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    - Raeford Liles
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    - Leanna & Matt Handwork and family

HEMILY PHILIP W. HEMILY (Age 91) An International Senior Science Adviser of Washington, DC, died peacefully January 7, 2014 in Sarasota, FL of natural causes a year after his partner of 37 years, Kathryn Arnow. He loved France, where he spent many years. He held a Doctorate from the Université de Paris (1953) and was Chargé de Recherche at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) from 1953 - 1956. Born 1922 in Newaygo, Michigan, he received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan (1947) after serving three years (1943-1946) as an Ordnance Officer in the U.S. Army during WWII. He was research associate in physics and taught undergraduate mathematics at Auburn University, Alabama (1947-1949). He was a Trustee of Americans for UNESCO, a consultant, senior program officer, and Director of the Committee on International Organizations and Programs, Office of International Affairs, National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine from 1984 through 1995 when he gave priority attention to U.S. scientific and engineering relations with UNESCO, the International Council of Scientific Unions, the establishment of international engineering organizations, and the follow up to the 1992 U.N. Conference on Environment and Development. During this same period he was also a consultant to the Carnegie Commission on Science, Technology and Government; the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, Department of State; the Stanford Research Institute, and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Philip W. Hemily retired from the Senior Foreign Service of the Department of State (1983) after serving as Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Scientific Affairs (1976-82) of NATO and Science Counselor to the U.S. Mission to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) from 1965-1974. Key accomplishments included providing leadership in the establishment of the NATO "Science for Stability" program, and the strengthening of National Science and Technology Policy structures in OECD nations via the OECD Committee on Science and Technology Policy, and the development of regional agreements of measures for the protection of the environment via the OECD Environment Committee. Philip Hemily held senior staff positions at the National Science Foundation from 1957-1965 during which time he was instrumental in creating the international office of the Foundation. During this period, he participated in establishing programs to strengthen science and mathematics education. Previously, Philip was married to Marion McLatchy, a bright and promising scientist (later divorced) who passed in 2005. Philip is survived, loved, and missed by his son, Philip Brendon Hemily of Toronto, Canada, daughters Valerie Hemily of Hilton Head Island and Laurenne Hemily-Figus of Rome, Italy and six grandchildren, Daphne, Julie, Oliviero, Orlando, Amadeo and Rocco. A commemoration ceremony will be held. Please contact:

Published in The Washington Post from Jan. 17 to Jan. 19, 2014
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