Interview with Alexis "Lex" Rieffel, January 29, 2022

Project: Peace Corps: The Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Oral History Project

Interview Summary

Alexis (Lex) Rieffel served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in India from 1965 to 1967. Lex joined the Peace Corps after applying to graduate school and the Peace Corps at the end of his military service. He deferred graduate school after telling the Peace Corps that he would only go to India, a country that was the subject of his senior thesis in college. His younger brother was a volunteer in Colombia at the same time. Lex guessed that up to 30% of the men in his training group joined as an alternative to the draft. Lex served in the agriculture sector to work on modern poultry keeping. En route to India fighting broke out on India’s border with Pakistan. Harris Wofford arranged to send his group was to Israel for five weeks until the fighting stopped. In addition to his poultry work, Lex pursued a few small industry and family planning projects.

Interview Accession

2022oh0264_pcrv0521

Interviewee Name

Alexis "Lex" Rieffel

Interviewer Name

Wendy Schumacher

Interview Date

2022-01-29

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Rieffel, Alexis Interview by Wendy Schumacher. 29 Jan. 2022. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Rieffel, A. (2022, January 29). Interview by W. Schumacher. Peace Corps: The Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Rieffel, Alexis, interview by Wendy Schumacher. January 29, 2022, Peace Corps: The Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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