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M A Y 2 0 1 2 / F O R E I G N S E R V I C E J O U R N A L
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sons from his first marriage, Michael
Cody of Valencia, Spain and Ryan
Cody of Kirkland, Wash.; two daugh-
ters, Cornelia Cody of New York City
and Cecilia Cody of Silver Spring,
Md.; eight grandchildren and two
great grandchildren. A son, Peter
Cody, died in 1976.
Elizabeth “Betty” Garrison
, 80,
wife of retired FSO Mark Garrison,
died on Feb. 6 at home in Cranston,
R.I., after living for many years with
ovarian cancer.
Mrs. Garrison met Mark, her future
husband of 62 years, in high school in
Kokomo, Ind. When he entered the
Foreign Service in 1955, she embraced
being an unpaid member of the For-
eign Service team, a tradition at that
time. It was in her nature to support
and encourage those around her, be-
ginning with families at post. But she
also happily performed the many other
tasks expected of that generation of
Foreign Service spouses.
In Hong Kong, Mrs. Garrison
taught English in a Chinese school; in
Moscow, she was board chair of the
International School; and in Prague,
she provided shelter and succor to
American correspondents during the
Soviet invasion that ended the
“Prague Spring” and to embassy fam-
ilies when a fire in the chancery dis-
placed them.
Raising four children in the 1950s
and 1960s and nurturing the family as
it matured and increased was Mrs.
Garrison’s favorite career, however.
She schooled her children at home in
Sofia, where there was no alternative.
During her husband’s assignments in
Washington, D.C., she worked as ad-
ministrator for a psychiatric halfway
house and executive secretary of the
Falls Church planning board.
After Mr. Garrison retired from
the Foreign Service in 1981, the cou-
ple founded a foreign policy research
center (now part of the Watson Insti-
tute for International Studies) at
Brown University. In retirement,
they created a blueberry farm— a fa-
vorite summertime destination for
many Rhode Islanders — and Mrs.
Garrison indulged her love of books
and gardening.
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