Former SFS Dean Carol Lancaster dies

In a campus-wide email sent today, President John DeGioia (COL ’79) informed the Georgetown University community that Carol Lancaster (SFS ’64), former dean of the School of Foreign Service, has passed away at the age of 72. Lancaster was diagnosed with a brain tumor last year.

Lancaster became SFS Dean in 2010 but served Georgetown faithfully for over three decades. Lancaster stepped down from the position of dean last April in order to focus on her recovery from the cancer.

“I can only begin to express the extraordinary impact Carol had on our community; she touched so many lives as an exceptional colleague, teacher, mentor and friend throughout her nearly three and a half decades at Georgetown,” DeGioia wrote in his email. “Her passion for our University—for our students, their growth and our mission—was unparalleled, and we were all deeply fortunate to have had the chance to be in her presence.”

“[T]he joy and dedication that Carol brought to her work inspired us all to be the very best versions of ourselves,” DeGioia wrote.

Anyone wishing to honor Lancaster’s memory can post on an online memorial page.

A memorial service for Lancaster will be held on Sunday, Oct. 26 at 3:00 p.m. in Gaston Hall.

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One Comment on “Former SFS Dean Carol Lancaster dies

  1. I wish to join the Georgetown community in mourning the passing of Carol Lancaster. She made many important contributions in the field of foreign assistance and development and I was most privileged to work with her on several occasions. She and her ideas will be sorely missed.

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