Sue Dillon, elementary school teacher

Correction: An earlier version of this obituary incorrectly reported that Mrs. Dillon’s husband was acting ambassador to Lebanon. He was ambassador.

February 8, 2013

Sue Dillon, 81, a Foreign Service wife who taught elementary school abroad for 13 years, died Jan. 16 at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington County.

She suffered complications from diabetes and vascular disease, said her daughter Elizabeth Porter.

Caroline Sue Burch was born in New York City and raised in Arlington. She was a 1949 graduate of the old Western High School in Washington and received a bachelor’s degree in history from George Washington University in 1960.

She accompanied her husband to diplomatic postings in Taiwan, Venezuela, Turkey, Malaysia, Egypt, Austria and Lebanon, where he was ambassador from 1981 to 1983.

During those assignments, Mrs. Dillon taught elementary classes at American and Department of Defense schools. She retired after three years of teaching from the American International School in Vienna and returned to Arlington in 1988.

She was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington.

Survivors include her husband of 61 years, Robert Dillon of Arlington; five children, John Dillon of Sterling, Elizabeth Porter of Arlington, Thomas Dillon of Arlington, Dale Dillon Lips of Tucson and Robert Dillon Jr. of Beverly, Mass.; a sister; and seven grandchildren.

— Megan McDonough

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