Manuscripts/Mixed Material Interview with Dale M. Povenmire
From there I went to Oporto, Portugal, as principal officer from 1969 to 1972. That was a wonderful assignment, but I must say that all of my postings were good experiences. After Oporto I was sent to Caracas from October 1972 until September 1974. Caracas was my first assignment as a full-time labor attach�. As a result of the Portuguese revolution in April 1974, they pulled me out of Caracas and sent me to Lisbon as the first ever labor attach� assigned to Portugal. I was in Lisbon from October 1974 until January 1978 and I think that was where I made a major contribution to the Foreign Service. In 1978 I went to Sao Paulo, Brazil, and was there until 1981 as labor attach� for Brazil and as deputy principal officer for the Consulate General. From July 1981 until September 1983 I was in the ARA Bureau, the Latin American Bureau, as Labor Advisor. After that, from 1983 until 1986 I was assigned to Rome as Counselor for Labor Affairs. I retired in Rome in May 1986. I retired satisfied with what I had accomplished.
Q: Did you stay in Rome then?
POVENMIRE: Yes, [my wife] Marilyn was the second ranking officer in the consular section and completed her fourth assignment, so I had my last year in Rome as a “house spouse.” Marilyn became a Foreign Service officer in 1972 and we were a tandem couple for fourteen years.
Q: After you retired you went with Marilyn where she was posted?
POVENMIRE: In 1987 she was assigned back to Washington for advanced training at the National Defense University at Fort McNair. She then headed the Policy Planning Office in the Consular Affairs Bureau. Later she went to London as Deputy Consul General. We were in London from September 1990 to late 1993 when she retired.
Q: Well, before we get into the details of the assignments, let's have some idea of what your background is, how you became interested in — or how you were made interested — in the labor field. You come from where originally and what sort of a family background?
POVENMIRE: My father was a high school principal. During the course of his career we moved a number of times in north-central Ohio.
Q: Were you born in Ohio?