Newsletter #6
Ed Schmidt

WE'VE HEARD FROM YOU

Carl Manone: Carl reports success in his efforts to make a charitable contribution to Nkumba University, Entebbe, where Senteza Kajubi is Vice-Chancellor (See background article in newsletter #4). Carl writes: "Well, after two years of stubborn persistance, the breakthrough finally came! TEAers, TEEAers, and all Americans will now be able to make charitable grants, with IRS approval, to worthy non-profit institutions in Africa as well as other developing nations.

The breakthrough was described in the quarterly report of the Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program (VCEP). VCEP has partnered with United Way International to help small charities throughout the world with only a 6 percent administration fee for transfering funds. Using this avenue, Carl was able to send a grant of $5000 to Nkumba University for a computer technology program for its 1200 students.

(Tax deductable charitable contributions weref discussed at the reunion, too, and it is a n area of interest for our own TEAA organization as we look to make contributions to East African education. -- Ed)

Barry Sesnan: I now head the UNICEF sub-office in Goma, rebel-held Eastern Congo (R.C.D. rebels). Main work vaccination campaigns but a bit of education and a bit of AIDS work. Severely restricted in travel because of lawlessness: the Rwanda (Tutsi) army, Interahamwe, Mai-Mai, government (Kabila) and rebels (RCD, FLC -- take your pick, are all players. We have the UN troops (MONUC) in Goma as well -- our contingent are Moroccans.

OBITUARIES

Sue Geiger (Rogers), (from Dan McNickle). I am sorry to relate that Sue Geiger ( Rogers), died in April; Leukemia. Her ex-husband, Bob Rogers is in the address book. They both taught at Marangu, and I spent many enjoyable hours with them at Northwestern Univ., at each others homes in northern Tanzania, and on safari to game parks.

Henry A. Lowe (from Brooks Goddard). In one of life's great ironies, I report that a member of 4B was living in Natick, Mass., 5 miles from me for many years without any TEA folks knowing it, and now all I can do is to report his death. Henry A. Lowe of Natick, MA, died October 27 of cancer. He was 63. I shall go to the service tomorrow. He had taught at Thika HS for TEA and is survived by his wife, Margaret, and 2 children.

YOUR STORIES       Consider writing your own story for a future newsletter.

Miles Paul: When I returned to the US in 1965, I married Dorothy Hayman. We both went to grad school at Stanford, then I was a post doc back at Harvard and she at Tufts. After teaching cell and developmental biology at the University of Victoria (in B.C.) for over 20 years, I decided to be a full time amateur astronomer, so I resigned my faculty position and started spending lots of time in the desert mountains in California with my telescope. Dorothy is a neurobiologist and is still on the faculty at U.Vic in the biology dept. Just recently I got my amateur radio license, so now I'm a HAM (W7GLX and VE7GLX are my US and Canadian call signs). Being retired is great - I don't have enough time to do all I want to do.

Dorothy and I just returned from a 3 week safari in Central Africa (Zambia and Zimbabwe), where the main attraction was the first total solar eclipse of the millennium. The eclipse was spectacular, but we also enjoyed canoeing on the Lower Zambezi and spent time in the South Luangwa Valley N.P., Mosi oa Tunya N.P. and Matobo N.P . It was the first time I've been back to Africa and I felt right at home, as though I belonged there. We're already dreaming of another trip to Botswana and Namibia. And I would like to go back to Mzumbe for a visit.

George Pollock: Have forty years gone by since Phyllis and I returned from East Africa in 1965? You mean, we are no longer young? No longer climbing corporate and academic rungs? No longer looking ahead to a whole lifetime as we were when we went to East Africa in 1963? Here we were just going along year after year without a clue that time was going by, that we were changing, that we were getting older, that we were in a new stage of life in which, after a lifetime of looking ahead, we should take some time to look back when ... when the phone rang and the voice of reality, owned by Ed Schmidt, reminded me that forty years had indeed passed and that the time to reflect upon them was here. My reaction was, "My God!" But shock quickly turned to excitement when Ed told me about the TEA reunion. Those years in East Africa were by far and away the most forming, the most adventuresome, the most broadening, and the most intellectually fulfilling of my entire life. Over the years, I thought often about my experiences in East Africa. In the early years when the experiences were new, I spoke about them often and wrote about them. But as the years went by, though I continued thinking about my East Africa days, I eventually spoke little about them and then none at all. It was so long ago. Who would care? Why bother. So when Ed called, I found myself talking about East Africa for the first time in many years. It felt damned good. In a way, Ed's call was a confirming one: I really had been in East Africa and that it mattered. It was also permissive. In effect, he said, "Hey, it's okay to look back without anybody thinking that you are an old has-been living in the past with the present taken up mostly with estate planning. It would do you good to reminisce and have some fun. And maybe, just maybe, by viewing those years from the perspective of forty years, you will finally be able to understand what you really did learn all those many years ago, about yourself, and about this life."

And now for your patience in coming this far, you will be rewarded with a quick bare bones bio. Phyllis and I went to East Africa as newly marrieds, I as the teacher and Phyllis as spouse. We were posted to Homa Bay and after a few months transferred to the Kisumu Day School in Kisumu. Our oldest son, Greg, now 37, was born in Kisumu in 1964. All his life he has been springing this fact on people and using it as a springboard to conversation. From East Africa we went to West Africa, Nigeria, on a teaching grant from the Hershey Chocolate Corporation. We left after just short of a year when Greg came down with denghy fever and we could not get the medical attention that he needed. A local doctor said it was "growing pains," but we knew better and were out of there. We had been in Maiduguri, in the northern region on the edge of the Sahara. It was a tough, remote post. Homa Bay had been a resort compared to it. Back home, I finished an M.A, at the University of Massachusetts, writing my thesis on the politics of independence in Kenya. I went to work as an editor at Xerox Education Publications in Middletown, CT (publishers of My Weekly Reader, Read Magazine, Current Events, and other school publications. I stayed there for 26 years. During those years, Phyllis and I had another son, Jonathan in 1968, got divorced in 1980. Unlike East Africa, it was the usual life. After leaving Xerox in 1992, I ran my own advertising company in Higginam, Connecticut, and wound down the business in 1997. Since then I have been basically oblivious to everything around me including people who suggest in various tactful ways that I seem to be out of touch. Ed Schmidt was the first human to get though to me in years. Four years ago, I remarried and Barbara will be accompanying me to the reunion. I have heard people whisper that her main job will be to remind me where I am and why we are there. She will be making excuses for me, thank God. I am currently writing a novel.

Glenn C. West:  I was with TEEA 1966-70 and then went back after my tour (Uganda), in ?71 with the hopes of being able to stay/teach and/or participate in some manner. It didn't work out and my wife Barbara passed away with cancer a few years later.  I returned to California after teaching Teacher Ed at Skidmore College in NY, got out of the teaching business and into Insurance- Estate Planning, Medical, Life etc.  I own and still operate a small insurance business in Stockton, Ca. and live in Lodi (about 12 miles away).

Humility, the true value of Life, and the appreciation of what we have ( and do not have) have been with me since Uganda.  I taught my kids and present wife some Swahili and Uganda and its people have been in my heart and part of me since 1970.

Fawn Wilson Cousens: I was at Kagumo High School from 1962 -64 teaching Math and Science. I met John Cousens, a New Zealander who was working on a farm in the area, became engaged, and was married in Nyeri, Kenya.

I lived on a farm near Mweiga and spent the next six years as a "Kenya farmer's wife."  Had two sons, Scott and Robert who were born at the Consolata Mission Hospital in Nyeri in 1968 and 1970. In 1972 began a correspondence course in accounting and earned the qualification ACCA (Chartered Association of Certified  Accountants). Moved to a 50,000 acre cattle ranch near Nanyuki in 1973 and in 1978 began working for Pannel Bellhouse Mwangi Certified Public Accountants (later Ernst & Young) as the Nanyuki Branch manager.

In 1993 John and I moved to Kampala, Uganda.  I worked in the recently opened office of Ernst & Young.  In 1996 I left E & Y and set up the Deloitte & Touche office in Kampala.  In 1998 I took a job as Manager Accounting with the Uganda Electricity Board. Currently employed as Project Accountant for AES Nile Power, a subsidiary of the AES Corporation.  The company is to construct a $550 million hydro dam on the Nile River. I am also a member of the Tax Appeals Tribunal and the Council of the Uganda Institute of Corporate Governance. I recently retired as member of the Council of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Uganda and am the Editor of the Institute Newsletter.

My older son Scott works for Microsoft as a test engineer and my younger son Robert works with a computer support company in England and is moving to Australia where his wife is to work as a doctor in the Bowen Hospital.

Mike and Judy Rainy: Jambo from Kenya to TEA. Brooks, Dan, Dave, Huck and all the TEA folks that we know and don't know who are meeting in DC. Judy and I really wish we could be there with you to celebrate the wisdom of coming to Africa on the crest of the winds of change of the '60's. The recent TEA email informed us that Judy and I may be the only TEA couple still living in Kenya. I guess that says a little bit about how much Africa still means to us.

We live on a small patch of dry grassland about 2 hours south of Nairobi en route to Arusha. Since the end of TEA we have continued to live as teachers and ecologists and also have continued some research into human, livestock and wildlife interactions, but our main activity is ecotourism in a camp in Amboseli that we call Ol Kanjau, "The Place of Elephants."

When you announced the meeting in DC, I thought we might be able to attend, but we have had an excellent sequence of visitors since June and are fully booked here for the days of the reunion. The terrible events in New York and Washington made it seem that we might be able to travel, but we are humbled that people have gone through shock, anger, and resolve and still want to come to Kenya and watch elephants as they put the horror into perspective. So that's where we will be, even though we'd much rather be with you all as age mates who chose to come to Africa as teachers in the Fall of 1964.

So we are still here and we'd love to see any of you who can get to Kenya any time before we go into full fledged retirement, which is currently planned for the fall of 2018! Emails without attachments to MJRainy1@Bushmail.net which we can access by radio wherever we are.

THE SEARCH

The job of going back to all those lists from the 60s and phoning college and university alumni offices has been completed. I expect I will find a few more of our missing comrades, but not many. I know, for example, an elementarty school in Virginia where Robert Henning's grandchildren attend, and the secretary has promised to contact the parents, but no word comes back to me. Mabel Lee has retired from Penn State and returned to Deptford, NJ, but I can't find an address for her. Pat Regan is the only member of TEEA6 that is unaccounted for, and someone in the alumni office at her college knows the family, but I haven't heard back from him. Additionally, I do not have a list of colleges for 3B nor a complete list of 4B at all. If you have information about anyone that would help find them, please pass it along. 

DIRECTORY UPDATE

Several entries appeared in the Newsletter but, in deference to privacy, are not posted here. The information resides with Ed, who is reachable at: eschmidt1@mindspring.com

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