Peace Corps Mourns the Passing of Former Peace Corps Director Kevin ODonnell

ODonnell served as the agencys 4th Peace Corps Director from July 1, 1971 to Sept. 30, 1972

February 29, 2012Statement from Peace Corps Director Aaron S. Williams on the passing of former Peace Corps Director Kevin ODonnell:

The Peace Corps is saddened by the death of former Peace Corps Director and Peace Corps/Korea Country Director Kevin ODonnell. Director ODonnell was a visionary leader for the agency, and he was committed to ensuring more public service opportunities for Americans. Director ODonnell came from a family of Peace Corps volunteers, including his daughter and granddaughter who both served with the Peace Corps. Our thoughts are with his family and colleagues during this time.

To read a 2007 press release about former Director ODonnell and his family, please visit:

About the Peace Corps: Since President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps by executive order on March 1, 1961, more than 200,000 Americans have served in 139 host countries. Today, 9,095 volunteers are working with local communities in 75 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 and the agencys mission is to promote world peace and friendship and a better understanding between Americans and people of other countries. Visit for more information.

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