Fer­rer, Jr. James

The Washington Times Daily - - FROM PAGE ONE -

On Tues­day, July 25th 2017, James Fer­rer Jr of Monessen, Penn­syl­va­nia died peace­fully at the Virginia Hos­pi­tal Center, Ar­ling­ton, VA af­ter bat­tling can­cer.

Beloved hus­band of 57 years to Dolores Fer­rer and de­voted fa­ther of Vin­cent Fer­rer and the late An­nette Fer­rer. His sib­lings Michael, Joseph and Mar­ion (Ne­vala) pre­de­ceased him. James never learned of his sis­ter Mar­ion’s pass­ing just two weeks ear­lier.

James Fer­rer was born in a steel town in Penn­syl­va­nia. A nat­u­ral stu­dent, an op­por­tu­nity arose for him to at­tend St. Fidelis sem­i­nary. The fo­cus and dis­ci­pline ex­pe­ri­enced at St. Fidelis laid the foun­da­tion for his fu­ture suc­cesses.

Dur­ing the sum­mer af­ter his grad­u­a­tion while work­ing at a steel mill, a near death ex­pe­ri­ence clean­ing a blast fur­nace and a dis­ap­point­ing pay­check con­vinced him that col­lege was for him. With the sup­port of his par­ents, Mary (Ku­bic) Fer­rer and James Fer­rer Sr., high school teach­ers helped him suc­cess­fully ap­ply to Al­liance Col­lege where he re­ceived a B.A. in His­tory. James con­tin­ued his ed­u­ca­tion at the Univer­sity of California at Berkley, re­ceiv­ing an M.A. in Latin Amer­i­can Stud­ies and PH.D in Latin Amer­i­can His­tory. He capped his ed­u­ca­tion with an M.P.A in Eco­nom­ics from Har­vard Univer­sity. By that time James had al­ready be­gun his rst ca­reer as a U.S. diplo­mat.

He served in Ar­gentina, Chile, Por­tu­gal, the United Na­tions and Brazil (twice). Ar­riv­ing in Por­tu­gal in the midst of a rev­o­lu­tion, James, as the Di­rec­tor of Eco­nomic A airs at the US Em­bassy, worked with the em­bassy team to over­come a com­mu­nist threat and then nan­cially se­cure the rst demo­crat­i­cally elected gov­ern­ment of Por­tu­gal. As he said, he went with hat in hand ask­ing for money from Euro­pean and others coun­tries un­til there was a bil­lion dol­lar fund to as­sist Por­tu­gal.

James Fer­rer also served as Di­rec­tor of the O ce of Avi­a­tion A airs at the Depart­ment of State, con­duct­ing or overseeing ne­go­ti­a­tions with more than 50 coun­tries, trav­el­ing ex­ten­sively to ex­pand US air­line op­er­at­ing rights. He then served as Al­ter­nate US Rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the United Na­tions Eco­nomic and So­cial Coun­cil where he met daily with rep­re­sen­ta­tives of other coun­tries, de­bat­ing the world’s prin­ci­pal eco­nomic is­sues.

For gain­ing a com­mit­ment of eco­nomic re­form from the na­tions of Africa which would have a pro­found na­tional and in­ter­na­tional rami cation for the re­main­der of the cen­tury, he was awarded the State Depart­ment’s Distin­guished Honor Award for recog­ni­tion of ex­cep­tion­ally out­stand­ing ser­vice or achieve­ments of marked na­tional or in­ter­na­tional signi cance. He was one of three non-Am­bas­sado­rial rank For­eign Ser­vice O cers to have ever re­ceived this award. James Fer­rer’s last over­seas as­sign­ment was as Deputy Chief of Mis­sion and Chargé d’a aires (Act­ing Am­bas­sador) to Brazil.

Re­tir­ing from diplo­matic ser­vice af­ter re­turn­ing from Brazil, James be­gan his sec­ond and third ca­reer as an air­line ex­ec­u­tive and pro­fes­sor/di­rec­tor at Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton Univer­sity. As Di­rec­tor of US, Canada and Asia at VASP Brazil­ian Air­lines he es­tab­lished the air­line’s o ces in var­i­ous US cities and Korea. He then founded and di­rected the In­sti­tute of Brazil­ian Busi­ness and Pub­lic Man­age­ment Is­sues (IBI) and later founded and di­rected the Center for Latin Amer­i­can Is­sues (CLAI). For a six year pe­riod at GW he was Di­rec­tor of the Latin Amer­i­can and Hemi­spheric Stud­ies pro­gram (LAHSP).

James en­joyed singing, mu­sic, danc­ing, old movies, ten­nis, ski­ing (when not fall­ing!), vis­it­ing fam­ily in Spain and Poland, and friends in Por­tu­gal and Brazil. He en­joyed choral di­rect­ing. While in Por­tu­gal he founded a choral char­ity that raised funds for or­phan­ages.

Wake ser­vices will be held Friday Au­gust 4th at 2-4PM and 6-8PM at Money and King Fu­neral Home at 171 Maple Ave W, Vi­enna, VA 22180, Phone: (703) 9387440.

There will also be a view­ing from 1010:45AM fol­lowed by Fu­neral Mass at 11 AM on Saturday Au­gust 5th, 2017 at St Luke Catholic Church at 7001 Ge­orge­town Pike, McLean, Virginia 22101 Phone: 703 356 1255, in­ter­ment im­me­di­ately af­ter Columbia Gar­dens Ceme­tery and fol­lowed by a re­cep­tion at St. Luke Catholic Church.

In lieu of ow­ers, memo­rial con­tri­bu­tions may be given to Eter­nal Word Tele­vi­sion Net­work (EWTN) at 5817 Old Leeds Rd., Iron­dale, Alabama 35210 or a char­ity of your choice, on­line con­do­lences and fond mem­o­ries of James may be o ered to the fam­ily at www.mon­eyand­king.com. Please sign the Guest­book at www.legacy.com/wash­ing­ton­times

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