. Two years later, he oversaw Soviet and East European matters for the National Security Council and in 1968 was selected to succeed the assassinated John Gordon Mein as ambassador to Guatemala. During his subsequent appointment as ambassador to Chile, the country experienced great change due to the coup leading to the ouster of Salvador Allende. Following this posting, Mr. Davis was promoted to director general of the Foreign Service in Washington. He was subsequently selected by Henry Kissinger to head African diplomacy in 1975. He resigned from this post shortly after Angola gained independence from Portugal due to his moral conflicts with America’s covert military intervention on behalf of anti-Communist forces. His next post as ambassador to Switzerland marked the end of his official diplomatic career and served as a launching point for his career in education. He became diplomat in residence at the Naval War College in 1977, and stayed there until 1983. He then became a professor of humanities at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, Calif., retiring in 2002. Mr. Davis was active in the civil rights movement and in the Democratic Party. He was also an experienced mountain climber. In 1995 he wrote a history of the Russian Orthodox Church called A Long Walk to Church. In addition to his wife, the former Elizabeth Kirkbride Creese, Mr. Davis is survived by his four children; eight grandchildren; two great-granddaughters; and two sisters. Douglas N. Forman, Jr., F40, F42, passed away on 26 March 2010 in Bethesda, Maryland. After serving in the U.S. Army from 1944–1945, Douglas entered the Foreign Service


where his admirable career led him to nine international postings in thirty-two years. Though he specialized in Chinese affairs, Mr. Forman fulfilled assignments throughout Asia and Africa. Following his retirement in 1976, he worked with the National Capital Presbytery on social action committees focused on change in the Middle East and Central America and volunteered with the United Nations Association. He is survived by his wife Ruth, sister Alice Forman, daughters Amy Forman March, Margaret Forman, and Catherine Forman. The Reverend Doctor VIRGINIA KNOWLES, F48, died 23 January 2011, at 87, following a long decline. Rev. Knowles began her work life as a recruiter and supervisor of human assets behind the iron curtain immediately following World War II and ended it many decades later as the Unitarian Universalist Minister of a church in Lynchberg, Virginia, where she traveled one long weekend a month to present the Sunday service, attend congregational meetings, perform weddings and memorial services, and counsel members. She was living at the Collington Life Care Community in Mitchellville, Maryland, at the time of her death. Her son Jeffrey died at age 56. Her other two children live in Tucson, Arizona. After briefly serving in the U.S. Foreign Service in Paris toward the end of WWII, she was accepted in the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy with a small group of other women in the sea of men studying in this exalted program. The newly organized CIA recruited her on graduation to work with refugees and ex-patriots from Eastern Europe. At this time she married Ed Knowles, and she and her husband were stationed in Munich while both worked for the CIA. Their twins, Kathryn Virginia and Edward Christopher (nicknamed

Kit), were born at a military hospital in Munich. When her third child, Jeffrey Perin, started first grade, Virginia began working as an assistant in UU Religious Education at Mount Vernon, Virginia, and later at Cedar Lane UU Church in Bethesda. Dr. Knowles later took a job with the Office (now the Department) of Education as an international specialist. She worked with universities in India, Pakistan, and Morocco, developing study plans for Americans enrolling abroad. By the mid-1970s, the Unitarian Universalist denomination was beginning to call women for congregational ministry. She was accepted at Meadville/Lombard Theological School at the University of Chicago and earned a Ph.D. in 1979. She served churches in northern California and College Station, Pennsylvania, before training to become an accredited interim minister. She served churches in Illinois, Kentucky, New York, Wisconsin, and suburban Maryland during the time a settled minister was being sought. She retired from full-time ministry in 1992, then for six years served as the quarter-time minister for the UU church in Lynchburg, Virginia. Harold E. Kolling, F43, died earlier this year on 18 February at Lawrence Memorial Hospital in his home state of Kansas. Mr. Kolling was a respected historian having completed a chapter in A History of Chicago, Volume III: The Rise of the Modern City 1871–1893, by Bessie Louise Pierce. He later served as university historian and archivist at Baker University Library. During his career, he was a teacher and academic dean at Friends University, Wichita University, Oklahoma City University, DePauw University and Texas College. Survivors include two nieces, Annette Kolling-Buckley and Elizabeth Buckley.

WILLIAM KELLER MILLER, F42, a retired Foreign Service officer and international civil servant, died 1 January 2011 at his home at the Jefferson Senior Independent Living Center in Arlington. Mr. Miller attended The Fletcher School at the time of Pearl Harbor, and recalled that he and his classmates were brought in to talk to the dean following the attack, who told them that they could do more for the world by staying in school and finishing their degrees than by immediately enlisting. Upon graduation he served in the Army Air Corps in 1942–43. Mr. Miller enjoyed a long career in public service working for the Department of State in Calcutta and Bombay and later as a Foreign Service officer in Helsinki, Paris, Taipei, and at the NATO Defense College. This was followed by a lengthy stay in Washington where he worked on international trade and economic negotiations, including the GATT Balance of Payments Committee, negotiation of changes to the Convention for Safety of Life at Sea following the Yarmouth Castle disaster, and negotiations for INTELSAT. In 1971–1974 he was posted to Geneva, followed by a posting in London 1974–1978, where he served as the minister for economic and commercial affairs at the embassy. In 1978, Mr. Miller joined the International Sugar Organization in London as its executive director, where he served until 1986. Following retirement he lived in Arlington, Virginia, where he enjoyed playing golf and watching sports that had not been on television fifteen years prior. He was an avid fan of the old and new Senators and the Nationals, and attended numerous baseball games over his life in Griffith Stadium, RFK, and Nationals Park. He was also a lifelong fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates following being given a baseball signed by the

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entire team in the early 1930s, when he was bedridden for six months with pneumonia. Mr. Miller is survived by his wife, the former Margaret Lavin, whom he married in 1947 following their meeting at the State Department. He is also survived by three children, four grandchildren, and one great grandson. One son, William Keller Miller Jr. died in 1995. Colonel Jack Norton, F62, died 9 December 2010 in Florida at the age of 86. Born in Bautzen, Germany, Colonel Norton and one brother escaped Germany before Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party forbade such travel. Sadly, his parents and two other siblings were unable to do so and fell victim to the Holocaust. He enlisted with the U.S. Army during World War II and assisted in the capture of Nazi war criminals. He was later awarded the Silver Star for his actions as an infantry officer in the Korean War. During his career as a judge advocate, Colonel Norton served in a variety of positions, including law instructor at the United States Military Academy at West Point and service in Vietnam as the staff judge advocate of the 25th Infantry Division. Colonel Norton is survived by his wife, Kala; his son, Retired Colonel Scott Norton; and daughter, Rhonda. ALICE PICKERING, F54, passed away on 23 June 2011 at Goodwin House, Falls Church, Virginia. She was born 15 June 1931 to George Chesney Stover and Alice Gill Stover in Sharon, Pennsylvania. Alice Pickering served as a Foreign Service officer in the United States Information Agency from 1954 to 1955 in The Hague, Netherlands, and was a reference librarian at Sherwood Hall Regional Library in Fairfax County, Virginia. Following her marriage to Thomas R. Pickering, she accompanied

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her husband to his naval assignment in Port Lyautey, Morocco, and to 10 diplomatic posts, including seven where he served as Ambassador: Geneva, Zanzibar, Dar-es-Salaam, Amman, Lagos, San Salvador, Tel Aviv, the United Nations in New York, New Delhi, and Moscow. She was a member of the League of Women Voters, the American Association of University Women, and the Associates of the American Foreign Service Worldwide. She was a member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Alexandria, Virginia, for over 50 years. Offering her own as well as the condolences of President Obama and the U.S. State Department, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton noted, “Tom once said of her, ‘Often I get the recognition, and she gets the tough jobs.’ But all of us who were lucky enough to know Alice understood her commitment and appreciated her love for her family and her country. At every post, she took special pride in nurturing the new Foreign Service staff and making sure their families felt at home.” Alice is survived by her husband of 55 years, Thomas R. Pickering, F54, F90, her son, Timothy R. Pickering (and his wife Carolyn), her daughter, Margaret “Meg” (and her husband John Schmidt), and four grandchildren: Karen Pickering (fiancé Clinton Kerr), Ted Pickering (Brandy), Graham and Gordon Schmidt. She had two great-grandchildren Aspyn and Tanner Pickering. She is also survived by her brother, Charles Chesney Stover and sister-in-law, Marcia Pickering Hunt. ROBERT TODD PRATT, F50, passed away on 6 April 2011, two months short of his 60th anniversary and his 90th birthday. Todd was born in Naugatuck, Connecticut, and grew up in W. Hartford. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1943, and served as a B-26 Bomber pilot,

earning the Air Medal with 13 Oak Leaf Clusters for bombing accuracy over a total of 65 missions in Italy, France, and Germany. After the war, he enrolled at Bucknell University, graduating in 1949 with a degree in political science. Then he earned an M.A. from The Fletcher School, where he met his wife-to-be, Nancy Davis. After a brief career in the Foreign Service, U.S. Department of State, in Ecuador, he worked for many years in the insurance industry. He worked at Wellesley College for 10 years and served another 10 year as benefits manager for the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, retiring in 1986. He sang for 50 years in the Needham Congregational Church choir and for a long time with the Dedham Choral Society. He performed in two memorable concerts at Boston’s Symphony Hall. Other passions included tennis, sailing, travel, and piano and flute playing, having taken up the flute in his 77th year. Todd was an elected Needham Town Meeting member for about 20 years. Among other volunteer activities, Todd taught sailing in Boston Harbor to blind students. He had a competitive spirit and was always game to try new things. He was an avid Scrabble player and took up the sport of carpet bowling just two years ago, when he and Nancy moved to a retirement community in Portland, Oregon. Todd was also a strong supporter of The Fletcher School. Todd is survived by his wife Nancy, his daughters Elizabeth (and her husband Philip) and Catherine, his grandson Brent, his sister Jean, and numerous nieces and nephews.

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