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,