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and served on the board of directors of
the Fabergé Foundation and The George
Washington University’s Public Diplo-
macy Institute, and as president of the
Public Diplomacy Council.
In retirement, Mr. Russell continued
his involvement with music. He was
active as a bass and helped plan the
Yale Alumni Chorus’ international sing-
ing tours. In 2003, his first season, they
were broadcast live from the Kremlin.
The group performed in South America,
England, the Netherlands, South Africa,
Mexico, Guatemala and, in 2010, Cuba.
Serving on the YAC board from 2003
to 2010, he taught those involved in over-
seas tour planning how to approach and
work with the public affairs teams at the
various embassies and consulates.
Mr. Russell also maintained a lifelong
commitment to Camp Rising Sun, a
camp in Rhinebeck, N.Y., that brings
together young, inner-city Americans
and youth from around the world. Rus-
sell’s attendance at CRS during the 1940s
was a formative experience.
Over the years, he used his contacts
around the world to help facilitate the
travel of young people to the camp,
served on its board of directors and was
always available to camp alumni and
staff, attending many summer and world
Family members and friends
remember Mr. Russell as a lively man of
elegance, eloquence, character, warmth,
wisdom, generosity and kindness. They
joie de vivre
, love of the out-
doors, and keen skill with languages and
both word and card games.
Mr. Russell was predeceased by
his wife, Lydie, and his granddaughter
Sophia. He is survived by two sons,
McKinney Jr. (“Ken”), and his wife
Athena Koutso, of Leominster, Mass.,
and Kyle, and his wife Nina Manol-
son, of Somerville, Mass.; a daughter,
Valerie, and her husband Neil Emmott,
of Bristol, England; five grandchildren:
Maia, Jeffrey, Kobi, Ruby and Alfred; one
great-grandchild, Noah; and two broth-
ers, Donald Russell of Florida and Keith
Russell of California.
Memorial contributions in his name
may be made to Camp Rising Sun athttp://tinyurl.com/hxu6v4r.
Barrett Krausz Stephens,
of the late retired Foreign Service Officer
Bart Nelson Stephens, died on March 13
in Lynchburg, Va.
Mrs. Stephens was born in Baltimore,
Md., and graduated from Randolph-
Macon Women’s College in 1945 with
majors in art and biology. From 1946 to
1949 she worked as a photogrammetrist
at the U.S. Army Map Services in Wash-
She accompanied her husband
to Foreign Service posts in Greece,
Germany, Poland, Austria and Thailand
from 1950 until 1982, when he retired
from the Senior Foreign Service.
In embassies and consulates in these
countries Mrs. Stephens supported cul-
tural programs for which her husband
was responsible and entertained foreign
government and cultural leaders, often
at large events. The receptions she
hosted for the 110-member Pittsburgh
Symphony Orchestra during its 10-day
visit to Poland in 1964 were particularly
Mrs. Stephens’ art background and
expertise enabled her to design and
decorate the interiors of many cultural
centers and embassies, such as the new
Amerika Haus cultural center in Nurem-
berg in 1957 and the ambassador’s
residence in Bangkok in the 1970s.
In Bangkok Mrs. Stephens also
organized and presented an acclaimed
charity fashion show on the occasion of
the Queen Mother’s birthday in 1980.
Mrs. Stephens was an artist whose
work won prizes in a 1966 Department
of State exhibition. In 1967, she dis-
played her own work together with Pol-
ish paintings she and her husband had
collected during their tour in Poland
at the Lynchburg Fine Arts Center. Her
paintings graced the covers of four
The Foreign Service Journal
Mrs. Stephens was active in the
Republican Lynchburg City Committee,
and also served as a delegate to state
Mrs. Stephens was predeceased by
her husband in 2015. Survivors include
four daughters, Tracey Stephens of
Nutley, N.J., Schuyler Stephens of Falls
Church, Va., Holly Stephens Tunstall of
Vienna, Va., Sinah Stephens Kostik of
Wixom, Mich.; and five grandchildren.
retired Foreign Service officer with the
U.S. Information Agency, died on Nov.
18, 2016, in Alexandria, Va.
The daughter of William and Anasta-
sia Chantiles Thamakas, Ms. Thamakas
was born in the District of Columbia on
June 25, 1930.
Ms. Thamakas was a pioneer in
women’s broadcasting, achieving the
position of scheduling coordinator
for Voice of America. She worked with
broadcasting luminary Edward R. Mur-
row, as well as coordinating interviews
with distinguished officials such as
President Lyndon Johnson.
Soon after her retirement from USIA
in early 1985, Ms. Thamakas helped
start Washington News Network, the
largest independent television news
bureau in Washington, D.C., where she
served as assignment editor.
Ms. Thamakas is survived by her