THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
former Soviet Union, president of the
Harvard Board of Overseers and the Terra
Foundation of American Art, and gover-
nor of the American Hospital in Paris. He
was a member of AFSA and the Council
on Foreign Relations and an officer of the
Légion d’ Honneur.
Amb. Hartman is survived by his wife
of 66 years, the former Donna Ford, of
Washington, D.C.; five children: David
Hartman of Rochester, Mich.; John Hart-
man of Vero Beach, Fla.; Sarah Hartman
of Brooklyn, N.Y.; J. Lise Hartman of
Paris; and Benjamin Hartman of Manhat-
tan, N.Y.; 15 grandchildren and seven
Ellen Colburn Kennedy
, 80, the
wife of retired FSO and oral historian
Charles Stuart Kennedy Jr., died at the
Goodwin House in Bailey’s Crossroads,
Va., on Jan. 22, of pancreatic cancer.
Mrs. Kennedy was born in Kansas
City, Mo., on Oct. 16, 1934. Her family
moved to New England, and she spent
her childhood in Boston, Mass., Portland,
Maine, and Sheffield, Vt. She graduated
from Deering High School in Portland
and attended Smith College and Boston
University, where she met her husband.
Mr. and Mrs. Kennedy married in
1955 and proceeded to posts in Frank-
furt, Dhahran, Belgrade, Athens, Seoul,
Naples and Washington, D.C. Mrs. Ken-
nedy experienced a major earthquake in
Naples, a military coup in Greece and a
bomb in her car in Athens. In Belgrade,
she established what was likely the first
international Girl Scout troop, for daugh-
ters of foreign diplomats and business-
Mrs. Kennedy finished her undergrad-
uate studies in English at the University
of Maryland while Mr. Kennedy served in
Vietnam. She taught English in Northern
Virginia and at international high schools
in Athens and Seoul. She later taught
English as a second language to Italians
in Naples and, on returning to the United
States, earned a master’s degree in lin-
guistics at American University.
On her husband’s retirement in 1985,
Mrs. Kennedy taught English to newly
arrived immigrants in Fairfax County
public schools and at Northern Virginia
Community College. She was an active
member of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church
in Annandale, Va., and enjoyed reading
the New Testament in Greek.
Mrs. Kennedy is survived by her
husband, Charles; daughters, Heather
Kennedy, of Seattle, Wash., and Victoria
Devereaux, of Arlington, Va.; son, Charles
Stuart Kennedy III of New York and Los
Angeles; seven grandchildren: Sean,
Stephen, Alexandra, Charles, Maggie,
Merle and William; and one very recent
Eberhardt Victor “Vic” Niemeyer
, 95, a retired FSO with the U.S. Infor-
mation Agency, died on March 1.
Mr. Niemeyer was born in Houston,
Texas, on Sept. 28, 1919, and grew up in
La Porte, on Galveston Bay. He graduated
from high school in 1936 and attended
Schreiner Institute in Kerrville, Texas,
and the U.S. Naval Academy for one year,
before graduating from the University of
Texas with a degree in liberal arts in 1941.
In late 1941, Mr. Niemeyer entered the
Northwestern University Naval Reserve
training unit. He graduated and was com-
missioned in January 1942 as an ensign.
He then entered the U.S. Submarine
Service, where he served in the Atlantic
and Pacific during World War II.
In 1944, Mr. Niemeyer married
Dorothea Hasskarl of Brenham, Texas.
He returned to college after the war and
received a B.S. in dairy husbandry. He
took up dairy farming in Brenham, but
discovered it was not his calling in life; so
he returned to the University of Texas for
an M.A. in Latin American studies.
Sadly, polio claimed Mr. Niemeyer’s
first wife in 1956. He earned a Ph.D. from
the University of Texas in 1958 and mar-
ried Lala Acosta on May 31 of that year.
Mr. Niemeyer went on to serve with
the U.S. Information Agency for 24 years,
with postings in Honduras, Peru, Guate-
mala, Chile, the Philippines, Mexico and
Trinidad and Tobago.
He retired in 1979 to Austin, Texas,
where he worked at the University of
Texas in the Institute of Latin American
Studies and the International Office for 10
years before retiring again.
Mr. Niemeyer founded the Central
Texas Foreign Service Group, co-founded
the East Austin Rotary Club and served in
many organizations, usually as president.
In 2000, he received the Ohtli Award,
given by the Mexican government to a
member of the Mexican-American com-
munity for “service to Mexico and the
Mexican community.” Mr. Niemeyer was
a historian of Mexico, and his two books,
Revolution at Querétaro: The Constitu-
tional Convention of 1916-1917
General Bernardo Reyes
, were published
by the Chamber of Deputies and the Sen-
ate of Mexico’s federal Congress.
In 2011, Mr. Niemeyer received Rotary
International’s Service Above Self Award,
given annually to 100 Rotarians world-
wide, in recognition of his collection and
shipment of 4,000 pieces of used school
furniture to Tapachula, Chiapas, Mexico.
The project required five boxcars and
$25,000 for rail shipment. The funds were
raised locally by Mr. Niemeyer and oth-
ers, and the local Lions Club distributed
the equipment at 40 different schools.
Family members remember Mr.
Niemeyer as genuine and humble. They
recall fondly that he relished showing off