IDCE Alumni

IN MEMORIAM: John Granville (IDSC/M.A. '04)

(September 25, 1974-January 1, 2008)

John Granville on a Fulbright
Fellowship in Bamendjou,
Cameroon in August 2003.

Granville (far right) at a Clark IDCE
reunion in Nairobi, Kenya in 2007.

(January 2008): An IDCE alumnus, John Granville (IDSC/M.A. '04), was shot and killed early on News Year's Day in Khartoum, Sudan. John had been working as an official in the area for the U.S. Agency for International Development. He had been helping to implement a 2005 peace agreement between Sudan's north and south that ended more than two decades of civil war.

IDCE Director William Fisher had been in touch with John as recently as six weeks before his death. The two were hoping to create an opportunity for current IDCE students to travel to Sudan and use GIS mapping techniques to aid in the implementation strategies. Though that collaboration has been put on hold, Dr. Fisher stresses that "John was an excellent example of what many of our alums do in putting themselves in harm's way in order to make a positive difference in the world in a constructively engaged way. In remembering John we are thus recognizing and honoring the risks that many of our faculty and students take in making a better world."

The Granville-Abbas Girls’ Secondary School officially opened its doors on March 8, 2010, coinciding with International Women’s Day. IDCE Director William F. Fisher, Carrie Conway (IDSC/M.A. ’04), Ka Vang (IDSC/M.A. ’03), and former IDCE staff member Laura Kaub (M.P.A. ’07) celebrated the opening in the village of Kurmuk, Sudan.

The school is dedicated in memory of John and his driver Abdelrahman Abbas Rahama. The USAID Education Program in Juba and USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI) built the school through OTI implementing partner AECOM International Sudan to address a critical gap in the area’s educational needs.

Press Releases

Update on the Granville-Abbas School

Read Clark's Official Press Release

Read article from Telegram & Gazette

Andre Guy Soh (IDSC/M.A. '05) gave a touching interview in The Independent Weekly.

"U.S. Diplomat and Driver Are Shot Dead in Sudan" New York Times, January 2, 2008.

IDCE is honoring John Granville's memory by establishing a scholarship in his name. The scholarship will support students that pursue development work in conflict/post-conflict-affected areas. To contribute to the scholarship fund for John Granville at IDCE, individuals should write their checks to Clark University and indicate that the funds are to be earmarked for IDCE in John Granville's memory.

Checks can be mailed to:

University Advancement
Clark University
950 Main Street
Worcester, MA 01610

IDCE held a small memorial service for John at Clark University on March 14, 2008. The day began with an afternoon symposium addressing the impact and implications of working in conflict-affected areas.

Panel 1: Challenges and Opportunities for Peace in Africa

Chair: Dave Bell
Panelists: Laura (Burnham) Sampath, Robyn (Fink) Bertholon, Stephen Browne

Panel 2: Emerging/Cutting-Edge Themes in Conflict Research and Peace-Building

Chair: Ellen Foley
Panelists: Ruth Allen, Jude Fernando, Ken MacLean

Panel 3: Working in Conflict-Affected Areas

Chair: William Fisher
Panelists: Laura Hammond, Robyn Long, Carrie Conway, Kathleen (McHugh) Schneider

This symposium was followed by a memorial service in Tilton Hall. An alumni reception followed the service, where IDCE renamed its main conference room in honor of John.

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