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J UN E 2 0 1 2 / F OR E I GN S E R V I C E J OU R N A L
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smile onher face,” her daughter, Melissa,
fondly recalls. “She was our teacher, dis-
ciplinarian, comforter and adviser. She
impressed upon us to do our best in
everything. She was a very compassion-
ate and giving person who especially
enjoyed cooking, traveling, long walks,
riding bikes and playing soccer. She was
also a devout Christian.”
Sharon was happy with her new life
inNigeria. She particularly enjoyed cook-
ing and baking for her co-workers and
newfound friends, including host-coun-
try nationals. She also loved her visits to
neighboring villages to read to the chil-
dren.
Melissa’s last conversation with her
mother took place via Skype on Dec. 20,
2010. “We spokeof herupcomingvisit and
howexcitedshewas tomeetmy thirdchild,
whowasdue inJanuary2011. Shewas look-
ing forward to her upcoming assignment.
Weendedourconversationbysaying, ‘I love
you.’ My mother would have wanted me
to tell eachandeveryoneof you thankyou
for your love and friendship.”
Sharon’sname joins the235othernames
inscribed on AFSA’s memorial plaques,
which honor Foreign Service employees
whohavegiventheir lives inthe lineof duty.
We salute their lives and their service.
I
n July 2011, Daniel Kiang, 67, a retired
State Department Foreign Service
officer, lost his life to lung cancer. His
will established the “Kiang Fund for
Excellence”with a $100,000 gift. The fund
benefits AFSA’s financial aid scholarship
program, bestowing a scholarship annu-
ally in perpetuity beginningwith the 2012-
2013 school year. These need-based
scholarships are open to children of
Foreign Service employees pursuing their
undergraduate college degree.
Mr. Kiang was born in Shanghai. He
spent his childhood in Tokyo and
Okinawa, where he graduated fromaU.S.
Department of Defense high school. He
went on to receive his undergraduate
degree at DartmouthCollege, followed by
advanced degrees in international rela-
tions andChinese history fromColumbia
University.
Following university,Mr. Kiang served
in the U.S. Army for three years. He
joined the Foreign Service in 1979 as a
political officer in theDepartment of State,
spending most of his career in the East
Asia and Pacific Bureau. He was assigned
to London, Beijing, Shenyang (where he
was a member of the team that opened
the consulate inMay 1984), Taipei, Hong
Kong and Kuala Lumpur. Mr. Kiang
retired in 2004.
A longtime devotee of classical music,
he studied piano in high school and, while
a student at Columbia, attended the
MetropolitanOpera as a standee. He fre-
quented London’sWest End theater dis-
trict, subscribed to the Washington
Opera and patronized the city’s ballet.
Throughout his illness, Mr. Kiang
greatly appreciated the kindness of his
friends whowent out of their way tomake
his remaining timemore comfortable. He
established the scholarship program in
recognition of the positive impact the
Foreign Service had on his life. Ms. Laura
Melanes, an FSO colleague, will coordi-
nate Mr. Kiang’s award with AFSA.
AFSA President Susan Johnson (left); Lori Dec,
AFSA scholarship director; Ian Houston, AFSA
executive director; and AFSA Scholarship Com-
mittee Chairwoman Ambassador Lange Schermer-
horn accept the Kiang Fund for Excellence schol-
arship gift.
Kiang Fund for Excellence Scholarship Established
BY LORI DEC, AFSA SCHOLARSHIP DIRECTOR
Plaque • Continued from page 45
Savana Rushing and a friend pay tribute at the
AFSA Memorial Plaque bearing her grandmoth-
er’s name.
Sharon S. Clark’s family meets with AFSA and department officials before the Plaque Ceremony on May 4.