Interview with Gerald Murray, May 10, 2021

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

Interview Summary

Gerald Murray served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Dominican Republic from 1964 through 1966, in the Community Economic Development and Education Programs. Gerald applied to Peace Corps after dropping out of the seminary where he was studying to become a Catholic priest. His group, DR-11, trained in Puerto Rico, studying Spanish language, culture, history, and community development. Gerald was assigned to the village of Vallejuelo to work in Community Development. He was evacuated for a time for treatment of hepatitis, and reassigned to a village outside of Santo Domingo. In his final months of service, Gerald taught English at a recently founded Catholic university in Santiago De Los Caballeros. After volunteer service, Gerald worked for Peace Corps as a trainer in Puerto Rico for 6 months, and then returned to the U.S. to continue his education. He studied at Harvard and Columbia Universities, earning a PhD. He spent the rest of his career working in the Dominican Republic and Haiti. The interview discusses his Peace Corps experience, and reflections on the value of Peace Corps service.

Interview Accession

2021oh0324_pcrv0211

Interviewee Name

Gerald Murray

Interviewer Name

Julius "Jay" Sztuk

Interview Date

2021-05-10

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Murray, Gerald Interview by Julius Sztuk. 10 May. 2021. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Murray, G. (2021, May 10). Interview by J. Sztuk. Peace Corps: The Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Murray, Gerald, interview by Julius Sztuk. May 10, 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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