DARRELL JENKS

  • "Dr. Jenks was the MOST professional and also most courteous..."
    - Basil Berchekas
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    - Thomas Hutson
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    - Rong Hua Huang (ALAS Bass Player)
  • "I was lucky to meet Darrell in "Tallil", southern Iraq in..."
    - Michael Heydari
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    - Sarah Okawa Ellerbrock
Obituary

JENKS--Darrell Allan. On May 14, 2012 Darrell A. Jenks died at his residence in Baltimore, MD. Darrell Jenks, diplomat, retired last autumn after a thirty-year career that included two tours in Japan, most recently as Director of the FSI Japanese Language and Area Training Center in Yokohama. His colleagues admired him for his warm, lively and outgoing personality, as well as his conscientious leadership in the workplace. Darrell, a brilliant linguist, served the American people well. He spoke nine languages including Japanese, Korean and Chinese. In 2007, Darrell volunteered to serve in Maysan, Iraq, where - largely self-taught - he picked up the basics of his fourth super-hard language, Arabic. Darrell was fascinated by people and cultures, and formed lasting friendships everywhere he went. Even after retiring, and while fighting a terrible illness, Darrell continued working with his friends in Japan and the United States to organize celebrations of the 100th anniversary of Japan's donation of cherry trees to Washington, DC. Darrell is survived by his wife Thelma, daughter Desiree, son Christopher, parents George, and Zoya Jenks, and siblings Mark and Andrew. A Memorial Service will be held on May 19, 2012 at 2:00 pm at the Mitchell-Wiedefeld Funeral Home, Inc., 6500 York Road, Baltimore, MD 21212. In lieu of flowers, donations in his honor may be made to Alvin & Lois Lapidus Cancer Institute, (c/o The Darrell Jenks Memorial), Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, 2401 W. Belvedere Ave, Baltimore, MD 21215.

Published in The New York Times on May 17, 2012
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