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Lola Arnold Bardos

, 91, wife of the

late Arthur Bardos, a Foreign Service offi-

cer with the U.S. Information Agency, died

of complications frompneumonia on Aug.

17 in hospice in Albuquerque, N.M.

Mrs. Bardos was born on July 22, 1925,

in Syracuse, N.Y., and spent most of her

youth in that area. After graduating from

high school at the age of 16, she studied

and graduated as a minister of the Unity

Church inMissouri. She thenmoved to

California to study at the University of

Southern California.

There, in 1946, during the spring of her

senior year, she met Arthur Bardos, a newly

minted American citizen fromHungary,

who was completing his master’s degree.

After she graduated with a B.A. in psychol-

ogy, the couple married andmoved to

Boston, where she worked for the Office of

the Dean of Harvard Law School while Mr.

Bardos worked on his Ph.D. in compara-

tive literature at Harvard University.

WhenMr. Bardos joined the Foreign

Service in 1951, his first post was Vienna,

during the challenging post-war years

when Austria was partitioned into four

occupation zones—quite an introduction

to their newwork and lifestyle. Subse-

quently, Mrs. Bardos accompanied and

assisted her husband in Casablanca,

Paris and Conakry (where she worked for

several months as a French interpreter for

doctors on the Project HOPE Ship).

Mrs. Bardos resettled the family in

Bethesda, Md., whenMr. Bardos was

assigned to Vietnam. Brussels, Vienna (for

a second time), Bonn and Ankara rounded

out their overseas posts. Before their final

post in Turkey, the couple lived in Boston,

where Mr. Bardos taught at the Fletcher

School of Law and Diplomacy.

Throughout her husband’s career, Mrs.

Bardos represented her country with grace

and warmth, genuinely bonding with all

those with whom she interacted. As her

friends and family recall, she truly never

met a stranger—rather, she created friend-

ships and built bridges in the most difficult

of circumstances.

Mrs. Bardos was known for her hospi-

tality and her wonderful cooking, and her

table was never more crowded than on

Thanksgiving in a foreign country, when all

were welcome to share the feast. She was

an art andmusic lover, and she was end-

lessly appreciative of the cultures, histories

and legacies of the people whose countries

she called home.

Following retirement from the Foreign

Service, the couple settled in Bethesda,

Md., where Mrs. Bardos continued her

decades-long membership in and service

to the Bethesda United Church of Christ as

a choir member, boardmember and par-

ticipant inmany service programs. Arthur

Bardos died in 2013.

In October 2015, Mrs. Bardos moved

to Albuquerque, N.M. It was the last time

she established a home andmade new

friends, and the first time she enjoyed the

opportunity to live in close proximity to a

daughter and her family. She enjoyed their

strong love and support during that last

year of her life.

Lola Bardos is survived by her daugh-

ters Catherine Mack (and her husband,

Robert) of Lakeland, Fla., and Jennifer

Graham (and her husband, Gerald) of

Albuquerque; and four grandchildren,

Kevin Graham, Kathryn Graham, Rachel

Graham and Daniel Mack.


Dave S. Cohn,

77, a retired Foreign

Service officer with the U.S. Agency for

International Development, died on June

16 in Oakland, Calif., after a long illness.

A naturalized American, Mr. Cohn

(formerly Paul David Cohn) was born on

March 18, 1939, in Toronto, Canada, the

second of three sons of Martin and Tmima

Cohn. Martin was an executive in Jewish

community work in Toronto and, after

immigrating to the United States, in Cleve-

land, Chicago, Minneapolis and Cincin-

nati. Tmima, an attorney, was elected to

the Toronto Board of Education, andmuch

later served as chair of the Planning Com-

mission of Volusia County, Fla.

From a young age, Mr. Cohn’s goal was

to follow in his family’s tradition of help-

ing tomake the world a better place. He

graduated from the University of Cincin-

nati and from the University of Chicago’s

School of Social Service Administration

in 1963, andmoved toWashington, D.C.,

in 1965 to join the War on Poverty. There

he served in several community programs

before becoming a regional officer with

Volunteers in Service to America.

In 1973, he joined the San Francisco

Regional Office of the Department of

Health andWelfare. He also worked with

the California State Department of Health

before being offered his dream job with

USAID in 1980.

Mr. Cohn served with USAID as a

health and population officer from 1980

to 1999. He distinguished himself as the

first USAIDHIV/AIDS officer, posted to

Uganda from 1987 to 1991. The HIV/AIDS

education and prevention programhe

developed for and with the participation

of Ugandans from the military, industry,

entertainment and all walks of society, was

for many years the gold standard in Africa.

In addition to Uganda, Mr. Cohn served

as health officer in Nicaragua, Guatemala

and Peru. On domestic tours, he was

country officer for Bosnia andMongolia.

He helped avert widespread suffering in

Ulaanbaatar one brutal winter by facilitat-

ing emergency coal blasting to keep the

city’s central furnace operating.

Aside fromhis family, Mr. Cohn’s

greatest love was cars—some classic, some

junkers, some high-end. At one point he

owned two Lincoln Continentals and