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1985: Ruth Elizabeth Beecher served in Liberia in Based in Monrovia but did "rounds" and conferences with all the other hospitals and clinics throughout Liberia over two years beginning in 1985
Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Ruth Elizabeth Beecher can be contacted at ltrebaaoldcom
Country of Service: Liberia
Training Group: We were all "upcountry" in Totata, Liberia for 6 weeks "cross culture" training
Cities you served in: Based in Monrovia but did "rounds" and conferences with all the other hospitals and clinics throughout Liberia over two years
Arrival Year: October 1985 - Our group entered Liberia later than usual because Samuel Kayon Doe (then President) did not want us in the country when the "first democratic Presidential elections" were going on.
Departure Year: July 1987
I was counterpart to the Director of Nurses at JFK Medical Center and Administrator of Tnima-Tubman National Institute of Medical Arts at these co-joining facilities. I taught student nurses and did admin and supervisory duties.
Bring us up to date on your life after the peace corps:
Since I took early retirement from my NY health Ed teaching position, I was in good health to go into Peace Corps at age 60. I was not happy being a "young" retiree in Florida so I tried going back into Peace Corps. After failing the Medical 3 times I could not go into Peace Corps then.
The cough that I came home with was thought to possibly be tuberculosis. However, the Miami Veterans' Hospital diagnosed it as COPD - Ceonic Obstructive Pulmonar Disease - from all the red dust I breathed into my lungs living on a red dirt toad.
I did volunteer work, became color guard with AM Legion 222 (first female), MCL 755, AAUW (American University Women) and I serve on the US Selective Service Board yearly.
Any thoughts you have now looking back on peace corps days?:
Simply depressing that Liberia, our work and the Liberian people that we grew to love have gone through such horrendous times.
I am a sentimental old gal and while in Liberia I wrote our "alma mater" - it has been used over and over for 25th Peace Corps ceremony etc but I can not get it acknowledged and if I die soon I would like it to be known. It is and was my tribute to US Peace Corps and Liberia in general.
I do want to thank you for helping me - I do want to be listed so that perhaps I can find my friends and they can find me.
Ruth E. Beecher
RPCV 1985 - 87
Liberia, West Africa
Originally posted: September 20, 2003
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