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September 13, 1966
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Y1 Approved For Release I b , t l lit 75-00149R0 280b 1--, ct r\~ 1 ) -moo ' 13 SEP 1966 Lc A Ir( .() C W GCic PEACE CORPSMAN MOURNED " - ArigeFt LA' PAZ, Bolivia (AP)-In the slum high above this mountain capital the ragged Indian peasants say Sandra Smith was an angel. In the city itself sophisticat-. ed editorial writers say she was a true revolutionary, a soldier who gave her life to the cause of redeeming Bolivia's downtrodden Indians. In her own eyes Sandra L. Smith, 22, was a Peace Corps volunteer doing her job. That was to run a one-room school where children were learning to read and write. She also { gave their mothers advice on cooking and sanitation, and kept house for her husband, a fellow volunteer and childhood sweetheart. Sandra died last month of a' SANDRA SMITH uated from the University of Rochester. The school, in the middle of a dirt-floor adobe compound, is about 12 by 26 feet. The furniture consists of scrap lumber and bricks. But for the 27 children who study there, the school is a great deal bet-. ter than what their parents had in childhood. "There were no schools when I was young," says Ame- lia de Churates, 'whose two children attend Sandra's school. "My girls are learning many things." Like most of the other moth- ers in El Alto, ' Mrs, de Chur- ates is an Indian peasant 'whose main language is the Aymara dialect. For her chil dren's education she pays a. peso a week. That's only about Cause of Death Unknown desks." but it's sizable for the desper- The Peace Corps in Wash- One of 200 volunteers as- ately poor campesinos of the ington said death was appar- signed to Bolivia, Sandra had highlands. . The money was ently due to a pathological been liviuug and working in the used to pay for supplies, and cause which has not been de- El Alto #Xum near the city's for the salary of a young girl termined; she had been feel mountaintop airport for a from the interior who helped ing ill for a couple of days. year. Her husband, Frederic' Sandra with the younger chit- While congressmen In near . W. Smith, 23, taught masonry, dren. . /by Chile accused the Peace at a nearby trade school and "She was constantly think- Corps of serving as a front for worked with Sandra in teach- hig of the school and how to the Central Intelligence Agen- ing their neighbors rudimen- improve it,"' says Rosa Pe- cy, the newspaper El Mario of . tary sanitation. ,, .laez, Sandra's 24-year-old as- La Paz editorialized: "Al-, sistant. Barely literate herself, though you did not wish it to "There Was No School" .. : she, is now trying to run, t} le be, your life is a slap in the Both were brought up in up- school alone while waiting'fpr face to all the paper revolu- state New York where they the Peace Corps to, decide tionaries who sing odes to the - attended Clarence Central whether a new volunteer will. 'campesinos'- from -their plush ' High School, and bothe grad- be sent iuto.the project. ?,p Approved For Release 2005/01/05 : CIA-RDP75-00149R000700280032-3