In April  Turkey-1 lost two of Peace Corps/Turkey’s original members, Elise Lauren and Erik Olson.
Elise was a graduate of Robinson Female Seminary in Exeter, N.H. and Ohio Wesleyan University in 1959. She worked and traveled extensively in Europe, served as a TEFL teacher in Adapazari and Malatya in 1962 – 64, and worked on an Israeli kibbutz in 1966 and 1967.
Upon her return to the U.S. Elise taught at Groveton Elementary in Groveton, N.H., at Jefferson Academy in Winston-Salem, N.C., and taught English to Vietnamese refugee in Lawrence, Mass. Her last position was at the Nevins Memorial Library in Methuen, Mass.
It would be impossible to summarize the Elise Laurin I knew for 34 years. What I will always remember is her inner strength and reverence for life and humankind; her strong individualism and her cosmopolitan interest in so many things . . . politics, world affairs, books, art and music. From Salem, N.H. she maintained a continuing correspondence with a worldwide network of friends. For recipients of her many thoughtful communications, there was always a carefully selected quotation or life-thought. Elise cared and expressed that caring in many ways. Safe journey and shalom, Elise. — Dave Weinman, April, 1996