The Foreign Service Journal - July/August 2014 - page 68

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David C. Brooks,
56, a Foreign
Service officer with the State Department,
died on April 2 at Virginia Hospital in
Arlington, Va.
Mr. Brooks was born in Middletown,
Conn., on March 28, 1958. He graduated
fromValley Regional High School in 1976,
and received a B.A. and an M.A. from
Trinity College in Hartford, Conn.
Mr. Brooks was a Fulbright Scholar in
Nicaragua, and earned his doctorate in
Latin American history from the Univer-
sity of Connecticut in 1998. In 2013, he
was awarded a master’s degree from the
Army War College.
Prior to joining the Foreign Service
in 1993, he taught history and coached
wrestling at the Kingswood Oxford School
in West Hartford, Conn.
Mr. Brooks began his Foreign Service
career in public diplomacy with the U.S.
Information Agency and then became a
political officer at the State Department.
During his 21-year career, he served as a
cultural affairs officer in Warsaw, a trade
officer in Caracas, and as a political officer
in São Paulo, Lima and Managua.
He served as deputy chief of mission in
Luanda prior to returning to Washington,
D.C., last summer as chief of the State
Department’s Bureau of Educational and
Cultural Affairs policy unit.
Mr. Brooks was an expert in Latin
American politics. Colleagues remem-
ber that he was known for being able to
disarm the most anti-American audiences
with engaging talks on American culture—
especially comic books, which allowed
him to explain U.S. policy in a context
anyone could understand.
No audience was beyond the reach of
Mr. Brooks’ enthusiasm, his passion for
American culture and the desire to con-
nect with people, they recall. Mr. Brooks
received many honors during his diplo-
matic career, including the Secretary’s
IN MEMORY
Award for Outreach, presented to him by
Secretary of State Colin Powell in 2004.
Mr. Brooks was also a member of
Toastmasters, where he competed regu-
larly and won several awards.
He is survived by his wife of 24 years,
Nancy Rios-Brooks, also an FSO and a
member of the AFSA Governing Board;
their three children, Fernando, Jack and
Elisabeth; and a brother, Douglas Brooks
(and his wife, Catherine) of Vergennes, Vt.
n
Lisa Chiles
, a retired USAID Foreign
Service officer who held the rank of career
minister, died on May 19 in Santa Barbara,
Calif.
A native of North Carolina, Ms. Chiles
received a bachelor’s degree from Salem
College in North Carolina, a J.D. from
Emory University and a master’s degree
in international and comparative law and
trade fromVrije Universiteit Brussel in
Belgium.
Prior to joining USAID, Ms. Chiles
was a trial attorney in the International
Antitrust Section of the U.S. Department
of Justice.
During her nearly 30-year career at
USAID, Ms. Chiles served as legal adviser
in the Office of the General Counsel in
Washington, D.C., and as the regional
legal adviser in the Philippines, Sri Lanka
and Indonesia. She also served as deputy
mission director in Bangladesh and as
mission director in Pakistan, Cambodia
and Sri Lanka.
Having previously worked with Ambas-
sador Ryan Crocker in Pakistan, she hap-
pily agreed to his request that she serve as
acting mission director in Iraq.
Ms. Chiles was the deputy assistant
administrator for USAID’s Asia and Near
East Bureau before serving as the agency’s
counselor fromMay 2008 through July
2009. She was a recipient of the Meritori-
ous Presidential Service Award.
After retirement, Ms. Chiles settled in
Santa Barbara, where she resumed paint-
ing—one of her passions—and worked
with various committees at All Saints by
the Sea Church. She also contributed her
management experience to the Music
Academy of the West.
Colleagues and family members recall
how enriching Ms. Chiles found her work
at USAID, including her interaction with
colleagues and other stakeholders, and
how she used the lessons learned to teach
her children the virtues of compassion
and kindness.
Ms. Chiles is survived by her husband,
Austin Pullé; her children, Roshani and
Ananda Julian; her son-in-law, Tom
Inwood; and her granddaughter, Evange-
line Inwood.
n
Dorothy Green
, 94, wife of the late
USAID FSO Chuck Green, died peacefully
on April 7 at her home in Malibu, Calif.,
surrounded by her family.
Born on Aug. 14, 1919, in Canada, Mrs.
Green grew up in Iowa and moved to Cali-
fornia after meeting and marrying Chuck
Green. Unable to attend college during the
Depression, she attended Santa Monica
College while raising their two children
and earned her bachelor’s degree from the
University of California, Los Angeles.
On joining the Foreign Service, Mr.
Green served first with the U.S. Informa-
tion Agency and later with the U.S. Agency
for International Development. The
Greens were posted overseas in Colombia
(twice), the Dominican Republic, Peru,
Vietnam and Indonesia.
Mrs. Green was always the first to
say yes to a new assignment. As family
members recall, she never complained,
even when they were assigned to Vietnam
during the war. One of a small number of
wives allowed to be in Saigon at that time,
Mrs. Green worked there for the Internal
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