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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

Kennedy Lion.

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

from pneumonia.

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

Indiana University.

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

publication of

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.