THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
of Greenwich, Conn.; four grandchildren;
and his brother, Arthur Graham of East
Donations in his memory may be
made to the Fund for American Diplo-
macy, AFSA, 2101 E Street NW, Washing-
ton DC 20037.
Roy A. Harrell Jr.,
81, a retired
Foreign Service officer, died on Jan. 16 at
Shannon Hospital in San Angelo, Texas,
Mr. Harrell was born to Roy Alvin and
Lucile Ingham Harrell on Jan. 9, 1936,
in Fort Worth, Texas, and grew up on
the Harrell family ranch south of Ozona,
Texas, where he raised livestock, repaired
windmills, adopted stray wildlife and
enjoyed the 4-H Club and rodeos.
He was forever grateful to the Mayo
Clinic in Rochester, Minn., for saving his
eyesight, beginning with muscle trans-
plant surgery at the age of 4.
After finishing the eighth grade in
Ozona, Mr. Harrell transferred to the
Schreiner Institute in Kerrville, Texas,
and then went on to the University
of Texas, where he earned degrees in
economics and romance languages. He
spent one semester at the University of
Mexico as an exchange student.
Determined to prepare himself to
work in foreign affairs, Mr. Harrell first
attended Duke University Law School
and then the Johns Hopkins University’s
School for Advanced International Stud-
ies, where he obtained his doctorate.
He simultaneously pursued a master’s
degree in economics at American Univer-
sity in Washington, D.C.
In 1967 he married Charlotte Purcell
of El Paso, Texas, and she accompanied
him on many of his adventures during
the next 50 years.
Mr. Harrell worked for the Central
Intelligence Agency for a year prior to
joining the Foreign Service. He served as
a Spanish-English translator during the
Cuban Missile Crisis, and then joined the
U.S. Agency for International Develop-
ment, where he helped plan assistance
projects for various African countries.
Though he traveled widely on the Afri-
can continent, Mr. Harrell had perma-
nent assignments to Guinea, Chad, Niger
and Ghana. He had temporary assign-
ments in many other countries, including
Sudan, Côte d’Ivoire and Guinea-Bissau.
Two highlights of his life were meetings
with Albert Schweitzer in Gabon and
Nelson Mandela in South Africa.
Mr. Harrell pursued many interests
throughout his life. A 60-year member of
Ozona Masonic Lodge, he also belonged
to several other lodges, including Eastern
Star. A Rotarian, he attended several
Rotary International conventions. He
was a lifetime member of the American
Foreign Service Association and a mem-
ber of DACOR. And he attended local
churches wherever he lived.
In 1995 Mr. and Mrs. Harrell retired
to the Harrell Ranch in Crockett County,
Texas, to enjoy a more relaxed lifestyle
and tend to a small herd of Texas long-
horn cattle and many Boer goats, as well
as a deer-hunting operation. He was the
last of four generations of Harrells to own
and live on this ranch.
Academia always interested Mr. Har-
rell. At Angelo State University he and
E. James Holland, a retired dean, devel-
oped the E. James Holland-Roy A. Harrell
Jr. Foreign Affairs Speakers Program, an
annual event that began in 2003.
Mr. Harrell is survived by his wife,
Charlotte Purcell Harrell; his daughter,
Elizabeth Stuart Deal of Charlottesville,
Va.; two grandchildren, Phiala Ingham
Deal and Zephan Cardell Deal; many
cousins; and two aunts.
Friends wishing to honor his memory