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MARCH 2017



D-Day. While on a mission later in June

1944, Mr. Chapman’s Spitfire was hit by

ground fire. He had to eject, and was taken


Following the Allied victory, the

captors fled and Mr. Chapman and his

comrades traveled to the concentration

camp at Bergen-Belsen to help. What he

saw there haunted him for the rest of his

life. He would always remain aware of the

human capacity for evil, his family recalls.

Mr. Chapman was awarded the French

Legion of Honor for his service in World

War II. Returning to Princeton, he com-

pleted his economics degree in 1948.

After some wandering, in 1950 he

joined the U.S. Foreign Service, where

he especially enjoyed the human rela-

tions, the travel and the opportunity to

be involved with complex international


His first posting was to Casablanca,

followed by a tour in Beirut, and then one

in Tehran as assistant to the U.S. ambassa-

dor. At the time, he owned a Jaguar, which

he enjoyed driving from Tehran to Beirut.

His next posting, in 1957, was to Saigon.

Back in the United States in 1959,

following some months in Vientiane, Mr.

Chapman married Anita Ioas, whom he

had met at a lunch party when they both

lived in Saigon. The couple bought a town-

house in Georgetown, where they raised

their three children: Catherine, Hillary

and Jennifer. The young family moved to

different posts in Western Europe—

Luxembourg, Paris and Brussels.

Mr. Chapman spent more than two

decades working on the VietnamWar and

its many complexities, both in Washing-

ton, D.C., in the Bureau of Political-Mili-

tary Affairs and in the field. He was chargé

d’affaires in Laos in 1974, when the Ameri-

can effort in Southeast Asia was collaps-

ing. At great personal risk, Mr. Chapman

kept the American embassy open and

helped manage the crisis when members

of the communist Pathet Lao attempted to

seize control of U.S. buildings.

Mr. Chapman capped his more than

30-year diplomatic career serving in Paris,

his home, with his great friend from youth,

Ambassador Arthur Hartman. There,

Mr. Chapman relished the cultural and

intellectual excitement of the city and

especially being near his brother, Tony,

and sister-in-law, Joan.

Those were the days of the Iranian

revolution and the Tehran hostage crisis

in which Embassy Paris was very involved.

Mr. Chapman is remembered, among

many other things, for assisting perse-

cuted Baha’is from Iran.

There, in 1981, Mr. Chapman survived

an assassination attempt by a Lebanese

revolutionary group. At the time, he was

living in the chargé d’affaires’ residence,

which had a subterranean garage where

he was to get in and out of his car. Not

wanting to trouble the chauffeur to

maneuver the car in the small garage,

however, Mr. Chapman had the driver

wait in front of the house.

One morning, as he walked the 10 feet

to the car, a young man approached and

began shooting. Mr. Chapman ducked

behind the car and was chased around it.

Soon the gun was empty, and the gunman

ran away and disappeared.

After he retired from the Foreign

Service in 1983, Mr. Chapman was asked

to serve on special missions to Cyprus

and Bosnia. He later led the Washington

chapter of the Friends of Vieilles Maisons

Françaises, a French-American historical

preservation organization.

Art was among Mr. Chapman’s great

loves. He bought paintings by the Polish

artist Fangor and the American artist,

Mark Tobey, whom his wife, Anita, had

known in her youth in California. He also

enjoyed poetry and Italian Opera.

At the time of his brother Tony’s death,

Mr. Chapman began a descent into

dementia that stretched over 14 years.

Family members recall that he met the

many painful moments of physical and

mental decline with the same courage

with which he had lived.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years,

the former Anita Ioas of Washington, D.C.;

two daughters, Catherine Chapman-Wong

of London, Ontario, and Jennifer Chap-

man of Washington, D.C.; his son, Hillary

Chapman, also of Washington, D.C.; and

two grandchildren.


Thomas Lynn Chittick,

74, a retired

Foreign Service officer, died on Nov. 22,

2016, in Plano, Texas.

Mr. Chittick was born on March 7,

1942, the son of Robert and Lucille Chit-

tick. Raised in Lafayette, Ind., he grew up

on a farmwith his younger sister, Ginger.

Though he learned to drive a tractor quite

well, he took greater pride in his academic


Mr. Chittick graduated from Purdue

University with a B.A. in social studies

education and was commissioned as a

second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He

served in the army for eight years, includ-

ing two tours in Vietnam and, later, an

assignment in Berlin.

There he met the love of his life, Gabri-

ele Calliebe. The couple married after

only a few short months of courtship, and

proceeded to build a life together over the

next 48 years, trekking the globe with the

Foreign Service for much of it.

Shortly after the birth of his son, Béla, in

1975, Mr. Chittick joined the Foreign Ser-

vice with the Department of State, where

he served for the next 20 years. He resigned

from active duty with the U.S. Army at that

time and joined the Army Reserves.

Mr. Chittick’s first post was Mexico

City (1976-1978). The family headed back