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MAY 2015

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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL

his compost piles and would sneak food

to the deer without Lala knowing it.

Mr. Niemeyer is survived by his wife,

Lala; children: Vic, Ruth, Chris and

Steve; nine grandchildren: Travis, Sarah,

Michael, James, Cecilia, Carla, Erika,

Carl and Sam; 11 great-grandchildren:

Reed, Braden, Chase, Penelope, Lucas,

Sabrina, Timothy, Franco, Nicolás, Lucia

and Mateo; and nieces, Meredith Morton

Moyer and Meme Morton Seay.

Donations may be made in Mr. Nie-

meyer’s name to the Rotary Foundation,

Episcopal Relief and Development and

the International Good Neighbor Council

Foundation.

n

Herman T. Skofield

, 93, a retired

Foreign Service officer, of Walpole, N.H.,

died on March 14 at The Woodward

Home in Keene, N.H.

Born in Manchester, N.H., on Nov. 18,

1921, the son of Frank T. and Margaret C.

Skofield of New Boston, N.H., Mr. Skofield

graduated from New Boston High School

in 1938. After working for two years, he

entered the University of New Hampshire

in the class of 1944.

Following more than three years of

service in the U.S. Army during World

War II, during which he reached the rank

of captain, Mr. Skofield graduated magna

cum laude from UNH in 1947. He then

attended Tuft University’s Fletcher School

of Law and Diplomacy, obtaining his

M.A. degree in 1948.

While continuing graduate studies

for two more years, he taught part-time

at a girls’ school in Boston and was an

instructor in international relations at the

Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Mr. Skofield entered the U.S. Foreign

Service in 1950 and served in Berlin,

Karachi, Vienna and Bern, as well as

in Washington, D.C. His last overseas

position was as political counselor in

Bern. Before retiring in 1971, he served as

deputy director of the Office of European

Affairs in the Bureau of Educational and

Cultural Affairs at the State Department.

Mr. Skofield is survived by his wife

of 67 years, the former Jane G. Phipps of

Walpole; and by four children, William

Skofield of Walpole, Margaret S. Winters

of Carlisle, Pa., James Skofield of Walpole,

and Elizabeth Skofield of Snoqualmie,

Wash.; six grandchildren; three great-

grandchildren; a brother-in-law, Ray

Rogers, of Ft. Wayne, Ind.; and a nephew,

Douglas Rogers, of Virginia.

Donations in Mr. Skofield’s memory

may be made toThe Fall Mountain Food

Shelf, PO Box 191, Alstead NH 03602; or

to Our Place Drop-In Center, 4 Island

Street, PO Box 852, Bellows Falls VT

05101.

n

Patsy Magee Turner,

91, a former

FSO and wife of the late FSO Allen Turner,

died on Feb. 13 in Santa Rosa, Calif.

Mrs. Turner was born on May 25, 1923,

in Springfield, Mo. She attended elemen-

tary school in Springfield and went to

high school in Warrensburg, Mo. She

graduated from Central Missouri State

College and joined the United Nations

Relief and Rehabilitation Administration,

where she was first assigned to the prov-

ince of Kiangsu (now Jiangsu) in China

in 1946.

She went on to join the Foreign Ser-

vice and worked in the consulate general

at Shanghai, where she met and married

Vice Consul Allen Richard Turner in

1949. Following the communist takeover

in Shanghai, the couple was assigned to

Embassy Tokyo. The pair also served in

Antwerp, Windsor, Havana, Caracas and

London, as well as Washington, D.C.

After Mr. Turner’s death in London,

Mrs. Turner returned to Springfield in

1977 and worked as a certified legal sec-

retary for a number of years.

A firm believer in activism and volun-

teer service, Mrs. Turner was especially

interested in working with organizations

serving youth. In London, she acted as

the Girl Scouts representative from the

United Kingdom on the North Atlantic

Girl Scout Board in Heidelberg, and she

served for many years on the Dogwood

Trails Girl Scouts Council Board in

Springfield. She was an early volunteer

with Court Appointed Social Advocates

and later served on the CASA Springfield

Board.

Mrs. Turner was also a Crosslines

volunteer and an early member of

the Springfield Friends of the Library,

including helping in the Between Friends

gift shop at the library center. She was

a member of the Southwest Missouri

Museum Associates, the Living Arts

Group, the Art Museum Board and PEO

Chapter IA. A long-time member of South

Street Christian Church, she served as an

elder.

Family members and friends remem-

ber her as a brave spirit who influenced

many.

Mrs. Turner was predeceased by her

husband, Allen, and her parents, Gladys

and Russell Magee. She is survived by

her brother and sister-in-law, Dr. Robert

and Rosemary Magee, of El Dorado

Springs, Mo.; daughter, Susan Turner, of

West Plains, Mo.; son and daughter-in-

law, Andrew and Judith Turner, of Santa

Rosa, Calif.; daughter, Kathleen Turner, of

New York, N.Y.; son and daughter-in-law,

David and Amanda Wolfe Turner, of Wel-

lington, New Zealand; granddaughters,

Rachel Turner Weiss and Molly Turner;

step grandchildren, Maya Aaron-Blue

and Noah Aaron-Blue; and sisters-in law,

Sarah Turner of South Carolina and Sally

Turner of California.

Memorial donations may be made in