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MAY 2015


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

great-granddaughter, Piper.


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