James F. Brackman, 86, a retired Foreign Service officer who specialized in budgetary and fiscal matters, died Nov. 22 at Inova Fairfax Hospital.

The Alexandria resident died of respiratory failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease related to treatments for lung cancer, said his wife, Stella Brackman.

Mr. Brackman served 39 years in the Foreign Service before retiring in 1991 as first secretary at the U.S. mission to the United Nations in New York. Earlier assignments included postings in Europe, South America, the Middle East and Asia.

While serving in Jordan, he met Stella Scouros, also a Foreign Service officer. They married in 1958. After he retired, Mr. Brackman accompanied her to assignments in India, Barbados, Russia and Belgium. She retired in 2000.

James Franklin Brackman was born in Neola, W.Va. He served in the Army Air Forces in 1945 and 1946. In 1950, he received a degree in finance and accounting at West Virginia University Institute of Technology.

He was an enthusiastic sportsman and a player of tennis and golf. Mr. Brackman hunted boar in Hungary and climbed in the Himalayas in Nepal.

Besides his wife, of Alexandria, survivors include a daughter Gloria Brackman Nussbaum of Westport, Conn.; and two grandchildren.

— Bart Barnes