THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
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
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
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