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James H. Feldman

, 92, a retired

Foreign Service officer with the U.S. Infor-

mation Agency, died on May 26 at his

home in Silver Spring, Md., of cancer.

A native of Chicago, Ill., Mr. Feld-

man was a veteran of World War II and

a graduate of the University of Illinois,

where he was a member of the Beta Tau


Before joining USIA (now part of the

Department of State) in 1962, he worked

for the Chicago Bureau of the former

International News Service, the


Moines Register

and the

Cincinnati Post


While in Cincinnati, he also served as a

correspondent for the

Wall Street Journal

and McGraw Hill Publications.

Mr. Feldman served as an informa-

tion officer and press attaché in India,

Belgium and Indonesia. In New Delhi he

was editor of

The American Reporter

, an

embassy biweekly publication aimed at

explaining American foreign policy.

During a Washington, D.C., tour

he served as editor of USIA’s East Asia

Wireless File and as country officer for

Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Island


Following retirement from the Foreign

Service in 1983, Mr. Feldman served for

two years as Washington correspondent

for the

Indonesian Observer

, an English-

language daily published in Jakarta.

He also served for 15 years as a

reviewer with the Department of State

Office of Contemporary Documents

Review and for six years as a volunteer

with the Montgomery County Police


Mr. Feldman was active in community

affairs at Riderwood Village Retirement

Community in Silver Spring, Md., for

almost 16 years, serving three terms as

secretary, information officer and chair

of the Resident Advisory Council.

He was also a member of the Ameri-

can Foreign Service Association and


Mr. Feldman leaves behind four chil-

dren: James H. Feldman Jr. of Philadel-

phia, Pa., Regina Koch of Silver Spring,

Md., Susan Madden of Sterling, Va., and

Henry Feldman of Pikesville, Md.; and

three grandchildren.


Esther Winn Krebs

, 95, the widow

of Ambassador Max Vance Krebs, died in

Greenfield, Mass., on July 3, 2016.

Esther Winn was born in Karuizawa,

Japan, the daughter of Presbyterian mis-

sionaries. At the age of 7 she returned to

Massachusetts, where she spent the rest of

her childhood. She received her B.A. from

Smith College in 1942 and then married

Max Vance Krebs, who was in military

service during World War II.

In 1948 the young couple began their

long career representing the American

people and the American government in

diplomatic assignments to Montevideo

(1948-1950), Bogota (1950-1952), Ant-

werp (1952-1955), Manila (1960-1964),

Rio de Janeiro (1964-1967), Guatemala

City (1967-1970), the Panama Canal Zone

(1970-1971) and Buenos Aires (1971-


In 1955, the Krebs returned to the

United States, where Mr. Krebs took up an

assignment as special assistant to Under

Secretary of State Christian Herter. When

Herter became Secretary of State on the

death of John Foster Dulles, Mr. Krebs

remained in his role as special assistant

until 1960.

During their tour in Guatemala, U.S.

Ambassador John GordonMein was

assassinated by communist guerrillas. Max

Krebs, who was then the deputy chief of

mission, was suddenly thrust into the role

of “acting ambassador.” Mrs. Krebs served

with great strength and courage during this

frightening and tumultuous time.

Mrs. Krebs was deeply invested in

her life as a diplomat’s wife. She and her

husband strongly believed that they were

equal partners in this career, a dedicated

and interdependent team. This was the

Foreign Service ethos in those days and

Mrs. Krebs had all the qualities that

made her a successful example of what

the diplomat’s wife could contribute.

She took on the many challenges of this

life with her characteristic gusto, strong

sense of humor and positive, take-charge


In their farewell address to Mrs.

Krebs, the Buenos Aires Embassy

Women described her leadership style

with this tribute: “Power and authority

may compel, but such things as good-

ness, friendship, love and truth invite.”

In 1974, Max Krebs was appointed

ambassador to Georgetown, Guyana.

The couple retired in 1976 and settled in

the Pinehurst area of North Carolina.

During their time there, Mrs. Krebs

served on the boards, and as president,

of both the local arts council and the

local chapter of the National Alliance on

Mental Illness.

An accomplished singer, she partici-

pated in church choirs, singing groups

and charity performance events. She

played tennis into her 80s, and friends

and family members recall her as a “dan-

gerous” bridge player. She and Mr. Krebs

continued to enjoy traveling abroad,

always exploring new places.

Ambassador Krebs died in 2006. In

2010 Mrs. Krebs moved to Greenfield,

Mass., to be near family members.

Mrs. Krebs leaves her son, Timothy

Krebs, and her daughter, Marlynn Krebs

Clayton (and her husband, Garry Krin-

sky) both of Greenfield, Mass. She also

leaves a grandson, Sasha Winn Clayton,

who lives in Washington, D.C.