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MAY 2017



tor, Office of Chinese and Mongolian

Affairs; consul general in Sapporo; and

deputy chief of the economic and politi-

cal section at U.S. Consulate General

Hong Kong during the British hando-

ver in 1997. Earlier in his career, Mr.

Meserve opened the U.S. Representative

Office in Nagoya.

He was the recipient of Department of

State Superior Honor awards for men-

toring staff, management, analysis and

policy implementation.

Mr. Meserve had a tremendous love

for travel, and even after retiring spent

a great deal of time planning and taking

trips. His ties to Maine ran deep, however,

and he returned there regularly to visit.

Family members and friends remem-

ber him as a wonderful storyteller with a

prodigious memory who will be greatly

missed for his wit, intelligence, wide-

ranging curiosity and knowledge, and his

passion for living.

Survivors include his wife of 40 years,

Carol Morland; and his daughters, Anna

Meserve Fraser (and her husband, Kevin)

and Leah Meserve-Callahan (and her

husband, Dylan).


Dorothy Eileen Kennedy Prince,

100, widow of the late FSO Edward Philip

Prince, died on Jan. 20 in Lewiston,


Mrs. Prince was born on Aug. 27,

1916, in Manchester, N.H. She met her

husband in the summer of 1946 when

she was secretary to the Foreign Service

Examining Board, and he came to take

the exam.

The couple married and departed

for their first assignment in November

1946. They served overseas in Budapest,

Montreal, Wellington, Helsinki, Dublin,

Ankara and Tehran.

When Mr. Prince retired from the

Foreign Service in 1973 they settled in

Tamworth, N.H. Mr. Prince died in 1980,

and in 1994 Mrs. Prince moved to Maine.

Dorothy Prince is survived by her

daughter, Noelle Prince Shear; and three

sons, Jonathan, Anthony and Philip.


Roger A. Provencher,

93, a retired

Foreign Service officer, died on Oct. 20,

2016, in Ladysmith, Va.

Born in Manchester, N.H., Mr.

Provencher served in the U.S. Army dur-

ing World War II, landing with the 29th

Infantry Division on Omaha Beach in

Normandy on June 6, 1944.

He was one of a group of three

French-speaking U.S. reconnaissance

soldiers who, on Aug. 21, were the first to

enter Paris to meet with resistance fight-

ers in preparation for the city’s liberation.

The French government recognized

Mr. Provencher’s role in the liberation of

Paris in 1990 in a ceremony at Paris City

Hall, where the mayor awarded him the

city’s Medal of Honor and gave him a key

to the city.

In 1949, Mr. Provencher received his

bachelor’s degree in French from the

University of New Hampshire. He then

went to Sorbonne University in Paris,

where he began doctoral studies in


His studies were cut short, however,

when he was appointed a reserve first

lieutenant and served briefly as a transla-

tor at the Nuremberg trials and then in

various positions in Paris.

Mr. Provencher joined the Foreign

Service in 1951. He served overseas in

Germany (twice), Thailand, Italy (twice),

the Belgian Congo (now the Republic of

the Congo), Libya, the Central African

Republic, Upper Volta (now Burkina

Faso), the Soviet Union (twice), Laos and


In 1961, on special assignment

between postings, he served as general

manager of Pan African Airlines based in

Lagos. He served as the deputy com-

missioner general of the U.S. pavilion at

Expo 67 in Montreal, and attended the

National War College in 1970, earning his

master’s degree in national security.

Mr. Provencher retired from the For-

eign Service as a Minister Counselor in

1978, following the death of his first wife,

Josette M. Camus. He then took a posi-

tion at the United Nations in Switzerland

as deputy director general of the Interna-

tional Telecommunications Union.

He is survived by his son, Carl A.

Provencher, a retired U.S. Army major;

his daughter, Frances Provencher-

Kambour, a retired economic adviser at

USAID; two grandchildren, Christopher

C. Provencher and Tiffany R. Hogan; two

great-grandsons; one great-granddaugh-

ter; his sister, Lauri Provencher; and his

second wife, Barazandeh Samiian.

He was predeceased in 2011 by his

third wife, Mary Lou Lewis Sax, and

in 2014 by his grandson Richard R.



Sherman H. Ross,

92, a retired

Foreign Service officer, died on Dec. 19

at Hospice of the Panhandle in Kear-

neysville, W. Va.

Mr. Ross was born in Stiltner, W.

Va., on Sept. 22, 1924, the son of Ker-

rick (Kirk) and Vicie Napier Ross. After

service in the Army Air Corps (B-17) dur-

ing World War II, he married Elinor M.

Stephenson, of Meridian, Miss.

Mr. Ross attended Yale University

under the G.I. Bill and received his

bachelor’s degree in English and French

in 1949. He then returned to rural West

Virginia and requested to teach in a one-

room school near his birthplace, like the

one he had attended. For Mr. Ross, teach-

ers had opened the door to experiencing

the world, and he wanted to share the