E&E RPCVs welcomes your remembrances of fellow PCVs who have passed away.
Michael Feldstein (Massawa, Eritrea; Dire Dawa 1963–65) — 4/13/2016
Dr. Philip Littman (Asella 1962–64) — 3/16/2016
Dr. Philip Littman, July 13, 1941–March 16, 2016. Retired radiation oncologist (B.A. Stanford M.D. University of Maryland School of Medicine, who trained, taught, and practiced with the U.S Public Health Service, University of Pennsylvania, Mass General/Harvard Medicine, RI Hospital/Brown Medicine, Southern WI Radiotherapy Center and Volunteers in Medicine, among others. Peace Corps Volunteer in Ethiopia/Eritrea 1962-64. Beloved husband of 48 years to Trish Littman, father to Rachel and Josh, grandfather to Adam, Amanda, Levi, and Savannah. Avid sailor, consummate and energetic learner. Touched many lives. He lives in our hearts. (New York Times).
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On behalf of the RPCVs, the editor of The Herald sent the following note through Mel Tewahade, Denver, who attended the Shiva in New York:
Please find this note of sympathy from the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Ethiopia to the family of Dr. Philip Littman. Many Volunteers remember Phil fondly for his time spent in Assella, Ethiopia during the early 60s, an exciting time as we reached out to the people of Ethiopia in service. Other Volunteers met Phil during the Return to Ethiopia in 2012. His kindness, commitment to service, and love for the country of Ethiopia prevailed 50 years later. From his Peace Corps Ethiopia family to yours.
On behalf of Peace Corps Ethiopia,
Janet Lee, Editor, The Herald, and Board Member
To which his wife, Trish responded:
Mel, I was delighted to meet you after years of hearing Phil talk about you. You came all the way from Colorado to express your sorrow about his passing from ALS! Bringing Prince Ermias Saleh Selassie to my shivah gave me great comfort. I regret we had so little time to share more Phil stories.
Please send the note below to Janet Lee. I would also like her help in pursuing the incidence of ALS among RPCVs. I know that two out of 300 Volunteers from that first group (1962-1964) to Ethiopia/Eritrea may be a statistical coincidence, but it begs further scientific inquiry. There are other facts to share about ALS. I am a medical sociologist and have Phil’s same curiosity.
Thank you for your kind words. Phil loved Ethiopia and its people, from 1962, his first year in Addis Ababa, through his second in Asella to the 50th reunion in 2012. I was deeply touched by the condolence visit paid by Mel Tewahade and HIH Prince Ermias Sahle Selassie who both came from great distances to honor his memory.
To the Volunteers who would like to follow up with Trish Littman on the ALS query, please contact Janet Lee.
Robert Owen [Bob] St. John (Guennet [Shoa], Nego [Wollega], Henna [Illubabor], Jimma [Kaffa] 1970–72, 1973-74) — 1/16/2016