Alice Pickering

June 15, 1931June 23, 2011


Died June 23, 2011, at Goodwin House, Falls Church VA. She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Thomas R. Pickering, her son, Timothy R. Pickering ( Carolyn), her daughter, Margaret "Meg" (John Schmidt), and four grandchildren: Karen Pickering (fiancé Clinton Kerr), Ted Pickering (Brandy), Graham and Gordon Schmidt. She had two great-grandchildren Aspyn and Tanner Pickering. She is also survived by her brother, Charles Chesney Stover and sister-in-law, Marcia Pickering Hunt. She was born June 15, 1931 to George Chesney Stover and Alice Gill Stover in Sharon PA. She was an honors and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Swarthmore College and received master's degrees in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and in library science from the Catholic University of America, where she was member of the Beta Phi Mu International Library and Information Studies Honor. Alice Pickering served as a Foreign Service officer in the United States Information Agency from 1954 to 1955 in The Hague, Netherlands, and was a reference librarian at Sherwood Hall Regional Library in Fairfax County VA. Following her marriage, she accompanied her husband to his naval assignment in Port Lyautey, Morocco, and to 10 diplomatic posts, including seven where he served as Ambassador: Geneva, Zanzibar, Dar-es-Salaam, Amman, Lagos, San Salvador, Tel Aviv, the United Nations in New York, New Delhi, and Moscow. She was a member of the League of Women Voters, the American Association of University Women, and the Associates of the American Foreign Service Worldwide. She was a member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Alexandria VA for over 50 years. She was beloved by her family and friends, and she will be profoundly missed. She cared deeply about people in need, whether in her own neighborhood or around the globe, loved her country and served it with great distinction for most of her life, and believed passionately in the power of education to transform people's lives. Her family will receive friends on Thursday, June 30, from 6 to 8:30 p.m, at the Cosmos Club, 2121 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington DC. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 1, 2011, at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 8009 Fort Hunt Rd., Alexandria VA 22308. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Friends of Sherwood Hall Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane, Alexandria VA 22306-2799; the American Center for Oriental Research, Amman Jordan, 656 Beacon St., 5th floor, Boston MA 02215; the National Parks Conservation Association, 777 6th St., NW, Washington DC 20001-3723; WETA, 3636 Campbell Ave., Arlington, VA 22206; or WAMU 88.5, 4400 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington DC 20016-8082.


  • Memorial Service Friday, July 1, 2011

Alice Pickering

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July 13, 2011

July 13, 2011

Dear Ambassador Pickering:
We were shocked and saddened to hear of Alice's passing, as it was only a few weeks after having seen you at the Foreign Affiars Day luncheon. We will miss seeing her at Betty King's "Dar-es-Salaam" reunions and the Foreign Affairs Day lunches. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.

Ed and Dorothy Anderson,
Aurora, Ohio

Robert L. Byrd, Jr.

July 10, 2011

My sympathies to Ambassador Pickering, Tim, and Meg, and to the grandchildren. I didn't have the pleasure of meeting Alice, but I have enjoyed her teachings through my mentor, Alice's son. Alice has and will continue to touch many people she could never meet this side of Heaven! May our Lord bless the Pickering family. The world is a better place because of Alice!

July 2, 2011

Alice Pickering was an inspiration to all of us. She was a supportive partner, wonderful mother, and a true professional in her own right. Our deepest sympathies to Ambassador Pickering, Timothy and Meg and their families, and to all the grandchildren. Sincerely, Eileen Malloy

Lou and Dorothy Kissel

July 2, 2011

We were sadden to hear of Alice's death. She was a joy to be with at our RHS reunions. She will be missed by many. Tom, our sympathy to you and your children. We will keep you in our prayers.

Elizabeth Jones

July 2, 2011

We are sad to hear that Alice has left us to begin a new journey. We hope that your happy memories with her will warm your hearts during this difficult time. Warmest regards Elizabeth Harding Jones, William Harding, Victoria Harding Buchanan, and Virginia Harding Pifko

Ruth Stansberry

July 2, 2011

My thoughts and prayers are with Tom and his family. She was a wonderful person and I so enjoyed chatting with her at her husbands H.S. reunions.Ruth Stansberry

Paul Forster

July 1, 2011

Ambassador Pickering & Family:
Our deepest sympathy,condolences and prayers are with you and your family. An amazing woman. We were honored to have served with such superb representatives of the U.S.

June 30, 2011

Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of great loss. May Alice's memory be cherished for all she gave; may your hearts be comforted by all the love you shared. Know that Alice will be with you in spirit and heart-- forever.

Howard & Donice Jeter

William Stafford

June 30, 2011

Ambassador Tom and family,

As another 1949 Sharon High classmate of Alice Jean Stover Pickering, I send my deepest sympathies to all of you. Alice was always a leader,destined to succeed in whatever she did. How blessed we are that she lived among us. God keep you, Alice.

Bill Stafford
Senior United States District Judge

Chris & Shana Henze

June 29, 2011

Our thoughts are with Tom and the family. Alice was an exceptional person, a tribute to the Foreign Service and an inspiration to all who knew her.