THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
Mr. Osterman was born on April 25,
1950, in Indianapolis, Ind., and grew up in
Churchville, Pa. As a high school senior he
became locally famous for staging a suc-
cessful raid, in period-appropriate British
uniform, during the annual re-enactment
of Washington crossing the Delaware
As a young man he also developed
a long-termpassion for do-it-yourself
projects and vintage European sports cars,
several of which were periodically road-
In 1972 Mr. Osterman graduated from
Hamilton College, where he majored in
Asian studies. He traveled extensively in
Asia and was fluent in Japanese, Manda-
rin and Cantonese. He earned a master’s
degree in international economics from
the Johns Hopkins University School
of Advanced International Studies and
certification in Japanese at the Stanford
University Language Program in Tokyo.
Mr. Osterman joined the Foreign
Service in 1977 as an economic officer.
He served overseas in Tokyo, and back in
Washington worked to develop United
States-Japan technical and scientific
After leaving the State Department, Mr.
Osterman studied at Harvard Business
School and consulted “outside the Belt-
way” for numerous companies, including
in the film and entertainment industry.
Mr. Osterman’s creative intellect and
voracious curiosity also drew him to the
finer points of Asian culture, obscurantist
organizational psychology, American
history and architecture, the banjo, a large
German organ and the art of calligraphy.
He had great affection for the life and
works of Mark Twain, inspired by a ques-
tionable genealogical connection.
Family members and friends fondly
recall his wry humor, and his gimlet-eyed
view of life made him an endearing and
wonderfully unpredictable companion.
Nothing was ever settled, something was
always beginning and everything was a
great deal of fun.
Mr. Osterman is survived by his
beloved partner, Wendy Cronin of Balti-
more, Md.; his mother, Barbara Osterman
of Newtown, Pa.; his brothers Dana of
Washington Crossing, Pa., Jeff of Pleas-
antville, N.Y., and Mark of Rochester, N.Y.;
his son, Andrew Palmer Osterman (and
his wife, Lindsay) of Washington, D.C.; his
daughter, Katherine Frances Osterman
of Belmont, Mass.; and a granddaughter,
Donations in Mr. Osterman’s name
may be sent to the Big Life Foundation
Walter Heman Sargent Jr.,
retired Senior Foreign Service officer with
Diplomatic Security, died of lung cancer
and complications from a stroke on July
24, 2016, in Sarasota, Fla.
Mr. Sargent was born in Merrimac,
Mass., on June 26, 1931. As family mem-
bers recall, he always said that as a teen-
ager, he dreamed of a life of adventure.
He graduated from Swampscott High
School in 1949 and from the University
of Massachusetts, Amherst, in 1953. He
majored in forestry, serving with the U.S.
Forest Service as a “smoke chaser” in
Oregon during the summers of his junior
and senior years of college.
After college, Mr. Sargent joined the
U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was
selected for the 902nd Military Intelli-
gence Group, later commanding the 82nd
Airborne Division Military Intelligence
He served in West Germany from 1957
to 1960 and as a military intelligence
adviser in Vietnam from 1962 to 1963. He
resigned from the regular army as a cap-
tain in 1966 and transitioned his commis-
sion to the Army Reserve, where he was
promoted to major.
Mr. Sargent joined the U.S. State
Department Foreign Service as a security
specialist, serving as a bodyguard to Sec-
retaries of State Dean Rusk and William
Rogers, as well as visiting heads of govern-
ment and chiefs of state.
As a Diplomatic Security officer, his
overseas postings included Kinshasa
(1976-1978), Beirut (1978-1980), San
Salvador (1982-1985), Bogota (1985-1988),
Tokyo (1990-1993) andManila (1993-
During his tour of duty in Japan, he was
promoted to the Senior Foreign Service. In
1996 he retired, and the couple settled in
Mr. Sargent was very active in retire-
ment. He enjoyed visiting national parks,
bicycling, tai chi and iaido, a Japanese
sword art. A dedicated volunteer at the
Selby Library for more than 15 years, he
was an avid reader who pursued the study
of history, philosophy and New England
He hiked in several foreign countries,
large portions of the Appalachian Trail
and in various national parks all over the
United States. He climbedMt. Washington
in NewHampshire, Mt. Katahdin inMaine
andMt. Fuji in Japan with his wife, Sharon.
Family and friends remember Mr. Sar-
gent as cheerful and kind. He was known
for his charming smile, charismatic per-
sonality and wry sense of humor. He was a
devoted and loving husband.
Mr. Sargent was very proud of his
children and of having served his country
in the U.S. Army and the U.S. State Depart-
ment’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security.
Near the end of his life, when asked how
he wanted to be remembered, he said, “As
Mr. Sargent is survived by his loving
wife of 31 years, Sharon Murphy Sargent;