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Demaine Funeral Home

5308 Backlick Road, Springfield, VA

OBITUARY

James Franklin Brackman

June 5, 1926November 22, 2012

James Franklin Brackman, 86, died November 22 at Fairfax Hospital after a long illness. He was a long time resident of Alexandria, VA. James was born in Neola, West Virginia in 1926. He served in the U.S. Army/Air Force from 1945 to 1946 and received an Honorable Discharge. He completed a Bachelors of Science degree in Finance and Accounting from West Virginia Tech in 1950. In 1952 Jim joined the United States Foreign Service and launched an expansive diplomatic career spanning 39 years. His first post was with the U.S. High Commission in Bonn, Germany, as part of the Marshall Plan. Jim then served at the U.S. Embassy in Bogota, Colombia. It was at his third post in Amman, Jordan, where he met his wife, Stella Scouros, and they were married in 1958. Jim subsequently served at U.S Embassies in Caracas, Venezuela; Karachi, Pakistan; Budapest, Hungary; Asuncion, Paraguay; Belgrade, in the former Yugoslavia; Kinshasa, Zaire; Cairo, Egypt; Beijing, China; and the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in New York. He retired after his tour in New York in 1991 with the title of First Secretary. In the course of his career, Jim received numerous honors and awards for exemplary performance. After his retirement he accompanied his wife Stella, also a Foreign Service Officer, to her posts in Rome, Italy; New Delhi, India; Moscow, USSR; Bridgetown, Barbados and Brussels, Belgium. He worked as a retiree at the Embassies in New Delhi and Moscow where he was assigned to train newly hired local employees in Administrative and Budget issues. He loved the Foreign Service and thrived at every post by immersing himself in the culture and the new experiences that each country offered. During his long career he was a witness to world events. Jim was sent to East Pakistan (presently Bangladesh) on the evacuation plane to help with the evacuation of American citizens. He was a member of the control team in Karachi, Pakistan during the visit of the late Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy. He served in Budapest while the U.S. was represented through a Legation, during which time Hungarian Cardinal Mindzenty had requested political asylum. Jim liked to tell the story that when the Cardinal, who often worked at night, found out that Jim was good at numbers and also a good typist, he would ring the bell for him the nights when Jim was on duty at the Embassy and ask “could I molest you?” The Cardinal’s English was self taught and what he meant to say was “may I bother you?” In Budapest, he joined the diplomatic hunting club and hunted for boar at the hunting grounds of President Tito. Born and raised in West Virginia, Jim loved the mountains and felt very much at home in Nepal. He loved to trek in the Himalayas and trekked to Everest Base Camp. He was assigned in Cairo, Egypt during the assassination of President Sadat and participated in the preparations of all the VIPs and Presidents who attended the funeral. In Beijing, China he participated in the preparation of President Reagan’s visit. He was assigned to the USUN Mission in New York during the first Gulf War. As the Budget and Fiscal Officer, Jim was the main player in arranging all financial issues for the plethora of VIP visits at all the posts where he was assigned. Jim was an enthusiastic sportsman, an avid tennis player and a menace at the net. He loved golf and strived to lower his handicap. In Barbados, while retired, he played golf daily and he used to say his “office hours are from 7-11:00 at the Rockley Golf Club.” In Moscow he played at the opening of the first golf course in Moscow and won the initial tournament. Jim was an enthusiastic competitor and spectator of all sports. He followed and knew all of the scores of the various baseball and football teams and relished discussing them with his grandchildren Stephanie and Daniel. Closest to his heart was West Virginia football. He loved returning to his home town Rainelle, West Virginia to visit the Brackmans, his sisters and brothers, and to play golf with old friends and nephews. He was very proud of his West Virginia roots and upbringing. Jim made his home at Watergate at Landmark in Alexandria, VA where he was an active member and former President of the Watergate Lions Club and the Watergate tennis group. He battled with Lung cancer for five years from 2000 to 2005 and stayed in remission until he passed away. His doctors used to call him “the wonder boy.” Survivors include his wife of 54 years Stella Brackman of Alexandria, VA; daughter Gloria Brackman Nussbaum and son-in-law Peter Nussbaum of Westport, Ct and his two grandchildren Stephanie and Daniel.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Funeral Service Friday, December 7, 2012
  • Graveside Service Saturday, December 8, 2012

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Contributions may be made to, Flowers may be sent to Saint Katherine's Greek Orthodox Church or

Memories

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Terry Darcy

December 12, 2012

My family's prayers are with you. I hope you feel deep comfort knowing Jim is now with our Lord.

Ginger Prillaman

December 7, 2012

Stella, I would like to offer you and your family my sincere sympathy. I remember fondly Uncle Jr. and you visiting Rainelle.
From the online photographs I saw a strong family resemblance between Uncle Jr. and my father.
I always remember Uncle Jr. having a quiet smile. I know he will be missed.

Ginger Brackman Prillaman

December 7, 2012

We were sad to learn of Jim's passing. We had a lot of fun together with Jim and Stella in Rome, as well as, Virginia. These memories will stay with us forever ... Wally & Mitzi, Mount Dora, Fl

December 6, 2012

Dear Stella, Jim will be remembered as a caring and fun loving gentleman who always made the best of every situation. That would challenge anyone in those early times in Beijing. His contribution to post morale was at least as important as his ability to see that the Mission's finances were in order. We appreciated, enjoyed and admired him.

We extend our deepest sympathy and condolences to you and Gloria.

Joan and Bob Deason, Arlington, Virginia

December 6, 2012

I love Uncle Jr. very much as he was always so kind to all of his nieces and nephews. He loved West Virginia and we will miss his visits back home.
With love, his niece, Margaret Green

Margaret Green

December 6, 2012

I love Uncle Jr. very much as he was always so kind to all of his nieces and nephews. He loved West Virginia and we will miss his visits back home.

With love,
His niece,
Margaret Green

George Vroulis

December 4, 2012

Dear Stella, I am sorry for your loss. He was a fine gentleman, I can still see him sitting in an armchair at Maria's house, last Christmas, asking me to do a Zorba Dance just for him...! He always did strike me as a Philosopher of life, few but meaningful words...! Give my best wishes, for strength, during these difficult days, to your lovely daughter. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Love George Vroulis.

Esther ChristianRice

December 4, 2012

Ms. Stella, My Family and I send - love, prayers, and condolences to you and yours. Esther ChristianRice

Sharon Riley

December 4, 2012

Stella & Gloria, so sorry for your loss. He was a great person and always so good to everyone. My kids still talk about visiting with you while we were in DC. They so loved swimming in your pool. "Uncle Jr." to all of us great nieces and nephews will be missed by everyone. We are praying for you all.
With love, Sharon and Dave and the Riley Family.

Judy and Brian McNamara

December 4, 2012

May your memories of Jim be a comfort to you. We send our deepest sympathies.

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Jim in 1993

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Jim in uniform of the Army Air Force 1946

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Jim in the Air Force 1946

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Jim in Germany

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Jim in

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1957 in Jerusalem, Israel

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1957 Jim and Stella's engagement photo in Amman, Jordan

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Sept 14, 1958 Jim and Stella's wedding in Amman, Jordan

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Sept 14, 1958 Jim and Stella' s wedding outside the Greek Orthodox Church in Amman, Jordan

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Sept 14, 1958 Jim and Stella's wedding outside the church in Amman, Jordan, mother is in te black ha