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M A R C H 2 0 1 2 / F O R E I G N S E R V I C E J O U R N A L
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Clyde Lester Jones
, 68, a retired
Foreign Service officer, died unexpect-
edly of a heart attack on Aug. 13, 2011,
at his home in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Born on June 2, 1943, at Ancon,
Canal Zone, Panama, Mr. Jones grew
up in Dillsboro, Ind., and attended the
University of Cincinnati as an art major
while in the Naval Reserves. Called up
for active duty, he served with COM-
MIDEASTFOR and at Dhahran Air
Force Base as a radioman.
He joined the State Department as
a communications specialist in 1967
and was posted to Bonn, Geneva and
Algiers. Then, taking a year’s leave, Mr.
Jones returned to school, graduating
summa cum laude from Southern Illi-
nois University with a bachelor’s degree
in mass communications.
On return to the State Department,
Mr. Jones took theMustang conversion
exam to become an FSO and subse-
quently served as a consular officer in
Djibouti (when that embassy was first
established), Cali, Zurich, Guatemala
City, Stuttgart, Hong Kong, Lahore and
Chennai. Throughout his years over-
seas, he was an enthusiastic amateur
magician and took part in all aspects of
community theater.
After retiring from the Foreign
Service in 2002, Mr. Jones immersed
himself in the world of Web design,
quietly perfecting it into an art form
that attracted fans all over the world.
He leaves his former spouse, Con-
stance Colding Jones, a recently retired
FSO of Washington, D.C.; his daugh-
ter Catherine Elizabeth Kyle (and her
husband, Christopher) of Colorado
Springs, Colo.; his son Paul Anthony
Jones (and his wife, Jennifer) of Pulaski,
Tenn.; and five grandchildren; as well
as brothers James, Thomas and David.
Please contribute your memories of
Mr. Jones at
www.dignitymemorial.com.
Gruen Eugence “Gene” Martin,
68
, a retired Foreign Service officer,
died on Nov. 9, 2011, in the arms of his
beloved wife of 43 years, Joyce Lister-
man.
The younger son of John Clough
and Eva Gruen Martin, Mr. Martin
grew up in Andhra Pradesh, India. He
graduated from The Peddie School in
Heightstown, N.J., and from Kalama-
zoo College in Michigan. After gradu-
ate work at Syracuse University, he
entered the Foreign Service in 1966.
During 34 years as a diplomat, he
served in Hong Kong, Burma, Taiwan,
the Philippines, China and Washing-
ton, D.C. Among assignments in
Washington, he was the executive as-
sistant to the Deputy Secretary of State
and to the assistant secretary of State
for East Asian & Pacific affairs, as well
as an American Political Science Asso-
ciation Congressional Fellow. He re-
tired in 2000 as deputy chief of mission
in Beijing, after serving as DCM in
Manila, and consul general in Guang-
zhou.
Following retirement from the For-
eign Service, Mr. Martin taught China
and Northeast Asia area studies at the
Foreign Service Institute. He subse-
quently joined the United States Insti-
tute of Peace as executive director of
the Philippine Facilitation Project,
which sought to promote peace talks
between the Philippine government
and theMoro Islamic Liberation Front
in Mindanao.
From 2008 to 2009, Mr. Martin was
director of theWashington office of the
Johns Hopkins-Nanjing University
Center for Chinese and American
Studies in China. And for 10 years,
from 2000 to 2011, he taught an annual
course on China for graduate students
from Syracuse University’s Maxwell
School. He was also a visiting scholar in
Southeast Asian studies at the School of
Advanced International Studies of
Johns Hopkins University, as well as a
frequent lecturer on East and South-
east Asian issues.
Mr. Martin was an elder of the Na-
tional Presbyterian Church and a mem-
ber of the Cosmos Club, DACOR and
WIFA.
In addition to his wife, Joyce Lister-
man, Mr. Martin is survived by his son
Gavin, daughter-in-law Laurie, and
grandchildren Madeline and Graham
of Ashburn, Va.; his daughter Lindsey
Hudson, son-in-law Christopher, and
grandchildren Natalie, James and Eliz-
abeth of Chanhassen, Minn.; his
daughter Lauren Holden, son-in-law
Hale, and grandson Eaton of New York
City; and his brother Louis Edwin and
sister-in-law Katherine.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in
honor of Mr. Martin may be made to
NPC, USIP Endowment, 2301 Consti-
tution Ave. NW, Washington DC
20037, or to a charity of one’s choice.
Ronald Oppen
, 79, a retired FSO,
died early in the morning of Dec. 1
after a brief illness, surrounded by
loved ones.
Born on May 16, 1932, in Queens,
N.Y., he was the son of the late Mary
Savage but spent the majority of his
childhood with his uncle and aunt, the
late Leo and Lilly O’Connell.
Mr. Oppen served in the U.S. Ma-
rine Corps from 1950 to 1958. He
graduated with a B.A. in philosophy
from the University of Miami in 1956.
Mr. Oppen’s career path attested to
his wide variety of interests. He was a
cameraman and reporter for WTVJ-TV
in Miami, Fla., for 10 years.
Mr. Oppen joined the Foreign Serv-