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By W.T. Tom on Tuesday, February 11, 2003 - 2:25 am: Edit Post

To Anne, Peace Corps Nepal '75/76:

If you should happen to stumble onto this sight, greetings to you from friend/WT Tom.

(...and before you have second thoughts about whether you might respond, please allow me assure you that in the interim I have become neither a religious fanatic, telemarketer, salesperson, JW, spammer, Republican, nor life insurance salesman.) (g) Just reckoned perhaps it might be nice to say hi and catch up....?


By Robert W. Proctor (bobboe) ( - on Friday, November 28, 2003 - 3:54 pm: Edit Post

IN MEMORIAM: John F. Kennedy.

by Robert W. Proctor, PCV/Nepal, '62-'64

Saturday, November 22nd, marked the 40th year that has passed since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Four decades ago I was ten thousand miles, two cultures and certainly a half-century in time removed from the horrific events in Dallas, Texas. Classes had ended for the day at the Nepali college where I was teaching, and I had just joined several Nepali colleagues for a mid-afternoon tea. We were chatting amiably about inconsequential things--some new books just arrived from India, the upcoming marriage of my botany professor counterpart's daughter, and as always, a word or two about how lovely the weather was this autumnal time of year. And how we could see, from our roof-top terrace, the wonder of a many centuries-old city spread out before us to the west, and because of the clarity of air, distant villages, with their stacks of harvested grains, clinging to the mountain slopes that surrounded the Kathmandu Valley. They seemed close enough to touch. Our utter shock can be imagined when another teacher rushed to join us and, with hardly disguised anguish in her voice, said "Kennedy has been shot. He is dead."

For an incredible moment in time, on that sun-warmed terrace during an otherwise idyllic afternoon, there were no "Americans" or "Nepalis", "Westerners" or "Easterners". There was just a unity of profound sorrow and loss.

I was to teach one more year in Nepal as a Peace Corps Volunteer in what would prove to be the experience of a lifetime, thanks to the life--and vision--of a man whose brain was tunneled by an assassin's bullet forty years ago. Do I owe this man a debt? Oh, yes. An unrepayable one. Thanks to John F. Kennedy's life, my life since the Peace Corps experience has unfolded with rewards totally beyond previous imagination. Of course, nothing can make up for the years he lost. But when one considers the good that has come from the tens of thousands of years given in service overseas by my fellow Peace Corps Volunteers over the decades, I'm sure that if President Kennedy were alive today, he would consider his efforts well rewarded, and his tragically shortened life blessed with great achievements, beyond his own.

President Kennedy may be long dead. But no one, especially this Peace Corps Volunteer, believes his spirit is dead. On the contrary, I suggest it flourishes quite well, notably in a place that I remember with great fondness, ten thousand miles, a half century of time, and two cultures away.

--Robert W. Proctor
Peace Corps Nepal, 1962-1964

23 November, 2003
La Luz, New Mexico

By Ramsharan Harisharan ( - on Tuesday, July 27, 2004 - 12:23 am: Edit Post

Looking for Marc E Ross who used to be a volunteer in Nepal.

Please contact Ramsharan DOT Harisharan AT np DOT Standardchartered DOT Com

Ramsharan Harisharan

By Alan Nelson ( - on Thursday, September 23, 2004 - 10:35 am: Edit Post

My son is leaving for a trek in Nepal Oct 9 with Ascents International; I am concerned for his safety. I have been following the BBC reports and understand that the Peace Corps have left Nepal.

The Nepalese prime minister has made a fresh appeal to Maoist rebels to join talks to end their insurgency.

Although it has been nearly nine years since the Maoist insurgency began in Nepal, it was only recently that the rebels began to make their presence felt in the areas around the capital, Kathmandu.

Under these conditions can you provide any insights and concerns for American safety ?

By Ganesh Panta ( - on Sunday, May 07, 2006 - 10:00 pm: Edit Post

In 1972 Jerry, Donald and Robert Lillig came to Tanahu, Nepal as School teacher. In Dec 1972, Robert Lillig died in an accidental fall while treking. I was at 5th Grade when they came to my school. I still clearly remember Jerry. Now that I am in the United States, I like to meet him. My email address is


By Funnyman ( - on Monday, February 16, 2004 - 12:43 am: Edit Post

This seems like a stupid thing to do, but I cant help it. I had met a peace corp volunteer in Dhankuta, a long time ago. All that I remember is that, I had met him was once. I spent a night in his home. His name was Tom, that much I remember. I was the guy that was prospecting for semi precious stones with big, huge ideas. I know, sounds funny, even to me, when I recall that evening. There was another lady volunteer that had come that evening, we all had had dinner. The next day I left for the mountains, and that was that. Do you remember me? I sure enjoyed that evening. Thank you, Just am writing to thank you and all the members of the peace corps for coming to places like nepal.

By Merrill Anderson ( - on Monday, November 01, 2004 - 9:32 pm: Edit Post

I participated in training for Nepal 19, summer of 1969 at Cactus Corners, Davis, CA. Looking for word on training camp buddies, Ed Martin, "Murph" Henkel, and Doug Lehto. Any info on these guys, or on others from that wonderful summer, would be appreciated.

Merrill Anderson
Bellaire, TX

By Roger Leo ( on Tuesday, December 28, 2004 - 3:34 pm: Edit Post

Stories and images of the tsunami disaster in south Asia hurl me back to life in the village 36 years ago, when I was young and life stretched out ahead of me.

Roger Leo -- Nepal 17
City Editor
Telegram & Gazette
Worcester MA

By Dave Champy ( - on Wednesday, September 07, 2005 - 4:03 pm: Edit Post

Served as A Marine Guard at the American Embassy from 79-80. Enjoyed numerously the company of "PC's" during that time. Dan & I are still friends and have great memories of the "TGIF's" at the Marine House. If you "Stunbled In" and want to reconnect---

By bill reed ( - on Tuesday, April 18, 2006 - 6:46 pm: Edit Post

Seeking Dede King...Nepal RPCV from 1967.

By Debbahadur ( - on Tuesday, June 12, 2007 - 1:59 am: Edit Post

Tourism is one of Nepal's most important industries. Unfortunately tourists pile up in too few places. Here is your chance to spread the wealth by telling people about things to see and do in your district or anywhere else.

Like Wikipedia, anyone can launch a new WikiTravel article or add to existing articles. Please feel free to contact me if you need help getting started.

By Adrienne Benson Scherger ( - on Sunday, July 15, 2007 - 9:24 am: Edit Post

Anna Moga!

If you see this, get in touch! I was re-reading my PC journals recently and thought of you. I'm sorry we lost touch with one another a few years ago. I am at

Take care!
Adrienne Benson Scherger

By Jyoti Pathak ( - on Thursday, July 19, 2007 - 4:37 pm: Edit Post

Namaskar from Jyoti Pathak

For anyone craving Nepali home cooking, please check out my newly published Nepali cookbook “Taste of Nepal”- published in the US - just released in May. Please see the attached book jacket cover. I wanted to share and introduce Nepali cuisine, culture and traditions with anyone who desires to learn about a different culture of an Asian country. The book is available at many on-line book stores and making its way to other stores soon. I hope this book would be useful for first generation Nepalese living abroad who wishes to learn how to cook Nepali food. This book may also serve as a resource for a number of people who have visited Nepal, returned Peace Corps volunteers and tourists who wanted recipes of the food they have enjoyed in Nepal.

Please forward to anyone else who might be interested. I am enclosing the publisher’s press release below for more information. Here are the links:

Product Details
New Release
Taste of Nepal by Jyoti Pathak
• Hardcover: 470 pages
• Publisher: Hippocrene Books (May 17, 2007)
• Language: English
• ISBN-10: 078181121X
• ISBN-13: 978-0781811217
• Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 1.7 inches
• Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
The landlocked nation of Nepal is tucked into the Himalayan Mountains between India and China (Tibet). Possessed of a varied landscape and such treasures as Mount Everest, the Nepalese are proud of their time-worn temples, sublime scenery, hiking trails, and a rich and vibrant culture. The cuisine is surprisingly diverse for such a small country, with influences from Chinese and Indian culinary methods and tastes.

One of the very few Nepali cookbooks on the market, Taste of Nepal is a thorough and comprehensive guide to this cuisine, featuring more than 350 authentic recipes, a section on well-known Nepali herbs and spices, menu planning, Nepalese kitchen equipment, and delightful illustrations. Instructions are clearly detailed and most ingredients are readily available in the United States. Complete with illustrations.

There is something for everyone in this book. For the most timid cook—Fried Rice (Baasi-Bhaat Bhutuwa) or Stir-Fried Chicken (Kukhura Taareko) are easily achievable. The adventurous home chef will be tempted to try Goat Curry (Khasi-Boka ko Maasu) and Sun-Dried Fish with Tomato Chutney (Golbheda ra Sidra Maacha).

About the author
Jyoti Pandey Pathak was born and raised in Kathmandu, Nepal. She has a degree in home science from the MS University of Baroda, India and taught at the National Vocational TrainingCenter in Sano Thimi, Nepal before emigrating to the U.S. in 1970. She now lives in western New York with her husband Kamal.

Copyright © 2006 Hippo

By Bill Schillinger ( - on Tuesday, July 24, 2007 - 11:33 pm: Edit Post

Does anyone know where Rich Van Etten is these days? Rich was a fisheries PCV stationed at Itahari in the terai region of eastern Nepal from 1975-1977. Thanks.

Bill Schillinger N/49
Cereal seed multiplication
Biratnagar, Nepal 1975-1977

By puspa raj pandey ( - on Saturday, September 22, 2007 - 8:25 pm: Edit Post

I tried to find Kathleen T. Green(Kate) but I could not.She lived in my home in Nepal during 1991-92.I was in contact with her upto 1996 then later lost.Now I am also in the USA and want to meet her.If anybody knows her whereabout,please send me a mail, or will be more than grateful to you.
Thanks a lot.

By Dick Ratliff ( - on Sunday, January 27, 2008 - 5:00 am: Edit Post

I am trying to find two PC Nepal volunteers who served in the Therai (near Butwal) in small villages during 1972-73. I stayed with "Gordie" , an ag extension volunteer, in his small village in April 1973. He introduced me to another volunteer, a woman who taught English in a village in the same region. I believe (was told) Robert Lillig's body was taken to her house after his accident. I went swimming at a series of waterfalls with the teacher. I am trying to find the names of these two friends from the past and contact them again, and would appreciate any help from any volunteers or readers.

By Sudip ( - on Tuesday, March 25, 2008 - 4:52 am: Edit Post

To aall RPCV who served in Nepal

My name is Sudip Khatri I was Trainer for the Peace Corps Nepal N/197, N/198 and lets say for 199 which was never completed.

I want to thank u all RPCV as a Nepali guy for the invaluable contribution you guys made. You all are remembered for the good work you guys did and the impression you guys left.

By Gloria Jean Pietarinen ( on Friday, October 10, 2008 - 11:08 pm: Edit Post

I'm looking for RPCV Seb (Sebastian) Lombardi, who was in Nepal in the late '60's. We were both stationed in Dhankuta, overlapping in 1969, reconnected back in the states late that same year after my dad died.
I'd like to know how you are, Seb, what you're up to after so many years.
All the best,
Gloria Jean Pietarinen, Nepal 18

By Sudeep Gautam ( on Friday, October 24, 2008 - 11:43 pm: Edit Post

Hi, My name is Sudeep, from Bharatpur Chitwan NEPAL. I am trying to find my PCV friend Tim Randall, who was working in Chitwan (bharatpur) sometime around 1986-88. He worked in Mahendra Adarshan Chikatsalaya, Bharatpur Hospital. Community Health aspects.
I would be grateful if any one could find his contact email. or relay my email address to him to contact me:

By Lucy Siegel (lsiegel) ( on Monday, January 10, 2011 - 11:00 pm: Edit Post

Looking for Howard Groesbeck, Vicki Ciberowski, Kyle Wienk all PCVs in Nepal 1978-1980.

By Mani Bhattarai ( on Saturday, December 10, 2011 - 8:19 pm: Edit Post

For Jeffrey Bates, who served a PCV in Nepal from 1989-1993.

Hi Jeff,

You were a math trainer in Bajura, but you also taught English in Kathmandu.

I am on assignmnet as a Nepalese diplomat at the UN in New York.

It would be wonderful if I have your email address.


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