Obituaries

By Stimson, Andrew | Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, January/February 2013 | Go to article overview
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Obituaries


Stimson, Andrew, Washington Report on Middle East Affairs


Maideh Mazda Magee, 90, author of the popular cookbook In a Persian Kitchen, linguist, art history lecturer, and wife of a U.S. diplomat, died Aug. 7, 2012 at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, DC.

Born in Baku, Azerbaijan to Persian parents, Maideh Mazda grew up speaking Persian, Azeri, Russian, English and Turkish. She attended an American Presbyterian missionary high school in Tehran, completed an undergraduate degree at Rutgers University and received a master's degree in international relations from the University of California at Berkeley. While teaching at the Navy Language School during the 1950s, she married U.S. foreign service officer Charles T. Magee, whom she would later accompany on his assignments in Canada, Western and Eastern Europe as well as the Soviet Union. From 1991 to 2010, she served as a guide, lecturing in several languages on the Marjorie Merriweather Post Collection of Russian and French art at the Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens in Washington, DC.

Since it was first pubished in 1960, In a Persian Kitchen has appeared in over 20 editions.

Reginald Bartholomew, 76, a distinguished U.S. diplomat who served four presidents, as ambassador to Lebanon (1983-86) under Ronald Reagan, died in New York City on Aug. 26, 2012.

Born to Italian immigrants living in Portland, Maine, he attended Dartmouth College and later received a master's degree in political science from the University of Chicago. After a brief career as a professor of government at Wesleyan University, Bartholomew joined the Department of Defense and later served in the National Security Council under President Jimmy Carter.

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