DACOR Awards


DACOR offers three awards to recognize those who have made signification contributions to the Foreign Service, foreign affairs generally, and DACOR and the DACOR Bacon House Foundation.


Foreign Service Cup

DACOR awards the Foreign Service Cup each year on Foreign Affairs Day. The award goes to a retired FSO who had a distinguished Foreign Service career and has made significant post-retirement contributions to the broad field encompassed by the term "foreign affairs." It is DACOR's highest honor.

YEAR

RECIPIENT

2021Dennis Jett
2020Thomas M. Tracy
2019Jacques Paul Klein

2018

H. Allen Holmes

2017

Thomas E. McNamara

2016

Kenton W. Keith

2015

Ronald E. Neumann

2014

Richard Kauzlarich

2013

Alan Larson

2012

Rozanne L. Ridgway

2011

J. Stapleton Roy

2010

Edward W. Gnehm, Jr.

2009

Alexander F. Watson

2008

Joseph H. Melrose

2007

Robert H. Miller

2006

William P. Stedman, Jr.

2005

William D. Calderhead

2004

Stephen Low

2003

Dennis Kux

2002

Willard De Pree

2001

Frank C. Carlucci, III

2000

William C. Harrop

1999

Thomas D. Boyatt

1998

L. Bruce Laingen

1997

Charles Stuart Kennedy, Jr.

1996

Andrew I. Killgore

Ambassador Dennis Jett gives remarks after receiving the 2021 Foreign Service Cup.

President's Cup for Exceptional Service to DACOR

This award is given at the discretion of the DACOR president in recognition of a member who has made exceptional contributions to the organization and the DACOR Bacon House Foundation.

YEAR

RECIPIENT

2021Raymond C. Ewing, Thomas F. Johnson and Lange Schermerhorn
2019Martin Hurwitz

2017

Paul M. Cleveland, Richard K. McKee and Edward M. Rowell

2015

John G. Kormann and Lewis M. (Jack) White

2013

Alan Lukens and Daniel A. O'Donohue

2010

Kenneth Rogers

2009

William D. Calderhead

2006

Claude Anthony Gordon Ross

Thomas Johnson receives the President's Cup for Exceptional Service to DACOR from DACOR President Paul Denig in 2021.

The Eleanor Dodson Tragen Award

The Eleanor Dodson Tragen Award honors a spouse, family member, domestic partner or member of household, who has effectively advocated and promoted rights, programs, services and benefits for Foreign Service families in the tradition of the AAFSW and its members, as did the late Mrs. Eleanor Tragen.

YEAR

RECIPIENT

2021

Fabiula Maughan

For her innovative and timely efforts to help Mission Brazil address issues of racism and social injustice following the 2020 protests that heightened awareness of these problems in Brazil and in the United States. In particular, for creating embRACE, a group of roughly 40 U.S. direct hires and local staff at Consulate General São Paulo dedicated to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion which became such a force for positive change that it inspired likeminded chapters across Mission Brazil, for putting social justice and racial equity at the center of Mission Brazil‘s work, improving the quality of life for hundreds of State Department employees and their families and for making an enduring impact on one of the most important social issues of our age.

2020

Joanna Athanasopoulos Owen

For her tireless advocacy for family member rights, benefits and services. In particular, for her effective efforts toward finding a sound solution to the hiring freeze imposed on EFMs in 2017, for spearheading AAFSW's successful application to be considered a recognized Employee Organization by the Department of State; and for conceiving and implementing AAFSW's "Twice Exceptional" Merit Scholarships to reward special needs students.

2019

Melissa Brayer-Hess

For developing numerous groundbreaking initiatives that were ahead of their time, including three long-term projects -- the AAFSW website, the Livelines e-mail group, and the Realities of Foreign Service Life book series -- which continue to positively impact Foreign Service family members and employees every single day, over 15 years after their creation.

2018

Patricia Linderman

For providing vital information via articles, books and social media and co-founding the innovative online resource the Foreign Service Hub.

2017

Kelly Bembry Midura
For her work to connect Foreign Service spouses through local and virtual networking, blogs, websites and print publictations and to provide resources so that others are empowered to foster mutual support among spouses, partners, and families serving overseas.

2016

Leah Evans
For advocating for the benefits of FS family members and the local communities in which they reside and work.

2015

Sheila Switzer
For creating the AAFSW Foreign-Born Spouse Group.

2014

Ann La Porta
For her work on raising awareness of mental health and resilience issues for FSO families.

2013

Bob Castro
For his advocacy for the working spouses and partners of FSOs.

2012

Thomas Gallagher
For his promotion of women, gays and lesbians in the Foreign Service.

2010

Mari O'Connor
For her work on behalf of families with special needs children overseas.

2009

Mette Beecroft
For her lifelong advocacy of legal and economic rights for FS wives.

2007

Leslie Dorman
For her instrumental role in the creation of the Family Liaison Office.

2006

Jean Vance
For defining and articulating the concerns of FS spouses.

Fabiula Maughan, recipient of the 2021 Tragen Award, with DACOR President Jim Dandridge.