Obituary Information

State Magazine runs obituaries of State Department employees and spouses 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
  • 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 welcomes high-resolution digital images, e-mailed as an attachment and separate from the text, preferably in JPEG or TIF formats. You may also mail photos of the deceased. Photos can be black and white or color.

The e-mail address for both text and images is You may send hard copy text and photos to: Editor, State Magazine, HR/ER/SMG, 2401 E Street, NW, Room 236, SA-1, Washington DC 20522. The magazine does not accept obituaries over the phone.

Please include a daytime phone number or e-mail address where you can be reached. 

Unless they also worked for the Department of State, for obituaries of deceased USAID employees please contact the USAID Alumni Association via their website at