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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL

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JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2016

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IN MEMORY

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Arija Bianka Ozolins Hutson,

74, the wife of retired FSOThomas R.

Hutson, died on Nov. 4 in Nebraska City,

Neb., after a courageous battle with pan-

creatic cancer.

Arija Hutson was born Sept. 7, 1941,

on the eve of World War II, in the Latvian

countryside. Her family fled the country

in 1944, following the Soviet invasion

and occupation of Free Latvia, spend-

ing six years as refugees and in camps in

Germany.

The family finally found safety and

hope in the American sector of divided

Berlin, where they remained as “displaced

persons” until 1950, when a Lutheran

church in Hanover, Kan., sponsored them

to live in an unoccupied farmhouse (with

the handsome income of $1/day plus all

the food they could raise).

With this move, the family was finally

able to begin a new life. This arrangement

was followed by a similarly impover-

ished one near Mead, Neb., before they

settled more permanently in Lincoln,

Neb., where two Latvian churches and a

strong Latvian community thrived. Mrs.

Hutson’s father supported the family

as a laborer in a flour mill, and longed

to return to his home country until his

death in 1979.

She attended the University of

Nebraska in Lincoln, where she studied

architecture, and where she met her future

husband, Thomas Raymond Hutson. They

were married for more than 52 years.

Mrs. Hutson joined her husband in

postings to Tehran, Belgrade, Winnipeg,

Moscow, Lagos, Taipei and Bridgetown,

particularly enjoying the close, lifelong

friendships and associations she devel-

oped overseas. She was an avid collector,

bowler, biker, hiker, animal lover and

gardener.

Family members recall that she was

a magnificent mother, ensuring that her

children had no choice but to succeed,

and was stalwart in living her own way as

a Foreign Service wife. Indeed, like many

FS spouses, she was the anchor of the

family in any and all strange ports of call

and in both memorable and challenging

times.

Mrs. Hutson also was a PIT (Part-Time

Intermittent, Temporary) accountant in

Moscow, where she worked to resolve

retirement accounts for FSOs.

The tragic murder of the Hutsons’

oldest child, Elizabeth Maren “Bessie”

Hutson (1964-1993), in Washington,

D.C., changed the family forever. Mrs.

Hutson honored her daughter’s memory

by devoting much of her time thereafter

to saving animals on a small acreage near

Thurman, Iowa. There she tended boun-

teous flower gardens and meticulously

manicured lawns until the very end with

her large riding mower!

Mrs. Hutson’s triumphant battle

against ovarian cancer 30 years before

her passing, as well as her inner strength

and courage, continue to serve as a

source of inspiration for her family and

close friends.

She is survived by her daughter, Amy

Marie Hutson; her son, Peter Martin

Hutson; husband, Thomas Raymond

Hutson; two sisters, Edite Biruta Ozolins

Evans and Elizabete Gundega Ozolins;

one brother, John (Janis) Vikskonts Ozo-

lins; and six grandchildren (Julia Averill

Hutson, James Matthew Dayton Hutson,

Karoline Arija Anderssen Hutson, Esmija

Laima Hutson, Sasha Rovinsky and Max

Rovinsky).

Her oldest daughter (Elizabeth Maren

Hutson) and oldest grandchild (Benja-

minThomas Hutson) predeceased her.

In Arija Hutson’s memory, contribu-

tions may be sent to Hearts United for

Animals, Box 286, Auburn NE 68305

(www.hua.org)

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Douglas Ralph Keene,

71, a retired

Foreign Service officer, died on Oct. 7, at

the Pine Point Center in Scarborough,

Maine.

Born in Malden, Mass., in 1944, Mr.

Keene graduated from Reading High

School in 1962, and went on to earn

a B.A. degree from Colby College in

Waterville, Maine in 1966. A civil rights

advocate from a young age, he spent

a semester of his junior year as an

exchange student at Fisk University in

Nashville, Tenn.

Mr. Keene worked briefly for the IRS

before joining the Foreign Service in 1967

for a 35-year diplomatic career spent

mostly in the Middle East.

His first posting was Vietnam, in 1968,

where he served as district senior adviser

for the Civil Operations and Revolution-

ary Development Support program in Go

Cong Province.

Next he was posted to Warsaw (1971-

1973) and Karachi (1973-1975). After five

years in Washington in the Bureau of

Political Military Affairs, he served as the

first political-military officer at Embassy

Cairo (1980-1983). There he was pres-

ent at the military parade during which

Anwar Sadat was assassinated.

Mr. Keene served as deputy principal

officer at the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem

from 1983 to 1986, and then deputy chief

of mission (DCM) in Muscat from 1986

to 1989. He came back to Washington to

attend the Foreign Service Senior Seminar,

and was then named director of Arabian

Peninsula affairs during the first Gulf War.

He returned to the Middle East

as DCM in Amman (1991-1994) and

attended the Middle East Peace Confer-

ence in Madrid as liaison to the Jorda-

nian and Palestinian delegation.

Mr. Keene spent the next year at the

Center for National Security Studies at

Los Alamos National Laboratory and