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1966: Douglas Gwynn served in Philippines in Panique Tarlac, Legaspi City beginning in 1966
Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Douglas Gwynn can be contacted at bigpalmtreesahotmaildcom
Country of Service: Philippines
Training Group: 1966-68
Cities you served in: Panique Tarlac, Legaspi City
Arrival Year: 1966
Departure Year: 1968
Varied. Assigned in elementary science but in fact carried out social research projects, taught in a small private college, and helped run a trade school.
Other Countries you served in, Training Group Name Arrival Year, Departure Year, Work Description:
No others while in the Peace Corps but later lived and worked in Mexico and Colombia.
Bring us up to date on your life after the peace corps:
Completed PhD (Cornell Univ.) Met my spouse (a Colombian) at Cornell. Among other things Eunice Romero directed PCs in her country. We then had faculty/research positions at West. Wash. Univ. and then Univ. of Cal. at Davis. I was a consultant to the state of California (poverty issues) and Fed. Bureau of Reclamation (social impact studies of water projects). Farmed cherries in the summers. Retired a few years ago and we are currently living in Tampa Florida winters and Bogota Colombia in the summers (not many hurricanes there).
Any thoughts you have now looking back on peace corps days?:
Yes, like most of us, I loved it. It also benefited me greatly. First by being crucial in getting me a scholarships/assistantships for my graduate study. Later it provided many many hours of lecture material for my introductory sociology students. Finally it was just the best two years I ever experienced.
Anyone you are looking for or would like to hear from?:
Yes. A very close buddy who was also in the Philippines during the same time (1966-68) by the name of Robert (Bob) Peterson. He taught elementary math in central Luzon and later married a young lady from the town he worked in. Also Jamie Kirkel who was assigned to close to Olongopo, Zambales.
Any message for returned volunteers?:
If we all work together by providing the names and addresses of former volunteers that we know, I am sure we can build a better directory. This will allow us to get in touch with those that were an important part of our former lives.
Originally posted: March 6, 2006
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