Monday, January 2, 2017

Obituary Notice: Stephen B. Espie, Former USIA Foreign Service Officer

via LBL


With love and sadness, we celebrate the life of Stephen Bolz Espie, a dedicated global citizen, diplomat and writer. Steve passed away peacefully on Christmas day, December 25, 2016, in Charlottesville, Virginia.
He was born on March 4, 1932, in Brooklyn, New York, the only child of Hannah Bolz and Stephen Clark Espie. He attended Amherst College, Massachusetts, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1953, Phi Beta Kappa, with a degree in English Literature, followed by a year's Fulbright Scholarship in New Zealand.
Steve was passionate about baseball, wine, mountaineering, literature and travel. His early career as an editor at Time Life returned him to New York City, where he met his wife, Alberta Jackson; they married in 1957.
Steve began his career with the U.S. State Department Foreign Service in 1966, with a posting to the U.S. Information Agency (USIA), Manila, Philippines. Over the next 24 years, he worked for USIA in New Delhi, India, Vienna, Austria, and Islamabad, Pakistan. He retired having reached the rank of Consul. With a keen passion for the culture and people of India, he spent the majority of his retirement years enjoying life there.
Steve is survived and remembered with great fondness and affection by his three children, Serafina, Jason and Ethan and by many dear friends around the world. A gathering of family and friends will be held at a later date.
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Published in The Washington Post on Jan. 1, 2017

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