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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL

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MAY 2016

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IN MEMORY

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WilliamGarton Bowdler,

91,

a retired Foreign Service officer and

three-time ambassador, died on Jan. 19 in

Sharps, Va.

Mr. Bowdler joined the Department of

State after graduating from the Fletcher

School of Law and Diplomacy. He served

overseas in the U.S. Army from 1944 to

1946. Prior to joining the Foreign Service,

he was a member of the Civil Service from

1946 to 1954. His first Foreign Service post

was Cuba in 1956, and he went on to serve

at the Organization of American States and

in Spain.

He was appointed U.S. ambassador to

El Salvador in 1968, to Guatemala in 1971

and South Africa in 1975, before returning

toWashington, D.C., in 1978 to serve as the

director of the Bureau of Intelligence and

Research. He retired in 1980 as assistant

secretary of State for Latin American

affairs.

Ambassador Bowdler is survived by his

wife of 70 years, Margaret Clark Bowdler; a

son, Charles Bowdler (and his wife, Mitzi)

of Jackson, Miss.; a daughter, Ann Sullivan

of Brielle, N.J.; a daughter-in-law, Bobbye

Jean Bowdler of Sharps, Va.; nine grand-

children: Cal, Kristin, Thomas, Katherine,

Andrew, Jonathan, Sarah, William and

David; and four great-grandchildren. He

was preceded in death by his son, James

Calloway Bowdler.

Memorial contributions may be made

toMilden Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box

31, Sharps VA 22548.

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Harold G. “Hal” Davis,

91, a retired

Foreign Service officer with the U.S. Infor-

mation Agency, died on Dec. 24, in Palm

Harbor, Fla.

Mr. Davis was born inMercersburg, Pa.,

in 1924. He served for three years in the

U.S. Navy during WorldWar II, and saw

action in the Pacific theater. Prior to join-

ing the Foreign Service he was connected

to the Department of Agriculture as a

project planner from 1957 to 1959.

He then embarked on a career with

the U.S. International Communications

Agency (the Carter administration’s name

for the U.S. Information Agency). Based in

Washington, D.C., he was responsible for

ushering in the computer age at the agency

in the 1960s. He was a division chief with

the Organization of American States and

served on temporary duty at many foreign

posts, overseeing computer equipment

installation and training for agency staff

and foreign nationals.

After retiring in 1980, Mr. Davis resided

in Hilton Head Island, S.C., and Pinehurst,

N.C., before settling in PalmHarbor. He

enjoyed golf and was active in tennis his

entire life. He served as a United States

Tennis Association official for many years.

With three certifications (chair, line and

referee), he officiated at many tennis

tournaments, including at the U.S. Open in

New York City.

Mr. Davis is survived by his wife, Darla

Vogel Davis, of PalmHarbor; a daughter

and son-in-law, Darlene and Mark Parvin

of Pinellas Park, Fla.; a daughter, Deborah

Davis Zibolsky of Milwaukee, Wis.; and

brothers Gerald Shipp of Chambersburg,

Pa., and Norman Davis of Greencastle, Pa.

Memorial contributions may be made

to the AmericanMacular Degeneration

Foundation, P.O. Box 515, North Hampton

MA 01061.

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Daniel Francis Geisler,

61, a former

Foreign Service officer and AFSA president

from 1997 to 1999, died unexpectedly of

complications from surgery on Jan. 20 in

Washington, D.C.

Mr. Geisler was born on Oct. 3, 1954, in

Pittsburgh, Pa., to Carol and Daniel Geisler.

He held a bachelor’s degree inmath

from St. Vincent College and a master’s

degree in civil engineering fromCarnegie

Mellon University.

Mr. Geisler served as a Peace Corps

Volunteer in Togo, where he met his wife,

Christiane, originally fromFrance. He

began his career as a civil engineer at

the Environmental Protection Agency in

Washington, D.C.

He joined the Foreign Service in 1985,

serving in Zaire, Jamaica andMalaysia,

as well as in domestic assignments at the

State Department and the Office of the U.S.

Trade Representative.

A newly elected State vice president at

the American Foreign Service Association

in 1997, Mr. Geisler was tapped to serve as

AFSA president when the elected presi-

dent, Al LaPorta, had to leave to become

ambassador toMongolia. During his term,

Mr. Geisler testified before House and

Senate panels on foreign affairs funding,

security matters and government reform

legislation.

After leaving the Foreign Service in

1999, Mr. Geisler was a senior adviser to

Senator Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and then

joined Crowell &Moring International as a

director, helping corporations, trade asso-

ciations and sovereign governments solve

problems and take advantage of economic,

commercial and political opportunities.

He left CMI in 2006 for a stint as vice

president of Eisenhower Fellowships, a pri-

vately funded organization that sponsors a

unique exchange program for high-achiev-

ing global leaders aged 35-45, rejoining

CMI in April 2014.

Mr. Geisler is loved and remembered

by thousands of people around the world

for his kindness, his wisdom and wit, his

negotiating talents, his intellect and his

drive. His children and family will remem-

ber him for his creative, absolute and

loving devotion to them.

He volunteered as a reader of books for

the blind, held various positions on the

board of Friends of Togo, the alumni asso-