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Obituaries

Thomas Joseph Castonguay, a native Washingtonian, was a 1966 graduate of Archbishop Carroll High School in the District. He received a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Maryland in 1970 and an associate's degree in design from the Parsons School of Design in New York in the late 1970s.

He was a clerk at the Pentagon for the Army in the early 1970s and from 1972 to 1976 a clerk with the National Endowment for the Arts.

Survivors include a sister, Marie Jones of Houston; and three brothers, James Castonguay of Gaithersburg, Robert Castonguay of Seattle and Michael Castonguay of Dedham, Mass.

-- Lauren Wiseman

John S. 'Jack' Davison Diplomat

John S. "Jack" Davison, 76, a retired diplomat who served as U.S. ambassador to Niger in the 1990s, died June 16 at a hospital in Morlaix, France. He had multiple myeloma, or cancer of the plasma cells.

Mr. Davison joined the State Department in 1962 and became a specialist in African affairs. He held various diplomatic positions in Congo, Benin, Sudan, Madagascar and Lesotho before being named ambassador to Niger in 1993.

After three years, he returned to Washington and served as director of West African affairs at the State Department until his retirement in 1998.

John Samuel Davison was born in Detroit and graduated from Harvard University in 1955. He was a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford, where he received master's degrees in politics, philosophy and economics in 1957. He graduated from Harvard law school in 1961.

He lived in Washington and Bethesda before moving to Santec, France, in 1998.

His marriage to Judith Kapp Davison ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife of 29 years, Therese Davison of Santec; two daughters from his first marriage, Alice Davison of Summit, N.J., and Juliet Davison of Boston; two stepchildren, Gwenaelle Colin of Paris and Jean-Francois Colin of Port-Mort, France; and five grandchildren.

-- Matt Schudel


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