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1963: Pamela Cohelan Benson served in Philippines in Barrio Inaclagan, Gumaca, Quezon beginning in 1963
Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Pamela Cohelan Benson can be contacted at pcohelanbensonaearthlinkdnet
Country of Service: Philippines
Training Group: 10
Cities you served in: Barrio Inaclagan, Gumaca, Quezon
Arrival Year: 1963
Departure Year: 1965
Bring us up to date on your life after the peace corps:
Lived and worked in India, Turkey, Zambia, Liberia, Kenya and Cote d'Ivoire.
Originally posted: June 19, 2004
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|By roxanne ettinger (pool-68-162-0-127.nwrk.east.verizon.net - 188.8.131.52) on Monday, May 28, 2007 - 12:35 am: Edit Post|
Dear Pamela: I don't know if you remember me...but, i have never forgotten you. The internet is so bizarre....i was sitting in my kitchen reading the paper, and for some reason, i wondered what had happened to you. AND Presto.....in two minutes i was able to find you. I guess , it's easy enough to find people who have nothing to hide. My husband, Philip Ettinger was the doctor at clark air base who treated you when you became ill in the philippines in l964 or '65. He brought you home to our house for an "american" home cooked meal and conversation. I remember that you had gone to Grinnell college in iowa and that your father was a congressman....in fact, sometime after you returned to your village, your father was on some sort of junket thru the far east and he requested to meet philip at the base general's house.
You were kind enought to invite us to your wedding reception at the american embassy in Dehli ( i believe), and we were always sorry that we were not able to go, but i believe the war had escalated and we couldn't leave then.....we eventually went to india for several weeks the next year. I remember your telling us about an american girl who had gone to swarthmore college ( as my husband had) who was living in mountain province with her native husband and children...and we did eventually make to trip up that way and while there we visited her....poor thing, she nearly dropped dead when we got out of our jeep and she recognized philip from her college days. I believe her name was carolyn bakke bacdayan....last i looked in an old swarthmore directory she and her husband were up in lyme conn. We had a marvelous visit with her in her village and it became the high point of that wonderful trip.
We came back to new jersey after philip's tour in the air force so that he could finish his medical training and become a cardiologist. Our two yrs. in in P.I. were a high point in our lives and our daughter, alyssa was born there. We were able to travel to places totally unimaginable to me...since before going to asia i had never been west of philadelphia. And, I am still in touch with friends we made in those days.
Philip died four years ago, so i guess i have alot of time to reflect on the past...my children are grown and live in brooklyn.
alyssa is a ceramic designer and jonathan is a professional fund raiser.
I couldn't resist writing this note to you...and hope that you remember us as fondly as we remembered you......
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