First Ever Peace Corps Volunteer Dies in San Francisco (Ghana)
Georgianna Shine McGuire (Ghana 1961-63) tells of a reception in Washington for the President of Ghana, John Jerry Rawlings, during the Clinton era, where Tom was invited as the “first PCV in Ghana.” He needed a ‘date” as Georgianna recalls, and she went with him. “It was an elegant affair at the White House, I admit,” Georgianna recalled. “As we went through the receiving line, Tom, who had taught in Dodowa, Rawlings’ home town, greeted President Rawlings in the local language. Rawlings did a double-take, replied, and then reached over to his wife and said something to the effect of “this man speaks our language!”
“It was great fun, that visit, since we were guests as President Rawlings arrived at the White House to be welcomed by President and Mrs. Clinton, all on a lovely cold winter day. For Tom, however, the real thrill was a reception at the State Department in an extremely snazzy room that had ‘very important’ American antique furniture, most of which Tom seemed to know by name, year and provenance.
“Now, about Tom being the first PCV. What I remember is that his Headmaster showed up at Legon to take him to Dodowa, days before the two weeks at Legon had ended. The cry went out, ‘They’re taking Tom away.’ And so he went, thereby becoming the “first ever PCV on the job.”
That should be LIVE in the 2nd last line and not 'liver'