THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
Harry A. Cahill
, 85, a retired Foreign
Service officer, died on April 8 at a hospital
in Falls Church, Va., from injuries sus-
tained in a fall at his home.
Mr. Cahill was born on Jan. 10, 1930, in
New York City, and graduated fromMan-
hattan College in 1951. He served in the
U.S. Army for three years before joining the
Foreign Service in 1956. He later earned
his M.S. fromThe George Washington
University in 1972.
During a 34-year career, Mr. Cahill
served as political officer inWarsaw (1962-
1964), economic officer in Belgrade (1965-
1968) and economic-commercial officer
inMontevideo (1968-1971), where his
tour coincided with the Tupamaro urban
terrorist campaign. He was detailed to the
Industrial College of the Armed Forces
in 1971, and then to the Department of
Commerce (1972-1974), where he worked
on programs for the Voice of America.
Mr. Cahill served as counselor for
economic affairs at Embassy Lagos
(1975-1978), as deputy chief of mission
at Embassy Colombo (1979-1981) and
directed the U.S. Commercial Service from
1982 to 1983. He was consul general in
He closed out his diplomatic career
from 1988 to 1990 at the U.S. Mission to
the United Nations, as minister-counselor
for economic affairs and acting deputy
representative on the U.N. Economic and
Following retirement, he remained a
senior consultant with the State Depart-
ment. He was fluent in nine languages and
authored a book on U.S.-China trade,
China Trade and U.S. Tariffs
Chicago Press, 1973). During the 1990s, Mr.
Cahill served in Bosnia and Herzegovina
as an election supervisor with the Orga-
nization for Security and Cooperation in
Europe, and as refugee affairs coordinator
at Embassy Sarajevo.
He also served as a consultant to the
U.S. Department of Defense for Iraq and
Afghanistan, directed the Indo-American
Chamber of Commerce and taught
international business management at
He was a member of Our Lady of Good
Counsel Catholic Church in Vienna, Va.,
and past president of the philanthropic
Hinduja Foundation. Mr. Cahill was also a
member of the AFSA Governing Board.
Mr. Cahill is survived by his beloved
wife of 58 years, Angelica; children, Alan
Cahill, Daniel Cahill (Beth), Sylvia Cahill,
Irene Cahill (Julie Landrio), Madeleine
Gabriele (Vince) and Steven Cahill (Clau-
dia); and grandchildren, Ashley, Dylan,
Cole, Alexander, Matthew and Brady.
Memorial contributions may be made
in his name toDoctors Without Borders.
George F. Jones
, 79, a retired FSO
and former ambassador to Guyana, died
on April 20 in Fairfax, Va., of a heart attack.
Mr. Jones was born in San Angelo,
Texas, and raised inWashington, D.C., and
Austin, Texas, where he graduated from
Austin High School in 1951. He received an
A.B. (magna cum laude) fromWabash Col-
lege in 1955, an honorary Doctor of Laws
degree in 2000 andmaster’s degrees from
the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
in 1956 and Stanford University in 1967.
He graduated from the National War Col-
lege in 1978, where he received the U.S.
Army Association prize for “excellence in
research and writing.”
After working briefly for the Interna-
tional Cooperation Administration (now
USAID), Mr. Jones entered the Foreign Ser-
vice in 1956. During a career that spanned
almost 50 years, he served as a specialist in
Latin American affairs.
He was assigned to Quito in 1958 and,
in 1960, marriedMaria Rosario Correa
there. Postings followed to Accra and
Caracas. He served at State as desk officer
for Venezuela and Colombia from 1967
to 1971, when he was assigned to the U.S.
Mission to the International Atomic Energy
Agency in Vienna as a political adviser.
After service in Guatemala City (1974-
1977), a year at the National War College
and work on regional political programs
at State (1978-1982), Mr. Jones served as
deputy chief of mission in San Jose (1982-
1985) and in Santiago (1985-1989).
In 1992, President George H.W. Bush
appointedMr. Jones U.S. ambassador to
the Republic of Guyana. He worked closely
with former President Jimmy Carter in
support of free and fair elections there,
which resulted in Guyana’s first transfer of
power from an incumbent to an opposi-
Ambassador Jones was twice the senior
adviser on Latin American affairs to the U.S.
delegation to the U.N. General Assembly
inNewYork, and was amember of the U.S.
government delegation to the funeral of
Guyana’s President Cheddi Jagan inMarch
After retiring from the Foreign Service
in 1995, Amb. Jones became a specialist in
support for democratic election processes
and election observation. From 1996 to
1999, he was director of programs for the
Americas at the International Foundation
for Election Systems, and from 2000 to
2005 he was director of Democracy and
Governance Programs for Development
He chaired international observer
missions to elections in Paraguay (1996),
Honduras (1997) and Guyana (1997), and
was a member of observer missions to
Ecuador, Haiti, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicara-
gua, Puerto Rico and Venezuela. He was
senior technical adviser to the Guyana
Elections Commission during the 2001
Amb. Jones was active in AFSA and