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In Memoriam 2021


From David Arnold:
Suzanne Siskel’s husband, Peter Gajewski, passed away July 15, 2021 following a long illness. Peter was a remarkable individual who had an amazing life and fascinating career. 
Born in Warsaw, Poland, Peter and his sister came to the U.S. along with some 50 refugee children for whom their mother was caring on behalf of the Quakers during the Second World War. 
A University of Maryland-trained economist, Peter retired as a Senior Foreign Service officer, having served in the U.S. Commerce Department, Federal Reserve Board, State Department and USAID. He also worked in the private sector as Vice President and Chief Economist with Louis Berger International, an economics consultancy and technical assistance firm. His international development experience included time living and working in Thailand, Iran, Laos, Lebanon, Egypt, and Indonesia, with short term assignments in other countries of Asia, the Middle East, and Central America. 
Trena Cleland, the personal historian who helped Peter produce his memoirs, described Peter as a “raconteur” and someone with an “action-packed career and obvious lust for life.” For those of us privileged to know Peter over the years, it is an apt description.
If you wish to send condolences to Suzanne, please email Nellie Toma for her contact info. Suzanne has requested that any memorial contributions (in lieu of flowers) be sent to The Asia Foundation Resource Development Unit. 
I know I speak for all of us in extending our heartfelt sympathies to Suzanne and her and Peter’s family.


Dean Arthur Lund, age 93, passed away on July 23rd. Dean worked for the Foundation in Tanzania in the early 1960s. Throughout his career, Dean demonstrated his firm belief in good government and good governance and that people had both the right and the ability to manage their own affairs. He spent his career helping them do so.



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