Harold S. Fleming, State Department official, dies at 82

February 26

Harold S. Fleming, a former Foreign Service officer and State Department official, died Feb. 4 at his home in Great Falls, Va. He was 82.

The cause was cardiac arrest, said his wife, Arlene Fleming.

Mr. Fleming was a deputy assistant secretary of state in the department’s Bureau of International Organization Affairs from 1994 until his retirement in 1997. During his tenure, he helped establish ReliefWeb, a U.N. Web site that provides information on global humanitarian emergencies and disasters.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, he served as a counselor for development at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations and was a senior officer in the executive director’s office at UNICEF.

Early in his government career, Mr. Fleming held positions in Africa with the Peace Corps and was a U.S. Agency for International Development mission director in Morocco.

Harold Stedman Fleming, who went by “Hal,” was born in New Haven, Conn. He was a 1953 graduate of Brown University and received a master’s degree in English literature from Columbia University in 1955.

He began his government career as the director of public affairs and recruiting for the Peace Corps in 1966.

His honors included the Secretary’s Distinguished Service Award from the State Department and the U.S. Committee for UNICEF’s President’s Award for distinguished service.

Mr. Fleming sat on the board of directors of the U.S. Committee for UNICEF and was the past board chairman of the Child Health Foundation, which works to prevent and treat life-threatening communicable diseases. He was an advisory committee member of the American Friends Service Committee’s Middle East Program.

He published a number of works under the name Hal Fleming, including short stories, poems and two novels, “The Brides’ Fair” (2008) and “Once Upon a Storm” (2010). He renovated houses on Capitol Hill and studied American circus history.

His first marriage, to Patricia Stubbs Fleming, ended in divorce. Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Arlene Krimgold Fleming of Great Falls; three sons from his first marriage, Douglass Fleming of Nevada City, Calif., Craig Fleming of Bethesda and Harold Gordon Fleming of Alexandria; a daughter from his second marriage, Laura Fleming of Middletown, Conn.; a sister, Norene Fleming of Bowie; and a grandson.

A son from his second marriage, David Fleming, died in 1981.

— Megan McDonough

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