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Margaret Alexander, L'80 September 2006, Deputy Mission Director for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID ) in Katmandu, Nepal. Ms. Alexander was among 24 people who perished late last September in a helicopter crash 400 miles east of Katmandu. Though the cause of the crash is unknown, bad weather is believed to have been a factor. Ms. Alexander had joined USAID as a legal officer assigned to the agency's Office of the General Counsel in 1987 and had been the Katmandu deputy mission director since May 2005. Previously, she had worked in the private law firm of Covington and Burling in Washington, DC, and clerked for the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware. During her time at USAID she worked at missions and bureaus in Europe, Eurasia, the Caribbean and across Africa. Her positions included assistant general counsel, regional legal advisor and regional legal office chief. From 2002 to 2005, Ms. Alexander was the senior regional legal advisor in Nairobi, Kenya for the agency's missions in East and Central Africa. This year she would have assumed the post of USAID director to the Democratic Republic of Congo. In November 2005, Ms. Alexander received USAID 's Superior Honor Award for "sustained exemplary performance" in providing legal services while in her East Africa position. Ms. Alexander is survived by her sister, Harriet Alexander, and nephew, Alexander Evans.
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