A Tribute to Michael Geoghegan

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• A tribute To Michael (Michel) H. Geoghegan •
January 11, 1937, Bradford, England - July 22, 2012, Columbia South Carolina, US



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Michael passed away peacefully on Sunday July 22, 2012 surrounded by close members of his family in Columbia South Carolina.
Correspondence can be directed to his wife Jia Jia Xiaojia Gu xiaojia_gu@yahoo.com or to his son
Alan Geoghegan who put together this page - alan@medianetsc.us

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Queens • New York • USA

As an economist and development consultant, my experience has spanned over 30 years in over 80 countries, including 30 years of service with the United Nations and 6 years in the British Diplomatic Service.

All correspondence to his wife Xiaojia: xiaojia_gu@yahoo.com

Michel Geoghegan's Obituary (scroll down) + Michel Geoghegan's Biography (scroll down)


Profession: Development Economist
Advisor/Manager on developing country projects

for a list partial list of of publications, lectures and writings:
Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

 For a text only version of Michel Geoghegan's Bio, click here__________________________________________________________

Michel Henry Nucheze Geoghegan OBITUARY, July, 2012
January 11, 1937 (Bradford, England) - July 22, 2012 (Columbia SC)


Michel Geoghegan, 75, of Jamaica, New York, died on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at Palmetto Health Richland Hospital in Columbia SC, after many years of Alzheimer's disease.

Michel was born in Bradford, England, the son of Tom and Chantal de Nuchéze Geoghegan. He was the eldest of six siblings. For the past 18 years he has lived with his devoted partner and wife, Xiaojia Gu, originally of Guangzhou China.

Michel attended the University of London School of Oriental Studies (Diploma in Chinese language and culture), graduated with Honors from the London School of Economics as an International Relations major in 1960, and obtained an MA Degree in Politics from New York University in 1973 with a focus on UN-Aid. He took graduate courses in Political Economy at the New School, NYC, 1974-75.

His career was dedicated to foreign service and international development. He was a British Royal Air Force Officer from 1955-57, then served 10 years in the British Diplomatic service: in the South East Asia and Burma desk; UK Mission to the EEC in Belgium and Luxembourg; Cultural & International Affairs Officer, UK Embassy, Manila,1964-1966; and British Official in external aid matters in China,1965.

Michel joined the United Nations in 1966, working for 30 years in the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). He worked for the UN Office in Haiti, as consultant with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (FAO) in Rome, in Addis Ababa as a UNDP-UNITAR Instructor for senior Ethiopian Government Officials, and was assistant head to the UNDP office in Sierra Leone (1986-1989).

He was a gifted speaker and lecturer, and in his later career years he spoke about UN issues at UN associations, universities and television stations in all US States, while consulting on Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries (TCDC) for the UN, and traveling to China conceptualizing an environment-oriented World Expo in Beijing.

He also held assistant professorship in economics, sustainable development, global ecology & international diplomacy at Fordham University, Queens College and Empire State College in New York.

A lover of language, Michel was proficient in several languages besides his mother tongue of English, including French, Chinese, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Tagalog and Krio (the local language of Sierra Leone). Michel was also a published poet.

As a volunteer, he served as Honorary Chair for the Communications Coordination Committee for the UN; was Co-Founder of World Information Transfer, an environmental literacy NGO in New York; was Chairman of the Board of the Earth Society Foundation; Board Member of the USA Club of Rome; and a volunteer consultant to Trickle-Up while in Sierra Leone, coordinating micro-enterprise development for people living on less than $1.25 a day in developing nations.

Michel is survived by his devoted wife, Xiaojia; his eldest son, Christopher Geoghegan of Zoetermeer, Netherlands and grandson, Paul-Henry; his son, Alan Geoghegan, from Jamaica, New York and daughter-in-law, Maria Cecilia Geoghegan, originally from Mindanao, Philippines and now living in Columbia, South Carolina; his son, Michael Balmaceda, daughter-in-law, Suzanne and grandsons, Kevin and Jayden of El Cerrito, California; his daughter, Mary Balmaceda, son-in-law, Scott Hulse and grandchildren, Parker and Calla of Seattle, Washington.

A viewing was held on Thursday, July 26th, at 6 until 8:00 p.m. at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel in Columbia, South Carolina, and a memorial Service wias conducted on Friday, July 27, 2012 at 11:30 a.m. at St Joseph's Catholic Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations were appreciated to Trickle-Up, an organization coordinating development for the extreme poor in Asia, Central America and West Africa. Donations were made available on its website at www.trickleup.org/Donate.cfm



“Michel The Eloquent”

Michel was born on Bradford England, a friend to many
from diplomats to busboys from royalty to peasant
Eloquent in 8 languages, he had a mighty soft tongue
Anyone could sit at his table and eat plenty,
he was ever so pleasant.

From Addis Abbaba to Sierra Leone
he travelled afar and was rarely alone
reaching for his pocket, he would often give to any
though at home for an audience you had to wait
because he was always on the phone.

For all his children he valued their education
if you traveled abroad it would give him a sense of elation
Inside, he felt we were connected to all
from all around the world to this great US nation.

At 11 and 14, he went to London to St. Bede’s
where he learned French in Poitiers France,
where you have marvelous cheese,
Later at the London School of Economics,
He would gaily walk the halls with swagger,
which is also the school of Mick Jagger.

Like Mick with his education
MIchel studied the wool and insurance trades
which he realized was not his calling
To not be true to your Personal Legend,
would have been appalling.

Because although there is the Will of God
we all have a true path and destiny
which sadly over the past few years, he couldn’t share,
over a cup of tea.

He cared deeply about world ecology and humanity
seeing poverty around the planet to him was insanity
he could chat with anyone, poet, priest, fishmonger,
village chief, and would do all he could to protect your
local coral reef.

Michel you don’t leave us with sadness for you had a wonderful life,
although you never visited me at home, two days after you passed,
you came by our bedside at the house, caressing our hands and brows,
if you don’t believe me, ask Cecilia my wife...

So Michel, we will miss you dearly,
you traveled far and wide and touched many souls
from Rome to Haiti, we will honor you Yearly,
with love from all his family sincerely,
we hope you have an esteemed place
in God’s heavenly scroll.

Written the morning of Michel's Funeral Mass July 27th 2012 by Alan Geoghegan

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michelMichael H. GeogheganmichelBiography




University of London School of Oriental Studies, Diploma Chinese language and culture issued 1957

London School of Economics, London , Bachelor of Science in Economics (Honors), August, 1960

MA in Politics, New York University, 1973, Senior Thesis on UN Aid Programmes

Ph D. studies in Political Economy at New School, for Graduate Studies, New York, 1974-75.


United Kingdom Government Service: 1955-57:

Royal Air Force Officer, 1955-57

Member of British Diplomatic Service, Senior Branch, 1960-66:

Foreign Office, South East Asia,1960-62 Dept, Burma desk and Colombo Plan (UK regional aid);

Third Secretary, UK Mission to the EEC, Belgium & Luxembourg, 1962-1964

Third Secretary, Cultural & International Affairs, UK Embassy, Manila,Philippines, 1964-1966.

British official in external aid matters, China, 1965





United Nations 1966-1972

Assigned to Office of Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme, UNDP 1966-68. New York

Assigned to Division of External Relations, liaison with cooperating Agencies, 1968-72. New York

Assigned to Operational Bureau for Middle East and Europe, country programmes monitoring & Arab inter-country projects.

United Nations 1972-1979

UNDP Bureau for Middle East, Arab States and Europe.

Posted by UNDP as Deputy Resident Representative in Port au Prince, Haiti. 1978.

Assigned to International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Rome Italy, as consultant and advisor on technical Assistance & loan administration via country offices,1979.


Reassigned to UNDP, New York , working on Budget, Information as communicator, spokesman,and training officer.

Senior Advisor, UNDP Sierra Leone, 1985-1989. Involved in; aid coordination with International Finance and bilateral agencies; Supervising technical cooperation unit; overseeing Information section; Managing UN volunteers (UNV); and promoting computer training in the office.

Assigned to National Staff Training College, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 1992-94 as Professor / Instructor in UNDP-UNITAR project for Senior Ethiopian Government Officials on; Governance Enhancement; modernizing and motivating;, effective understanding of external aid agencies, NGO's and foreign governments; taught at three yearly sessions of one month 1992-94, voted "best instructor "by trainees at two of these sessions.

Volunteer Coordinator -Trickle Up Program -poverty alleviation via Micro financed loans, 1985-1991. After office hours as Senior Programme Advisor in UNDP, Sierra Leone, I spent 2-3 hours daily to lead a special effort in Micro Finance in Sierra Leone1985-1988, and as occasional spokesman and speaker in USA.


United Nations 1989-1996

Communications and Public Relations Specialist / Public Speaker for the UN in USA and Canada, World Affairs Councils and UNA's, Public Speaker at Universities in 40 US States on United Nations policy, global affairs and the environment.

Consultant on Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries ( TCDC).

Mission Leader on UN -NGO mission to Beijing, China. This mission meeting was with key Government agencies, foreign affairs and members of the China National Congress(CNC), UN agencies, such as UNDP and UNEP. A dialog was established on the ways and means of promoting an environment-oriented World Expo in China to be held in Beijing in 2005 or 2006. The EXPO is aimed at becoming a showcase and marketplace for world environmental technological industries. Beijing, China, June, 2004.

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Professor, Beagle Learning Centers, Rego Park ,Queens. Taught economics, sustainable development, global ecology & International diplomacy to graduate teachers. 1996-

Assistant Economics Professor, Empire State College, State University of New York, , 1997.

Assistant Economics Professor on global affairs, Queens College, City University of New York, 1999-2000.

Undergraduate Assistant Professor at Fordham University, New York, while working at UNDP, taught courses in International relations, political science, Intnl. development, UN history, global analysis of poverty including case studies of Turkey, Israel, India & China. 1975-1983. (image, right)

Published Poet - 2004.

Fordham University



Honorary Chair, Communications Coordination Committee for the UN . Meets monthly to review UN developments: 1990 -present.

Co- Founder World Information Transfer, New York, 1991-1994.

Chairman of Board, Earth Society Foundation, New York, 1996-2000. Board advisor, 2001-present.

Board Member, USA Club of Rome,1996-present.

Fabian Society, Royal Economic Society,
London School of Economics Society in America


Born: Jan 11, 1937, Bradford, England

Nationality: British Citizen, US Resident

Passport: British Embassy, Washington, DC

Religion: Roman Catholic Health: No serious disorders


English Mother Tongue, French, Chinese, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Tagalog









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