The Foreign Service Journal - November 2014 - page 86

Elvira “Ellie” Brown,
83, the wife of
retired FSO Carroll Brown, died on Sept. 13
in New York, N.Y.
Mrs. Brown was born and raised a
proud New Yorker. She studied at Colum-
bia University and the New York School of
Interior Design.
She accompanied her husband on
assignments to Belgrade, Warsaw (twice),
Poznan, Vienna, Dusseldorf andMunich.
In keeping with the practices of the time,
she became an integral part of her hus-
band’s career, where her linguistic talent,
social graces and keen observations were
put to use to advance the interests of the
United States abroad.
In later years, she supervised the design
and decoration of some of the most beauti-
ful homes owned by the American govern-
ment. She also raised two children.
She returned to New York when her
husband left the Foreign Service in 1989.
Mrs. Brown is survived by her hus-
band, Carroll, and their children: David
Brown of Amsterdam, Netherlands, and
Suzanne Fitzpatrick, of Toronto, Canada.
Donations in her name may be made
to the Senior Living Foundation of the
American Foreign Service at 1716 N Street
NW, Washington DC 20036-2902.
Janet E. Hall,
70, the wife of retired
FSO John E. Hall, died peacefully on Aug.
7 in Peoria, Ariz., after a long struggle with
Alzheimer’s disease.
Mrs. Hall was born in Scranton, Pa.,
and raised in Ransomville, N.Y. She and
her husband-to-be met at a summer job.
In 1962, when he graduated from college
and joined the Foreign Service, the couple
married andmoved toWashington, D.C.
Their first child, James, was born
shortly before a posting in Bordeaux,
where daughter Julie was born. In 1967, in
Reykjavík, son Jeff was born and com-
pleted the family.
Mrs. Hall earned several degrees while
accompanying her husband on assign-
ments at home and abroad. After tours
inWashington, D.C., and Bern, the Halls
were posted toWellington, where Mrs. Hall
received a B.A. in history fromVictoria
University in 1980.
On return to the United States, she
earned a publications specialist certifica-
tion fromThe George Washington Uni-
versity and worked in that field for several
In 1986, during her husband’s posting
as consul general in Toronto, Mrs. Hall
graduated with anM.A. in library science
from the University of Toronto. She went
on to work as a librarian in the private sec-
tor inWashington, D.C.
In 1998, Mr. andMrs. Hall retired to
the Phoenix suburbs to “live the good
life.” Friends and family members recall
Mrs. Hall fondly as a hiker, quilter, cyclist,
avid traveler, splendid and creative cook,
superbmother, loving and loved wife and a
good friend to all who crossed her path.
Janet Hall is survived by her husband,
John, of Peoria; their children: James, Julie
and Jeff; and grandchildren: Stephen,
Angela and Zachary.
Vivian Redding Lollis,
75, the
former wife of retired FSO EdwardW.
Lollis II, died of pneumonia on Aug. 13 in
Arlington, Va.
Born onMarch 28, 1928, in Russellville,
Ark., to Hugh Solomon and Vivian Nan-
ney Redding, Ms. Lollis was an alumna of
Bolton High School in Alexandria, La.
Soon after graduating fromDuke Uni-
versity with a degree in English, she moved
to Arlington, Va. She was employed as a
writer, editor and public affairs officer for
the U.S. Forest Service for 31 years, retiring
in 2003.
Her public affairs work involved such
things as organizing a cross-country
caravan of international families, using
Airstream trailers andmaking overnight
stops in Forest Service campgrounds.
In 1966, she married FSO EdwardW.
Lollis II, and accompanied her husband
on overseas postings to Paris, Abidjan,
Lagos, London and Bordeaux, in addition
to domestic assignments inWashington,
D.C., andMadison, Wisc.
In London, Ms. Lollis served as a com-
munity liaison office coordinator. She
enjoyed reading, entertaining, travel and
antique collecting.
Her marriage to Edward Lollis ended in
Ms. Lollis is survived by her daughter,
Cynthia Lollis (and her husband, Alexan-
der Deiss) of Decatur, Ga.; her sister, Nancy
Bullard (and her husband, Dr. Kenneth
Bullard) of Charlotte, N.C.; her nephew,
Dr. Steven Bullard (and his wife, Dr. Nancy
Aria) of Arlington, Va.; and her niece, Dr.
Janine Bullard (and her husband, Timothy
Dodge) of Baltimore, Md.
Memorial contributions may be made
to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church
-, 4250 N. Glebe Road, Arlington
VA 22207, or toThe Reading Connection
, 4001 N.
9th Street, Suite 226, Arlington VA 22203.
Irwin Rubenstein,
85, a retired
Foreign Service officer, died on Aug. 14 in
Plantation, Fla.
Mr. Rubenstein was born on Sept. 24,
1928, in Paterson, N.J. He was raised in
Haledon, a suburb of Paterson, where his
father owned the Belmont Hardware Com-
pany. He graduated fromRutgers Univer-
sity and then served in the KoreanWar. As
a corporal, he organized and ran a school
for soldiers withminimal education or low
IQ results on their military entrance tests.
While in the Army, Mr. Rubenstein
decided he wanted to do something
constructive in the international field.
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