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Ambassador Edward W. Mulcahy, 84, Winchester, VA
AMBASSADOR EDWARD WILLIAM MULCAHY
Former Ambassador Edward W. Mulcahy passed away of natural causes on March 12, 2006 at 7:08 p.m. in Winchester, VA. He was 84 years old.
Ambassador Mulcahy was born in Malden, MA on June 15, 1921 to John and Mary Mulcahy. He was the eldest of seven children. He attended Malden Catholic High School, graduating in 1939.
He graduated in 1943 from Tufts University with a degree in history, cum laude. He joined the Marine Corps in January 1943 and in June 1944 he saw his first action in Guam where as a Second Lieutenant, he led a company of the 21st Marines of the 3rd Marine Division that repelled a series of Japanese Army Banzai attacks. He was awarded the Silver Star and Purple Heart for his actions in the liberation of Guam. He was promoted to First Lieutenant and in February 1945 landed on Iwo Jima on the first day of the Marine's assault on that island fortress. He received a second Purple Heart for his wounds on Iwo Jima.
After the war, he was promoted to Captain and placed in charge of the Marine detachment at the US Navy brig on Governor's Island in New York City.
In 1946, he left the Marines to attend the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Medford, MA, and received a Masters Degree in 1947. Upon graduation, he joined the United States Foreign Service in which he served for 33 years. His first assignment was as Consular Officer in Munich, Germany, where he assisted refugees from WWII trying to get to the United States. An excellent linguist, he spoke German, French, Italian and Latin, and was conversant in Swahili and Modern Greek.
In 1949, he was assigned as US Consul in Mombasa, Kenya and in 1950, as Political Officer to the US Consulate in Asmara, Eritrea. In 1951, he met Kathleen Lyon of Arizona, who was assigned to the Consulate there as an administrative assistant. They married in 1953 in Globe, AZ. They had six children and were married 52 years before her death in 2005.
In 1953, Mulcahy was reassigned to Washington, DC, where he worked on a variety of assignments in the State Department. In 1956, he was named Political Officer in the embassy in Athens, Greece, and in 1959 became Deputy Consul General in Salisbury, Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). In 1963 he returned to Washington in the Bureau of the Near East and Africa Affairs with responsibility for Southern Africa. In 1967, he was appointed Deputy Chief of Mission at the embassy in Tunis, Tunisia. Mulcahy was named
Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy in Lagos, Nigeria in 1970.
Mulcahy was named US Ambassador to the Republic of Chad in 1972. In 1974, he returned to Washington, DC as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs (under Henry Kissinger, Secretary of State at the time). He was named US Ambassador to Tunis, Tunisia in 1976. In 1979, he returned to the US and spent a year as Diplomat-in-Residence at the University of Atlanta, where he lectured on US foreign policy in Africa. Ambassador Mulcahy retired from the Foreign Service in 1980, taking up the position of Vice-President at the Project Hope Foundation in Milwood, VA.
After his retirement from the Project Hope Foundation in 1982, Ambassador Mulcahy continued his interest in local and international affairs on the board of the Tunisian American Association in Washington, DC and lecturing on US foreign policy at Lord Fairfax Community College in Middletown, VA. He was also a devout member of Sacred Heart parish in Winchester. He was actively involved in his college and Marine Corps reunions, as well as in the Foreign Service Association and the Ancient Order of Hibernians. He and his wife traveled extensively in retirement, both in the US and abroad.
Since 2000, Ambassador and Mrs. Mulcahy had been residents at Winchester-Canterbury in Winchester. Ambassador Mulcahy was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease in 1997.
He is survived by three brothers and two sisters; five children, Anne Dower of Glen Ellyn, IL, John Mulcahy of Hong Kong, PRC, Eileen Mulcahy of Winchester, Kevin Mulcahy of Charlotte, NC and Father Brian Mulcahy of Charlottesville, VA, and nine grandchildren.
The family will receive friends on Thursday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. at JONES FUNERAL HOME in Winchester, VA.
A funeral mass will be held on Friday, March 17, 2006 at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Winchester, with Father Brian Mulcahy officiating. A reception will follow the service at the church. Ambassador Mulcahy will be laid to rest on Tuesday, April 4, 2006 at 3 p.m. at Arlington National Cemetery where his wife, Kathleen is interred.
In lieu of flowers, please send memorial contributions to the Shenandoah Westerminster-Canterbury Employee Christmas Fund, 300 Westminster-Canterbury Dr., Winchester,VA 22603.endcol
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