Early Peace Corps Women Staff Who Worked for the Mad Men
The first face that a visitor saw at the Peace Corps Headquarters usually was receptionist Helene. Mrs. Farrall, who studied at the University of Maryland and recently had worked for the American Friends of the Middle East, was born and raised in Faulkner, Md., and she still lived there. Her dedication to the Peace Corps was shown by the fact that she undertook a daily commune of 45 miles in each direction.
Sally Bowles, daughter of Ambassador Chester Bowles, was an honor graduate in history from Smith College where she was named editor of the college newspaper and was elected president of the student body. She had already traveled and lived in Southeast Asia, India, Mexico, Morocco, France and Spain. She was a legislative assistant to Congressman John Brademas (Dem-Ind) and as administrative assistant to Solicitor General Archibald Cox. She was a charter member of the Peace Corps staff, arriving for work on March 1, 1961, and then became the Volunteer liaison officer in the Division of Volunteer Field Services.
Jean Hundley, secretary to recruiting head Dick Graham, went to work for the Peace Corps before there was a Peace Corps—two weeks before the executive of March 1, 1961, called the new agency into existence. She brought to her job the benefits of seven years’ experiences with ICA and other predecessor organization to AID. Born and raised in Washington—where she lived—Mrs. Hundley was a housewife away from the Peace Corps and the mother of two children.
Nan Tucker McEvoy
Nan Tucker McEvoy, Deputy Director of Africa Programs, was a veteran reporter who had covered state politics in California, national politics in Washington and international conferences and events during ten years with the San Francisco Chronicle, the New York Herald Tribune and the Washington Post. She had lived abroad—in France, Italy, Spain and Japan with visits to other countries in Europe, Africa and the Far East. She competed an eight-nation on-the-spot survey of Peace Corps projects in Africa in the summer of 1962.
Gloria Gaston was a liaison officer for the agency. She had received her B.A. in sociology from the University of Washington and once studied acting under Uta Hagen. She had also worked as radio and television coordinator the American Society of African Culture in New York City. During and after college, she spent six successive summers in Paris where she worked for the Council on Student Travel and for UNESCO. She came to the Peace Corps on May 2, 1962, where she handled matters directly involving Volunteers. Her duties have already taken her on temporary duty to Ghana and other nations of West Africa.