The Foreign Service Journal - June 2014 - page 43

AFSA NEWS
THE OFFICIAL RECORD OF THE AMERICAN FOREIGN SERVICE ASSOCIATION
The Foreign Service Remembers
Antoinette “Toni”Tomasek
Continued on page 48
THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
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JUNE 2014
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AFSA MEMOR I AL CEREMONY
The Foreign Service family
came together in remem-
brance of USAID Foreign Ser-
vice officer Antoinette “Toni”
Beaumont Tomasek during
this year’s AFSA Memorial
Ceremony on May 2 at the
State Department.
A community health spe-
cialist at the USAID mission in
Port-au-Prince, Ms. Tomasek
died on June 26, 2013, from
injuries sustained in a car
accident during a medical
supply delivery to a local
clinic. She is survived by her
husband Adam Tomasek and
their two children, Amelie (7)
and Alexandre (9).
After joining USAID in
2009, Ms. Tomasek was
posted to Indonesia, where
she was a principal author
of its Global Health Initia-
tive, which guides the work
of USAID’s mission in the
country.
Prior to joining the agency,
she had worked on health and
development issues both at
home and abroad, and served
as a Peace Corps Volunteer in
Paraguay.
AFSA President Robert
J. Silverman opened the
ceremony with a tribute to
Ms. Tomasek and her family.
He called it his solemn honor
to add her name to the list of
244 others on the memorial
plaques that bear witness
to the many sacrifices made
by members of the Foreign
Service.
USAID Administrator Rajiv
Shah, participating in the
ceremony for the first time,
spoke of Ms. Tomasek’s life
and service: “No challenge
was too big or too complex
for Toni, but just in case
things got tough, she always
kept a bowl of chocolates on
her desk for her colleagues.
She designed groundbreak-
Facing the Armed Forces Color Guard from the Military District of
Washington, AFSA President Robert J. Silverman leads the Pledge of
Allegiance (above) during the AFSA Memorial Ceremony at the State
Department on May 2 to honor USAID FSO Antoinette “Toni” Tomasek,
whose name was added to the memorial plaques (below). Ms. Tomasek
died while on duty in Haiti.
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