In Memoriam -- Elise Laurin (T-1)
In April  Turkey-1 lost two of Peace Corps/Turkey's original members,
Elise Lauren and Erik Olson.
Elise was a graduate of Robinson Female Seminary in Exeter,
N.H. and Ohio Wesleyan University in 1959. She
worked and traveled
extensively in Europe, served as a TEFL teacher in Adapazari and Malatya in
1962 - 64, and worked
on an Israeli kibbutz in 1966 and 1967.
return to the U.S. Elise taught at Groveton Elementary in Groveton, N.H., at
Jefferson Academy in Winston-Salem,
N.C., and taught English to Vietnamese
refugee in Lawrence, Mass. Her last position was at the Nevins Memorial
Library in Methuen, Mass.
It would be
impossible to summarize the Elise Laurin I knew for 34 years. What I will
always remember is her inner strength
and reverence for life and humankind;
her strong individualism and her cosmopolitan interest in so many things . .
world affairs, books, art and music. From Salem, N.H. she
maintained a continuing correspondence with a worldwide
network of friends.
For recipients of her many thoughtful communications, there was always a
carefully selected quotation
or life-thought. Elise cared and expressed that
caring in many ways. Safe journey and shalom, Elise.