In Memoriam -- Jean Stern Fromberg (T-9)
PCV in Girvelli, Bunyan, Kayseri
Published in The Washington Post on 11/30/2005:
On Tuesday, November 29, 2005, JEAN FROMBERG of Chevy Chase, MD. Beloved
wife of Zachary Fromberg; devoted mother of Nathan (Sewite), Eric (Joy),
Craig, Brian (H.K.) and Laura Lavid; beloved sister of John and Roby Lavid;
cherished grandmother of Tyson, Benjamin and Samuel Lavid. Funeral services
will be held on Wednesday, November 30, 2005 at 10:30 a.m. at Ohr Kodesh
Congregation, 8300 Meadowbrook Lane, Chevy Chase, MD. Interment to follow at
Judean Memorial Gardens in Olney, MD. Family will be observing Shiva at the
late residence in Chevy Chase following the services through Tuesday,
December 6. In lieu of flowers the family request that contributions be made
to the Women's Bean Project, 3201 Curtis St., Denver, CO 80205, (303)
292-1919 or an organization of your choice.
How sad to learn of the passing of our dear colleague. Jeannie was a
wonderful PCV, but, for me at least, her greatest contribution came
after we had all returned. In short order, she initiated a mailing
that she titled simply, "TURKEY 9 NEWSLETTER BY FOR, AND TO RPCVRCDT9ERS."
Several times a year should compile and retype whatever information
she had received. She would then mimeograph it all and send it along
to each of us. I would pour over those blue pages taking in the
happenings and events in all of our lives. She continued to provide
this great service until well into the 1990s by which time Arkadaslar
was up and running.
I marvel the Jeannie was able to keep the newsletter going at least
annually for all those years while raising five children and pursuing
her distinguished and interesting career. We have all lost a very
Stu Huntington (T-9)
From Buralarda, No.
24, March 2006:
Jean Fromberg of Chevy Chase, MD, died November 29, 2005 dues to
complications of a stroke while at sea with her husband, Zachary.
Devoted mother to Nathan (Sewite), Eric (Joy), Craig, Brian (K K) and Laura
Lavid; cherished grandmother of Tyson, Benjamin and Samuel Lavid; beloved
sister of John and Roby Stern.
Jean was a graduate of Blacksburg High School, Blacksburg, VA, and the
College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA.
She entered the Peace Corps in June, 1965, training to be an ESL teacher
with the Turkey 8 group. Upon arriving in Turkey, she was asked to
switch to the Rural Community Development/CARE program with Turkey 9.
She was assigned to the village of Girvelli with her site partner, Frank
Drumheller, in the province of Kayseri. During her two year
assignment, she taught in the village elementary school, worked with the
women of the village in improving their station in village life, and
assisted the men in building a bridge and bringing a new road to the
village. She was known by all of the villagers and throughout the
immediate countryside as Zeynep Hamim.
Jean's assignment with the Peace Corps ended in June, 1967 whereupon she
returned to the US and immediately entered the teaching profession.
Her profession took her to Tonawanda, NY, where she raised five children
with her first husband, George Lavid; to Kansas, where she was a school
superintendent; and to Virginia and Maryland where she held several
administrative positions in private education. Along the way she
acquired a Master's Degree and was working towards a Doctorate.
Jean was truly an amazing person. She was fluent in German,
French, Spanish, Turkish, and had a working knowledge of Russian. She
was a self-directed person who strived to make this world a better place for
all. She exuded dedication to a task, was a driving force behind an
idea and rarely took "No" for an answer. One of Jean's major
accomplishments for us came after she returned home, as noted by T-9er Stu
Huntington. In short order, Jean initiated a mailing to all Turkey 9s
simply entitled "Turkey 9 Newsletter by, for and to all RPCVCDT9ers."
She regularly sent out these mimeographed newsletters, while raising her
family and working a full-time job from 1968 until the 1990s when Arkadaslar
was up and running. We all looked forward to receiving these
newsletters, for they were our only lifeline to our fellow T-9ers for
approximately 25 years. We all owe her much. May she rest in The
Eternal Peace Corps.
-- Frank Drumheller (T-9)