In Memoriam – September 2012
By Jonathan Pearson on Tuesday, October 9th, 2012
“The world needs more Chris Stevens’.” So said Secretary of State Hilary Clinton following the shocking killing of Stevens (1960-2012), a U.S. Ambassador to Libya, whose love of the Middle East began with service in Morocco as a Peace Corps Volunteer between 1983 and 1985.
Ambassador Stevens was not the only notable member of the Peace Corps community who we lost in the month of September.
Peace Corps staffer Gene Bradley (1921-2012) of McLean, Virginia is credited with the 1964 launch of Peace Corps’ School to School program. The program began with American school children donating a dollar to support school construction projects in Latin America and Africa. Over the years the program (which continues today) has built more than 3,000 school around the world.
An accomplished draftsman and designer, William Frederic Woudenberg (1930-2012) of Weehawken New Jersey contributed to many prominent buildings constructed in New York City. Part of the first group of Peace Corps Volunteers to Colombia in 1961, Woudenberg was credited with developing innovative methods of reinforcing concrete with woven bamboo. He continued such innovation, working with CARE in Nigeria, India and Bangladesh, incorporating local materials into modern construction practices.
Along with serving on many local boards and commissions in and around Ukiah California, Micronesia RPCV Ann R. Mahoney (1944-2012) closed her varied career in service to others as the Executive Director of Plowshares Peace and Justice Center. Other past leadership roles included her appointment as Administrator for the Mendocino Community Hospital.
September also marked the passing of Cambridge, Massachusetts native and Zambia Peace Corps trainee Paul Blum. Paul, who was 65, was poised to put his 40 years of work experience to work as a community health volunteer. His previous work included teaching at both Columbia University and Jefferson Medical College.
Follow this link for other recent passings on the National Peace Corps Association’s In Memoriam page.