[I received this email from Marcia Kauffman Krasnow saying that Lawrence Fuchs, the first Peace Corps Director in the Philippines, has died. Fuchs in 1961-62 had one third of all the Volunteers in the world. It was the largest Peace Corps country. Philippines, in fact, was the test-case for Warren Wiggins paper, The Towering Task, the original document that Shriver used to create the agency. Following is Ms. Krasnow's email to me, and the death notice about Professor Fuchs.]
Dear John Coyne,
I enjoyed meeting you at the 50th Anniversary events in Washington, D. C. I am the daughter of the late Dr. Joseph F. Kauffman who was the first Chief of the Peace Corps Division of Training at the Peace Corps Headquarters in Washington, D.C. (1961-63)
Both Prof. Fuchs and my father (Dean of Students) were at Brandeis University (outside of Boston) prior to serving in leadership positions in the Peace Corps. Senator Kennedy (JFK) often visited the Brandeis campus during the late 1950’s.
It is with great sadness to inform you (or you may already know) that Professor Fuchs passed away earlier this month. During the past year I had the pleasure of having several wonderful phone conversations with him as well as a personal visit to which I brought several items from the 50th anniversary events. He was so pleased to talk about the Peace Corps and see the program from the Staff Reunion.
He touched the lives of so many and will be greatly missed. I recently found a copy of one of his many published books, Those Peculiar Americans; The Peace Corps and the American National Character, Meredith Press, NY 1967. I highly recommend it although copies are somewhat difficult to locate.
I hope to attend his Memorial Service at Brandeis later this month.
Please see the March 24 death notice from the Boston Globe below:
Please feel free to contact me.
My deepest sympathy to so many in the Peace Corps community whose lives were touched by “Larry” Fuchs….
Marcia Kauffman Krasnow