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Service officers and staff, as well as to their
widows and divorced spouses.
He was a member of DACOR and the
American Foreign Service Association.
Mr. Shumate is survived by his wife of
38 years, Caroline Taylor; his daughter,
Vanessa Campbell Hooper of Mittagong,
Australia; his son, John David of Dal-
las, Texas; and three grandchildren, Erin
Hooper, Colin Shumate and Kira Page Shu-
mate. His daughter Jennifer predeceased
him in 1998.
97, a retired
Senior Foreign Service officer and the first
career female ambassador to an Afri-
can nation (Zambia), died on July 27 in
Bethesda, Md., after a lengthy illness.
Born on Aug. 28, 1919, to Ernest and
Mae Wilkowski in Rhinelander, Wis., Jean
Wilkowski earned a B.A. in journalism
from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College
in Indiana. She earned anM.A. from the
University of Wisconsin, and went on to
receive six honorary degrees. She taught
various courses at Barry College in Florida
before embarking on a 35-year career in
the U.S. Foreign Service in 1944.
Her first post was Trinidad. She con-
centrated on trade and economics during
assignments in Colombia, Italy, France,
Chile and Honduras. She helped negotiate
the expansion of the General Agreement
on Tariffs and Trade, which led to creation
of the World Trade Organization.
Ms. Wilkowski was appointed U.S.
ambassador to Zambia in 1972. During her
tenure there, she helped change U.S. policy
in Southern Africa.
Ambassador Wilkowski also served as
a diplomat in residence at Occidental Col-
lege in California. Before retiring from the
Foreign Service in 1980, she worked with
Notre Dame President FatherTheodore
Hesburgh on the U.S. preparation for the
1979 United Nations Conference on Sci-
ence and Technology for Development in
Vienna, which included a research visit to
the People’s Republic of China.
Amb. Wilkowski devoted her retirement
years to various economic development
and aid projects. She served as the first
female FSO on the board at DACOR and
was honored to receive the prestigious
Foreign Service Cup there.
She served as chair of the board with
Volunteers in Technical Assistance for 12
years. During that time, she held senior
positions on the board of Corn Products/
Best Foods, advising on corporate opera-
Amb. Wilkowski received the Cross of
Merit, proMeritoMilitensi, from the Sov-
ereignMilitary Order of Malta in 1971 for
humanitarian service to 50,000 war refu-
gees in Central America. She was invested
in 1991 and conducted several humanitar-
ianmissions to Colombia, the Dominican
Republic, Honduras and Cuba.
She was a WoodrowWilson Founda-
tion Fellow and a scholarly author. Her
Abroad for Her Country
(pun intended, as she told two University
of Wisconsin graduates in an April 2009
interview) chronicles her Foreign Service
Throughout her life, Amb. Wilkowski
lived her faith daily and inspired others to
do so. She funded schools andmissions
in Africa and Cuba—which her family
trust continues to fund today. She was a
lay member of the Bishops’ International
Policy Committee and an international
consultant to the Association of Catholic
Colleges and Universities.
Amb. Wilkowski was preceded in death
by her parents and her brother, Lt. Col.
(ret.) Ernie W. Wilkowski. She is survived
by her nieces Mary Trogg, Kathleen Hand-
ley, Stephanie Turnquist andMargaret
Wade; her nephew, Frederick Wilkowski;
and their extended families.