Fellows' Lives Lived

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The Weatherhead Center community and Fellows Program mourn the recent loss of three former Fellows:

Paul Stewart Dingledine passed away on June 12, 2014, at his home in Ottawa. A Fellow at the Center for International Affairs in 1993–1994, Paul came to Cambridge directly from Tehran, where he had served as Canadian ambassador, the first posted to Iran since the American hostage crisis that ended in 1980.

Paul earned a bachelor’s degree in economics (1967) and a master’s in business administration (1969) from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. Before entering the Canadian Foreign Service in 1970, he had served in England as an industrial relations officer. Early in his foreign-service career he was a trade commissioner in Trinidad, then in Israel and India. In 1979, Paul was appointed deputy director of operations and subsequently policy advisor on international trade for the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service. He became a consul in the Canadian Consulate in Hamburg, Germany, in 1981. He then served in Ottawa as senior assistant to three consecutive ministers of international trade. Part of the Gulf Task Force formed during the Gulf Crisis of 1990, Paul was then appointed as the Canadian ambassador to Tehran.

As a Fellow, Paul was intellectually engaged and politically astute, sharp witted yet unfailingly congenial. His reflections on his service in Iran fueled many a lively Fellows’ session, both on campus and off. He wrote a monograph called Western Policy Options toward Iran: To Coax, Coerce, or Contain, growing out of his year’s research. After leaving Cambridge, he returned to Ottawa where he resided for many years, still in the Foreign Service and then post-retirement.

Throughout those years, Paul reveled in the days he spent in his lakeside cottage near Kazabazua, Quebec, where he surely enjoyed his solitude but equally his opportunities to entertain family and friends, including the dozens of Center Fellows who traveled annually to Canada under the sponsorship of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. Even now it is so easy to remember the great pleasure of his company and the genuineness of his hospitality, which shone as brightly as the flashlights he provided down his wooded path while those who treasured those annual late-afternoon-into-late-evening gatherings had to, inevitably, disperse.

The 2010–2011 Fellows were deeply saddened to learn of the death of Jörgen Holmquist, at the age of 66, on March 18, 2014. Recalling his many contributions, classmate Walter Stechel noted recently that Jörgen’s voice was “…among the strongest in the class of 2011. Its strength and confidence reflected a lifetime’s insights and experience, a strong personality’s independent thinking, all mellowed by a wonderful sense of humor.” Jörgen did, indeed, stand out in a class of outstanding practitioners. He joined the Fellows Program in 2010 having served the preceding three years as director general, DG Internal Market and Services, European Commission. A Swede by birth, Jörgen began his long and distinguished career with the Swedish government, serving in the Ministry of Commerce and then with the Ministry of Finance. From 1987 to 1993, he was counsellor for financial affairs at the Swedish Embassy in Washington, DC. His move to the European Commission in 1997 led to positions in DG Agriculture, DG Budget, DG Fisheries and Maritime Affairs, and finally, to DG Internal Market and Services. He remained extremely active following his year as a Fellow. At the time of his death, he was also serving as chair of the International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants (IESBA). Jörgen Holmquist is survived by his wife Gail Rubenstein and their two children.

Arthur Mudge, who continued to interact with the Weatherhead Center, and with the Fellows Program in particular, long after his time as a Fellow (1979–1980), died on May 23, 2014, in Hanover, New Hampshire. He is survived by MaryAnn Caldwell, his wife of fifty-one years, their four daughters, and their five grandchildren. Born in Andover, Massachusetts, Arthur went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in geological engineering from Princeton University and a law degree from Harvard University. He also saw combat as a US Army officer in Korea. In 1966, he joined the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) where assignments took him to Panama, Peru, Bolivia, Guyana, Nicaragua, and Sudan. He resumed practicing law in New Hampshire following his retirement from USAID, focusing on legal services to nongovernmental organizations in general, and environmental and educational institutions in particular. An avid mountain climber and dedicated bird watcher, Arthur maintained his strong interest in international affairs, serving a number of years as president of the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire. As a proud alumnus of the Fellows Program, he hosted a number of Fellows over the years at speaking events in New Hampshire.

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61 Kirkland Street, home to the Fellows Program. Photo credit: Megan Countey