Peace Corps salute will include slain Sterling native

September 22nd, 2011 by admin

Andrew Shippee

Sterling, Conn. — A Sterling native will be among those honored this weekend when the Peace Corps recognizes its members who died in the line of duty.

Andrew Shippee was 28 when he was killed in July 1995 in Johannesburg, South Africa. He will be among those honored at a Fallen Peace Corps Volunteers luncheon Saturday in Washington, part of the Peace Corps’ 50th anniversary celebration.

He had completed a tour of duty with the Peace Corps in Doukoula, Cameroon, and was traveling through Africa en route home when he was killed. He had spent two years in Cameroon, teaching English and helping natives create a community garden, as well as providing information about AIDS prevention to residents. With the aid of students in the village, he had built a school to serve the children.

Shippee, the son of David and Leatrice Shippee of 911 Gibson Hill Road, was a graduate of Sterling Memorial School and Plainfield High School. He attended the University of New Hampshire and earned a degree in political science from the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vt.

World traveler

He taught school for two years in Budapest, Hungary, and in Oakland, Calif., and worked with Indian tribes in Northern California before joining the Peace Corps in 1993.

Leatrice Shippee said she and her husband will not attend the ceremony in Washington. The family will be represented by their daughter, Jeannette, and cousins Paul and Scott Servan, both firefighters in Fairfax, Va., and the Servans’ parents, Robert and Eleanor, from New Jersey.

“We’re private people and we’ll be more comfortable remembering Andy’s life in our own way this weekend,” Leatrice Shippee said. “We’re both pleased our family will be represented at the ceremonies by Andy’s sister and other relatives.”

Shippee was active in Boy Scouts, earning the rank of Eagle, during his years in Sterling. Another Sterling Scout, Ben Driscoll, with help from other Scouts, created a park in Shippee’s memory along the banks of the Moosup River known locally as Wacky Pond, near Route 14 and Main Street.

A scholarship also was created in Shippee’s memory and annually provides money for high school graduates and college students who attended elementary school in Sterling to further their education.

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