- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 29, 2002

AMMAN, Jordan (Agence France-Presse) U.S. diplomat Lawrence Foley's slaying yesterday in Jordan came just a day after he received an award for promoting development and humanitarian assistance projects in the kingdom.

"Larry Foley dedicated his life to improving the lives of others," U.S. Ambassador Edward Gnehm told reporters in Amman.

A career public servant, Mr. Foley, 62, was a supervising executive officer with diplomatic status who had worked for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for the past two years.

"Larry Foley worked in Jordan to help deliver clean drinking water to Jordanian families, and he was working to rehabilitate primary health centers throughout the kingdom," Mr. Gnehm said.

"He helped administer a micro-lending program which has provided loans to many Jordanians so that they can start new businesses," Mr. Gnehm said, his voice cracking with emotion as he paid tribute to Mr. Foley.

He described the burly, cheerful Mr. Foley as "the very best in America", noting he began a career in public service more than 37 years ago as a Peace Corps volunteer in India.

Mr. Foley, a native of Boston who made his home in Oakland, Calif., later worked as a juvenile probation officer in the 1970s before becoming assistant director of the Peace Corps in the Philippines in the early 1980s.

He then joined USAID, working in Bolivia, Peru and Zimbabwe before moving to the U.S. mission in Jordan.

Mr. Foley was gunned down outside his west Amman home in a residential area of the capital as he walked to his car.

A cardboard skeleton was hanging on the door of the two-story villa for the upcoming Halloween festival, not far from the bloodstains on the ground near his Mercedes.

He leaves a wife and three adult children.


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