- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 31, 2007

Pamela G. Ahearn, 52, renowned specialist on protocol and diplomacy matters, died at her home in Alexandria on March 26 of a heart attack.

Mrs. Ahearn was born Oct. 7, 1954, in Nashville, Tenn., to Mr. and Mrs. Ray Gardner. She graduated with honors from the University of Alabama in 1976.

Mrs. Ahearn and her husband, Frederick L. Ahearn, are well known on the national political stage and met during the campaign of Virginia Gov. John Dalton.

As a result of her work on Capitol Hill and earlier in her career at the State Department, Mrs. Ahearn was on a first-name basis with the majority of the Washington Diplomatic Corps. She frequently advised the diplomatic community on ceremonial events, etiquette and protocol.

Serving under Republican House Speakers Newt Gingrich and J. Dennis Hastert, Mrs. Ahearn was responsible for almost a decade for arranging joint meetings of Congress and every visit of government leaders, foreign ministers, speakers of parliament and foreign dignitaries.

In the 1970s, Mrs. Ahearn worked on Sen. John W. Warner’s U.S. Senate campaign, then became one of Mr. Warner’s first staff members.

During her association with Mr. Warner, Mrs. Ahearn served as executive assistant to his wife, Academy Award-winning actress Elizabeth Taylor.

Mrs. Ahearn also held such jobs as director of liaison for the 1990 Economic Summit of Industrial Nations and director of protocol for the U.S. House from 1995 to 2004.

Mrs. Ahearn is survived by her husband; mother Jewell Eskew and stepfather Charles Eskew, of Franklin, Tenn.; and sisters Patricia Simpson of Nashville, Tenn., and Peggy Beasley, of Franklin, Tenn.

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