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Chemonics Africa Senior Vice President Dies at 56

John Strattner, senior vice president of Chemonics’ Africa region, died on February 24, 2006, of melanoma. He is survived by his wife, Bea, and his son, Johannes, 13. He was 56.

John Strattner, senior vice president of Chemonics’ Africa region, died on February 24, 2006, of melanoma. He was 56.

Mr. Strattner joined Chemonics in 1982. He worked his way through the ranks as a recruitment manager, senior project administrator, supervisor, and deputy regional director for the Eastern Europe region before taking a long-term field assignment.

In 1994, Mr. Strattner moved to Indonesia, where he was deputy director of Chemonics’ Private Participation in Urban Services project, a project that helped secure nearly $1.34 billion in private-sector investments. He returned to Washington, D.C., in 1998, where he was put in charge of operations for the Africa-Asia region. He was named senior vice president for the Africa region in March 2002.

Mr. Strattner began his career in international development as a Peace Corps volunteer in Tunisia in the 1970s. He worked first for the Experiment in International Living in the Netherlands and then for the New TransCentury Foundation in Morocco before joining Chemonics.

The oldest of six boys, Mr. Strattner grew up in New Britain, Connecticut. He received his bachelor’s degree in English literature from St. Michael’s College in Vermont, did graduate coursework at Trinity College, and earned his master’s degree in international administration from the School for International Training.

He is survived by his wife, Bea, and his son, Johannes, 13.

2/27/2006
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