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MARCH 2017


to Germany for his second assignment,

Düsseldorf (1978-1980). There the couple

welcomed the birth of their daughter,

Katrin, in 1980 before moving to their next

post, Vienna (1980-1984).

Seoul was Mr. Chittick’s next post

(1984-1986). This was followed by a two-

year assignment in Washington, D.C.,

and in 1988 the family returned again to

Mexico, this time Guadalajara, until 1990.

After a one-year assignment in Wash-

ington, D.C., Mr. Chittick was posted to

Frankfurt (1991-1995), his final assign-

ment. He retired from the Foreign Service

in 1995.

Mr. Chittick was honored with several

awards and medals for his distinguished

service with the State Department and

in the U.S. Army, where he retired as a

lieutenant colonel.

In retirement, Mr. Chittick did not

slow down much. For the next 18 years he

taught high school and, later, college his-

tory. Though he had many skills, one of his

greatest traits was his generosity and will-

ingness to share knowledge with others.

Among his many hobbies was target

pistol shooting, collecting old guns and

reading spy, terrorism and science fiction


Mr. Chittick is survived by his wife,

Gabriele, of Plano; his son, Béla (and his

partner, Sara); his daughter, Katrin Powell

(and her husband, Erin); his sister, Ginger

(and her husband, Louis); and a cousin,

Susan Schroeder.


Colette Gaudron Gordon,

86, the

wife of retired USAID FSO Charles Gor-

don, died on Nov. 8, 2016, in Chapel Hill,

N.C., of lung cancer.

Mrs. Gordon was born on July 30,

1930, in Reims, France. Her father, Guy

Gaudron, was an archaeologist who,

at the time of his death, was director of

the Provincial Museums of France and

an officer of the Légion d’Honneur. Her

mother, Madeleine Brunel Gaudron,

was the daughter of Auguste Brunel, an

officer of the Légion d’Honneur.

The Gaudron family spent summers at

the Château de Courcelles in Aubréville,

Meuse, and winters in Paris. In 1936, they

were obliged to sell the family mansion

in Paris, the Hôtel d’Aumont—now the

Administrative Tribunal of the City of

Paris—when a member of the family died


After her marriage to FSO Charles

Gordon at the Château de Courcelles,

Mrs. Gordon accompanied her husband

to Bangui, Central African Republic,

where he was USAID attaché. The couple

then served in Tunisia, Vietnam, Manila

(Asian Development Bank), Côte d’Ivoire,

Botswana, Burundi, Somalia and Uganda,

as well as Washington, D.C.

Mrs. Gordon was well known for her

artistic skills and interest in indigenous

arts in the countries to which they were

assigned. In addition to her own collection

of drawings and ceramics, her children

share family paintings and drawings by

Picasso, Henri Lebasque, Jean Launois

and other post-Impressionist French

artists, as well as American artist Ian Mar-

shall’s water colors of marine subjects and

African landscapes.

Following Mr. Gordon’s retirement in

1990, the couple settled in Chapel Hill,

N.C. They made frequent visits to Paris,

where they had an apartment, until 2012,

whenMrs. Gordon became too ill to travel.

Colette Gordon is survived by her

husband, Charles, of Chapel Hill, and their

two children, Ian and Louise.


Charles Wakefield (Wakie) Martin,

61, a retired Foreign Service officer and

the spouse of retired FSO Paula Sue

Thiede, died at his home in Arlington,

Va., on Oct. 11, 2016. Mr. Martin had

been diagnosed with brain cancer during

his last overseas posting, in Belgrade, in

August 2013.

Mr. Martin joined the Foreign Service

as a management officer in 1996, after

accompanying his FSO wife for six years

to postings in Panama and Venezuela.

On their return to Washington, D.C., he

worked as a civil servant in the Bureau of

Consular Affairs.

The couple served together in Poland,

Pakistan, Italy (twice), Albania and Serbia,

choosing postings that would allow them

to remain together and always exploring

cultural treasures, history and museums.

Mr. Martin took advantage of their time

in Rome to learn even more about his

avocation for studying and drinking good

wines, usually together with fine food and

preferably in the company of friends. Dur-

ing their travels, he and Mrs. Martin fre-

quently took cooking courses and enjoyed

cooking and entertaining at home, sharing

the contents of their wine cellar.

As a management officer, Mr. Martin

welcomed the challenge of stretching

resources, directing them to do the most

good for the most people in support of

foreign policy objectives. He was delighted

when his staff came up with ideas better

than his own, and worked hard to mentor

local staff colleagues and entry-level FSOs

on his teams. He maintained a good sense

of humor and great patience.

Prior to joining the Foreign Service,

Mr. Martin satisfied his passion for justice,

equality and fairness through his work

with the Texas State Employees Union and

in the numerous political campaigns in

which the couple volunteered.

Mr. Martin also loved art, reading, jazz

and classical music, the theater, opera and

learning about culture and history.

In addition to his wife, Paula Sue

Thiede, and their cats, Vila and Macchiato,

Mr. Martin is survived by his mother, Jane