RPCVs 1962-64 - Obituaries

Lester Eldridge
Lester Eldridge, age 65,died Thursday evening, August 30, 2002 of injuries sustained from being accidentally hit by a speeding police car in Lakewood, NJ. At the time of the accident, he was crossing the street after attending a wedding celebration of a friend, according to his brother Steve Eldridge.
Les joined the Peace Corps in 1962 and served in the Dominican Republic in DR group 2, English teachers. He served with great enthusiasm in San Cristobal until 1964. As a result of this experience, after returning to the States he became a Spanish language teacher serving with distinction at the Eastern District High School in New York. Often called a gifted teacher, he also taught history and mathematics classes there until retiring three years ago.
He last visited the DR in February 2002 where he attended the 40th Anniversary of the Peace Corps in that country. He was surprised and pleased to reconnect with many Dominican friends in his former city of San Cristobal near the south central coast.
Among his many recent activities, Lester was an active bicyclist, sailor, and world traveler. He wasan avid genealogist who liked to use family studies to bring people together for reconnection or the first time.  Les was living in Elmhurst section of Queens, NY at the time of his death. His brother Steve is his only survivor.

Harvey Hartley
Harvey died at the end of his service the night before he would have left the Dominican Republic in 1964. http://fpcv.org/volunteers/harvey-hartley/

Max H Sampson (1962)
My name is David
A Sampson I am Max H Sampson´s son I am sorry to provide such sad news to those who do not know. My father passed away on January 4th of 2011. If anybody has any questions or comments or would like to share stories about my father I would be more than happy to hear them. I can be found on Facebook as David Alexander Sampson. I also be reached at dsamp27 @ yahoo.com.

GUADALAJARA, Mexico — Max Harvey Sampson died peacefully on Jan. 4, 2011, in Guadalajara, Mexico, due to a major stroke. Max was born in Sharpsburg, Md., in 1936. He is the son of the late Harry Sampson of Pectonville, and Ruth Sampson of Rockville,Md. Max was formerly married to Joan Beaird Sampson of Dadeville, Ala.  He was preceded in death by three sisters, Mary Benchoff of Hagerstown, Sarah Iselin of Pectonville and Naomi Smith of Silver Spring, Md.; and by two brothers, James, of Dallas, and Ernest, of Hagerstown. Max is survived by one son, David Sampson of Mexico; one sister, Cathryn Smithof Charles Town, W.Va.; and three brothers, Harry, of Temple Hills, Md., Marvin, of Hagerstown, and Mark, of Jarrettsville, Md. Max attended Sharpsburg and Clear Spring schools, and graduated from EasternHigh School in Washington, D.C., in1954. He served four years in the U.S. Navy, flying helicopters from aircraft carriers, and later served in the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic. Max had a master’s degree and law degree. He practiced law in Bethesda for 20 years and later worked for the U.S. Department of Education.  He retired to Mexico in 2008.

Judith Grove Browning (1963)
Peace Corps volunteer. Teacher. Sports enthusiast, musician, and woodworker. Judith Gove Browning wore many different hats throughout the course of her full and busy life.

One of the first female Peace Corps volunteers in the Dominican Republic, she arrived in the poorest part of the country in 1964 to teach nutrition and cooking skills. There, she met another volunteer, James Browning. The two fell in love and later married.
When the Brownings returned to the United States, Judy began her career as an elementary school physical education teacher in Oklahoma City and raised two children, a daughter, Julie Browning, and a son, James. Her classes were unusual for the times, says Julie, because she liked to include games from other cultures and incorporated a little history and foreign language.
An indefatigable sportswoman, Browning excelled at tennis, winning several state-level U.S. Tennis Association singles and doubles titles. The New Hampshire native was also a state badminton champion and once beat tennis star Billie Jean King at a badminton match in Los Angeles. She loved to ski and recently returned from Steamboat Springs, Colorado and what she had told her sister, Jane Tibbetts, was her "best ski trip ever."
Awarded a Fulbright fellowship to Japan toward the end of her teaching career, Browning immersed herself in local culture, staying at a traditional Japanese inn, or ryokan, and joining other women in the communal baths. It was an experience she wouldn't have missed, but she admitted preferring her early-morning solitary swims in Ski Island Lake in Oklahoma City.
Retirement opened up even more horizons for Browning. A clarinetist, she took up the violin and joined the Oklahoma City Philharmonic's Society of Strings. Selected through a competitive process by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and the U.S. State Department, she also monitored elections in Russia, Ukraine, and the Balkans for 15 years. Running gear and a bathing suit were always in her suitcase so that she could exercise wherever she traveled.
Browning was a self-taught handywoman who could fix anything in her own house, including the roof, says her sister, and often helped the neighbors with their own home repairs. Skilled at woodworking, she carved intricate gifts for her family and friends.
Browning asked to have her ashes spread at Millen Lake in Washington, N.H., a request her family will carry out this spring. She died on January 13 at age 75 after suffering a cerebral vascular accident while playing tennis. Only a few weeks earlier she had been traveling around South America. While there, she learned to tango.

Margarie Welch (1964)
Marjorie Welch (73) longtime St. Maries resident and educator died October 22, 2012 from injuries received in a motor vehicle accident on Benewah Creek Road. Marge was born on July 1, 1939 to Edgar and Eula (Dickerson) Faurot at Grant, Michigan. She grew up at Grant and graduated from Grant High School as Salutatorian of the class of 1957. She went on to attend Marion College ad Marion, IN where she graduated Suma Cum Laude with the class of 1961. She was registered in the Book of "Who's Who" for academic achievement. Marge went on to receive her Masters degree in Literature. She taught English and Spanish.
In 1964, she joined the Peace Corps and received her training in Manhattan, KS. It was there that she met her future husband FrederickWelch. They served in Puerto Rico before going to the Dominican Republic. Fred and Marge were married on Nov. 3, 1964 at the U.S. Ambassador's home in Santo Domingo. They left the Peace Corps in 1965 and moved to Prospect, OR where she taught school.
She moved to St. Maries, ID in June of 1971 and went to work for the St. Maries School District. She and Fred built their home on Shay Hill with logs off their own property. Their home was called Sky Island Ranch where they had a landing strip for airplanes and operated a tree farm. She and her husband were both accomplished pilots and had their own airplane. Her first position was at the Jr. High School where she taught English and coached the 7th and 8th grade girls basket ball teams. Marge transferred out to the High School where she taught Spanish I and II and English IV and was an assistant coach for the High School Track Team as well as High School Volleyball Coach. She supported all High School student activities and organizations . She also chaired the Spanish Club. Marge was a member and Past President of the St. Maries Education Assn. where she was involved for many years in negotiating teacher contracts. She retired in 2001 after 31 years with the school district. and went on to serv on the St. Maries School District Board of Trustees from her appointment in 2006 to her retirement in 2011.
Her husband Fred, died last year. She and her husband had no children. Marge loved the out of doors. She loved to go black cap berry picking and would render the berries into juice that could be made into jelly. She loved huckleberry picking and was known to always "pack heat" when ever she went in case of running into bears. She enjoyed hunting and her other interests including playing bingo, going to the Worley Casino with her friends and playing golf.
Besides her many close friends and colleagues in education, Marge is survived by her sisters Dawnalee Snyder of Newaygo, MI and Carla and her husband Don Christy of Grand, MI , one niece , two nephews and six great nieces and nephews. A celebration of her life will be Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. at the St. Maries Church of the Nazarene 175 Grandview Dr., St. Maries with Pastor A.J. Anderson officiating. The family suggests memorials to the St. Maries Foundation for Education P.O. Box 176, St. Maries, ID 83861. Visit her online memorial and sign her guestbook at