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ning, education and agriculture.
During the next 10 years (1979-1989),
he was the USAIDmission director in
Guyana, Pakistan and Peru, with a year
(1985-1986) in Washington, D.C., as
USAID’s chief economist.
Mr. Lion retired fromUSAID in July
1989 after a distinguished career during
which he received numerous awards and
In retirement Mr. Lion did develop-
ment consulting work with, for example,
the Ministry of Finance in Hungary and
the Ministry of Agriculture in the Domini-
can Republic. He was also an adjunct
professor in the Economics Department
at American University in Washington,
D.C., where he taught a popular seminar
on development assistance.
In 1994, the Lion family moved to
Bangkok, where his wife, Linda, served
as USAIDmission director. There Mr.
Lion enjoyed assignments with the
United Nations Development Program,
Thailand’s National Institute for Develop-
ment Administration andThommasat
University. He also contributed articles on
development to the local newspaper.
Mr. Lion retired fully in 1996, and
actively pursued his passions: vegetable
gardening, tournament bridge, ping
pong, golf and gourmet cooking. Mrs.
Lion retired fromUSAID in 2002, and the
couple spent time with their girls and
their families, and enjoyed long trips— to
Turkey, Vietnam, Russia, Eastern Europe,
Ireland, Egypt, Jordan and Canada.
Family and friends remember Mr. Lion
for his trademark bowtie and pipe, fierce
intellect, dry sense of humor and his kind,
gentle and loving ways. He was admired
and respected by his colleagues, espe-
cially those whom he mentored over the
years. However, the love of his family and
their accomplishments were his greatest
source of satisfaction, pride and joy.
Mr. Lion was preceded in death by his
parents, David and Anna Holstein Lion;
his daughter Amy Lion; brothers Paul and
Eugene Lion; and former wife, Elizabeth
He is survived by his wife and best
friend of 39 years, Linda N. Lion nee
Kranetz; daughters Ann Lion (and her
husband, Marc Luoma), Kristin Lion
Torres (and her husband, Juan Pablo)
and Karin Lion (and her partner, Bonnie
Levin); granddaughters Sara Coleman
Hernandez (and her husband, Phil), Ali
Coleman and Mia Lion Torres; sisters-
in-law, Barbara Kranetz Green and Jo
Lechay Lion; nieces Jaime Green Roberts
(and her husband, Jeff), Jenny Lion (and
her husband, Steve Matheson) and Angel
Lion; and nephew Jason Green (Tovah).
Donations may be made in Mr. Lion’s
name to the Louis August Jonas Founda-
tion in New York. In 1930, that founda-
tion established and still operates Camp
Rising Sun, an international leadership
program for young adults where Mr. Lion
spent four very meaningful summers.
Willie A. Whitten Jr.,
87, a retired
Foreign Service officer, died on April 22
at the Legacy Personal Care Home in
Loganville, Ga., following complications
Mr. Whitten was born and raised in
Weir, Miss., the son of Willie Amzie and
Velma Elizabeth (Eddleman) Whitten. In
his early years, he helped on the family
farm. After graduating fromWeir High
School in 1946, he met his wife, Lucille
Stinnett, at her church in Kentucky, where
his Uncle Charles served as pastor. The
couple married in 1948.
Mr. Whitten attended Mississippi
College, graduating in 1951 with a B.A.
in sociology. Following his receipt of a
B.D. from Southern Seminary in 1954, he
served for seven years as the associate
director of the Southern Baptist Semi-
nary Extension Department in Nashville,
Tenn. In 1966 he earned a doctorate of
education degree in adult education from
Mr. Whitten joined the Foreign Service
with the State Department in 1963. Dur-
ing a 24-year diplomatic career, he served
in Liberia, Tanzania, Afghanistan and
parts of Asia. He retired as a commis-
sioned officer from the Foreign Service
in 1987, and spent his retirement years in
Norcross and Sugar Hill, Ga.
Mr. Whitten was also a former pastor
of the First Baptist Church in Richland,
Miss. Artifacts from the Whittens’ time
in Liberia are in collections at Indiana
University and Mississippi College.
Mr. Whitten was an active and beloved
member for many years at First Baptist
Church of Chamblee, which later became
Johns Creek Baptist Church, inspiring
others through his service as a deacon
and Sunday School teacher.
In retirement, he enjoyed serving as a
chaplain for the local chapter of the Good
Sam R.V. Club. His interest in genealogy
and photography culminated in the 2000
Beulah and Beyond: A Story
of the Beulah Baptist Church and Commu-
nity in Historical Perspective, 1835-1999,
about the people, church, school and land
of Choctaw County, Miss.
Mr. Whitten leaves his wife of 68
years, Lucille (Stinnett) Whitten; his son,
Warren Allen Whitten; his brother, Rev.
Charles WilliamWhitten; grandsons Wade
AllenWhitten and Travis RyanWhitten;
granddaughter Casey JoAnne Whitten; and
many cousins and close friends.
Contributions may be made to Johns
Creek Baptist Church, 6910McGinnis Ferry
Road, Alpharetta GA 30005, or to theW. A.
Whitten Sr. Memorial Endowment Fund at
Mississippi College (Attn: Barbara Brown
King), Box 4005, ClintonMS 39058.