|I was a member of Thai 8… Malaria Eradication.
Thai 27 was the last Peace Corps group I helped train. I was your
cross-cultural coordinator (along with Pock Otis, Jim Crawford, and
I returned to the East-West Center right after, where I worked as
a Housing Officer with a Jean Tasaka (originally from Maui), who became
my wife in Washington, D.C. in 1971. I was then a U.S. Foreign Service
Officer preparing to go to Beirut, Lebanon.
I worked as the ambassador's aide, vice consul, and second secretary
at the American Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon from 1971 to 1973; served
as acting consul at the American Embassy in Amman, Jordan for a
brief period in 1973; worked in the Operations Center of the Department
of State in Washington, D.C. in 1974; and served as executive assistant
to the Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs in Wash.,
D.C. from 1974 to 1975.
I returned to Hawaii and worked at the Department of Labor and
Industrial Relations from 1976 to 1979, then went to law school
at the University of Hawaii from 1979 to 1982. I clerked for Justice
Edward Nakamura at the Hawaii Supreme Court from 1982 to 1983, then
worked as a deputy attorney general for the State of Hawaii handling
child abuse cases from 1983 to 1987. I returned to the Hawaii Supreme
Court in 1987 as staff attorney for the court and left in 1991 to
become chief counsel of the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission.
I retired from that position and from the State in 1998 after 21
years of State service.
My wife Jean retired from the State (budget analyst and deputy finance
director) in 2002 and we've been traveling and loafing ever since.
Although I had always hoped to visit Thailand after the Peace Corps,
I never did manage to get back there. I had hoped the Foreign Service
would send me there but instead I was posted in the Middle East
and Washington, D.C., and an assignment to Kuala Lumpur fizzled
out at the last moment.
I've kept in touch with only Jim Mohan (works for UNICEF), Bill
Vanderburg (hospital administrator in Maine), and Neil Jones (retired
and living in Mexico), but have lost touch with others with whom
I was in contact for many years -- Art Crisfield of Thai 1, and
James Kirchhofer and Jean-Paul Chaine of Thai 8.
Incidentally, I'm 65 now. Can it really be 36 years since Pepeekeo?