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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

in 1984.

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

Risk Information.

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

November 2015.

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.