Congo, Honduras, Fiji, Paraguay, Sierra Leone, Tanzania
By JoAnna Haugen on Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009
Jay A. Nash (73-77) is the founder and chairman of StandProud, a non-profit organization that provides corrective treatment, leg braces and rehabilitative services to families with children who have been disabled by polio in developing countries that promote full integration of disabled people into their societies. Nash worked with USAID in Congo in 1998; while there he helped establish a brace shop where disabled youths could get free orthopedic equipment. He founded StandProud in the United States to help provide funding for that organization. Nash is a graduate of Amherst College and the University of Illinois. In addition to his work with USAID, he worked for Catholic Relief Services in Angola and the Dominican Republic.
Tim Will (Honduras 77-79, Fiji 79-80) has been awarded a $100,000 Purpose Prize award for his innovative work to support sustainable farming in rural North Carolina by bringing broadband to his county and linking local farmers to chefs in Charlotte through an online farmers’ market. The Purpose Prize is given to U.S. residents over the age of 60 who create innovative solutions to address pressing problems domestically and abroad.
Peter Tase (07-09) recently published a simultaneous dictionary with five languages—Italian, Spanish, English, Albanian and Guarani—through Lulu. He will be introducing the book in Latin American in 2010.
The U.S. State Department recently awarded Thomas Hull (68-70) with the Presidential Meritorious Service Award, which is given to past and present State Department officials for their leadership and advancement of U.S. foreign policy. Hull received the award for his work as a U.S. ambassador to Sierra Leone from 2004 to 2007. In this position, he helped ensure the presidential election was free and fair, and he helped to resume visa services at the embassy which had been terminated during the country’s civil war. He also advocated for the return of the Peace Corps to the country. Hull also received a Presidential Meritorious Service Award in 1993 for his work in transforming Czechoslovakia into the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Hull retired from his diplomatic career in 2007. He is currently the Warburg Professor of International Relations at Simmons College in Boston.
Dennis Herlocker recently published Buffaloes By My Bedroom: Tales of Tanganyika. It tells the story of the adventures Herlocker and his wife, Cathy Lange, had while serving in the Peace Corps in what is known today as Tanzania. The couple met while serving, and they married at a small Catholic church in a Tanzanian town. For nearly 30 years after their service, they lived and worked in Africa, where their three children were born and raised.