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NOVEMBER 2016

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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL

a Cadillac—none of themoperational;

at other times he owned BMWs and

Porsches. During his lifetime, he owned

more than a total of 70 cars. He was proud

to have driven solo fromLima to Patagonia

and fromLima to Iguazu Falls, and later

enjoyed road trips with his wife, Alice.

Mr. Cohn was predeceased by his par-

ents and his older brother, Alan. He is sur-

vived by his wife, Alice Beasley of Oakland;

daughters Professor Deborah Cohn Sauer

(and her husband, Peter) of Bloomington,

Ind., and Dr. Tamara Cohn Krimm (and

her husband, Charles) of Wasilla, Alaska;

their mother (his former wife and State

Department retiree) Irene Cohn, of San

Francisco; his younger brother, John; a

niece, Leslie Cohn; and grandsons Noah,

Benjamin and Daniel Cohn Sauer, who

continue his love affair with anything on

four wheels.

n

Dwight Melvin Cramer,

89, a retired

Foreign Service officer, died on Sept. 15 in

Rockville, Md., following a stroke.

Mr. Cramer grew up in Hastings, Neb.

Drafted in April 1945, he spent two years

in the Army before receiving a B.A. from

Hastings College. At the University of

Chicago he received anM.A. in political

science and satisfied preliminary require-

ments for a doctorate, after which he

moved toWashington, D.C., to work for

the State Department.

His diplomatic career included

assignments to the United Nations and to

Vienna, where he assisted in the estab-

lishment of the International Atomic

Energy Agency. He also served inMunich,

Bangkok and Taipei as an economic

officer. Returning toWashington, D.C., Mr.

Cramer worked on scientific and technical

cooperation with the Soviet Union, Poland,

Yugoslavia and China.

After retiring from the Foreign Service,

Mr. Cramer served on the Foreign Service

Board of Examiners, reviewed State

Department Freedomof Information cases

and lectured on cruise ships to Asia.

Music was important throughout his

life. As a young person he played in school

orchestras, and later he attended concerts

and operas. During his two-year posting

in Vienna, he attended 24 operas. In later

years he was a political activist and leader

who believed that one citizen canmake a

difference. He is remembered by friends

and family for his loyalty, optimistic nature

and dedication to causes he believed in.

Mr. Cramer was a 34-year Tuesday

volunteer at Common Cause headquarters

inWashington, D.C., and served as presi-

dent of the Maryland chapter of Common

Cause. He carried out press office duties at

four presidential conventions. Throughout

the Clinton presidency he volunteered in

the White House Social Office, where he

listened tomusical tapes sent in by people

asking to perform for the president and

judged their merit.

He was a member of DACOR and the

Asian American Forum. He was an active

member of the River Road Unitarian Uni-

versalist Congregation for more than 50

years, singing in the choir and serving as

board chairman, among other duties.

Survivors include the former Carol

Johnson, his wife of 58 years; children Ste-

ven, SusanWhite, David and their spouses;

and six grandchildren.

n

Olga K. Drexler,

85, a former mem-

ber of the Foreign Service and the wife of

retired FSO Robert W. Drexler, died on July

1 in Silver Spring, Md.

Olga Hladio was born in Jersey City, N.J.

She entered the Foreign Service in 1955

and was posted to Vienna and Tehran.

In 1963, she marriedMr. Drexler, then

a political officer at the U.S. embassy in

Kuala Lumpur.

Mrs. Drexler joined her husband in rep-

resenting the American government and

people on diplomatic assignments to Hong

Kong from 1968 to 1972, Geneva from 1972

to 1974, and Bogotá.

Mrs. Drexler is survived by her hus-

band, her sister Stephanie andmany

nieces and nephews.

n

Lawrence Elliot Harrison,

83, a

retired Foreign Service officer with the U.S.

Agency for International Development,

died on Dec. 9, 2015, at the University Hos-

pital of Alexandropoulos, Greece.

Born in Boston, Mass., Mr. Harrison

graduated fromBrookline High School in

1949 and fromDartmouth College in 1953.

He served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy

from 1954 to 1957, and graduated from the

Harvard Kennedy School in 1960 with a

master’s degree in public administration.

He joined USAID in 1962, and served as

a programofficer in Costa Rica from 1964

to 1965. His next posting was as deputy

director of the USAIDmission in the

Dominican Republic from 1965 to 1968;

from there, he was assigned as USAID

director in Costa Rica from 1968 to 1971.

Returning toWashington, D.C., Mr.

Harrison was assigned to the Bureau

for Latin American and the Caribbean

from 1972 to 1976. From 1976 to 1978,

he was posted to Guatemala as director

of USAID’s Regional Office for Central

America and Panama.

He served as USAID director in Haiti

from 1978 to 1980, and in Nicaragua from

1980 to 1982.

During his various USAID assignments,

Mr. Harrison and his family experienced

volcanic eruptions in Costa Rica and

the U.S. Marine invasion of the Domini-

can Republic in 1965, an earthquake in

Guatemala in 1976 and the revolution in

Nicaragua in 1979.

Retiring from the Foreign Service

in 1982, Mr. Harrison worked briefly at