THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
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
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
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