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DECEMBER 2012
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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
Scientifc and Cultural Organization
Afairs. Mr. Brock was also assigned to
the U.S. Mission to the Organization of
American States.
An enthusiast of all types of music,
Mr. Brock was a pianist and organist.
He performed at numerous concerts in
the Washington, D.C., area and overseas
as an accompanist to vocalists, instru-
mentalists and choral groups. In 2007 he
recorded a compact disc of Negro spiri-
tuals with Natalie Carter, a prominent
Washington-area contralto.
Mr. Brock spoke fuent French and
Spanish and had lived in Puerto Rico
and Jamaica before joining the For-
eign Service. He won numerous State
Department awards, as well as the Ordre
du Mérite from the French government
and the Cruz de Caballero de la Orden
de Isabel la Católica from the Spanish
government.
Family, friends and colleagues
remember his keen intelligence, gentle-
manly demeanor, devotion to his family
and commitment to serving his country.
Mr. Brock is survived by his wife,
Odile; four daughters, Gabrielle, Char-
lotte, Sophie and Odette; and three
grandchildren, Zahraa, Gabriel and
Leila; as well as his mother, Susan
Goodykoontz; brothers Matthew Brock,
Clement Brock and Bill Goodykoontz;
and sister Mary Susan Gilmore.
For those wishing to honor Mr. Brock,
the family welcomes donations in his
name to the Crohn’s and Colitis Founda-
tion of America (
www.ccfa.org).
n
Marjorie Cofn
, 63, a retired FSO,
died on Sept. 8 at her mother’s home
in Hagerstown, Md., after an 18-month
struggle with ovarian cancer.
Born in El Paso, Texas, Ms. Cofn
attended South Hagerstown High School
and Susquehanna College in Pennsylva-
nia. She went on to graduate from Ameri-
can University in Washington, D.C., with
a degree in theater arts.
Ms. Cofn joined the Foreign Service
in 1975. Her postings included Japan,
Guatemala, Costa Rica, Spain, Turkey,
El Salvador, Mexico and Washington,
D.C. She worked primarily in the cultural
afairs arena with the U.S. Information
Agency, to which she transferred in 1988,
and the public diplomacy sector of the
State Department.
At USIA, she was director of the Cuba,
Mexico and Panama ofce from 1996 to
1998. Before the agency was folded into
the State Department in 1999, Ms. Cofn
served as the public afairs ofcer in El
Salvador.
From 2002 to 2006, she was the cul-
tural afairs ofcer in Mexico. During this
posting, she also served on the Fulbright
Commission Board, which helps facilitate
educational and cultural exchanges. Ms.
Cofn received multiple Meritorious Ser-
vice Awards for her government service.
She was an enthusiastic supporter of
cross-cultural exchange to expand the
understanding between peoples of the
United States and other countries, and
took great pride in organizing programs
and projects that brought American cul-
ture to far-fung corners of the world.
Ms. Cofn retired in 2007 as deputy
director of the State Department’s Ofce
of Public Diplomacy and Public Afairs,
and settled in Arlington County, Va.
Wherever she was posted during
her Foreign Service career, Ms. Cofn
enjoyed singing in choruses and partici-
pating in community theater. She was
a soprano with the Capitol Hill Chorale
during the 1990s. A skilled knitter and
crocheter who donated most of her work
to charity, she also served as a volunteer
at Inova Alexandria Hospital.
An enthusiastic traveler, she had
visited every continent and had hoped to
spend much of her retirement exploring
them in more detail.
Ms. Cofn’s father, A.E. (Jef) Cof-
fn, died in 1973. She is survived by her
mother, Doris B. Dillon of Hagerstown,
Md.; a stepbrother, Dan Dillon of Tri-
angle, Va.; and two cousins in Brazil.
n
Roger Melvin Currier IV
, 77, a
retired Foreign Service specialist, died
at home in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.,
on Sept. 22 after a long battle with colon
cancer.
Te son of General and Mrs. Roger
Currier, Mr. Currier was a West Point
Military Academy graduate (class of
1957) with a master’s degree in engi-
neering from Texas A&M University.
He was commissioned in the U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers, and worked with the
Army Corps and the State Department
throughout his career.
Mr. Currier joined the State Depart-
ment Ofce of Building Operations in
the mid-1980s, and traveled extensively
for the department as project director for
upgrading and fortifying diplomatic and
consular establishments.
He will be most prominently remem-
bered for his four-year tenure as project
director for renovation of the Embassy
Tirana compound, and for his accom-
plishments in the fnal demolition of the
embassy building in Kenya following the
1998 terrorist bombing.
All who knew him admired his bril-
liance, sparkling wit and his proven abil-
ity to get things done.
Born in Chicago, Ill., Mr. Currier lived
in Hawaii, Alaska, Japan, England, Alba-
nia, Kenya and the U.S. Virgin Islands,
before settling in Florida.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley
Anne, of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; his
children, Nina Gadsdon of the United