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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-

tions abroad.

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.