Douglas W. Raymond

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Doug Raymond
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Country Ethiopia
Years: 1967-1969
Site(s) Dabat, Begemdir, Addis Ababa
Program(s) Education
Assignment(s) Schoolteacher, Engineerwarning.png"Schoolteacher, Engineer" is not in the list of possible values (Agroforestry, Sustainable Agricultural Science, Farm Management and Agribusiness, Animal Husbandry, Municipal Development, Small Business Development, NGO Development, Urban and Regional Planning, Primary Teacher/Training, Secondary Teacher/Training, Math/Science Teacher/Training, Special Education/Training, Deaf/Education, Vocational Teacher/Training, University Teacher/Training, English Teacher/Training (TEFL), Environmental Education, National Park Management, Dry Land Natural Resource Conservation, Fisheries Fresh, Ecotourism Development, Coastal /Fisheries Resource Management, Public Health Education, AIDS Awareness, Information Technology, Skilled Trades, Water and Sanitation Resources Engineering, Housing Construction Development, Youth, Other) for this property.
Doug Raymond started in Ethiopia 1967
Bernard Coughlin, Dusty Golobitsh, Robert (Bob) Hill, Michael O'Brien, Douglas W. Raymond
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Michael Banister, Bernard Coughlin, John Coyne, Robert (Bob) Hill, Fred Hoebel, Charles Wood Jewett Jr., Sue Kerver, Bryan McClure, Don McGaughey, Michael O'Brien … further results
Other Volunteers who served in Ethiopia
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Michael Banister, Bernard Coughlin, John Coyne, Mickey Feltus, John Garamendi, Dusty Golobitsh, Robert (Bob) Hill, Fred Hoebel, Charles Wood Jewett Jr., Sue Kerver, Bryan McClure, Don McGaughey, Lew Mermelstein, Karl Moseley, Michael O'Brien … further results
Projects in Ethiopia
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Family Training Center, Walls for Orphans and Vulnerable Children's Center
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After returning to California, I took my MS in control engineering at the UC Berkeley College of Engineering, where I had taken my BS in 1967. I worked in the electronics industry for 35 years, designing useful machinery. My proudest contributions were the Zehntel and Teradyne automatic testing and automatic optical inspection machines for verifying correct assembly of high volume circuit boards. These were sold to production lines all over the world from 1972 on. These machines, in their own way, have touched everyone on the planet in ways I could never have imagined while teaching in Dabat (longer explanation on request). I also worked in molecular biology experiment automation in an academic environment, developing servo controlled fluorescence microscopes with integrated image analysis and data extraction software. My last job (from which I just retired) was making improvements to the control and dosimetry systems of the Siemens medical linear accelerators. These linear accelerators are used in radiotherapy clinics for treating cancer. Every bit of this engineering career was dedicated to the service of mankind, and it was a lot of fun to boot.

Alma and I were married in 1965, way before we joined the Peace Corps in 1967. We are still married today. We have two grown children and a grandchild. We sing in the U.C. Alumni Chorus, which Alma started in 1985. It's a traveling group, and has taken us to Australia and Transylvania and everywhere in between. Ever the geek, I record our concerts, and also those of the UC student choruses.

Now, with plenty of spare time (ha ha!), I create computed-art limited edition prints and greeting cards under the Chromatoklept(TM) and Jantila(TM) labels. Thanks, Amharic, for the colorful word "Jantila!" I work with my engineer friends on various inventions relating to alternative energy, and write speculative essays on the evolutionary origins of humanity's more paradoxical characteristics. I am named on 16 patents: granted the time, I shall collect a few more.

It is a GREAT time to be alive! I especially love Google Earth. I have no plans to go back to Dabat, but with Google Earth I can fly over whenever I feel like it. We frequently get to speak Amharic around Berkeley, with the pleasant folks who operate the parking garages and restaurants around this cosmopolitan town. I have recently discovered how to post photographs - those blue dots - on Google Earth. I will sprinkle a few of our Dabat snapshots around Begemdir, or Amhara, as it is called now, when I get the time to digitize them. Please, all of you, do the same for the places where you served.

Alma and I recently reconnected with some of our students, through the agency of the worldwide web and with the personal knowledge of some Ethiopian-American taxi drivers. This has lately been a great source of richness in our lives. We had imagined we would never be in touch with them again, but ... it can happen! I recommend everyone give it a try. Google your town and some names, and you will get hits.

We had a chance to meet John and Patty Garamendi at Jerry Brown's inauguration in 2011 - they were PCV's in Illubabor when we were in Dabat. John is now our US Congressman - it was fun having his sign on our lawn.

Stay in touch via douglas.w.raymond at

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