Taft Snowdon, whose death we noted with sadness last November, will be remembered in a memorial service in Washington on Saturday, January 28. We have received the following information about the service from Taft’s family, and we are happy to pass it along to anyone wishing to pay their respects to our departed friend and colleague.

A memorial service will be held at 4pm on Saturday, January 28th at St Johns Church, 3240  ‘O’ Street, NW in Georgetown (not Grace Church as originally planned). There is limited parking available.

Following the service we would like you to join us at Dumbarton House,  2715 Q Street, (not Dumbarton Oaks), which is a fairly challenging uphill walk for the stalwart – probably better to carpool or take a taxi as the parking there is even tighter.  (Some on-street parking should be available along 28th Street.)

For those of you looking for accommodation, we have been able to obtain preferential rates at the Georgetown Inn, in the heart of Georgetown.  Please book through Courtenay Altaffer on 540-368-5633 as soon as possible – she advises grabbing a reservation which can be cancelled later if necessary.

For everyone who has inquired, we thought it would be appropriate to suggest a donation to The Grace Outreach Committee (Grace’s Table) at Grace Church, 1041 M St, Washington, DC 2007, or the African Wildlife Foundation – www.awf.org/memorial, in Taft’s name, instead of flowers.

However much we would love to see you, no one should feel any obligation to come to Washington on the day.  We have already been overwhelmed by the heartfelt reaction to this unexpected tragedy, which has brought us all together (and are thankful to the Rev John Graham of Grace Church for having been able to arrange a larger church to accommodate us).

Thank you for your calls and messages of sympathy.  They have provided much comfort and confirmation of how much Tee was loved and admired.