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F O R E I G N S E R V I C E J O U R N A L / M A R C H 2 0 1 2
Calvin C. Berlin
, 86, a retired For-
eign Service officer, died of heart fail-
ure on Oct. 15, 2011, at his home in
Lafayette, Ind.
Mr. Berlin was born on March 4,
1925, in Homeworth, Ohio. He served
in the United States Army in Europe
from 1943 to 1946. He earned a B.A.
from the University of Mount Union
(formerly Mount Union College) in
1950 and a Ph.D. in history from Indi-
ana University in 1956. He taught his-
tory at Bridgewater College in Virginia
and then Wittenberg University in
Ohio before becoming a diplomat.
Mr. Berlin joined the State Depart-
ment Foreign Service in 1959. His
overseas assignments included Naples,
Port-of-Spain, Buenos Aires, Santiago,
Recife, Rio de Janeiro, London and
Mexico City. He retired in 1985 as a
career minister in the Foreign Com-
mercial Service.
After retiring from the Foreign
Service, Mr. Berlin worked as an inter-
national trade consultant in Europe for
the state of Indiana, spending three
years in London and Amsterdam. He
then taught international business at
Ball State University for three years and
worked as a trade consultant for Amer-
ican Electric Power for eight years.
Mr. Berlin is survived by his wife of
63 years, Carolyn (Buchman), of Lafay-
ette, Ind.; four children, Anne Painter
of Lafayette, Ind., Robert of Atlanta,
Ga., Marilyn of Indianapolis, Ind., and
Cynthia of La Crosse, Wisc.; eight
grandchildren; and three great-grand-
Richard Garon “Dick” Johnson
90, a retired Foreign Service officer,
died on Nov. 19 of natural causes at his
home in Potomac, Md.
Mr. Johnson was a native of New
Haven, Conn. His interest in diplo-
macy was piqued at high school in Port
Washington, N.Y., during a talk given
there by State Department official
Wilbur Carr. Johnson resolved to be-
come a diplomat and began studying
From 1943 to 1945 he served in
Army counterintelligence in Europe,
and in 1946 graduated from Yale Uni-
versity (Class of ’44). He completed
postgraduate studies at the Johns Hop-
kins School of Advanced International
Studies in 1947, and joined the Foreign
Service the same year.
During a 34-year Foreign Service
career, he served in Italy, Czechoslova-
kia, Poland, Algeria and France. He
was consul general in Asmara and
DCM in Sofia, Brussels (NATO) and
Stockholm. In Washington, he served
as deputy director of East Europe and
Yugoslav affairs. He was at the NATO
Defense College in Paris in 1964 and
was Diplomat-in-Residence at the
State University of New York in 1970-
Mr. Johnson received a State De-
partment Superior Honor Award for
his work in Algiers during Algeria’s
quest for independence in the 1960s.
Following retirement in 1981, Mr.
Johnson continued his lifelong interest
in diplomacy and foreign affairs, partic-
ipating in State Department declassifi-
cation operations until 2000. With the
nomadic Foreign Service life behind
him, his home in Potomac became a
family base where he pursued his pas-
sion for reading, music, keeping up
with world affairs, playing golf and trav-
eling with friends.
Family and friends remember Mr.
Johnson’s enduring interest in learning
about and reaching out to other cul-
tures — a quality he imparted to his
two children, both of whom followed
him into diplomatic careers. They also
recall his simple dignity, refreshing
sense of humor, strong work ethic and
deep pride in his country.
Mr. Johnson is survived by his wife
of 64 years, Adaline Rockwell Johnson,
of Potomac; their children, Susan R.
Johnson of Washington, D.C., presi-
dent of the American Foreign Service
Association, and Richard G. Johnson Jr.
of Geneva, Switzerland; and three
granddaughters, Morgane, Marianne
and Una.