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Gordon R. Beyer, Mary B. Onufrak, Mary H. Tayloe, Carrollton( E. Reese Jr., Nancy Mirra, Bettsie( H. Robinson, David L. Miller, William A. Hickey Jr., Margery H. ‘Peggy' Knight die

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Gordon R. Beyer Ambassador

Gordon R. Beyer, 79, a career diplomat who was U.S. ambassador to Uganda from 1980 to 1983, died June 4 at his home in Peterborough, N.H. He had Alzheimer's disease.

Mr. Beyer spent 28 years with the State Department and was the first U.S. ambassador to Uganda after the embassy had been closed in 1973 during Idi Amin's rule. He joined the Foreign Service in 1955 and earlier had diplomatic postings in Thailand, Japan, Somalia and Tanzania and at the United Nations in New York.

After his diplomatic career, Mr. Beyer spent two years as deputy commandant of the National War College at Fort McNair. From 1985 to 1991, he was president of the George C. Marshall Foundation in Lexington, Va.

Gordon Robert Beyer was born in Chicago and was a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire. He graduated from Harvard in 1952 and received a master's degree in history from Northwestern University in 1953. He was a Marine Corps veteran of the Korean War.

Mr. Beyer was a member of the English-Speaking Union, Sons of the American Revolution and the Cosmos Club. While living in Lexington from 1985 to 2005, he wrote a column on foreign affairs for the Rockbridge Weekly newspaper and was chairman of the Rockbridge County Democratic Party.

His interests included sailing, growing grapes and flying airplanes.

A daughter, Helen Winsor Beyer, died in 1962.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Mary Winsor Beyer of Peterborough; three children, Theresa Beyer of New Rochelle, N.Y., Hugh R. Beyer of Peterborough and Thomas P. Beyer of Gloucester, Mass.; a brother; and eight grandchildren.

-- Matt Schudel

Mary B. Onufrak Activist

Mary B. Onufrak, 82, a longtime McLean resident and activist who promoted awareness of her ancestors, the Carpatho-Rusyns, died of congestive heart failure June 6 at Inova Fairfax Hospital.


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