Obituaries

Volunteers
We honor Peace Corps volunteers and staff by placing their obituaries on this web site. You can find information on volunteers by the year they arrived in country under "Returned Volunteers" under the "Membership tab" above. There is also an obituary page for each group of volunteers listed under Returned Volunteers. You may also find an obituary linked to their name. 


Peace Corps DR Staff
Can't remember the name of that Peace Corps DR staff person you remember so fondly? You can find a list of Peace Corps DR staff here. 

Peace Corps Dominican Republic Staff

While the following 
lists are incomplete, you may also find obituaries here (These are Excel documents):

Volunteers

Staff

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If you are aware of any inaccuracies or omissions regarding a Peace Corps DR staff or volunteer, please contact us:

Email: cybernews AT fotdr.org

Please include "In Memoriam Roster" in the subject line of email.

If you are looking for further information on a deceased person, you can log in and search for this person in the database. The biography field may have additional information. 

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Fallen PCV Memorial in Santo Dominigo



This memorial for fallen Peace Corps Volunteers can be found in the entrance of the Peace Corps office in Santo Domingo. The painting was made by a local artist and honors the 9 volunteers who died from 1994-2012. Shown in the photo taken during the 50th anniversary celebration is then Peace Corps Director, Aaron Williams and Country Director Art Flanagan.

You may make a contribution to the Fallen Peace Corps Volunteer Memorial Project on their web site. 

BJ Warren




We are saddened to say farewell to BJ (Roberta) Warren. She passed away on March 28, 2014. Memorial service was held at All Souls Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C. on May 10, 2014, at 1 pm. 

B.J joined the Peace Corps staff in the Dominican Republic in its earliest days. By late 1964 when she arrived to Santo Domingo, B.J. already was a stand out, known as the first woman former PCV (Peru IV) to be hired onto the PC/Latin America staff as an Associate Peace Corps Director for the Health and Education and Community Development programs. Just a few months later the Revolution of 1965 began, and B.J. became an icon in her blue jeep, supporting volunteers throughout Santo Domingo and fighting to keep Peace Corps in the country although other U.S. agencies had already left.

For the following almost 50 years, B.J. has nurtured her ties to the D.R., becoming one of the founders of Fondo Quisqueya in 1984 and serving as its president for several years as well as an ongoing member of its board. She had also been an active member of Friends of the Dominican Republic, famous for keeping a Rolodex that connected former volunteers & families, PC staff, and Dominicans with development projects within the country.

In 2012, during the 50th Anniversary Celebration of Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic, then Peace Corps Director, and former DR PCV, Aaron Williams honored B.J with letters of tribute from two of the earliest directors of Peace Corps/Latin America (Frank Mankiewicz and Jack Vaughn), a plaque, and a fine piece of Taino art (photo above). Senator Christopher Dodd, also a former DR PCV, added his own words of commendation. It was also announced that Fondo Quisqueya named their endowment after B.J. This endowment supports scholarships for short-term, skill-training programs for low-income Dominicans aimed at helping them find jobs. 

B.J continued her international development work by joining MSI Worldwide full-time in 1989 and had been actively involved with projects in Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe and El Salvador, to name a few. 

Watch a video of B.J Warren retelling her experiences with the Peace Corps as the first female Peace Corps volunteer to work on the overseas staff in the Dominican Republic. During the revolution of the mid 1960s, she was a prominent figure in keeping the program and volunteers in country, while maintaining their safety.