Thursday, November 16, 2006

Frances S. HuttonForeign Service Spouse

Frances S. Hutton, 95, a Foreign Service spouse, died Nov. 2 of congestive heart failure at her home in McLean.

Mrs. Hutton, a native of Canon City, Colo., who overcame spinal meningitis to win awards for horse-jumping in her youth, in her mid-30s out-sprinted Turkish bandits descending on her and her husband in the ruins of Ephesus.

"Dad jerked a .38-caliber [handgun] out of the glove box, and they all of a sudden were filled with courtesy," said one of her sons, Churchill Powell Hutton of Arlington.

Mrs. Hutton hosted events for some of the leading international figures of her time in Ireland, Mexico, Guatemala, Turkey, England (where she was presented to the queen at Buckingham Palace in 1953), Ecuador, Canada and Washington. She joked to her family that she could smile through a migraine headache, talk geopolitics and flick a locust off her shoulder at the same time.

As the end of World War II neared, Mrs. Hutton saw that most of the Third Reich's scientific talent lay in parts of Germany that the Soviets would soon occupy. She urged her husband, P. Churchill Hutton, to draft a plan for the United States to identify and apprehend leading German engineers before the Soviets did. He did, and the United States thereby recovered most of the leading German experts in rocketry, nuclear science, electronics, early computing and advanced physics -- men who soon laid the basis for the U.S. space program.

After 30 years abroad, Mrs. Hutton had lived in Northern Virginia for the past 40 years. An enthusiastic walker, she also climbed one of the 14,000-foot peaks in Colorado.

She enjoyed the Washington Ballet, the National Symphony, reading and her family. She was a Colonial Dame, a member of the diplomatic and consular organization DACOR and a former member of Army-Navy Club and Farmington Country Club in Charlottesville.

Her husband of 49 years died in 1983.

In addition to Churchill Hutton, survivors include two other sons, Paul C. Hutton III of Annandale and C. Peabody Hutton of Hong Kong; nine grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

George A. NaifehUSIA Officer

George A. Naifeh, 82, a retired U.S. Information Agency officer specializing in the Middle East who co-founded the American-Arab Affairs Council, a nonprofit educational organization in Washington, died Nov. 9 at University Hospital in Augusta, Ga. He had congestive heart failure.

An Oklahoma native of Arab descent, Mr. Naifeh joined the State Department in 1951 and served as a cultural affairs and public affairs officer. During his 28-year career, he held assignments in Iran, Iraq, Libya, Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Jordan.

He said his primary duty was "to explain America to the people in the countries in which I served." He was sometimes called on for other work. Posted in Nigeria during its civil war of the late 1960s, he played a role in securing the release of political prisoner Wole Soyinka, the future Nobel Prize-winning playwright.

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