THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
Allan Ray Furman,
83, an FSOwith
USAID, died on July 15 at his home in
Deerfield Beach, Fla., after a series of hip
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.
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
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,
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
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
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