Interview with Allan Watters, November 11, 2021

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

Interview Summary

Allan Watters served from 1969 to 1972 in Chile in a program for volunteers with backgrounds/education in forestry. Always interested in seeing the world, he graduated from college at the height of the Viet Nam War military draft, and his decision to seek Peace Corps service was influenced by the protest movement. The Peace Corps arranged a draft deferment after he received an induction notice during training in Seattle, Washington. After training, he was sent to Santiago, where he had to find a place to live and a job to do. He eventually did research at the University of Chile and taught some classes. Salvador Allende was elected during his service, and Allan witnessed some of the early manifestations of the Cold War in South America. He met and married his wife in Chile and remains very close to her family. After returning to the States, he worked in the wood products industry, but felt like an outsider since most in that industry didn’t share his values. At the end of his career, he spent five years in Uruguay, and was able to give back to South America by helping to start up a sustainable wood panel production facility.

Interview Accession

2021oh0970_pcrv0452

Interviewee Name

Allan Watters

Interviewer Name

Candice D. Wiggum

Interview Date

2021-11-11

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Watters, Allan Interview by Candice D. Wiggum. 11 Nov. 2021. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Watters, A. (2021, November 11). Interview by C. D. Wiggum. Peace Corps: The Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Watters, Allan, interview by Candice D. Wiggum. November 11, 2021, 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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