THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
Here are some lessons learned
on the retirement transition from
a member of the Foreign Service
who's been there recently.
BY E I L EEN MAL LOY
EileenMalloy retired from the Senior Foreign Service
in 2008 after a 30-year career and continues to work as
an inspection team leader for the Office of the Inspector
General. She served as ambassador to Kyrgyzstan from
1994 to 1997.
or my family, 2014 was the year of the big
downsizing. For me, it was the perfect storm.
I spent it helping to dispose of my father’s
80-year accumulation of art and artifacts;
clearing my aunt’s beloved home of a lifetime
of books, papers and knickknacks; and mov-
ing my own household from Virginia to Wash-
ington state—all while working part-time for
the Office of the Inspector General as a WAE
Want to guess which of these three big tasks was the most
difficult, time-consuming and expensive? My personal move, of
course. It was the first time I had to move household effects at
my own expense since joining the Foreign Service in 1978.
The Big Downsizing
We are all set to go. When the moving van arrives, you will be glad
you took the time to downsize.