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A Quaker farm woman and a young man raised in the Panama Canal zone joined forces at the University of Iowa in 1939 and set out to make the world more peaceful. They have participated fully in this, their authorized biography.
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Dr. Gregory A. Barnes, a former Peace Corpsman in Africa, drew on his experiences there to publish a novella and six short stories. Following receipt of his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin he spent many years at Drexel University principally in directing the English Language Center and in publishing academic materials for international learners of English. He is a member of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends.Review:
"The challenges of life focused by world crisis, Spirit-grounding, and 'in the world but not of it,' require men and women of large vision - though not necessarily without flaws and limitations, and this biography of the Willoughbys shows them to have ample measure of all these qualities. Buffered by their faith, disciplined to resist the temptations of greed and violence, the Willoughbys set their lives at the intersection between war and peace, between what George Fox had labeled Darkness and Light. In their biography we meet many others whose vision of an international community grounded in peace, and in mindfulness of the world we inhabit, fed... the Willoughbys' vision." - Dr. Emma Jones Lapsansky-Werner Professor of History Curator of the Quaker Collection Haverford College "There are two equally good reasons for reading Gregory Barnes's joint biography of George and Lillian Willoughby. First, it is a wonderfully readable, sometimes absorbing account. Here is the story of a couple that met and married in Iowa in 1940 and became constantly involved in peace and social justice actions from then through 2004... The second good reason for reading this book is its relevance to the peace and social action movement of the past half century, in America and Southeast Asia, and in the Society of Friends, notably of Philadelphia... There is nothing abstract or institutional about the relevance of this book. It is about how two committed, nay, morally-driven persons threaded their ways together through innumerable competing opportunities to make a difference in their world." - Dr. Charles Chatfield H. Orth Hirt Professor of History Emeritus Wittenburg University"
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Book Description Edwin Mellen Pr, 2007. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0773453423