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In Memoriam — April 2020

The tragedy of the COVID-19 pandemic has reached the Peace Corps community with the virus reported to have contributed to several deaths, including Art Whistler (Samoa), David Gelman (former staff), and Gary Baptist (Ghana). Tragedy struck in other ways recently. We remember those who fought for social justice, human rights, and the needs of others close to home and around the world.

 

Maeve Kennedy McKean (1979-2020), the granddaughter of Robert F. Kennedy, lost her life in a boating accident near a family home in Maryland. Maeve was an avid advocate for social justice and human rights, with a focus on issues relating to women, girls, and communities affected by HIV/AIDS. Her passion to make a difference in the lives of others greatly shaped the remarkable career she established for herself. She served in the Peace Corps in Mozambique, worked with U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, and taught bioethics and human rights at Georgetown University. In addition, Maeve worked with the Obama Administration as the first Senior Advisor for Human Rights within the U.S. Department of State’s Global AIDS program, at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Global Affairs, and served as Executive Director of Georgetown University’s Global Health Initiative.

 

Robert Alan Smith (1945-2020) was among the first wave of Peace Corps Volunteers to be assigned to the Ivory Coast (now Cote D’Ivoire). During his service, he taught health education, sanitation, and water resource management in rural villages. After Peace Corps, he created a summer camp in the British West Indies called Society of Friends. Taking up a career in consulting for healthcare administration, he later founded Susquehanna American and National Healthcare Inc., which provides services to personal care facilities and nursing homes.

 

Lois Ilene Hurley (1930-2020) served her community in Iowa by being an active mentor for youth groups (through church and Girl Scouts) and managing a vet clinic. After retiring, she and her husband volunteered with the Peace Corps and served in Morocco in 1991. They spent time in Kenya assisting the local people with replenishing livestock lost in a drought, and in Mongolia they ran a clinic to provide young veterinary students with hands-on learning.

 

Carroll J. Bouchard (1939-2020) was a leader of Peace Corps programs in Africa for a decade. A graduate of the University of Maine, Carroll’s first job out of college was as a high school teacher. Carroll joined the executive staff at Jaycees International (JCI), and eventually became Secretary General of JCI. Under his leadership, the organization grew to 600,000 members in over 100 countries. In 1981, Carroll joined Peace Corps. Over the next ten years, he served as Country Director in Burkina Faso, Country Director of Senegal, and Regional Director of Africa Programs.

 

Karen Ann Kelleher (1948–2020) was born and raised in Washington state, earned a Mathematics degree from Washington State University, and then joined the Peace Corps, serving for three years in Sierra Leone. Karen’s business career culminated with her appointment as Vice President of Financial Investing with Conning Investments. Karen volunteered in her community in many ways. She was a Regent at the University of Hartford and served on the Board of the Hartford Art School. She held several leadership positions with the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. She served three terms as a Trustee of the Colt Bequest where she served on the Finance and Investment committees.

 

Thomas Edward Wells (1954-2020) and his wife Lucy joined the Peace Corps and served together in South Korea, working in public health. Following their service, the couple continued their international travel and spent time teaching at schools in Colombia and Guatemala.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below is our In Memoriam list for members of the Peace Corps community who recently passed away:

 

PEACE CORPS STAFF

Carroll J. Bouchard, 4/16/20

Richard L. Brunker, 3/30/20

Linda D’Alonzo Martin, 4/20/20

Monroe Gunn McKay, 3/28/20

Bradley H. Patterson Jr., 3/19/20

Raymond French Randolph, 3/12/20

 

MULTIPLE COUNTRIES

Elaine Lamski (Nigeria 1966-67; Chad 1967-68), 1/27/20

 

AFGHANISTAN

Carol Ann Koslofsky, 3/17/20

 

AFRICA

Patrick J. McDonald, 4/6/20

 

BELIZE

Geraldine Joan Perkins,  3/21/20

 

BRAZIL

Dave Seaton, 4/18/20

 

CAMEROON

Art Sherin (1964-66), 4/1/20

 

COSTA RICA

Alma Virginia Shaffer Connally (1960s), 3/27/20

 

COTE D’IVOIRE

Robert Alan Smith (1965-67), 4/4/20

 

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Frank J. Ferrari (1964-66), 4/1/2020

Janice Zalewski, posted 3/22/20

 

ECUADOR

Nicholas Graves (1965-67), 4/3/20

 

ETHIOPIA

Caroline Amundson, 3/18/20

Karen Marie Glover (mid/late 2000s), 11/27/19

Peter A. Winkel (1960s), 4/18/20

 

GHANA

Gary J. Baptist, 4/3/20

 

HONDURAS

Carla Hodgdon (1967-69), 4/20/19

 

JAMAICA

Richard L. Mears, 3/30/20

 

KENYA

Scott Gillam (1966-68), 3/23/20

 

LIBERIA

Charles Thomas Kowaleski (1980-82), 3/23/20

Charles R. Stuart (1963-65), 4/7/20

George L. Wirkkula (1963-56), 4/14/20

 

MARSHALL ISLANDS

David M. Nelson (1985-87), 4/20/20

 

MOROCCO

Lois Hurley (1991-93), 3/21/20

 

NEPAL

Lillian M. Durfee (1991-93), 3/19/20

 

NIGER

James Schneider (1964-66), 3/17/20

 

NIGERIA

Frank Tilden Boesel, 4/1/20

Joan Marie Porter (1963-65), 4/5/20

 

PAPUA NEW GUINEA

William Phillips Haessly (1990’s), 4/7/20

Barbara T. Lamb (1992-93), 4/1/20

 

PHILIPPINES

Steven Thomas Syfert (mid-1960’s), 3/31/20

 

SAMOA

Jerry Clark Packard, 4/1/20

Art Whistler, 4/2/20

 

SOUTH KOREA

Thomas Edward Wells, 3/26/20

 

SIERRA LEONE

Karen Ann Kelleher (1970s), 3/18/20

 

THAILAND

Fred Dorn (1965-67), 12/25/19

Obert Henry Fittje 3/22/20

Peter Koret (1984-86), 4/9/20

Sheila B. Mengoni (1962-64), 3/5/20

 

TURKEY

Wing Barfoot, 2/6/20

 

UKRAINE

Margie Cranford Shuler, 3/28/20

 

VENEZUELA

Rod Buchignani (1960s), 3/18/20

 

COUNTRY OF SERVICE NOT SPECIFIED

David Clare Addison, 3/30/20

Russell James Elliott, 4/12/20

Lucian D. LiPera, 4/4/20

 


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