Jacob Walkin – Tech 3, United States Army Foreign Service Officer

From a news report: Thursday, November 13, 2003

Jacob Walkin, 86, a retired Foreign Service officer and college professor, died October 23, 2003, of respiratory ailments at the Jefferson retirement community in Arlington, Virginia, where he lived.

Dr. Walkin was born in Brooklyn, New York, and graduated from Cornell University. He came to Washington before World War II as a government clerk, living with other men from New York in a group house on H Street NW, which they called “the commune.”

During World War II, he was an Army intelligence officer. After the war, he went back to college on the GI Bill and received a master’s degree in international studies from Yale University and a doctorate in Soviet area studies from the University of California at Berkeley.

In the early 1950s, he joined the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research. Later, he served as a Foreign Service officer in Yugoslavia, Indonesia and Hong Kong, then returned to Washington as a political analyst.

In 1969, he retired from the Foreign Service. For the next 10 years, he taught at Auburn University. He returned to the Washington area in 1993.

His marriage to Slavna Walkin ended in divorce.

Survivors include their daughter, Karolina Walkin of Arlington; a stepson, Slavko Chakovan of St. Simons Island, Georgia; and a granddaughter.


Died Thursday, October 23, 2003, peacefully at his home in Arlington, Virginia. Dr. Walkin, a retired Foreign Service Officer and Professor Emeritus of Political Science, was the father of Karolina Walkin and her husband, Richard Haske of Arlington; grandfather of Briana Walkin-Haske; stepfather of Slavko and Nancy Chakovan of St. Simon’s Island, Georgia; and uncle of Ellen and Mordechai Friedman of Brooklyn, New York, Linda and Lorence Queens of Boca Raton, Florida, and Robert and Riette Boxer of Hilton Head, South Carolina. He is also survived by his former wife, Slavna Walkin; and by his devoted caregivers, Kadija Jima, Yeshiemebet Woldetekele, Aster Kerihun, Josephine Kalema and Kebrework Tesfaye; and his dedicated case manager, Stephanie Thomopoulos.

Plans for a memorial service and for committal of his ashes at Arlington National Cemetery will be announced later. Friends are invited to make memorial contributions to Hospice of Northern Virginia.


  • VETERAN SERVICE DATES: 09/07/1942 – 10/27/1945
  • DATE OF BIRTH: 05/18/1917
  • DATE OF DEATH: 10/23/2003
  • DATE OF INTERMENT: 01/26/2004
  • BURIED AT: SECTION 6-MM  ROW 10  SITE 2  – Arlington National Cemetery

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