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PostRichard Hancock: WAIS Legend, Witness to History (John Eipper, USA, 12/07/19 10:40 am)
Yesterday a donation check arrived from our beloved senior colleague Richard Hancock. I can think of no other WAISer more deserving of carrying us over the WAIS Wednesday goal!
You not only enrich our treasury, Richard: You ARE a treasure!
I hope Richard, who turns 94 in just over a month (January 19), won't mind me turning this Day of Infamy (December 7th) into My Hero Hancock Day. There's definitely a connection: As part of the 399th Medical Collecting Company, Richard was among the first US occupation forces to arrive in Japan after the surrender. He tells the fascinating story here:
Richard epitomizes the Greatest Generation's achievements, optimism, and, well, greatness: He grew up in rural New Mexico in the waning days of the Wild West. As a student at Stanford, he collaborated in Professor Hilton's ground-breaking project, the Hispanic American Report (the direct ancestor of WAIS). Further, he was part of the inaugural group of Peace Corps volunteers in El Salvador (1962):
Richard and his wife Nancy eventually settled in Norman, Oklahoma, where they still live. He had a long and productive career with Oklahoma University's international programming. He has traveled through every corner of Mexico since age 18, and is especially familiar with the state of Chihuahua, about which he authored or co-authored eight books. I should add that Richard is also an accomplished painter, specializing in landscapes.
WAISers know that nobody describes the Old West with greater flourish, but we also have benefited from Richard's expertise on a wide variety of topics: Central America, religion, education, world travel, and politics. He has published over 500 posts on WAIS, and I must say that every one of them taught me something.
Much health to you both, Richard and Nancy, and thanks. I am honored to honor you.