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Lessie Marie “Cita” Brewton


, 95, widow of the late Ambassador

Max Waldo Schmidt Bishop, died peace-

fully at Maxland, her home in Ailey, Ga.,

on Sept. 18.

Jessie Marie was born Sept. 4, 1921, in

Vidalia, Ga., a daughter of John Broadus

Brewton and Ala Peterson Brewton. A

1938 graduate of Vidalia High School and

a 1942 graduate of Georgia State College

for Women in Milledgeville, she served

in the U.S. Navy as a WAVES (Women

Accepted for Volunteer Emergency

Service) communications officer during

World War II.

Mrs. Bishop met her FSO husband in

Japan, where he was serving as the politi-

cal adviser to General MacArthur after the

war. They were married on July 13, 1946, at

the base chapel in Yokohama.

Mr. Bishop’s Foreign Service career

took them to many international destina-

tions, including Saudi Arabia, and culmi-

nated in his appointment as ambassador

toThailand by President Dwight Eisen-

hower in 1955.

Following her husband’s retirement

as executive director of the World Affairs

Council in Pittsburgh, Pa., in 1973, the

couple settled in Ailey, where Mrs. Bishop

was a gracious hostess and enjoyed the

company of friends and family. She espe-

cially loved arranging fresh flowers from

her garden for her home.

She was a member of the Ailey United

Methodist Church, the American Foreign

Service Association and DACOR.

Mrs. Bishop was preceded in death

by her husband, who died in 1994. She

is survived by four children: Cecelia

Marie Bishop of Oakland, Calif., Ala

Joan (and her husband, Adrian) Jones

of Tyrone, Ga., Nancy Caroline (and her

husband, Bruce) Dutcher of Atlanta,

Ga., and Max Brewton Bishop of Ailey;

10 grandchildren; two great-grandchil-

dren; and many nieces, nephews and


The family gratefully acknowledges

the loving care Mrs. Bishop received from

Elizabeth Cummings, Carolyn Snead,

Melissa Nelms, Tye Ronnie Glasper and

Mary Gasser.

Memorial donations in Mrs. Bishop’s

name may be made to the Peterson Cem-

etery Fund, c/o Tom Peterson, P.O. Box 7,

Ailey GA 30410.


Lesley Dorman,

95, the wife of FSO

Philip Francis Dorman and a ground-

breaking leader on behalf of Foreign

Service families for nearly 50 years, died at

Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington,

D.C., on Aug. 26.

From 1976 to 1981, she served as

president of AAFSW (Associates of the

American Foreign Service Worldwide,

then called Association of American For-

eign Service Women).

Lesley Tanburn was born on Nov. 17,

1920, in the town of Chalfont St. Giles in

the county of Buckinghamshire, a beauti-

ful and historic area near London. Her

mother, a suffragette who raced automo-

biles as a hobby, showed her daughter that

if groups of women worked together, they

could accomplish a great deal.

Her parents frequently received

distinguished guests, and Lesley learned

early on to converse with well-informed

people older than she about a variety of

topics. These childhood experiences gave

her strong confidence in her own abilities,

which served her well in later interactions

with senior management at the Depart-

ment of State and elected representatives

on Capitol Hill.

During World War II she served as a

WREN—Women’s Royal Naval Service, the

women’s branch of the United Kingdom’s

Royal Navy. She was stationed at Hyde

Park in London, where she served as part

of an anti-aircraft group whose task it was

to shoot down German warplanes.

In 1950, she married Philip Francis

Dorman, an American FSO serving at

Embassy London. The couple remained in

London for four years. Postings to Cairo,

Tehran, Lusaka, Khartoum and Bangkok


At post, Mrs. Dorman took an active

interest in the local community, either by

becoming involved in existing projects or

creating new ones. In Lusaka, a coop-

erative she organized and developed to

encourage the production of local handi-

crafts continued to function many years

after she departed.

The couple returned to Washington,

D.C., in 1971, and Mrs. Dorman’s leader-

ship on behalf of the Foreign Service

community entered a new phase, one that

would lead to the establishment of the

Family Liaison Office at State and other

pioneering achievements.

Mrs. Dorman was elected president of

AAFSW in 1976, her five-year term coin-

ciding with the social movement sparked

by the “’72 Directive”—which, for the

first time, asserted the independence of

Foreign Service wives. One of her first acts

was to take the lead in creating the AAFSW

FORUM, which became the association’s

think tank.

The FORUM sought to identify the

major concerns people had begun to

express about life in the Foreign Service.

For the first time, clusters of issues were

identified: (1) family life, including educa-

tion of children and medical care; (2) the

modern Foreign Service wife, including

spousal employment, the formation of a

skills bank and the representational func-

tion; (3) orientation, including training

for spouses; (4) re-entry issues; and (5)

women in transition, through retirement,

the death of a spouse or divorce.

With Mrs. Dorman as chair, the