Chile, Bolivia, Honduras, Korea, Nepal, Nigeria
By JoAnna Haugen on Thursday, July 28th, 2011
Jerry Perkins (Chile 63-65, Bolivia 67-71) spent November 15, 2010, through February 20, 2011, working as a transportation operator at McMurdo Station in Antarctica to support the scientific research efforts there. For three months he transported people to and from McMurdo. Perkins, a farmer in Worthington, Minnesota, has had a sense of wanderlust since serving in the Peace Corps. He and his wife, Terry, have spent time traveling or volunteering in Chile, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Cuba, Lithuania, Bolivia and Costa Rica.
Theresa Parent is one of 18 women on Costa Rica’s first softball team, which recently competed in the 11th annual Central American Female Softball Tournament for the first time. She is a pitcher for the team. Currently a travel consultant for Costa Rican Vacations, Parent earned her degree from Grand Valley State University.
The board of directors for Canton’s Church and Community Program have appointed Catherine Mathews (66-69) as the new director. She has a history of working with returned veterans and assisting in local food banks, which is aligned with the program’s purpose of assisting residents with emergency food, clothing and other needs.
Peter Burleigh is the new U.S. ambassador to India. He has spent 33 years as a career diplomat including posts in Iran and Iraq. He speaks fluent Hindi, Bengali, Nepali and Sinhalese.
The Quality of Life Commission in San Anselmo awarded Barbara Dwyer (65-67) the Silver Award, which is given to “unsung heroes” who don’t seek out recognition. For many years, Dwyer has hand-delivered books to residents who can’t get to the library on their own. She also works with the Friends of the Library sorting library books and helping with book sales. In addition, Dwyer has helped with Country Fair Days and is a member of the town’s Open Space Committee.