The Peace Corps’ original executive secretary was Bradley Patterson Jr., who had been one of the State Department’s veteran executive secretaries. A mountain climber by avocation, Patterson helped set up the first Cabinet secretariat and then served as assistant secretary to the Cabinet under President Eisenhower, where his performance led to his receiving the Arthur S. Flemming Award for 1960. His duties have taken him to international conferences and to George Washington University, where he lectured on public administration. He left the Peace Corps to become special assistant to the Secretary of the Treasury.
The man who set up the Medical Division was Dr. Lee J. Gehrig, an honor graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School and veteran surgeon with the U.S. Public Health Service. Part of his career was spent roaming Alaska in a campaign against tuberculosis and part on the high seas—as ship’s physician aboard the three-masted Coast Guard sailing ship, “Eagle”. An interest in the health problems of seafarers led to a wider interest in medical problems of persons for whom health facilities were not readily available, and this fitted right in with the situation of many Volunteers.
Opening-day chief of the Division of Private Organizations was Gordon Boyce, then on leave from his twin jobs as president of the U.S. Experiment in International Living and secretary-general of the international organization. Born in Binghamton, N.Y. where he worked for one year as a reporter on the Binghamton Sun, Boyce received B.A. and M. A. degrees from Colgate and served as Assistant to the President of Colgate after five years of World War II sea duty with the U.S. Navy. He returned to the Experiment, which conducted training for the Venezuela University, Venezuela YMCA and Chile YWCA projects and handled both training and overseas administration for the first project in East Pakistan.
First General Counsel was Atlanta lawyer Morris Abram, one of the nation’s leading champions of civil rights. A graduate of the University of Georgia with a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the University of Chicago Law School, Abram was one of the American prosecutors at the Nuremberg trials after serving as an Army Air Force officer in World War II. He was on the Board o Trustees at the Twentieth Century Fund and the Field Foundation. Former chairman of the Atlanta Citizens Crime Committee, he returned to his law practice in the firm of Heyman, Abram and Young, where he successfully demolished Georgia’s county-unit election system through the courts.
Ross Pritchard, a planning officer, was a wartime Navy tail gunner and a four-year letterman at the University of Arkansas, where he was named the outstanding pass catcher of the Southwest football conference. With a Ph.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, he joined the faculty of Southwestern in Memphis as an expert on foreign affairs.