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MAY 2015




Maudine Conley

, 87, a retired

Foreign Service communications officer,

died on Nov. 21, 2014.

Ms. Conley was born in Denton, Ga.,

on Feb. 9, 1927, to Clayton S. and Ollie

Mae Mathis. She began her Foreign

Service career in 1979 with a posting

to Israel. Other assignments included

China, El Salvador, Qatar, Syria, Laos,

Beirut, Suriname, Honduras and Papua

New Guinea. She retired in 1999.

Ms. Conley lived in the Middle Georgia

area. She loved entertaining, reading and

growing flowers that often adorned the

sanctuary of Joyful Life Baptist Church on

Sunday mornings.

Ms. Conley was predeceased by her

son, Thomas Conley; brother, Clayton

“Bud” Mathis; and sister, Jeana Quick.

She is survived by her daughters,

LaDonne O’Connor (Jim) of Aiken, S.C.,

and Sherry Wilson (David) of High Point,

N.C.; grandchildren: Amy Wilson Havlen

(Leo) and Michael Wilson, both of High

Point, N.C.; Kevin O’Connor (Margaret)

of Aiken, S.C.; Cory O’Connor of Cle

Elum, Wash.; Kelly Conley Davis (Travis),

Kristy Conley and Lesley Conley, all of

Virginia Beach, Va.; great grandchildren:

Adela, Nora and Karina Havlen, Madison

Conley, Riley Conley and Harper Davis;

three brothers; three sisters; and a host of

nieces and nephews.

Donations may be given in Ms. Con-

ley’s memory to Joyful Life Baptist Church

at 1618 S. Houston Lake Rd., Kathleen

GA 31047, or to Heart of Georgia Hospice

at 103 Westridge Dr., Warner Robins GA



Arthur A. Hartman

, 89, a retired

FSO and former ambassador to France

and the Soviet Union, died on March 16

in Washington, D.C., of complications

from a fall.

Mr. Hartman was born in Flushing,

N.Y., on March 1, 1926, to Joel Hartman

and Mary Weinstein. He served in the

Army Air Corps during World War II

before receiving a bachelor’s degree from

Harvard University in 1947. He enrolled

at Harvard Law School but left to enter

the Foreign Service in 1948 and join the

Marshall Plan administration in Europe.

In a diplomatic career spanning four

decades, Mr. Hartman held high-ranking

posts under Republican and Democratic

administrations and developed a reputa-

tion, the

New York Times

once reported,

as “one of the brainiest and most profes-

sional members of the Foreign Service.”

Mr. Hartman’s first post, to France

with the Economic Cooperation Admin-

istration, was followed by assignments

in Saigon as an economic officer in the

1950s. He returned to Washington in 1958

to work in the Bureau of European Affairs

and was appointed special assistant to

Under Secretary George W. Ball shortly


Beginning in 1961, Mr. Hartman

served in London as chief of the eco-

nomic section. A return to State in 1968

in Under Secretary of State Nicholas Kat-

zenbach’s office was followed by a short

posting to Brussels in 1972 as deputy

chief of mission to the Common Market.

Secretary of State Henry Kissinger called

Mr. Hartman back to the United States in

1974 to act as assistant secretary of State

for European affairs.

In 1977, President Jimmy Carter

named Mr. Hartman ambassador to

France, only the second career diplomat

appointed to the Paris post during the

20th century. His tenure straddled the

centrist government led by President

Valéry Giscard d’Estaing and the Socialist

administration of François Mitterrand.

The Reagan administration asked

Ambassador Hartman to stay on in Paris

as a liaison to the Mitterrand adminis-

tration. He made an impression on the

French for his conspicuous presence at

artistic events such as the opera, and his

use of his residence as a showcase for

American art, borrowed from American


In 1981 President Ronald Reagan

appointed Mr. Hartman ambassador to

the Soviet Union, where he served dur-

ing a particularly tumultuous period of

the Cold War from the death of Leonid

Brezhnev to the rise of Mikhail Gor-

bachev. He remained in Moscow until

1987, the longest tenure of any U.S.

ambassador to the Soviet Union since

before World War II.

Amb. Hartman led Embassy Mos-

cow during events that included the

historic summits attended by Reagan

and Gorbachev in Geneva in 1985 and

in Reykjavík in 1986. He contended with

crises including the downing of Korean

Air Lines Flight 007 by the Soviet military

in 1983, the Chernobyl nuclear disaster

in 1986 and, later that year, the detention

of U.S. journalist Nicholas Daniloff on

espionage charges.

His challenges also included what he

described as the restrictive character of

Soviet society. Jack F. Matlock Jr., who

followed him as U.S. ambassador in Mos-

cow, credited Amb. Hartman and his wife

with developing cultural contacts in the

Soviet Union, particularly with dissident

artists, including acclaimed Russian-born

pianist Vladimir Horowitz, who returned

to his homeland in 1986 for the first time

in six decades.

After retiring from the Foreign Service

in 1987, Amb. Hartman was a consultant

with APCO Associates. He also served

on many boards, including ITT Hartford

Insurance, Mellon/Dreyfus Funds, Ford

Meter Box Co. and the First American

Bank in New York. He was chairman of a

private equity fund that invested in the