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AFSA NEWS

CALENDAR

THE OFFICIAL RECORD OF THE AMERICAN FOREIGN SERVICE ASSOCIATION

AFSA Co-Sponsors ‘Distinguished Diplomat’

Lecture by Amb. Pickering

THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL

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MAY 2015

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May 1

Foreign Affairs Day,

AFSA Memorial Plaque

Ceremony, and

AFSA Retiree Reception

May 3-9

Public Service

Recognition Week

May 6

12-2 p.m.

AFSA Governing

Board Meeting

May 8

12-2 p.m.

Film Screening

“Last Days in Vietnam”

May 10

9 a.m.

Third Annual Public Service

5K Run/Walk

May 11

AFSA Book Notes

“The Blood Telegram”

May 17-21

AFSA Road Scholar Program

Washington, D.C.

June 3

12-2 p.m.

AFSA Governing

Board Meeting

June 4

AFSA Election Ballot Tally

June 9

4-6 p.m.

AFSA Awards Ceremony

Ambassador Thomas Picker-

ing delivered the second bien-

nial Distinguished Diplomat

Lecture at La Colombe d’Or

Hotel in Houston, Texas, on

March 19.

The American Foreign Ser-

vice Association and the Cen-

ter for International Studies at

the University of St. Thomas

in Houston jointly estab-

lished the lecture series in

2013 to promote and deepen

the region’s knowledge and

understanding of the Foreign

Service. The Center for Inter-

national Studies is the oldest

formal center for international

studies in southeast Texas.

The Distinguished Diplo-

mat Lecture is held soon after

each federal election and is

given by an eminent retired

ambassador, who is asked to

Continued on p. 56

Career Ambassador Thomas Pickering delivers the second biennial Distinguish-

ed Diplomat Lecture, which was co-sponsored by AFSA and the Center for

International Studies at the University of St.Thomas, in Houston,Texas.

COURTESYOFTHECENTERFOR INTERNATIONALSTUDIES,UNIVERSITYOFST.THOMAS

AFSA Scholarship Fund Receives

Record-Breaking Gift

By all accounts, Linda K.

Fitzgerald loved Foreign

Service life. Her 21-year

career as a Foreign Service

specialist took her around

the world, to posts in Europe

(Helsinki, Paris and Warsaw),

Asia (Saigon and Tokyo) and

Africa (Tunis). It was not the

typical path for a woman

born in 1931 in the small town

of Elyria, Ohio, but, it seems,

Linda Fitzgerald was not a

typical person.

When Ms. Fitzgerald

died in December 2013 at

the age of 82, she left a gift

of $950,000 to the AFSA

Scholarship Fund, to be used

for undergraduate college

awards for children of Foreign

Service employees. It is the

largest memorial gift ever

given to the AFSA Scholar-

ship Fund.

Fitzgerald graduated from

Miami University in Oxford,

Ohio, in 1953. She joined the

State Department in 1962,

and served as the political

section secretary in Tehran

for her first tour. Two years

later she transferred to the

United States Information

Agency, where she worked

until her retirement in 1983,

providing all aspects of man-

agement support for USIA

programs as an executive

assistant.

“Linda was an incredibly

Continued on p. 57

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