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         Fall 2019 Newsletter

John Hatch

Immediate Past President; Finance, Projects committee
Gaithersburg, MD

Family involvement as missionaries and educators (1800s) to South Africa and members of the Phelps-Stokes Fund trustees established a sense of service to and awareness of Africa. Serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer (1963-6) primary school teacher in Kahama and instructor at the Outward Bound Mountain School (Loitokitok, Kenya) was a natural "next generation" fit. More recent work for USAID's Education Office built on that experience and provided a few return trips until his retirement. The space/years in between were spent in working in college administration (Franconia, UMass, Texas Southern, Wesleyan); earning an EdD in International Education (UMass); and working for the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, NJ Department of Education, and for 15 years with various USAID contractors as a program manager, and as a consultant for evaluations to Peace Corps and a USAID contractor. Much of the last 20 years provided opportunities to visit and work in the Middle East and Asia as well as Africa.

John met and married Marolyn while working at Wesleyan in 1981 and she provided two step-daughters and a step-son (and Scotties) who have in turn provided grandchildren who are all in college. Post retirement has included membership on a number of boards, domestic and international travel, gardening, getting back into tennis, and being active on committees at Asbury Village Continuing Care Retirement Home in Gaithersburg, MD to which we made what will be our last move in 1999 from 20+ years in Arlington, VA.