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MU faculty member to retire, volunteer with Peace Corps

The following excerpt comes from the Columbia Missourian in Columbia, Missouri and was originally published on April 4, 2012.

Martha Marty Patton, associate professor of English, faculty sponsor for Amnesty International and chairwoman of the faculty committee for peace studies at MU, has had a lifelong interest in making a difference through small interactions.

I believe person-to-person interaction is one of the best ways to build peace slowly, not in a dramatic way, and have, to some degree, tried to practice that my entire life, Patton said.

This summer, Patton, 59, will act on her interest in intercultural dialogue and English as a second language when she begins a two-year stint with the Peace Corps.

Patton is part of a nationwide increase in the number of people older than 50 volunteering with the Peace Corps. That age group makes up 7 percent of volunteers up from 5 percent a couple of years ago, said Christine Torres, public affairs specialist for the Midwest regional Peace Corps office.

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