In Memoriam – November 2012
By Guest Contributor on Tuesday, December 11th, 2012
It is not surprising that many Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) continue on to find new ways to help better their community. Some of the members of the community we lost in November not only shared a passion for the Peace Corps, but also in helping further the education of children and adults, including those with disabilities.
Deborah Vose Carey (1932-2012) had a love for education that was conveyed throughout her entire life. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Minnesota and went on to become a school psychologist in the metropolitan Boston public school system with a special focus on children with special needs. She went on to serve as a Peace Corps volunteer in Tunisia and showed her final dedication to education when she started a school for learning disabled children in Kuwait.
Owen Coyle Maher (1935-2012) also had a history helping learning disabled children. Owen dedicated much of his life to being a bilingual special education teacher with the goal of helping his student grow into more independent adults. He served not only in the Peace Corps but also in the United States army before continuing his education at Columbia University, achieving a graduate degree in education.
Similarly, Daniel S. Friedman (1946-2012), served his years in the Peace Corps in Sierra Leone following the completion of his masters’ degree in health planning. He was an active member of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities, and the Bronx Developmental Disabilities Council, as well as the Associate Director for the Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center. Daniel dedicated his whole life to working to make a difference in the lives of children with developmental disabilities.
Ted Allan Rathbun (1942-2012) served in the Peace Corps from 1966-1968 in Iran. When he returned, he continued his education and eventually taught for 30 years at the University of South Carolina. Ted received a number of impressive distinguishing awards, including, Outstanding Men and Women in Science (1973), Outstanding Educators of America (1974), International Who’s Who in Asian Studies, and was named a Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Anthropology.
Follow this link for news of other recent passings included on the National Peace Corps Association’s In Memoriam page.
(Thanks to intern Nicole Bustamante for preparing our November In Memoriam tribute)