Jan Spielman DeBeers, born in 1923, was a world traveler who served at the United States Information Service and married economist John DeBeers. Throughout her life she traveled around the world, meeting her first husband in Pakistan. After graduating from UCLA, she worked in advertising, promoting the magazine “Charm: the Magazine for the Business Girl.” Mrs. DeBeers later took a job at the United States Information Service, part of the State Department.
John DeBeers, better known as Jack, was an economist who specialized in Latin American development. He held a B.A. from Cornell and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago. When he married his first wife, Marianna Hill, he joined the Society of Friends (Quakers) and for the rest of his life devoted himself to Quaker principles.
Until his retirement in 1979, he worked at a new Inter-American Development Bank, where he focused on Latin American economic development projects. After the death of his first wife, he married Jan Spielman and later moved into a Quaker retirement community in Santa Rosa, California, where he lived until his death in 2009.
Jan and John DeBeers were faithful donors to the Center for International Policy dating back to 1991.