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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
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MARCH 2013
59
2012 AFSA ANNUAL REPORT
AFSA NEWS
Every year, AFSA has the honor of paying tribute to our col-
leagues who have given their lives while serving the American
people. On May 4, Foreign Afairs Day, Sharon S. Clark’s name
was added to the memorial plaques.
The frst plaque was unveiled in the C Street lobby of the
Department of State in 1933 by Secretary of State Henry
Stimson. There are now two plaques honoring 237 members
of the Foreign Service who have died in the line of duty.
AFSA President Susan Johnson and Under Secretary of
State Maria Otero presided over the ceremony honoring Ms.
Clark.
An ofce management specialist, she died of cerebral
malaria in December 2010 while assigned to the U.S. embas-
sy’s regional security ofce in Abuja.
Ms. Clark’s children and grandchildren were all present for
the solemn ceremony, which underscored the importance of
paying tribute to those who gave their lives in the service of
their country. AFSA is honored to play that role for the Foreign
Service.
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On May 4, Foreign Afairs Day, Bryseton Bumgardner contemplates his
grandmother, Sharon S. Clark, whose name is inscribed on the AFSA
Memorial Plaque.
The Memorial Plaques
Under Secretary Maria Otero ofers words of condolence to the family of Sharon S. Clark during AFSA’s plaque ceremony in the Department of State’s C Street
lobby.