November 24: Timothy Winston Childs (2000)

Timothy Winston Childs was a Foreign Service officer and also a scholar of Middle Eastern current affairs and history. Childs was born in New York City and graduated from Yale University. After a two-year stint in the Army, he received a master’s degree in international relations from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies and later a PhD in European and Middle Eastern History from Georgetown University. Childs lectured on and off for twenty years at Georgetown and Johns Hopkins. He also taught courses on the history of the Ottoman Empire at Georgetown’s Center for Turkish Studies in Alanya, Turkey. In 1990, Childs authored the book, Italo-Turkish Diplomacy and the War Over Libya, 1911-1912.

Childs served in the State Department’s Foreign Service from 1961 to 1973, with assignments in Syria, Iran and Washington. He was a political and economic affairs officer. He was an advisory editor to the Middle East Journal, a member of the board of governors of the Middle East Institute in Washington, and a director of American Near East Refugee Aid. When at home in Washington, Child served as chairman of the steering committee of the Friends of Music of the Smithsonian Institution, a member of the Society of the Cincinnati, and a vestry member of the Church of the Epiphany. Childs’ wife Hope served as Epiphany’s Junior Warden in the 1990s. Following his November 22 death, a memorial service for Childs took place at Epiphany. Former rector and friend Edgar Romig returned to offer the homily. Romig’s sister taught at Robert College in Istanbul, where Childs was a member of the board.

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