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Alan E. Dieffenbach ( Grangeville 1957 )

posted: Jan 1, 2021

Alan died February 5, 2019, in Brattleboro, Vermont. He was born on August 29, 1937, in Englewood, NJ, and graduated from Tenafly High School in Tenafly, NJ, in 1955. He went on to earn a Bachelor's Degree (with honors in History) from Wesleyan University in 1959 and a Master of Arts in Teaching (History) from Oberlin College in 1961.

Alan had a varied career which took him for extended stays on overseas assignments in Nepal and the Yemen Arab Republic. In 1964, he accepted an assignment as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nepal. After he returned to the U.S., he joined the staff of the dean of men's office at Oberlin College. After two and a half years at Oberlin, he returned to Nepal as part of New ERA, a joint Nepali/American research and training organization.

Returning to the U.S., he worked with a human services planning agency and became particularly involved with the Southeast Asian refugee communities. Alan then took a year off to work in the Yemen Arab Republic, as executive officer with a USAID funded water project.

A few years after returning to Providence Alan and his wife relocated to Brattleboro where they purchased the Upper Crust Bakery, a business they operated until retirement.