THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
medical help for hundreds of sick and
homeless street cats.
Mrs. Martin is survived by her sisters,
Sister Edith, Daughter of Charity, and
AimeeThompson; two brothers, Paul and
HaysThompson; sons Rafael, Joe and
Michael Martin of Austin, Texas; and four
Oscar J. Olson Jr.,
83, a retired For-
eign Service officer, died of cancer on Aug.
28 in Alexandria, Va.
Mr. Olson was born in Corpus Christi,
Texas. His love of travel began with road
trips his family took to Mexico and across
the United States. He began to consider
foreign service as a career—and took the
first of his many voyages by ocean liner
when he spent a summer at the University
of Oslo. A graduate of the University of
Texas at Austin and Yale University, he
served in the U.S. Army in Germany.
Entering the Foreign Service in 1957,
Mr. Olson’s first post was Caracas, where
he served as a consular officer and staff
aide to the ambassador. He next served
as an administrative officer in Barcelona,
where, as principal liaison with the U.S.
Navy, he would accompany naval officers
from the Sixth Fleet on courtesy calls to
the Spanish admiral.
Most of his career was spent in eco-
nomic/commercial positions, beginning
in 1964 in Juarez, where he was also the
only American member of the Juarez
Rotary Club. After a year of mid-career
post-graduate work at Tufts University’s
Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, he
was assigned to Intelligence and Research
in the Western European office and then
to the economics section in West Berlin.
From there he was assigned to Panama,
returning stateside after two years to serve
as the executive director of the inter-
agency committee responsible for U.S.
participation in “Man and the Biosphere,”
a UNESCO program that provided a frame-
work for international collaboration in
efforts at sustainable development, biodi-
versity and natural resource management.
Following stints in management opera-
tions and as economic counselor in Quito,
Mr. Olson retired from the Foreign Service
He kept busy after retirement, spend-
ing a year at the international office of the
Smithsonian Institution and working for
the private firm Business Environment
He also began working part-time as
a senior reviewer with the State Depart-
ment’s Freedom of Information Act office,
a position he held for 20 years, until
Mr. Olson took an active part in the
second-career ministry of his late wife,
the Rev. Patricia Olson, trading worldwide
postings for service as a pastor’s spouse at
United Methodist churches big and small
across northern and central Virginia.
He continued to indulge his love of
travel and passenger liners, and was active
in DACOR, the Civitan Club of Arlington
and the Norwegian Society, among oth-
ers. At Greenspring Retirement Village
in Springfield, Va., one of his many roles
included playing piano for singalongs.
Mr. Olson is survived by his brother,
John M. Olson (and his wife, Claudia)
of Corpus Christi, Texas; a son, Michael
A. Olson, of Amsterdam; two daughters,
Kirsten O. Pruski (and her husband,
Ken) of Dallas, Texas, and Kathleen K.
Olson (and her husband, John Beatty) of
Allentown, Pa.; and five grandchildren:
Sarah, Audrey, Paul, Daniel and Benjamin
Ellen Kruger Radday,
79, wife of
the late USIA FSO Harold Franz Radday,
died peacefully on July 3, 2016, in Arling-
ton, Va., of pancreatic cancer.