Jack Corey (PC-Turkey director)

Jan 31, 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 trying circumstances.

Jack passed away in 2002 after a brief illness.

                                                 —-  submitted by his son, Stephen

Association of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and Friends of Turkey