On Friday, July 14, at 3:30 PM, Wayne and Fae Linn will describe the rigors and numerous contributions of their odyssey as Peace Corps volunteers in Malawi, along with their three children (1973-75).
Fae’s training and embedded empathy led her to prenatal care and child development wherever she perceived the need in that country of some 15 million people. As a professional biologist, Wayne’s complex assignment at the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources entailed, among countless other chores, supervising a large staff and budget, serving as Chief Fisheries Officer, liaising with local and international agencies and colleagues, and especially initiating fishing regulations to help safeguard a major food resource for the population. Incidentally, Lake Malawi – for all intents, Wayne’s laboratory – is the third largest lake in Africa.
I anticipate that Fae and Wayne will relate some of the personal, humorous and heartbreaking anecdotes that give indelible color to their experience. My hunch is that they may be too modest to mention their book, but you can always ask during the Q & A session after their talk. In my view, the impact of their years illustrates the classical parable: “Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him to
fish . . . .” Wayne is probably the only Mountain Meadows resident to have a newly discovered fish named after him (Nimbochromis linni). ~Bob Griffin