THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
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
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
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
, 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
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
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
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.