Mary Janice Otto Fleck, 50, a Senior Foreign Service officer specializing in economics who two years ago won one of the Department of State's highest honors, died Oct. 1 at Inova Fairfax Hospital of cancer.

Mrs. Fleck, an officer with the Foreign Service since 1985, was stationed in Ivory Coast, Malaysia, Venezuela and Washington. In 1997, she was promoted to the Senior Foreign Service and won the Herbert Salzman Award for Excellence in International Economic Performance for her work on a trade treaty with Malaysia.

Mrs. Fleck was an international economist at the Department of the Treasury from 1971 to 1985 and was assistant treasury attache in Paris from 1979 to 1983.

While overseas, Mrs. Fleck helped raise money for orphanages.

Mrs. Fleck was born and raised in Baltimore and graduated in 1971 from George Washington University with a bachelor's degree in international affairs and economics. She received a master's degree in economics from the school in 1976.

For the last year, Mrs. Fleck was an instructor in international economics and commerce at the National War College.

Mrs. Fleck lived in Fairfax for the last six years and was an area resident since the early 1970s.

She is survived by her husband of six years, Lloyd Fleck of Falls Church; a stepson, John Fleck of Fairfax; her mother, Mary Baucom Croghan of Reisterstown, Md.; and a sister.