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AFSA Scholarship Fund Benefits fromMember Generosity

This spring, the AFSA Schol-

arship Fund received two

sizable memorial bequests

and a generous donation to

support need-based awards

for college-bound Foreign

Service students.

Susan Lowe Modi and

Sorab Modi Memorial

Financial Aid Scholarship.

In 1988, Mr. Sorab Modi

established an AFSA scholar-

ship in memory of his late

wife, United States Informa-

tion Agency Foreign Service

Officer Susan Lowe Modi.

Ms. Modi joined the Foreign

Service in 1968 and served

in Seoul, Mumbai, Rome

and Genoa. While posted in

Washington, D.C., she was a

member of the AFSA Scholar-

ship Committee. Mr. Modi—

born and raised in India—was

a prolific writer and lecturer

on classical music. He passed

away inWashington, D.C., on

Feb. 13.

Ruth Nay and Victor H.

Skiles Memorial Financial

Aid Scholarship.

In 2012,

Mrs. Ruth Nay Skiles estab-

lished an AFSA scholarship in

her own name and that of her

late husband Victor H. Skiles.

Mr. Skiles began his Foreign

Service career with a State

Department assignment to

Greece in 1948. The couple

met during his next posting in

Washington, D.C., and married

in 1958. Mr. Skiles eventually

joined USAID, and retired in

1978 following tours in Israel,

Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Sri

Lanka, Afghanistan and Italy.

The Skiles were active in their

church and enjoyed golfing

and gardening. Mrs. Skiles

passed away inWilliamsburg,

Virginia, on July 24, 2014.

Rozanne (Roz) L. Ridgway

Financial Aid Scholarship.


2009, Ambassador Roz Ridg-

way established a five-year

AFSA scholarship in support

of Foreign Service youth.

Her 32-year career included

serving as ambassador to the

German Democratic Republic

and Finland, ambassador-at-

large for oceans and fisheries

affairs, and counselor of the

department. Since retir-

ing in 1989, Amb. Ridgway

has served on the boards of

many corporate and foreign

affairs-related organizations.

This year, Emerson Electric

provided supplemental fund-

ing to the Ridgway Scholar-

ship—now in its third year—as

a thank you for her service on

its board of trustees.


—Lori Dec,

Scholarship Director

AFSAVietnamTribute Reunites, Raises Foreign Service Profile

The American Foreign Ser-

vice Association recently paid

homage to the more than

600 members of the Foreign

Service whose service in Viet-

nam during the 1960s and

1970s illustrates the institu-

tion’s rich history of dedica-

tion and sacrifice.

The Foreign Service Jour-


kicked off the monthlong

tribute with its largest focus

section ever, titled “40 Years

after the Fall of Saigon: The

Foreign Service in Vietnam,”

featuring narratives by

Foreign Service Vietnam


AFSA’s May 8 screening

of the American Experience’s

“Last Days in Vietnam” docu-

mentary drew more than 150

people to the State Depart-

ment’s Marshall Auditorium.

AFSA’s tribute not only

succeeded in raising the

profile of an entire generation

of Foreign Service officers

whose careers were indelibly

shaped by events in Vietnam

during the 1960s and 1970s,

but it also provided the

occasion for a very special


On seeing the documen-

tary, resettled refugee Tue

Phamdo recognized Joseph

(Joe) McBride as the FSO

who had helped him and

his family escape Vietnam

in 1975. Ambassador (ret.)

Parker Borg was able to

connect Phamdo to McBride.

Both Borg and McBride were

contributing authors in the

April FSJ (see “Mobilizing for South Vietnam’s Last Days”


“Saigon Sayonara”)


The group celebrated

Resettled Vietnamese refugee Tue Phamdo and retired FSO Joe McBride

reunite over dinner more than 40 years after McBride helped Tue and his

family flee Vietnam. From left: Tue Phamdo, Joe McBride and Tue’s family—

wife Nu Ho, daughter-in-law Peggy and son Nam.


their reunion with a dinner in

Silver Spring.


—Thomas Garofalo,

Communications Intern