The Foreign Service Journal - September 2014 - page 72

Donald Y. Gilmore,
90, a retired
Foreign Service officer with the U.S.
Information Agency, died on June 17 at
Havenwood-Heritage Heights Nursing
Facility in Concord, N.H.
Born on Sept. 14, 1923, in Charlot-
tesville, Va., Mr. Gilmore grew up in
Providence, R.I., where he graduated
fromProvidence Country Day School in
1941. He attendedMiddlebury College in
Vermont, and received anM.A. in interna-
tional affairs fromThe Fletcher School of
Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.
During WorldWar II, Mr. Gilmore was
a naval aviator and flight instructor in Pen-
sacola, Fla. He joined the Foreign Service
in 1951.
Mr. Gilmore’s overseas assignments
included Senegal, Morocco, Tunisia,
Belgium, India and Colombia. He served
for several years as director of French lan-
guage broadcasting at the Voice of America
and, later, as a deputy assistant director of
USIA inWashington, D.C.
He was accompanied on his Foreign
Service postings by his wife, Norma (Nicki)
Kerr Gilmore, a former State Department
employee. Three of their four children
were born in North Africa during assign-
ments there.
From retirement inMeredith, N.H.,
and later in Concord, N.H., Mr. Gilmore
served as a contract escort-interpreter for
State Department cultural exchanges, and
arranged conference programs for the
Fletcher School and the Television Confer-
ence Association.
He also became interested in archaeol-
ogy and attended summer field schools.
He was elected president of the New
England Antiquities Research Association,
serving for six years.
In 1998, Mr. Gilmore co-edited a book
for NEARA,
Across before Columbus?
which explored evidence for transoceanic
contacts with the Americas before 1492.
After undertaking several trips to North
Africa, he lectured on the rock art of the
Sahara Desert.
Mr. andMrs. Gilmore loved the moun-
tains and climbedmost of the “Four-Thou-
sand Footers,” a group of 48 mountains
in NewHampshire. They also hiked in
Switzerland and the Grand Canyon.
Mr. Gilmore is survived by his wife,
Norma; three daughters, Deborah Gilmore
of Voorhees, N.J., Shelly Barton of Laconia,
N.H., and Katherine Sheils of Potomac,
Md.; a son, Jefferson Gilmore of Denver,
Colo.; four grandchildren, Paul Howard
of Prides Crossing, Mass., Sarah Howard
of Waltham, Mass., Allison Cronin of
Washington, D.C., and Ian Gilmore of
Denver, Colo.; and a sister, Jeanne O’Brien
of Cambridge, Mass.
Donations inMr. Gilmore’s name may
be made to the Union of Concerned Sci-
entists (
, Two
Brattle Square, Cambridge MA 02138.
Wayne D. Hoshal,
86, a retired
Foreign Service diplomatic courier, died on
Jan. 16 at Grand Itasca Hospital in Grand
Rapids, Minn.
Born on April 8, 1927, in Sioux Falls,
N.D., Mr. Hoshal grew up in Calumet,
Minn., where he graduated fromGreen-
way High School in 1945. He immedi-
ately enlisted in the U.S. Navy, and was
stationed on Kwajalein Island in the Pacific
during WorldWar II. After the war, he
returned home, completed his studies at
Itasca Junior College and graduated from
the University of Minnesota.
While on a study break in the library, Mr.
Hoshal read an article about a diplomatic
courier. It was then that he decidedwhat he
wanted to dowith his life, but he had towait
for two years tomeet the age requirement
for the job, 25. In the interim, he worked as
a bellhop and doorman at luxury hotels in
Florida, Maine andNewYork.
In 1953, Mr. Hoshal began work as a
diplomatic courier in what would become
a 32-year Foreign Service career. His
wife, Jean, whomhe married in 1970,
says he lived the life he had dreamed of.
Mr. Hoshal’s overseas postings included
Panama City, Frankfurt (where both of his
children were born) andManila.
In carrying messages too sensitive
to be transmitted by cable, Mr. Hoshal
encounteredmany dangerous situations,
including traveling by rail behind the Iron
Curtain and being stranded for six weeks
in India when war broke out.
According to a
Duluth News Tribune
article, Mr. Hoshal’s daughter, Ann, recalls
a story of her father drinking tea on the
fourth floor of a hotel in Saigon while the
city was being shelled during the Vietnam
There were also less hazardous mis-
sions, like the time he was assigned to
deliver moon rocks to the National Air and
Space Museum. A friend of the curator,
Mr. Hoshal decided to instead deliver a
slab of blue cheese as a joke.
Mr. Hoshal retired from the Foreign
Service in 1985 as chief of the Diplomatic
Courier Service. He and his family moved
toMinnesota, the state he so loved for its
impressive forests and natural beauty.
He spent time in outdoor activities, such
as counting loons for the Department of
Natural Resources, and continued such
sports as downhill skiing until his health
declined last spring.
Mr. Hoshal was predeceased by his par-
ents; two brothers, Julian and Earl Hoshal;
and a sister, Colleen Peters.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years,
Jean; a daughter, Ann Hoshal of Brainerd,
Minn.; a son, Neil Hoshal; grandchildren,
Alex and Alyssa Chinn; two brothers,
Dale (and his wife, Carla) and Gary (and
his wife, Robin) ; two sisters, Allene (and
her husband, Patrick) Quinn and Donna
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