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Allan Ray Furman,

83, an FSOwith

USAID, died on July 15 at his home in

Deerfield Beach, Fla., after a series of hip

replacement surgeries.

Mr. Furman dedicated his life to help-

ing others less fortunate than himself,

working first with the U.S. Agency for

International Development and then with

the United Nations Food and Agriculture

Organization. During his Foreign Service

career, he was posted to Dhaka, Port-au-

Prince, Rome, Kingston and Sana’a.

Family and friends recall his sense of

humor; love for his wife, children and fam-

ily; and his passion for woodworking.

Mr. Furman is survived by his wife of

35 years, Sharon; eight children and 11

grandchildren; his brothers, Ed and Grant;

his sister, Marge; andmany nieces and


Charitable contributions inMr. Fur-

man’s name may be made to Save the Children.


Marjorie SlighthamHabib,


wife of the late FSO Ambassador Philip C.

Habib, died on Aug. 12 in California.

Mrs. Habib was born inMinnesota

and spent her early years in Idaho before

moving to Nevada with her mother. She

met her future husband, Philip Habib, a

native of Brooklyn, N.Y., then studying at

the University of Idaho, in 1939, when he

accompanied a classmate to Reno during

Christmas vacation. Mr. andMrs. Habib

married shortly before his deployment to

the European theater in the U.S. Army dur-

ing WorldWar II.

As a Foreign Service spouse, Mrs.

Habib accompanied her husband on his

early assignments to Ottawa, Wellington

and Port of Spain. Later postings included

Paris, where Mr. Habib was the senior-

most FSO at the VietnamPeace Talks

(1968-1971), and Seoul, during Mr. Habib’s

ambassadorship (1971-1974).


Throughout their long marriage, Mrs.

Habib was an indispensable, beloved and

full partner. She supported Amb. Habib in

graduate school and throughout his career,

including his time as under secretary for

political affairs in both the Ford and Carter


After a major heart attack forcedMr.

Habib to leave the seventh floor of the

State Department and relocate to Califor-

nia, Mrs. Habib was instrumental in his

recovery, which permitted him to return to

active service as senior adviser to Secretar-

ies of State Alexander Haig and George

Shultz and as special envoy for President

Ronald Reagan in the Middle East, Philip-

pines and Central America.

Mrs. Habib loved spending time with

her family and had wide-ranging inter-

ests. She excelled at cooking, especially

American, French, Korean and Leba-

nese cuisines. She was an accomplished

gardener, both at her homes in the United

States and abroad, and established a rose

garden at the ambassador’s residence in


She also lovedmusic and, as a young

woman, was a gifted athlete. She followed

all major sports with enthusiasm through-

out her life. She followed international

news and domestic politics carefully and

always welcomed the opportunity to

discuss current events with relatives and

friends of all ages.

Mrs. Habib shared with her late hus-

band, who was elected president of AFSA

in 1967, an abiding belief that a career in

the U.S. Foreign Service was among the

greatest privileges imaginable.

Mrs. Habib was predeceased by her

husband, who died in 1992. She is survived

by her daughters, Phyllis and Susan, and

granddaughters, Maren andMeagan.


LindaM. (Jacobsen) Jay,

75, former

wife of retired FSO Ambassador William

L. “Jake” Jacobsen Jr., died on Aug. 17 in

Durham, N.C., of brain cancer.

Ms. Jay was born in Seattle, Wash.,

on June 7, 1940, toMary Ellen and Clint

Perkins. She graduated from the Univer-

sity of Washington with a double major in

English and history. She and her husband,

WilliamL. Jacobsen Jr., were the first sister

city exchange teachers to represent Seattle

in Kobe, Japan, where they lived from 1961

to 1964.

In 1966, Mr. Jacobsen joined the

Foreign Service with the U.S. Information

Agency. Ms. Jay accompanied him to Rio

de Janeiro, where he learned Portuguese

and underwent junior officer training. In

1967, they moved to São Paulo, where Ms.

Jay managed the U.S. commissary. From

1969 to 1971, the couple was assigned to

Belem, at the mouth of the Amazon River.

In 1971, they transferred to Lisbon,

where they were present for the 1974 army

coup that overthrew the fascist dictator-

ship and launched the decolonization of

Angola, Mozambique, Guinea Bissau and

Cape Verde.

In late 1974, the couple was posted to

Mozambique, only to be transferred a year

later when the country’s new president

asked for new diplomats. InWashington,

Ms. Jay worked at the U.S. Department of

State Family Liaison Office. During this

tour, she also earned her real estate license

and worked for Polinger Shannon & Luchs


After three years, the couple was

reassigned to Botswana, where Ms. Jay

interviewed Angolan refugees for the

embassy. A six-month posting followed in

Namibia, where Mr. Jacobsen directed the

U.S. Liaison Office. Ms. Jay’s final post was


When the Jacobsens divorced in 1992,

she turned her home inWashington, D.C.,

into “Mrs. Jay’s Bed & Breakfast.” According

to family and friends, she was a gracious