THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
John Albert Collins,
86, a retired
Foreign Service officer, died on Oct.
2, 2016, at Casey’s Pond in Steamboat
Springs, Colo., of Lewy Body Parkinson’s
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Sept. 10,
1930, the son of Nicholas Martin Collins
and Cecilia Barry Collins, Mr. Collins
attended Regis High School. A graduate
of St. John’s University of New York City
and the New York University School of
Law, Mr. Collins was a member of the
New York State Bar.
During the Korean conflict he served
for more than three years as an officer in
the United States Navy. After release from
active duty in 1956 he worked for several
years with the M.W. Kellogg Corporation
as a buyer of industrial equipment and a
Mr. Collins joined the Department of
State in 1961 and was commissioned as a
Foreign Service officer in 1962. During a
more than 20-year diplomatic career, he
and his family served both overseas and
in the United States.
Overseas postings included Aleppo,
Stockholm, Thessaloniki and Athens.
Stateside Mr. Collins served in Madison,
Wis.—the first officer to serve with the
governor’s office, as well as in various
assignments in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Collins retired from the Foreign
Service in 1982, but stayed involved in
government for the next 20 years. With his
wife, Trudy, he worked for victims’ rights
and habeas corpus reform, lobbying Capi-
tol Hill and testifying before Congress.
In 1985, the Collins’ daughter,
Suzanne, an accomplished member of
the U.S. Marine Corps, was tragically
murdered. Besides becoming spokesper-
sons for the rights of victims, the couple
established a scholarship in her honor to
help Foreign Service members’ children
with their education.
Mr. Collins is warmly remembered by
family members and his many friends as
a remarkable man.
Mr. Collins was predeceased by both
parents, his daughter Suzanne Marie
Collins and his sister Aileen Patricia
He is survived by his wife of almost 60
years, Trudy A. Collins; his son, Stephen
T. Collins; his younger sister, Cecilia Joyce
Collins; his daughter-in-law, Theresa
Kassandra Collins; and his granddaugh-
ter, Sienna Suzanne Collins; as well as
numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.
Memorial contributions may be made
to the Suzanne Marie Collins Perpetual
Scholarship, c/o the American Foreign
Service Association Scholarship Fund,
2101 E Street NW, Washington DC 20037.
Lea Maria Kristiina Cristina,
the wife of retired Foreign Service Officer
Stephen Cristina, died suddenly on Jan. 1
in Bethesda, Md.
The daughter of Juho Kaarlo Väinö
(Jussi) Jännes and Kaste-Helmi Marjatta
(Pisko) Kangas, Lea Cristina grew up
in Finland and subsequently lived in
France, Spain and the United States.
A skilled and accomplished artist,
Mrs. Cristina painted in oil, acrylic and
watercolor, and sculpted in clay and
paper maché, in addition to working with
digital art. Her works have been shown in
Both before and after her marriage in
1976 to Stephen Cristina, Mrs. Cristina
traveled extensively. She was fluent in
more than 10 languages. The couple
settled in New Orleans, La., where she
had several professional shows.
When Mr. Cristina joined the Foreign
Service in 1987, she accompanied him
to Brazil, Holland, Belgium, Albania,
Afghanistan and Denmark.
Wherever she was, Mrs. Cristina
helped promote understanding and
cooperation between the United States
and foreign countries through her abili-
ties with foreign languages, her work in
the arts and her graciousness in hosting
people from different sectors of society at
She instituted an art exchange
between Albanian art students and
Loyola University in New Orleans. In
Afghanistan, where she worked for a year
in the embassy’s cultural affairs unit, she
was responsible for putting together a
well-received photo exhibit of the history
of U.S.-Afghanistan diplomatic relations.
One of her most successful projects
was the first exhibit of the Albanian
Marubi photographs at the City Museum
Family members and friends remem-
ber Mrs. Cristina as a wonderful, warm,
creative and joyful mother and wife. A
quiet and private person, she was also a
bon vivant who loved good wine, good
food, good friends and conversation, they
recall. She enjoyed spending time in her
garden or curling up with a good book.
Mrs. Cristina leaves behind her hus-
band of more than 43 years, Stephen of
Bethesda, Md.; two sons, Arvid (and his
wife, Nancy Schmitt) and Jan (and his
wife, Sanna Teräsvirta); a granddaughter,
Ella; a grandson, Tyko; her brother, Jukka
Jännes and his family; and many grieving
family members and friends in Finland,
the United States and throughout the
David J. Fischer,
77, a retired For-
eign Service officer and former ambas-
sador, died on Nov. 22, 2016, in San
Born in Connecticut and raised in
Minneapolis, Minn., where he attended
the Blake School, Mr. Fischer gradu-
ated from Brown University in 1960 and