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SMITH--Harlie L., died peacefully Monday, December 19, 2016 at the Capital Caring Halquist Center in Arlington, Virginia. He was 89 years old. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Mary Ellen T. (MEG) Gilroy; his daughter Pamela N. Stark (John); five adult grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren. His two prior marriages to Jacqueline Anderson and Karla Reed, both of whom predeceased him, ended in divorce. He was born March 7, 1927 in Lexington, KY to Harlie Lawrence Smith, Sr. and Virginia Throckmorton Smith. Turned down by the U.S. Naval Academy because of poor eye sight, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1945. He was recalled to service during the Korean Conflict, serving as a Personnel Clerk on the USS Warrick (AKA-89). As an undergraduate at Westminster College, He was introduced to Winston Churchill by Harry Truman after Churchill delivered his 'Iron Curtain' speech. Upon completion of his undergraduate studies at Westminster, he was accepted as one of the first students in the graduate linguistics program at the University of Minnesota. After receiving his PhD in Linguistics, he taught at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. From 1955 - 1958, he was a Smith-Mundt Fellow teaching English at the Ecole Normale Superior in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. In 1958, he accepted an offer to join the U.S. Department of State as a regional language officer stationed in Mexico City. He went on to be the director of the State Department Foreign Service Institute Arabic Language Schools in Benghazi, Tangier, Beirut, and Tunis. While living in Tangier, he was good friends with his apartment building neighbors, Jane and Paul Bowles. Harlie also served in the 1980s at the U.S. Embassies in Caracas, Port- au-Prince, and Mexico City. He retired in 1986 and accompanied his wife to postings at the U.S. Embassies in Rabat, Kuala Lumpur, Port Louis, Port-au-Prince, Ottawa, and Bridgetown. He took an active interest in classical music, archaeology, anthropology, equestrian sports, and eating and drinking. He will be laid to rest at a service at St. Paul's Rock Creek Cemetery Washington, D.C. later in 2017. Donations in his memory can be made to The Lambi Fund of Haiti: lambifund.org/ways-to-give .
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