The Foreign Service Journal - July/August 2017
Table of Contents Table of Contents
Previous Page  68 / 82 Next Page
Basic version Information
Show Menu
Previous Page 68 / 82 Next Page
Page Background





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.

His memoir,

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

and admirers.


Rachel Karp,

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

Washington, D.C.

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 at


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-