The Foreign Service Journal - March 2018

76 MARCH 2018 | THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL tor of the Peruvian Business Council. He was president and CEO of The Americas Society/Council of the Americas; wrote articles and gave speeches; taught a seminar on Latin American business integration at the University of Central Florida; and became a senior associate of the Americas Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. Amb. Frechette is survived by Barbara, his wife of 54 years; his daughter, Alicia, and son, Stephen; and five grandchildren: Christian, Elizabeth, Katherine, William and Emily. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made toMontgomery Hospice, 1355 Piccard Drive, Suite 100, Rockville MD 20850, or to a cancer research center of your choice. n John “Jack” Garney, 90, a retired member of the Foreign Service with USAID, died on Oct. 21, 2017, in Sun City, Ariz. Born inMinneapolis, Minn., in 1927 to the late George andMary Garney, née Boyce, Mr. Garney grew up and attended school in St. Paul, Minn. He earned a B.A. in political science from the College of St. Thomas. He met his wife, Amelia “Joy” Wojack, a student at the College of St. Catherine’s in St. Paul, through their passion for politics and bridge. He volunteered for the early campaigns of Hubert Humphrey (1965- 1969) and Eugene McCarthy (D-Minn.). Mr. Garney enlisted in the Navy under the V-5 program in July 1945, was dis- charged in 1946 and was commissioned as a Naval Reserve officer after graduation from college. In 1971 he received twomed- als for his civilian service in Vietnam. Mr. Garney joined the U.S. Agency for International Development in 1956, start- ing as a personnel officer in Ethiopia. From there he was promoted to executive officer and assigned to Tanzania, Kenya, Vietnam, Thailand, Washington, D.C., the Philip- pines, Guatemala and Honduras. After retiring from the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Counselor, Mr. Garney returned to USAID as a contractor, working in Honduras, Tanzania, Soma- lia, Burundi, Czechoslovakia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Botswana and Swaziland. Mr. Garney was a consummate traveler. His family recalls that he loved to drive and could drive any car in any country, no matter the conditions. One of his favorite adventures was summiting Mt. Kiliman- jaro in 1963. Known for his fierce bridge playing, Mr. Garney played at every post and far into his retirement. He loved tennis, golf and bowling with family and friends. He volunteered for the St. Michael’s Parish SHARE Program in Annandale, Va., as well as for the AZ PRIDES (Proud Resi- dents Independently Donating Essential Services) of Sun City. He was on the board of directors at the international schools in Tanzania andThailand. In 2006, he moved to Sun City, Ariz., where he spent his last 11 years at the Royal Oaks retirement community. There he was well taken care of by his loving companion, Dorothy Warner, a friend of the Garney family since the early Ethiopian years. His final years were spent in Royal Oak’s Friendship House (a skilledmemory unit) and Care Center, where he received the utmost compassionate care from all staffmembers. Mr. Garney was predeceased by his wife, Joy Garney; his sister, Elizabeth; and his brother, Thomas. He is survived by his six children: Deb- bie Ciminski of Naples, Fla.; Lynn Garney of San Francisco, Calif.; Celia Wolter of Alexandria, Va.; Geoffrey Garney (and his wife, Virginia) of Alexandria, Va.; Tennes- see Garney (and his wife, Kyung Mi) of Yorktown, Va.; Suzanne Garney (and her husband, Dan Kane) of Santa Fe, N.M.; and his grandchildren Jesse, Monica, Claire and Georgia. Memorial donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Association ( ) or any Alzheim- er’s organization in your area. n Robert “Rob” Dale Heater, 67, a retired Foreign Service specialist, died on Oct. 28, 2017, in Las Vegas, Nev., after a two-year battle with colon cancer. Mr. Heater began his Foreign Service career in 1992 as a communications elec- tronics officer in Togo and Côte d’Ivoire. He next served in Egypt as an informa- tionmanagement specialist, and then as a general services officer (GSO) in Canada and Haiti. In 2005 he was named vice consul to Douala, Cameroon; he subsequently served as GSO in South Korea and Sudan before retiring in 2012. While overseas, Mr. Heater was actively involved with charitable causes, such as funding local schools and animal sanctu- aries. During his tour of duty in Yaounde, he was made an honorary prince of one of the local villages, Nsongwa, in the northwest province of Cameroon, for his work with one of the local schools. At his request, Mr. Heater’s honorary robe will be donated to the National Museumof African Art. In retirement, he continued serving the country through political activism and by volunteering for the local USO in Las Vegas, Nev., his home state. During and following his career, Mr. Heater’s passion for travel inspired him to become a self-employed travel agent. He had visited 96 countries at the time of his death and was making plans to reach his goal of 100. He requested that his ashes be