In Memorium

Remembering Burr Angle (Harar 1963–65)

Rob Albritton (Harar 63–65 writes:
From 1963 to ’64 Burr Angle (Eth II, 63–65), Jim Brannon (Ethi I, 62–64), and myself (Eth II 63–65) shared a house together in Harar. As house mates we got along very well, and as I recall we spent a good deal of time exploring what was a very interesting city and region of Ethiopia. Burr and I worked at the new University Extension Program run by the Peace Corps where he taught English and I Political Science. We also both taught English in an elementary school. Burr was quiet, very bright, and had a wry sense of humor.

For the 1964-55 school year I was transferred to Asmara, and don’t know how Burr did in our second year, but I imagine the household would have changed since I left at the end of the teaching year and Jim Brannon  left to return to the US. It is possible that Burr kept the house and was joined by two Eth. III Volunteers. After leaving Ethiopia in 1965 I never saw Burr again, but I think that he became an academic. I am sorry to hear of his death. He was a fine man.

Patricia Egan Bolles (Harar 63–66) writes:
Thank you for notifying me of Burr’s death.


CLICK to see Burr with the rest of the faculty of Harar Secondary School, 1963

I have wonderful memories of my time in Harar and Burr was part of much of it. We were both assigned to the University Extension Program (evening classes), but by the second year we were also teaching at the secondary school where there were many PCV III’s (64–66), one French PC man, an Ethi I, and, of course, Indian and Ethiopian teachers.

Burr thoroughly enjoyed teaching at both locations and was always prepared and enthusiastic about what he was doing. During our second year in Harar we were the only Ethi II’s. The first PC group had left and the 3’s arrived in September with the 4’s arriving a shortly thereafter.

Over our first summer when we had the opportunity for a three-week vacation, Burr decided to stay in the Harar area, moved out to Bisidimo [just east of Harar]  and worked with the Canadian and German brothers who ran the lepers facility. He had a great experience and was glad he hadn’t left the country. I admired his ability to take on such a challenge. He was a great friend and admirer of Ato Adam, our Director of the H.S. University Extension Program, who was also the Director of the Teacher Training School in Harar.

Over our spring/Easter break Maura Hurley (a PCV 3), Burr and I traveled up to Lake Tana to see the Tissisat Falls. We spent a couple days enjoying the area and the relaxed atmosphere. He was easy to travel with and full of more information about the place than either of us could remember.

On another occasion I witnessed a flash flood with Burr while traveling by bus from Dira Dawa back to Harar. We had gone there one Saturday to buy a copy of TIME, and apparently a heavy rain had fallen in the Harar region. Fortunately, we were on a road above the deep dried river bed when the five or six-foot wall of water raced by — an amazing sight — camels leaping out of the way, rocks being tossed in the air.

Jim Paradis, Hedy Harris, Frieda [Kellems] Mitchem, Maura Hurley, Steve Moody, and his housemate, Thurman Ragar and the other “3’s” will remember him fondly.

Burr was good company, had a quick mind and a great sense of humor. He was quiet, inward, thoughtful, positive and completely honest. I remember long conversations with Burr and many of the above-mentioned friends over coffee, beer, watt, of course, and more beer. Burr took his work seriously and knew exactly what he wanted to do after Peace Corps and I think he did it. I was fortunate to have been one of his friends.

I stayed in Harar for another year and we corresponded occasionally — it was his way of staying in touch with PC and Harar. I missed him that third year — we had shared a wonderful time and place — and I am sorry to know he’s no longer with us

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