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Obituaries

Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth Shiver Harris of Oxford; three children from his first marriage, Michael Harris, Sue Wilkinson and Kathy Harris, all of New York; a stepdaughter, Lela Shiver of Oxford; and 10 grandchildren.

-- Patricia Sullivan

Julian M. Niemczyk Ambassador, Air Force Colonel

Julian Martin Niemczyk, 89, a retired Air Force colonel who was the U.S. ambassador to Czechoslovakia from 1986 to 1989, died Sept. 16 at Inova Fairfax Hospital of cardiac arrest. He was a resident of Annandale.

Col. Niemczyk, who was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to serve as ambassador, started his political career in the early 1970s with the Republican National Committee. From 1973 to 1980, he was executive director of the heritage groups division.

In 1980, he was director of the nationalities division for the Reagan-Bush presidential campaign committee. From 1983 to 1986, he was chief executive of People to People International, an educational exchange program founded by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Julian Martin Niemczyk, a native of Fort Sill, Okla., received a bachelor's degree from the University of the Philippines in 1955.

He was an Army Air Forces veteran of World War II and an Air Force veteran of the Korean War. During World War II, he had assignments with the Office of Strategic Services in Burma and China and later was stationed in Manila, Warsaw and Prague. During his military career, he also had assignments with the National Security Agency and the CIA. He retired from the Air Force in 1971.

His military decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star and Defense Commendation Medal.

His memberships included the Council of American Ambassadors, the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, Knights of Columbus and the Army-Navy Club.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Margaret McCann Niemczyk of Annandale.

-- Lauren Wiseman


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