July 12, 2001 - Peace Corps Volunteer Dies in Tanzania

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By Admin1 (admin) on Friday, July 13, 2001 - 7:59 pm: Edit Post

Read the US Peace Corps Press Release on the death of a volunteer in Tanzania at:

Peace Corps Volunteer Dies in Tanzania


Peace Corps Volunteer Dies Overseas

Washington, D.C., July 12, 2001 -- Acting Peace Corps Director Charles R. Baquet III announced today the death of Wyatt Simeon Pillsbury, 23, of Unity, Maine, a Peace Corps Volunteer in Tanzania who died July 11, 2001 while on vacation in Zanzibar, Tanzania. The death was accidental.

“We are deeply saddened by Wyatt’s death,” Baquet said. Mr. Pillsbury was seven months into his first year working as an environmental Volunteer in Tanzania and was very active in his community. He was involved in organic gardening, household nutrition, a school community library and a series of seminars for farmers on effective agricultural techniques. He also worked with children at a primary school on environmental education. Pillsbury was particularly valued by village leadership and the district government. His home and gardens had become a focal point for village youth and farmers to visit to learn agricultural techniques.

Baquet added, “Wyatt embodied the best traditions of Peace Corps Volunteers, and his life and work will be deeply missed by everyone who knew and worked with him. He was an outgoing person who could relate to anyone, young or old. Wyatt’s desire to help his community in Tanzania was matched by his high level of proficiency in the Kiswahili language.”

Pillsbury was a 1999 graduate of Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts and is the son of Richard L. and Rosemary Pillsbury of Unity, Maine. He has five brothers and sisters.

By Ashley (uni-63-164-26-82.uninets.net - on Saturday, November 01, 2003 - 4:07 pm: Edit Post

I miss Wyatt. I miss you, Wyatt.

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