John D. L. Petersen Memorial Fund
A native of Westborough, Massachusetts, John Petersen served as a small enterprise and entrepreneurship development Volunteer in Namibia in 2014. He worked at the local Community Skills Development Center, where he developed a close relationship with his Namibian counterparts. Peace Corps Namibia staff remember John as quiet and humble, always smiling, and ever polite and observant.
In his Peace Corps aspiration statement, John wrote, “I want a career where I know that my work is having a significant and positive impact on others’ lives.” He wrote of his goal “to work effectively with the host country partners and meet their needs,” and that “keeping all channels of communication open and keeping my mind open will help to ensure that I don’t miss a thing.”
Prior to the Peace Corps, John served as an Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America and as a disaster services volunteer with the American Red Cross of Massachusetts. He graduated magna cum laude from Marist College and was passionate about woodworking, environmental conservation, and photography.
All donations to the John D. L. Petersen Fund will support approved Peace Corps Partnership Program (PCPP) projects in Namibia, to lighten the load of someone in need while keeping John close to your heart and his memory alive.