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In Memorium

  • Paul Reagan (Nazareth [Adama] 1962–64) — who lived a life of service. see


A daughter is looking for her parents’ friends

A letter from Lea Setegn

My mother was Diane Campbell. She was a PCV in Ethiopia from summer 1972 until early 1973 [probably Ethiopia XVIII]. My father is Eshetu Setegn, an Ethiopia native from Debre Berhan who worked for the Peace Corps while he was a student at Haile Selassie I University. He worked for the Peace Corps during the summer. I think he started in 1969; I know that his last summer was 1973.

My Dad was my Mom’s Peace Corps group leader in the summer of 1972. They were in a small village near the rain forest, but I don’t know which one. My Mom was sent to the village to learn the language and culture before being sent to her Volunteer job of teaching English in a village school. I never did get the name of the village where she was sent.


Diane Campbell and Eshetu Setegn in early 2000s

My parents married in November 1972 at City Hall in Addis Ababa. My Mom left the Peace Corps early because she was pregnant with me and came home to Rochester, NY. My Dad finished college and worked for the Peace Corps in the summer of 1973. He joined me and my Mom in October 1973.

My Mom passed away in May 2008. My parents were married over 35 years, and Dad misses her every day. I would love to find people who knew them both and help my Dad connect with them.

I do remember meeting one of my parents’ friends from the Peace Corps. Sadly, I don’t remember anything but her first name, which is Chris. She had twin boys who were toddlers in 1980 when I met them.

I’ve attached a photo of my parents from the early 2000s. They both look pretty similar to how they looked in the early 1970s.

Lea Setegn

Do you remember Diane and Eshetu?
Lea and her father would be so pleased to hear from you.

Send a note with your contact information to

and E&E RPCVs will forward it to Lea.

A PC Trainer would like to reconnect with his Trainees

Hi there! This is Tewodros Sahlemariam. I was a trainer of those volunteers at PST ’98. I don’t know what I can do, but if there is anything that I can do for this group, I would be very glad. We had a great training time at Ambo then. I remember everyone of the trainees. Anyways, if here is anything I could help, let me know.                   —Teddy

To reconnect with Teddy send a note with your contact information to

and E&E RPCVs will forward it to Teddy.


In Memoriam

(Richard) Keith Wittenstrom (Adi Quala, Eritrea 1962-64)  October 11, 2013


E&E RPCVs Group News

Gloria Curtis retires from E&ERPCVs board

Gloria in her Ethiopian t-shirt at a recent board meeting

Gloria in her Ethiopian t-shirt at a recent board meeting

Gloria Gieseke Curtis (Asmara 1963–65) has retired from the Board of Ethiopia & Eritrea RPCVs effective December 31st. Gloria was among the very first of our group to volunteer to serve on the Board many years ago, and her enthusiastic efforts in support of our many activities and projects have been invaluable.

Thank you, Gloria!

In tribute to Gloria’s penchant for storytelling we share the following from her:

My Hat is Higher Than Your Hat

During the school year of 1964-65, Queen Elizabeth of Great Britain, along with Prince Phillip, came to visit the Emperor, Haile Selassie, in Ethiopia.  She visited several sites, and ended up in Asmara to a very warm welcome.  Because of security concerns, the original plan was to parade down the main street in a closed car.  However, because of the excitement to see the queen, plus the beautiful weather, a Cadillac convertible was borrowed from an officer at the U.S. Military Base — Kagnew. Now, as a side story, that base was such a secret that it officially did not exist.

This part is second hand information from Kagnew people to Peace Corps Volunteers, but I did witness the end result and my photos will verify the facts.

The queen arrived at Kagnew wearing a bright blue suit and a matching small cloche-style hat with a little net over the front of her hair.  The Emperor was dressed in his military finest with medals and ribbons hanging all over.  A square, sofa-type cushion was provided for him to sit on in the back seat of the car.  Then an assistant came up with a slightly higher cushion for the Queen. An aide handed the Emperor his military officer’s hat, and a lady-in-waiting to the Queen removed her beehive-style, chiffon-wrapped hat and positioned  it on the Queen’s head.  And then the parade headed for the main street where PCVs and others were standing taking photos.



From all reports, the Queen and the Emperor maintained a very good relationship for many years.  Before our PCV group left the country, a main street leading up to the Haile Selassie Secondary School was renamed Queen Elizabeth II Avenue in her honor.

Would you like to join the E&E RPCVs Board of Directors?

With the resignation of Gloria, the current board members would like to invite  RPCVs  who have served in Ethiopia or Eritrea to apply to serve on the board. Most of our business is carried on via email. Occasional meetings have been held around the country in conjunction with reunions or NPCA conferences. As a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization our topics of discussion mainly pertain to the RPCV Legacy Program, finances and planning for group gatherings.

Write to the Board at eerpcv@gmail if you are interested.


In Memoriam

Remembering a hero

Hello editor,

In the 1970s many Peace Corps people, including myself, served with the World Health Organization’s Smallpox Eradication Programme in Ethiopia. This man, this doctor, this humble giant, recruited us. And we worked hard and long for him and for the success of the programme, which it was.

Dr. Ciro de Quadros (center), working on smallpox eradication efforts, in southern Ethi­o­pia in 1971. At the left, PCV Marc Strassburg (Jimma 70–72) [photo: Sabin Vaccine Institute]

Dr. Ciro de Quadros (center), working on smallpox eradication efforts, in southern Ethi­o­pia in 1971. At the left, PCV Marc Strassburg (Jimma 70–72) [photo: Sabin Vaccine Institute]

The man is Ciro De Quadros. Ciro died on May 28th, 2014. Many, many RPCVs know and love this man, so I am asking you to consider posting his obituary in the next edition of the Herald.  Volunteers should know a legend has passed. His obituary, “Doctor helped lead eradication of smallpox, measles, polio” can be found at at the Washington Post website.

You will do many of us a great service.

Thank you,
Michael Santarelli (Ethiopia 1970-73)
Smallpox Eradication Programme: Ethiopia 1972-73, Bangladesh 1975-76, Somalia 1976-77


In Memorium

Joan Corboy (spouse of APCD Ed Corboy, 1962–64) —June 28, 2014

John Davis (Gondar 1962-64) – October 10, 2014

Peggy Davis (Gondar 1962–64) – October 17, 2014

Article published in 2011 about John and Peggy at the time of Sargent Shrivers death.

Malcolm Donald (Addis Ababa 1962–64) — September 20, 2014

Jerry Lemert (Dessie 1962–64) — June 24, 2001

Ronald M. Urvater (Addis Ababa 1966–68) — October 14, 2013

Historical notes

Exhibit of Ethiopian icons

iconJohn Barnes (Addis 66–68) wrote:

I would like to publicize an upcoming exhibit titled,

“The Vibrant Art and Storied History of Ethiopian Icons”

at the Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton, Mass.
The exhibit runs from January 23 through April 18, 2015.
The hours are 11 am- 3 pm on Tuesday – Friday, and 9 am – 3 pm on Saturday.