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MAY 2017





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

systems analyst.

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

several countries.

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

her home.

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

in Helsinki.

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

Francisco, Calif.

Born in Connecticut and raised in

Minneapolis, Minn., where he attended

the Blake School, Mr. Fischer gradu-

ated from Brown University in 1960 and