|Van & Gard Shuler - 1968 - |
on a bullock cart in Maharashtra
|Van at 100 - oldest |
known returned Volunteer
|Bassein fort and fishing boat|
Tragically Gard Shuler, a handsome and able man died of viral meningitis in 1968. Van carried on in Maharashtra - completing her twenty seven month service (we left at 24 months for me to start grad school at Boston University under the historian Howard Zinn to whom I applied with a letter that was pretty silly looking back at it. I took the LSAT in Bombay because I couldn't see myself writing a doctoral dissertation - unlike Margo who got her PhD at Rutgers and has long taught American history at University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee,
It was a different world. The fastest way to communicate with home was by aerogramme letter. To call home (we did twice) we had to go to Bombay to the central post office. We got our news by shortwave radio - VOA, All India Radio, Radio Moscow, and Radio Peking (which relentlessly denounced "the Soviet renegade revisionist clique" ten years before such a `clique' actually triumphed in China itself).
Van, who died August 17, 2014 at her Florida home, is remembered in this piece on the occasion of her 100th birthday.
Oldest Known Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Turns 100 | Peace Corps:
"WASHINGTON, D.C., June 2, 2006 When Evangeline Shuler, born in 1906 and who served as a volunteer in the 1960s, arrived at a recent 45th anniversary event for the Peace Corps, it seemed almost everyone in the room wanted to hear her stories.
Shuler, of Seattle, turns 100 on June 4, and while the Peace Corps does not uniformly collect statistics on volunteers once they leave service, she is the oldest known returned Peace Corps volunteer alive today."
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