- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 12, 2005

George Middleton Dykes III, who led humanitarian efforts abroad, died April 2 at Inova Alexandria Hospital of heart failure after battling diabetes. He was 66.

Mr. Dykes was born in 1938 in Coral Gables, Fla. At Miami High School, he played football on the state championship team. He later played semipro ball with the now-defunct Miami Barracudas.

In college, Mr. Dykes was a professional guitarist and folk singer in the Miami area, singing in church choirs and performing in a United Service Organizations tour to Greenland and Newfoundland.

After attending the University of Florida, University of Miami and graduate school at Thunderbird: the Garvin School of International Management, he pursued a career in international business.

He worked in the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), serving in Croatia on the Bosnia Disaster Assistance Response Team from 1992 to 1995, working with Mercy USA in Bosnia from 1996 to 1999 and in the District from 1999 to 2001.

From 1989 to 1992, he was director of humanitarian assistance in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, working at the Pentagon on the Afghan relief program, earthquake response in the Philippines, and other efforts.

While with the Union Carbide Corp., Mr. Dykes and his family lived in Panama, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Nicaragua and Venezuela. He traveled and worked in nearly 100 countries throughout his career.

Mr. Dykes retired in January from his most recent position at USAID as senior adviser for the development credit office in the Bureau for Economic Growth, Agriculture and Trade, where he had worked since 2001.

He was active in Republican politics, both at the national level and in Virginia. He served in the Office of Presidential Personnel under both President Bushes.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Susan Fertig-Dykes of Alexandria; two sons, George Middleton Dykes IV of Alexandria and Dirk Fertig Dykson of Loveland, Colo.; and three grandchildren.

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