2009-12-02 / Obituaries

James MacDade (Dade)

James MacDade (Dade) died suddenly on November 30, 2008, in Arusha, Tanzania, Africa.

He was the beloved son of Barbara Mooney Dade. His father, James Dade, predeceased him. He was the grandson of Robert and Margaret Ambury-Seeley Mooney.

A graduate of the prestigious Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, with a Master's degree in Urban Planning, Jamie took the route of international finance. As an independent consultant, he spent most of the last twentyfive years living in Africa and working in some of the world's most challenging regions, such as Afghanistan, Angola, Chad, Ethiopia, Iraq, Kenya, Kosovo, Somalia, Tanzania, Zaire, and other countries, doing micro-finance for non-profit relief agencies, national governments, the World Bank, the African Development Bank, the United States Agency for International Development, and the United Nations, all staying true to his personal mission and values of helping those less fortunate than he.

More than one hundred friends and colleagues from Europe and the continent of Africa attended his funeral on December 10, 2008, in Tanzania.

Jamie is survived by his wife, Happy, his daughter, Margaret V, and his infant son, James III, who was born in May; his mother, Barbara, two brothers, Andrew and Christopher, and nephews Benjamin and Matthew.

A memorial service was held on May 16, 2009, at St. Mary-in-the-Highlands, Cold Spring.

This obituary was written largely by Marc Strauch. James and Marc have been strong friends since the first day of undergraduate school. They even share the same birthdate of September 7. Marc is considered another son and brother to the family.

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