In Memoriam -- Jack Corey (Staff - former Peace
Corps-Turkey Director) 1919-2002
John P. Corey was born in
Cincinnati, Ohio on January 31, 1919. He was raised in Indianapolis and
graduated from high school in Indianapolis. He attended college and
graduated from Hiram College in Ohio. He then attended graduate school at
the University of Wisconsin, and received a Masters Degree in Biochemistry.
He worked briefly after graduation but soon joined the Army and served in
the Army Air Corps during World War II as a lieutenant and meteorologist.
In 1945 he married Shirley June Corey, who was attending the University of
Illinois. Shortly thereafter Jack decided life as a scientist was not for
him, and so he enrolled in the Columbia University School of Social Work,
and received a Masters in Social Work. In 1950 he moved with his wife and
two year old son to San Diego, California to work in adoption for the San
Diego County Welfare Department.
The family next moved to Sacramento, California where he served as Assistant
County Welfare Director, and then as County Welfare Director.
In 1968 he became the Director of the Peace Corps in Turkey. In 1971 Jack
returned to the states and worked for the Federal government until
retirement in 1981.
Jack remembered fondly his time with the Peace Corps in Turkey. He was
especially heartened by the enthusiasm of the young volunteers, and the
hospitality of the Turkish people.
His family remembers him as a great listener, loving father, and more than
anything, a devoted and loving husband. Coworkers admired his intelligence
and insight. Everyone remembers his amazing patience, even under the most
Jack passed away in 2002 after a brief illness.
by his son, Stephen