In Memory/Obituaries

The FSJ’s In Memory department, which is reserved for members of the Foreign Service and their immediate families, is published on alternate months, according to the schedule below. The obituaries average between 300 and 500 words in length, but that is a guideline and not a limit. We do not use photographs. You may write the obituary yourself, or send us the information and we will draft it.

Please be sure to include date, place and cause of death; details of the individual’s Foreign Service career (when entered, postings, when retired); and survivors and where they live. In addition, our readers are very interested in what their colleagues have done in retirement. You may also want to include birthplace, education and any other highlights of the individual's life.

We strongly encourage you to also consider memorializing your loved one through AFSA's new online memorial tribute page, where photos, biographic information and remembrances may be saved for posterity.

Obituaries or inquiries concerning obituaries may be sent by email to, or by snail mail to: The Foreign Service Journal, 2101 E Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20037.

Upcoming In Memory Publication Dates:

  • January-February 2018
  • March 2018
  • May 2018
  • July-August 2018
  • September 2018
  • November 2018

January-February 2018

  • John Michael “Mike” Davis
  • Jean Tomion Hummon
  • John Peter Hummon
  • Susan Pierce Lively
  • Aida Nercess Marks
  • William Harrison Marsh
  • Edward J. McKeon
  • Harriet R. “Heidi” Shinn
  • Morton S. Smith
  • John H. Trattner