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Back Issues of PDAA Today

Back issues of PDAA Today, PDAA’s quarterly print newsletter are now online and available for download.

Hans N. “Tom” Tuch

by Leonard J. Baldyga

Hans N. (Tom) Tuch, an early and persistent advocate of public diplomacy as an indispensable element in the conduct of U.S. foreign affairs, died on September 7, 2020, at his residence in Bethesda, MD. He was 95. The cause of death were complications following a recent fall. His seminal book, Communicating […]

John Matel recollection by Christopher Datta

by Christopher Datta

John Matel

I am writing to mourn a friend, John Matel, who passed away unexpectedly.

John and I are both retired Foreign Service Officers. We were not close friends, but I enjoyed working with him in the State Department, and he often came to my annual Fourth of July party, […]

Robert A. Powers

Robert A. Powers

Robert A. Powers (age 88) passed away on June 8, 2020. He is survived by his two sons Patrick (Margaret Anne) of Richmond VA, and Michael of Springfield VA. He had three grandchildren Lt Zachary Powers, USN, of Bremerton WA, and Erinn and Mallory Powers, both of Richmond VA. Bob […]

Alan Carter April 16, 1923 – January 25, 2019

Alan Carter passed away peacefully on January 25, 2019, at Bentley Commons in Keene, NH. He was born in Rochester, NY, in 1923.

A retired Career Minister in the former United States Information Agency, Carter, held several senior positions and served tours of duty in Pakistan, India, Japan, and Vietnam. He was one of the […]

ERNEST EUGENE “GENE” PELL – Journalist and Broadcast Executive (1937 – 2020)

Ernest Eugene “Gene” Pell, 83, died quietly on April 7, 2020, at his home near Syria, VA, after a valiant 3-year battle with cancer. He is survived by his loving wife, Susan Jane (Roehm) Pell of Syria; two daughters from a previous marriage: Anne Frances Pell of Morsasco, Italy, and Jennifer Susan Pell of Makawno, […]

YALE WOLF RICHMOND

A TRIBUTE ON THE PASSING OF ONE OUR COUNTRY’S FOREMOST CULTURAL DIPLOMATS

Today’s Washington Post carries the sad news of the passing of one of our country’s foremost cultural diplomats: Yale Richmond.

Yale’s geographic area specialization was Russia and Central Europe. When he began working in the region, Russia was still the Soviet Union and […]