Manuscripts/Mixed Material Interview with Lesley Dorman
The Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training Foreign Affairs Oral History Program Foreign Service Spouse Series
Interviewed by: Penne Laingen
Initial interview date: March 27, 1987
Q: This is Penne Laingen on March 27, 1987. I am interviewing Lesley Dorman. Lesley, would you please tell me the posts you have served in, in their chronological order?
DORMAN: London, England; Cairo, Egypt; Tehran, Iran; Washington, DC, I count as a post; Lusaka, Northern Rhodesia, which became Lusaka, Zambia; Khartoum, Sudan; The National War College, which I also look at as a post, because I worked very hard; Washington, DC; Bangkok, Thailand; and again Washington, DC.
Q: Which do you consider your most successful or happiest post?
DORMAN: Well, I enjoyed all the posts, but I think that the ones I really enjoyed the best were Egypt and Bangkok. I also enjoyed Lusaka very much. They were all very different and my enjoyments were all very different. I worked a little bit in an eye clinic. I worked for the YWCA. But I had a lot of fun, too. I played tennis twice a day with the Egyptian ladies in the morning and I played mixed doubles in the afternoon with Egyptians and Americans, with other nationals, and I played in the international tournament in Cairo in mixed doubles and in ladies doubles.
Q: Did you win?
DORMAN: Not a thing (laughs), but we got up there in the mixed doubles. I played with a Dutch woman, and we didn't do badly. We didn't get as far as Lew Hoad (Australian tennis player), who was playing in the tournament.
Q: Were there a lot of Egyptian women who played tennis?