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Obituary Information


State Magazine runs obituaries of State Department employees, spouses and children when their families or representatives request the service and provide the appropriate information. The magazine does not reprint obituaries from other publications. Instead, it follows a format focusing on the deceased’s ties with the Department.

The following information is requested, if known:

  • the full name of the deceased (including any nickname they may have used)
  • age at death
  • date and place of death
  • cause of death (this information may be withheld)
  • Foreign Service, Civil Service, or Foreign Service National employee
  • year entered the service
  • year retired
  • overseas postings (FS) or key positions/bureaus (CS)
  • any military service
  • jobs/hobbies/interests in retirement

State Magazine also welcomes photos of the deceased and will return glossy prints to the person and address specified. Photos can be black and white or color and may be a group photo so long as the deceased is identified. Preferred, though, are high-resolution digital images, e-mailed as an attachment and separate from the text, preferably in JPEG or TIF formats.

The e-mail address for both text and images is statemagazine@state.gov. You may send hard copy text and photos to: Editor, State Magazine, 301 4th Street, SW, Suite 348, SA-44, HR/ER/SMG, Washington, D.C. 20547. The magazine does not accept obituaries over the phone.

Please include a daytime phone number or e-mail address where you can be reached and the name and address of the person who should receive complimentary copies of the issue in which the obituary appears.

Unless they also worked for the Department of State, please send obituaries of deceased USAID employees to: Editor, Front Lines, LPA, USAID, Ronald Reagan Building, Suite 6.10-11, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W., Washington, D.C. 20523-6100; or e-mail felderm@usaid.gov.



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