Frank Ahmed, Foreign Service Officer Dies

ImageFrank Ahmed, 86, a retired Foreign Service officer with the State Department, died Jan. 21 of cardiac arrest at his home in Fairfax City. Mr. Ahmed joined the Foreign Service in 1953 and had early overseas assignments in Iran and Iraq. In 1967, he and his family were evacuated from Jordan during the Arab-Israeli Six-Day War. After returning from his final overseas posting to Turkey in 1971, Mr. Ahmed served as a consultant to the State Department until 2009.
Frank Ahmed was born in Salem, Mass., and was a graduate of Salem State University. He served in the Army in the Pacific theater during World War II and participated in campaigns in the Solomon Islands and at Guadalcanal, Bougainville and New Guinea.

He was president of the International Club of D.C. and a member of the University Club, where he was a founding member of its international committee.

Mr. Ahmed was a member of the Turkish-American Association and American & Turkish Veterans Association. In 1986, he wrote a book, "Turks in America," about Turkish immigration to the United States and his experiences growing up in a Turkish community in Massachusetts. He lived in Bethesda for many years before moving to Fairfax five years ago.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Mary Lou Kennedy Ahmed of Fairfax; three children, Ann Marie McCauley of Wellesley, Mass., and Dr. Robert Frank Ahmed and Alison Ahmed-Regen, both of Vienna; a brother; and nine grandchildren.
Source: Washington Times, Matt Schudel
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