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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
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OCTOBER 2012
69
ofce director for Pakistan, Afghanistan
and Bangladesh. In that role, he traveled
often to Afghanistan to meet with the
various factions and warlords. Opposing
the conventional wisdom of the intel-
ligence community, he predicted the rise
of the Taliban and the fall of Kabul. After
years trying to get the government to pay
attention to Afghanistan, Mr. Coldren
retired from the Foreign Service in 1997
and moved to Sacramento.
In retirement, he continued an active
involvement in international afairs, par-
ticipating in United Nations–sponsored
Afghanistan meetings and appearing
on local radio and television stations to
explain Afghan issues to a broader audi-
ence. He also wrote an annual Ground-
hog Day roundup of family events and of
travels with his wife, Mary.
He is survived by his wife, Mary
Czechan Coldren, of Sacramento, and his
four beloved children: Daryl, Malcolm,
Wali and Clea.
n
George Per Fourier
, 69, a former
Foreign Service ofcer, died on March 4
at his residence in Delicias de Cobana,
Costa Rica.
Mr. Fourier was born on Jan. 18, 1943,
in Portland, Ore., where he attended the
Catlin Gabel School. He earned a B.A.
degree fromWilliams College and wrote
his senior honors thesis completely in
Russian, about the novel
War and Peace
.
During college, he took a year of to learn
German in Munich. During this time he
purchased a Mercedes 190SL roadster,
which he drove fromMunich to Jerusa-
lem and back.
He next earned an M.A. from Stanford
University with highest honors in Slavic
studies, and twice served as student coor-
dinator of an exchange program between
Stanford and the University of Warsaw,
the frst such exchange program between
a private American university and a com-
munist university. His research was on
two Polish theater of the absurd play-
wrights, Slawomir Mrozek and Witkacy.
On entering the Foreign Service,
Mr. Fourier’s frst posting was as vice
consul in Tehran (1972-1974). During
this period, he was sent to Damascus to
assist in visits by Henry Kissinger, who
was negotiating the end of the Yom Kip-
pur War.