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Nigeria Group XI

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Contents

Training

Training Group Directory: Nigeria 11 Training Directory.

Service

We served.

Service Started

We arrived.

Service Events

What was going on.

Service Ended

Our service ended


See also

Group XI stories

Group XI bios


Life Since Nigeria

Having located my Trainee Directory of l964, I had briefly reviewed your biographical sketches which, in most cases, included your college graduation photo, your hometown, your undergraduate achievements as well as other interests and aspirations.

My suggestion now is that you each take five minutes to compose a brief autobiography of your life since 1966 and that you share it with the rest of us. Feel free to include a current picture as well!

I'll go first!


BOB ENGLUND'S LIFE SINCE PEACE CORPS: I had two wonderful years as a science teacher at the Abuja Secondary School. At that time, Abuja was a little town of a couple of thousand residents, hardly accessible during the rainy season, and it was best known for the Abuja Pottery. Frank Method from our group and Jim Hummer from Nigeria 8 also taught at our school; Kent Benson (also 11) worked at the Abuja pottery, and Sam Herrup (Nigeria 12) did community development work in our little town.

Early in l965, I happened to meet two Danish Lutheran missionary doctors who ran a hospital in Numan, close to Yola, at the eastern side of the Northern Region. I spent three school vacations, a total of seven weeks at that hospital having received on-the-job training as a lab technician, and I worked primarily in parasitology. Spending a lot of time shadowing those two physicians, I developed an interest in medicine. Not having been "pre-med" as an undergraduate student, I returned to the States and took the necessary undergraduate science courses and applied to medical school. After four years as a med student at the University of Vermont and an Internship year at Upstate Medical Center (where I reconnected with Maurice Edwards, also from our group was completing his PhD in biology), we moved to Oklahoma for two years as a physician with the Indian Health Service at a clinic in Shawnee. I subsequently did my Internal Medicine Residency program at the Oklahoma University Medical Center in Oklahoma City.

Dita and I were married in February of l968; we have four grown children, with the oldest about to celebrate her 40th birthday next month! We have seven and two-thirds grandchildren, with number eight due in November.

We returned to New England in July of 1976, and since that time I have been a doctor of Internal Medicine at Dartmouth/Hitchcock in Keene, New Hampshire. I was full-time from '76 to '02, half-time until '07, and now quarter-time. Happily, I no longer have night or weekend call, and I was delighted to be able to give up my beeper two years ago! My professional career has been very happy, and I can proudly say that I have experienced no "burnout!"

With semi-retirement, I have been active as a Board Member and fund-raiser for our local YMCA, as well as Rotary, a couple of state medical committee along with leadership positions in the American College of Physicians. I have served on the Keene City Council, and, being politically active in New Hampshire, the "first-of-the-nation" primary state, my wife and I hosted Vice President Al Gore in our living room in April of '99, as well as Governor/Doctor Howard Dean in our yard with well over two hundred guests in the summer of '03. We have also been actively involved in many New Hampshire political campaigns, and we can proudly say that New Hampshire was the only state to change color from red to blue in the 2004 election.

I do a lot of skiing (about 35 days of mid-week down-hill skiing last year), hiking, swimming woodworking, and I am also a church organist. My wife and I are blessed with a wonderful family.

Clearly, my Peace Corps experience was important in directing me toward a wonderful career in medicine; my Nigeria years represented one of the most significant blocks of time in my life.

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