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Lewis Raynham Townsend
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Birth: Aug. 15, 1923
New York, USA
Death: May 27, 2011
District Of Columbia, USA

Lewis Raynham Townsend. Memorial Service will be held at Christ Church
Georgetown, 31st & O Street NW on Tuesday, June 14 at 11 a.m. Obituary to
follow. Contributions may be made to The Museum Exchange, 2801 New Mexico Ave.
N.W., # 303, Washington, DC 20007.

Published in The Washington Post from June 5 to June 7, 2011

Lewis R. Townsend, 87, a retired Foreign Service officer who founded an
international museum exhibition service with his wife, died May 27 at Inova
Alexandria Hospital of blunt head trauma he sustained in a fall in late 2010. He
was a District resident.

Mr. Townsend joined the Foreign Service in the early 1950s and specialized in
economics. Assigned to Saigon during the Vietnam War, he was also posted to
Germany, Afghanistan, Israel, France, Venezuela and Argentina before retiring in
1981.
In 1984, he and his wife, Ann Van Devanter Townsend, co-founded the Trust for
Museum Exhibitions, a company that organized fine-art exhibitions to tour
museums around the world. Mr. Townsend served as comptroller and interpreter,
using his knowledge of French, German and Spanish to translate business
transactions and exhibition catalogues.

Since 2002, he had been a member of the American Translators Association and a
professional translator. Among his projects was translating “Interview with a
Cannibal: The Secret Life of the Monster of Rotenburg,” a German-language book
about a 2001 crime that riveted Europe.

Lewis Raynham Townsend was a New York native and an Army veteran of World War
II. He graduated from Columbia University and, in 1950, from Yale University’s
law school, and then returned to active military duty during the Korean War.

Mr. Townsend volunteered with Christ Church Georgetown and was a board member of
the Washington chapter of Alliance Francaise. His other memberships included the
Chevy Chase Club, the Metropolitan Club of Washington, and Diplomatic and
Consular Officers Retired.

Besides his wife of 27 years, of Washington, survivors include a stepdaughter,
Susan Van Devanter Newell of Washington; and two grandchildren.
 
 
Burial:
Christ Church Georgetown Cemetery
Georgetown
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA
 
Created by: Micah
Record added: Jun 07, 2013
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Lewis Raynham Townsend
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