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the Foreign Service journal
april 2013
Te Nixon White House moved care-
fully toward diplomatic recognition of
Bangladesh, fnally making it ofcial in
1972, the year Mr. Van Hollen was named
U.S. ambassador to Sri Lanka and the
Maldives. Ambassador Van Hollen served
in Colombo for four years, during which
he enjoyed a cordial relationship with
Sri Lankan President Sirimavo Bandara-
Amb. Van Hollen returned to Washing-
ton, D.C., to run the State Department’s
senior seminar before retiring in 1979.
Following retirement, he was a senior
associate at the Carnegie Endowment for
International Peace and director of the
old American Institute for Islamic Afairs.
Amb. Van Hollen was predeceased by
his wife, Edith, in 2007. He is survived by
his son, U.S. Representative Chris Van
Hollen Jr., D-Md., of Kensington, Md.;
two daughters, Caroline Van Hollen of
Washington, D.C., and Cecilia Van Hollen
of Fayetteville, N.Y.; two sisters; and fve
Alice Marie Weaver
, 70, a retired
Foreign Service ofcer, died of natural
causes in Phoenix, Ariz., the city of her
birth, on Feb. 21.
Te youngest child of Elva Delton
Weaver and Laura Mitchell Weaver, Ms.
Weaver was born on Feb. 25, 1942. She
and her older sister Teresa Ann (1939-
1997) grew up in northeast Phoenix as
part of a close-knit extended family. She
graduated from Camelback High School
in 1960, where she sang in the chorus
and was renowned for her roles as lead
contralto and frequent soloist. She went
on to business college and then to work
briefy in Phoenix.
Ms. Weaver had a thirst for adventure
and travel, and joined the U.S. Foreign
Service in 1969. She served as executive
assistant/ofce management special-
ist to chiefs of section, consuls general,
deputy chiefs of mission and ambassa-
dors around the globe. She served in the
Dominican Republic, Tailand, Pakistan,
Guatemala (her favorite post), Mexico,
Nigeria, Korea, the Congo, the Nether-
lands, Yugoslavia and Paraguay, in addi-
tion to Washington, D.C.
Her family benefted greatly fromMs.
Weaver’s commitment to the Foreign
Service and her love of adventure. Her
sister and other family members took
advantage of her postings to visit foreign
parts themselves, always fnding a great
host. Tose at home benefted from cre-
ative gifts that brought the world to them:
a Dominican rocking chair for a wedding;
a child’s kimono to celebrate a birth;
wooden carvings and a quilt from Africa;
and Christmas delights galore, including
dolls fromTailand that now entrance a
second generation of children.
Returning home to Phoenix as often
as possible, Ms. Weaver maintained close
contact with her family and retired there
in 1997. She took on part-time work and
became active in the community, volun-
teering at the Arizona Humane Society
and the Area Center for Aging.
Ms. Weaver is remembered for her dry
wit, large laugh and generosity of spirit.
All who knew her are richer from her
time on earth.
She is survived by her nephews, Frank
and Dan Rich; her nieces, Kathi Wood-
ley and Kristi Udell; her cousins, Pam
Fishman, Judy Mitchell and Jan Brady;
and her grandnieces and grandnephews,