The Lesley Dorman Award

In 1993 AAFSW decided to honor Lesley Dorman for her accomplishments and untiring efforts on behalf of the Foreign Service community by creating the Lesley Dorman Award. The award recognizes an AAFSW member who has performed outstanding service in all aspects of the organization.

Lesley Dorman was AAFSW president from 1976 to 1981, and served AAFSW in many other capacities, including Program Chair, Housing Office Chair and Public Relations Chair. In 1977, she directed the Forum Committee survey that resulted in the influential “Report on the Concerns of Foreign Service Spouses and Families.” The report convinced then-Secretary Cyrus Vance to support the creation of the Family Liaison Office, which was opened in 1978 with Lesley’s involvement. Lesley was also involved in the creation of the Overseas Briefing Center.   

By testifying on Capitol Hill, Lesley worked to ensure that the Foreign Service Act of 1980 included a ground-breaking provision which held that a Foreign Service Pension be equally divided between spouses upon divorce unless an agreement or court order existed to the contrary.  Later on, the   process was altered to award the divorcing spouse a pro-rated share of the annuity based on the number of years married and in the Foreign Service before the divorce.  Lesley became passionate about this issue after meeting long-married Foreign-Service spouses who were living in poverty after a divorce.

To learn more about Lesley’s remarkable life, and her outstanding work with AAFSW, read the ADST (The Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training) Oral History interview of Lesley here: https://www.adst.org/OH%20TOCs/Dorman,%20Leslie%201987%20-%20TOC.pdf, and this article by Mette Beecroft: https://www.aafsw.org/blog/2016/10/10/memoriam-lesley-dorman/

Dorman Award Winners

1993 Patricia Ryan
1995 Ann La Porta
1996 Christine Shurtleff
1997 Mette Beecroft
1999 Doris Reddington, Loretta Jones
2000 Alice Chirieleison
2001 Jan Fischer-Bachman
2002 Melissa Hess
2003 Barbara Ratigan
2004 Chris Zarr
2005 Terri Williams
2006 Lisa Wilkinson, Dianne Bodeen
2007 Judy Felt
2008 Lucy Whitley
2009 Sheila Switzer
2010 Anne Kauzlarich
2011 Faye Barnes
2012 Debbi Miller
2013 Barbara Reioux
2014 Lara Center
2015 Patricia Linderman
2016 June Carmichael
2017 Anna Dworken

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