In Memoriam – July 2013
By Jonathan Pearson on Friday, August 9th, 2013
The experiences, skills, professions and passions of members of the Peace Corps community cover a wide range of interests and eras. That is clearly on display as we remember some of those we lost in July 2013.
Like many others we have lost recently, Dr. Jules Pagano (1925 – 2013) was there at the beginning. Dr. Pagano joined the staff of the Peace Corps in the early days. He was director of University Relations and Training and the Division of Professional and Technical Officers. He assisted with the establishment of the first Peace Corps Training Centers, and helped develop policies in training and education of volunteers for overseas training.
Following his service with the Peace Corps, Dr. Pagano continued to devote his career to education. Along with serving as the first Director of Adult Education at the U.S. Office of Education in 1965, Dr. Pagano later held leadership positions at Florida International University, the Massachusetts Board of Regional Community Colleges and Bard College.
Education, women’s rights and social justice were front and center in the life of Colombia RPCV Rebecca Logan (1945-2013). Her activism dates back to 1965, while a student at Michigan State University. Becky became involved in the civil rights group known as the Student Education Project in Mississippi.
When she returned from Peace Corps service, Becky and her husband moved to Ithaca, New York. She founded a welfare rights organization known as Storefront, and taught a weekly seminar at Cornell University on poverty and social welfare. In the 1990’s she coordinated employment, education and training programs at the Displaced Homemakers Center. When she wasn’t working at the Center, Becky co-founded the group Women for Nonsexist Education and co-organized a school for women. In describing Becky in her obituary, a friend described her as a “passionate intellect digging for the roots of things in order to change them.”
Craig Buck Andrews (1948-2013) traveled to Cote D’Ivoire to serve in the Peace Corps soon after graduating from Claremont McKenna College. A research assistant at the Smithsonian Institution and policy analyst at the Carnegie endowment, Craig’s lifelong career path eventually came in late 1970’s when he began his work in the field of mining. Craig eventually worked for eighteen years with the Oil, Gas and Mining Policy Unit of the World Bank, a position in which he served as a team leader for projects across central and south Asia, Africa and Latin America. He was a founding member of the World Mines Ministries Forum. He also established a PhD scholarship at Victoria University in Australia, allowing a post graduate student to study the financial management of natural resources in developing countries.
Economics and finance were among the specialties of Amy Friedheim (1960-2013), who served as a volunteer in Lesotho following graduation from the University of Southern California as a Presidential Scholar in international relations. She continued her education following Peace Corps service, attaining a Masters in economics from the University of Maryland. Much of her professional life was devoted to continued public service. Amy held managerial, investigative and analytic positions with several federal agencies, including the Government Accountability Office, the U.S. Senate Finance Committee and the U.S. Treasury Department.
Panama RPCV Christopher Hugh Reynolds (1972-2013) worked and traveled much of the world in his shortened life. With degrees in International Affairs and Anthropology, International Economic Policy and International Business Management, Chris managed international projects for a variety of clients including the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, the World Bank and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. His work took Chris to Latin America, Africa, Europe and Central Asia.
Carpentry and construction was the vocation of George Boulanger (1951-2013). Following his Peace Corps service in Nepal, George returned to his native New Hampshire and resumed the trade taught to him by his father. As his skills progressed, George devoted much of his work to preservation and restoration, using traditional building techniques. In the mid-1970’s George moved west to Washington, where he specialized in construction of high-end custom homes in the Seattle area.
An educator for 35 years, Philippines RPCV Martha Ann Spencer (1938-2013) worked as a teacher in California before returning to her native Virginia. Active in the community, Martha was honored with the Good Citizenship Award from the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was a charter member of Grace Presbyterian Church and was active with the Lexington Historical Society. Martha was also very active with the Genealogical Society and enjoyed assisting individuals around the country with their genealogical research.
Genealogy was also a passion of Meldon John Wolfgang III (1945-2013). Following his Peace Corps service in Uganda, Mel settled in the Albany, New York region. He was the founder and owner of Jonathan Sheppard Books, which specialized in out-of-print books on genealogy and local history. He was a member of many state, local, national and professional genealogical societies and archival organizations, as well as being a Fellow of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society. Mel taught and lectured about genealogy and family history, and was a columnist in the quarterly magazine of the New York State Archives Partnership Trust.
Peace Corps service came later in life for Herbert Hugh Denny (1925-2013). Herb first served his nation in the U.S. Army during World War II. He joined the Peace Corps in the early 1990’s, serving as a municipal government advisor in Poland. In the years between, Herb was a social worker for thirty years in Everett, Washington, serving as Director of Catholic Children’s Services for the Archdiocese of Seattle. He later moved to southeast Alaska, providing community programs for the elderly through Catholic Community Services. Herb’s community and civic contributions included service with Everett Mountain Rescue and the Everett Rowing Association, which he co-founded.
Follow this link for news of other recent passings included on the National Peace Corps Association’s In Memoriam page.