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in one of the few buildings in central Rot-

terdam to survive the Blitz. They married

in 1948, at the Church of Saint Mary in


The Duffields’ first daughter was born

in Rotterdam the following year. Mrs.

Duffield became a U.S. citizen in 1950

in Boston, Mass. She accompanied her

husband over the course of his career to

Saigon (1950-1952), where their second

daughter was born; Frankfurt (1952-1955),

where their third daughter was born;

Madrid (1955-1956); Porto (1956-1958),

where their son was born; Washington,

D.C. (1958-1962); and Porto Alegre (1963-


By the time the Duffields settled in

Potomac, Md., in 1967, Mrs. Duffield had

learned to speak seven languages. After

working as a clerical accounting supervi-

sor/auditor in GEICO’s Washington, D.C.,

offices, she accepted a position in their

newly opened Denver, Colo., office in the

summer of 1970.

She moved back to Bethesda, Md., in

mid-1974, but returned to Colorado in

mid-1977, where her career in the finan-

cial sector moved her through the ranks at

most of Denver’s largest banks. She retired

in 1986.

A long-time resident of Aurora, Colo.,

Mrs. Duffield was an enthusiastic ice

hockey fan and enjoyed gardening,

shopping and her grandchildren. She

was thrilled to have met her first great-

grandchild a few weeks before her death.

A smoker for much of her life, she battled

emphysema for many years.

Mrs. Duffield was predeceased by

her husband, who died in 1984. She is

survived by her four children, Barbara

Duffield of Concord, Mass., Judy (Klein)

Greenberg of San Antonio, Texas, Caroline

Duffield of Denver, Colo., and James

Duffield of Aurora; four granddaughters,

Meredith Klein of Santa Monica, Calif.,

Elaine Klein of Seattle, Wash., Lily Duffield

of Washington, D.C., and Emily Duffield

of Aurora; and one great-granddaughter,

Eliora Rosenklein of Seattle.


Mary CatherineThompsonMar-


89, a retired Foreign Service Office

Management Specialist, died on Sept. 2 in

Austin, Texas.

Mrs. Martin joined the Foreign Service

in 1950. Her first assignment was to Bonn,

and that was followed by postings in Istan-

bul and Madrid.

In Istanbul, Mrs. Martin was chosen

to be in a State Department recruiting

film featuring a Foreign Service woman

at work and play. While horseback riding

with two Turkish cavalry officers during

the film shoot, her stallion unexpectedly

bolted and ran. She was rescued on film

by one of the officers. The episode was

covered in American newspapers, as well.

During her assignment in Madrid, Mrs.

Martin met a handsome Spanish surgeon

on a train. She resigned from the Foreign

Service (as was required at the time) to

become his wife and the mother of three


In 1979, she returned to the Foreign

Service and subsequently served as an

OMS in Panama, El Salvador, Nigeria,

Peru, Greece and at the department, retir-

ing in 1994.

With the sophistication and charmof a

Southern belle, Mrs. Martin had person-

ality and presence. She was a friend to

everyone, Americans and foreign nationals

alike, on the embassy’s staff. At the embas-

sies and places she served, she was also

known for her philanthropic activities.

She volunteered with Mother Teresa’s

Missionaries of Charity, collecting food

and clothing fromMission members and

others for the needy, and met Mother

Teresa herself twice. In Athens she orga-

nized a community campaign to provide