The United States of America today is deeply saddened by the passing of Alice Pickering, wife of former Ambassador Thomas Pickering.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton today said like so many members of the extended State Department family, Alice was deeply devoted to America’s ideals, values, and the importance of service. She added that for four decades, in posts ranging from Russia to El Salvador, she and Tom served the United States with great distinction.
“Tom once said of her, “Often I get the recognition, and she gets the tough jobs.” But all of us who were lucky enough to know Alice understood her commitment and appreciated her love for her family and her country.” -Ms. Clinton
Ms. Clinton stressed that at every post, Ms. Pickering took special pride in nurturing the new Foreign Service staff and making sure their families felt at home.
“On behalf of President Obama and all the women and men of the State Department, I offer my deepest condolences to Tom; their children, Timothy and Margaret; and all their beloved family and friends.” -Ms. Clinton
Former Ambassador Thomas Pickering had served as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations from 1989 to 1992.