Peace Corps Mourns the Passing of Ambassador Holbrooke

December 14, 2010

Statement from Peace Corps Director Aaron S. Williams on the passing of Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke:

"The Peace Corps is saddened by the death of Ambassador Holbrooke. He served as Peace Corps country director in Morocco (1970-72). A consummate diplomat, he was committed to the ultimate goal of world peace. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues."

About the Peace Corps: President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps on March 1, 1961 by executive order. Peace Corps will commemorate 50 years of promoting peace and friendship around the world through 2011. Historically, more than 200,000 Americans have served with the Peace Corps to promote a better understanding between Americans and the people of 139 host countries. Today, 8,655 volunteers are working with local communities in 77 host countries. Peace Corps volunteers must be U.S. citizens and at least 18 years of age. Peace Corps service is a 27-month commitment.

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