THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
In 1976 President Gerald Ford named him
assistant secretary of State for Oceans and
International Environmental and Scien-
tific Affairs, and in 1977 President Jimmy
Carter appointed himU.S. ambassador to
Ambassador Irving always acknowl-
edged his wife Dorothy’s critical, if unpaid,
role in forging andmaintaining personal
and professional ties that supported U.S.
interests at home and abroad.
Amb. Irving retired from the Foreign
Service in 1978 and joined the Kennedy
School of Government at Harvard Univer-
He often spoke to schools and civic
organizations about his experience as a
prisoner of war, his efforts in the U.S. For-
eign Service to promote practical peaceful
solutions to disagreements, and the need
for all Americans to ensure that the free-
doms, justice and prosperity we enjoy are
available equally to all people inside and
outside U.S. borders.
Mr. President, Do You
Think I Have Rocks in My Head?—Expe-
riences of Frederick Irving, American
was published in 2015. His oral
history is archived in the Association of
Diplomatic Studies and Training collec-
tion, in the Brown and Fletcher alumni
magazines, and in the Yiddish Book Cen-
ter. In 2017 the National War College post-
humously awarded Ambassador Irving its
first Distinguished Alumni Award.
Amb. Irving’s beloved wife, Dorothy,
predeceased him in 2010. He is survived by
three children: Susan, Rick and Barbara;
their families; andmany treasured friends
99, a former Foreign
Service officer and the wife of retired FSO
Samuel Karp, died in Walnut Creek, Calif.,
on Jan. 28.
Born Rachel Lou Keil in Genoa Bluff,
Iowa, Mrs. Karp graduated from the
University of Iowa in 1943 with a degree
in hospital dietetics. She joined the
Women’s Army Corps the same year
and served with General Eisenhower’s
headquarters during World War II as a
cryptographer in Algiers; she also served
in Caserta, Italy. Mrs. Karp was honor-
ably discharged from the Women’s Army
Corps in 1946.
After the war, Mrs. Karp joined the U.S.
Foreign Service. She was assigned to Ath-
ens, where she met her future husband,
who was also working at the embassy.
With their marriage in 1949, Mrs. Karp
resigned from the Foreign Service in
compliance with the rules of that time.
The couple had four children.
Mrs. Karp served alongside her hus-
band throughout the rest of his Foreign
Service career. During the next 30 years,
they were posted in Budapest, London
(twice), Montreal, Kingston, Ciudad
Juarez, La Paz, Panama City, Managua,
Hong Kong and Mexico City, as well as
Mr. Karp retired in 1978, and the cou-
ple moved to San Marcos, Calif., where
they lived for 17 years. They relocated to
Walnut Creek in 2005.
Mrs. Karp was an avid gardener,
reader, cook and bridge player.
She is survived by Samuel Karp, her
husband of 68 years; her four children—
Daniel, Susan, Larry and Marylou—and
their spouses; and many grandchildren
and great- grandchildren.
Mr. Karp would welcome hearing from
anyone who knew his wife in the Wom-
en’s Army Corps or the Foreign Service email@example.com.
Donor M. Lion,
92, a retired FSO
and distinguished Career Minister in the
Senior Foreign Service of the U.S. Agency
for International Development, died
peacefully inMcLean, Va., with his wife by
his side on April 22.
Mr. Lion was born onMay 3, 1924, in
New York City, the eldest of three sons.
His parents gave himhis unusual name
because they wanted him to be a giver. He
grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y., and graduated
fromErasmus Hall High School as presi-
dent of the senior class. He earned his B. A.
and Ph.D. fromHarvard University and his
M.A. from the University of Buffalo, all in
Mr. Lion’s first foray into U.S. foreign
assistance programs was in 1952 in Oslo,
where he helped to implement the Mar-
shall Plan. Two years later, he joined the
private sector as an economic consultant,
spending three years at Robert R. Nathan
Associates inWashington, D.C., and five
years at Booz Allen Hamilton in Chicago.
In 1962, a former Marshall Plan col-
league recruited him to join USAID,
fulfilling his parents’ hopes and dreams.
He began his career in Brazil in support
of the Alliance for Progress, starting out
in Rio de Janeiro for two years and then
serving for five years in Recife. He was the
first person to hold dual roles as director of
USAID’s Northeast Brazil Mission and the
U.S. embassy’s consul general. Mr. Lion’s
mandate was to help develop Brazil’s most
impoverished region by providing assis-
tance in education, agriculture, health and
In 1971 he returned toWashington,
D.C., to attend the yearlong Senior Semi-
nar. Mr. Lion spent the next five years in
several senior positions in Washington
in the Bureau for Latin America and the
Caribbean, ultimately rising to the posi-
tion of acting assistant administrator.
In 1977, Mr. Lion moved to Jamaica,
again serving in a dual capacity as USAID
mission director and the embassy’s eco-
nomic counselor. Here he concentrated
on economic policy, health, family plan-