The Foreign Service Journal - October 2014 - page 49

AFSA NEWS
THE OFFICIAL RECORD OF THE AMERICAN FOREIGN SERVICE ASSOCIATION
Celebrating the Life of Career Ambassador
Terence A. Todman
Continued on page 54
THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
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OCTOBER 2014
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On Aug. 28, the American
Foreign Service Association
and seven other organizations
co-hosted a memorial service
to honor the life of Career
Ambassador Terence A. Tod-
man, who died on Aug. 13 in
St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.
During a career that
spanned nearly 50 years,
Amb. Todman served as
ambassador to Chad, Guinea,
Costa Rica, Spain, Denmark
and Argentina. He also served
as assistant secretary of
State for Inter-American
a‹airs, nowWestern Hemi-
sphere a‹airs.
The service was led by
Ambassador Ruth A. Davis,
vice president of the Associa-
tion of Black Ambassadors
and a former director general
of the Foreign Service. Friends
and colleagues shared their
recollections as they paid trib-
ute to Amb. Todman.
Many of the speakers
highlighted the ambassador’s
perseverance and integrity
at a time when few African-
Americans served in the State
Department.
When Terence Todman
entered the Foreign Service
in 1954, the United States
was still 12 years away from
o•cially ending segregation,
Ambassador Thomas Shan-
non noted.
AFSA/BRITTANYDELONG
“He broke the assignments
color barriers,” said Amb.
Davis. Assistant Secretary for
African A‹airs Linda Thomas-
Greenfield reiterated, “We
are all the beneficiaries of his
trailblazing.”
Under Secretary for Man-
agement Patrick Kennedy
described some of Amb. Tod-
man’s specific achievements,
as well as his extraordinary
abilities in foreign languages.
“His was a career of global
reach, one of direct engage-
ment and power,” said Amb.
Shannon.
Ambassador Edward Per-
kins, president of the Asso-
From left: Terence Todman Jr., James Dandridge, chairman of the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training,
and Ruth A. Davis, vice president of the Association of Black Ambassadors and a former director general of the
Foreign Service.
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