THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
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
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
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 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