Monday, April 28, 2014

A Lonely Sole Finds His Way Home

John B. Rehm, a State Department lawyer, became the first general counsel in the office of the Special Trade Representative (1963-69). Upon leaving government in the 1969, he practiced international trade law in Washington, D.C.

A Friends Seminary graduate in 1948, Rehm sent his application to only two schools: the University of Chicago and the Harvard University. He was accepted by both with scholarship. Four years later, Rehm went to the Law School of Columbia University only to get out of Harvard.

There must be some really extinguish traits that made John picked Diane, a divorced Arabian secretary, who was working for the State Department, as his love and wife in the height of John's prominent and successful career life.

For one, John loved the way Diane ironed his shirts. Diane would iron his shirts all day after she sent their children David and Jennifer to school for the next fourteen years, until one day she volunteered for an intern position for The Home Show at WAMU in 1973, during which she scolded the guess, a public official, because she thought his policy was wrong.

In the next few years, history would see Diane raise to a national celebrity, while John became disappointed by what a law degree was meant for, making money that is, while he made tons of money everyday. According to Diane, John became unhappy and sad by the moneycentric way of live which was adopted by the society. Although John lost interests in his career and life, but "not eve a single time" had he implied any discouragement on Diane's success. "Not even once," recalled Diane.

The duo loved each other, and were truly committed, toward commiment. Diane tool John to a 115 acres family farm for 15 days on a family vacation, while the couple reflected on ups and downs and bumps of their marriage. Diane taped and transcribed the exchange in its entirety. The book was raved on its revealing honesty.

Millions of loyal listeners of the ever so popular radio program were pleased to hear that Diane, WAMU and the NPR signed a three years contract extension in Spring 2014.

John was disabled by Parkinson's disease moved in an assisted living facility. "John once said," recalled Diane, "a best couple should live next door, or different floors, in a short distance." "Now you get your wish granted," joked Diane.

"No decision I have made was so valid and right on the woman I married," John told Melbourne Spector during an Oral History Project interview, which had became a part of the history held by the Library of Congress.

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