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MARCH 2016



reminded of what happened to him,

and the impact it had on my own career

and views of how the Service cares for its

members. The story helps illustrate some

of my concerns about how we “profes-

sionals” look out for our people.

In 1958, I was a new FS-8 on assign-

ment in the Economic Bureau when I

met Wentworth and learned his story.

On Cyprus the year before, in the garden

with his daughter, he had opened the

gate when the bell rang, and a Greek

terrorist put four bullets and five holes in

him. He was rushed to a Defense Depart-

ment hospital in Greece and operated on;

he developed peritonitis, was operated

on again and slowly recovered.

He was put on Sick Leave until that

ran out, then on Annual Leave until that

ran out and then—wait for it—on Leave

Without Pay! The department finally

brought him home, and sent a car to

bring him into the E Bureau every day,

where he sat hunched over a desk for a

few hours so they could pay him. Now

that is truly compassionate care and

concern for your people.

Wentworth told me he had met a Navy

pilot in the hospital who had suffered a

compound leg fracture skiing in Ger-

many, and when he got out would get 30

days of Convalescent Leave—not charge-

able as Leave. (Note that Bowe Berghdal,

the soldier who may be charged with

desertion in Afghanistan, was promoted

to sergeant during his absence. I assume

he got all that back pay.)

I ran all around, naively trying to cor-

rect what I was convinced was an over-

sight or an error, only to learn the terrible

truth. That was—and maybe still is—how

we dealt with those kinds of issues,

including cases of FS members contract-

ing a serious disease while serving in an

area where it is endemic.

Ed Peck

Ambassador, retired

Chevy Chase, Maryland

Longest-Serving U.S.

Ambassador to Israel

I greatly enjoyed reading Yoav

Tenembaum’s article about Sam Lewis’

tenure as the U.S. ambassador to Israel in

the January-February Journal ( “Samuel Lewis in Israel, 1977-1985”).

For the record, however, I would note

that Sam Lewis was not the longest-

serving U.S. diplomatic representative

to Israel. That distinction belongs to

the career FSO, Ambassador Walworth

Barbour, who served some 12 years

under Presidents Kennedy, Johnson and

Nixon (1961-1973). On my first tour I

was fortunate to serve as Amb. Barbour’s

aide for 18 months—a truly memorable


Edward Gibson Lanpher

Ambassador, retired

Washington, D.C.


Our apologies to Yoav Tenembaum

and thanks to Amb. Lanpher for correct-

ing the record. We regret the inadvertent

omission of the qualifier: Lewis was the


-longest-serving U.S. envoy to Tel



A few of the Facebook postings in response to “A Foreign Service Officer’s

Alzheimer’s Journey,” by John Collinge (January-February



From the AFSA Facebook page—

Mari Dietrich Tolliver:

Grateful to Mr. Collinge for sharing his and his

wife’s story—his grace and love for his wife are in every line, as is his

generosity in sharing lessons learned with the rest of us.

Gloria Nelli Lloyd:

Such a very heartbreaking, compassionate and,

finally, practical article. I’m keeping this one in our own files, should the

time ever come when one of us needs the guidance offered here.

Roger Moran:

A sad but informative account. I have watched my

mother, father-in-law and mother-in-law as Alzheimer’s gradually

overtook them.

From the


Facebook page—

Kim Kelly:

This is a heartbreaking story but so very informative. Thank

you for sharing your story.

Eileen Malloy:

Zandra was a valued colleague of mine in our work for

the inspector general. She is very lucky to have had the support of her

loving husband, and we are indebted to him for sharing his insights.

Cathy Hurst:

I had no idea the wonderful, vibrant Zandra was ill. Thanks

for posting this.

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