We are saddened to report another loss of a key member of the Peace Corps community, both regional and national. Beryl Brinkman of Eugene, OR, passed away suddenly on Feb. 1, 2007, at the age of 67. Beryl served in Afghanistan from 1967-69, where she worked in a smallpox eradication campaign, often traveling by donkey, horse and camel to remote areas to vaccinate children. She was a founding member of the West Cascade RPCV (Eugene) group, and served as President and Co-chair of the National Council of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (original name for the National Peace Corps Association).
Beryl was instrumental in getting recognition for the contribution that the Pacific Northwest makes to Peace Corps (as top sources of volunteers and for its vibrant RPCV groups) when the Eugene group successfully bid for, and hosted, one of the most successful NCRPCV conferences, in 1990. A longtime Oregon state employee, Beryl was active in volunteer work dedicated to promoting peace and justice at home and abroad, and was a world traveler. She was known for her sense of humor and was co-editor of The Funniest Job You’ll Ever Love: An Anthology of Peace Corps Humor. Her family has established a memorial fund, proceeds of which will go to the Afghan School Project.