THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
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.
Chevy Chase, Maryland
Ambassador to Israel
I greatly enjoyed reading Yoav
Tenembaum’s article about Sam Lewis’
tenure as the U.S. ambassador to Israel inthe 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
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.
A sad but informative account. I have watched my
mother, father-in-law and mother-in-law as Alzheimer’s gradually
This is a heartbreaking story but so very informative. Thank
you for sharing your story.
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.
I had no idea the wonderful, vibrant Zandra was ill. Thanks
for posting this.