Thomas Barakatt

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IN MEMORY OF
Thomas Joseph Barakatt

Passed away: 1994/05/08

Country Western Samoawarning.png"Western Samoa" is not in the list of possible values (Afghanistan, Africa_Region, Albania, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina_Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape_Verde, Central_African_Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Cook_Islands, Costa_Rica, Cote_d'Ivoire, Crisis_Corps, US_Relief, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech_Republic, Djibouti, Dominican_Republic, East_Timor, Eastern_Caribbean, Ecuador, Egypt, El_Salvador, Equator_Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Federated_States_of_Micronesia, Fiji, Gabon, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hong_Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Inter-America_Region, Iran, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kyrgyz_Republic, Laos, Latvia, Leeward_Islands, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Lithuania, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldive_Islands, Mali, Malta, Marshall_Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Niue, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua_New_Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Republic_of_Azerbaijan, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Samoa, Sao_Tome, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra_Leone, Slovak_Republic, Solomon_Islands, Somalia, South_Africa, South_Korea, Special_Assign_Volunteer, Sri_Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Tanzania, Thailand, The_Gambia, The_Peoples_Republic_of_China, Togo, Tokelau, Tonga, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, West_Bank/Gaza, Windward_Islands, Yemen, Zaire, Zambia, Zimbabwe) for this property.
Started Service: 1993
Assignment(s) Accountingwarning.png"Accounting" is not in the list of possible values (Agroforestry, Sustainable Agricultural Science, Farm Management and Agribusiness, Animal Husbandry, Municipal Development, Small Business Development, NGO Development, Urban and Regional Planning, Primary Teacher/Training, Secondary Teacher/Training, Math/Science Teacher/Training, Special Education/Training, Deaf/Education, Vocational Teacher/Training, University Teacher/Training, English Teacher/Training (TEFL), Environmental Education, National Park Management, Dry Land Natural Resource Conservation, Fisheries Fresh, Ecotourism Development, Coastal /Fisheries Resource Management, Public Health Education, AIDS Awareness, Information Technology, Skilled Trades, Water and Sanitation Resources Engineering, Housing Construction Development, Youth, Other) for this property. , Economicswarning.png"Economics" is not in the list of possible values (Agroforestry, Sustainable Agricultural Science, Farm Management and Agribusiness, Animal Husbandry, Municipal Development, Small Business Development, NGO Development, Urban and Regional Planning, Primary Teacher/Training, Secondary Teacher/Training, Math/Science Teacher/Training, Special Education/Training, Deaf/Education, Vocational Teacher/Training, University Teacher/Training, English Teacher/Training (TEFL), Environmental Education, National Park Management, Dry Land Natural Resource Conservation, Fisheries Fresh, Ecotourism Development, Coastal /Fisheries Resource Management, Public Health Education, AIDS Awareness, Information Technology, Skilled Trades, Water and Sanitation Resources Engineering, Housing Construction Development, Youth, Other) for this property.
Cause of death: Drowning
Volunteer's Homestate California
Passed away while serving in: Western Samoa
William Ackerman, Darryl Adkins, Elizabeth Aldrich, Wyatt Ammon, Thomas Ashton, Marian Baciewicz, Bethanne Bahler, Gregor V. Baker, Thomas Barakatt, Florice Barnum, John Beckner, Robert Benson, Justin Bhansali, Denise Blake, John Blum … further results

warning.png"Western Samoa" is not in the list of possible values (Afghanistan, Africa_Region, Albania, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina_Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape_Verde, Central_African_Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Cook_Islands, Costa_Rica, Cote_d'Ivoire, Crisis_Corps, US_Relief, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech_Republic, Djibouti, Dominican_Republic, East_Timor, Eastern_Caribbean, Ecuador, Egypt, El_Salvador, Equator_Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Federated_States_of_Micronesia, Fiji, Gabon, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hong_Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Inter-America_Region, Iran, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kyrgyz_Republic, Laos, Latvia, Leeward_Islands, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Lithuania, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldive_Islands, Mali, Malta, Marshall_Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Niue, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua_New_Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Republic_of_Azerbaijan, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Samoa, Sao_Tome, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra_Leone, Slovak_Republic, Solomon_Islands, Somalia, South_Africa, South_Korea, Special_Assign_Volunteer, Sri_Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Tanzania, Thailand, The_Gambia, The_Peoples_Republic_of_China, Togo, Tokelau, Tonga, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, West_Bank/Gaza, Windward_Islands, Yemen, Zaire, Zambia, Zimbabwe) for this property.

Passed away in: 1994/05/08
Thomas Barakatt
From US State: California
Thomas Barakatt, So-Youn Kim
Education in Western Samoa
warning.png"Western Samoa" is not in the list of possible values (Afghanistan, Africa_Region, Albania, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina_Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape_Verde, Central_African_Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Cook_Islands, Costa_Rica, Cote_d'Ivoire, Crisis_Corps, US_Relief, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech_Republic, Djibouti, Dominican_Republic, East_Timor, Eastern_Caribbean, Ecuador, Egypt, El_Salvador, Equator_Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Federated_States_of_Micronesia, Fiji, Gabon, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hong_Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Inter-America_Region, Iran, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kyrgyz_Republic, Laos, Latvia, Leeward_Islands, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Lithuania, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldive_Islands, Mali, Malta, Marshall_Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Niue, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua_New_Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Republic_of_Azerbaijan, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Samoa, Sao_Tome, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra_Leone, Slovak_Republic, Solomon_Islands, Somalia, South_Africa, South_Korea, Special_Assign_Volunteer, Sri_Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Tanzania, Thailand, The_Gambia, The_Peoples_Republic_of_China, Togo, Tokelau, Tonga, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, West_Bank/Gaza, Windward_Islands, Yemen, Zaire, Zambia, Zimbabwe) for this property.
Other Volunteers who passed away while serving in Peace Corps.
William Ackerman, Darryl Adkins, Elizabeth Aldrich, Carlos Amador, Wyatt Ammon, Thomas Ashton, Marian Baciewicz, Bethanne Bahler, Gregor V. Baker, Gregory Baker, Alan C. Banner, Thomas Barakatt, Florice Barnum, John Beckner, Robert Benson … further results
Source: FOIA request #10076 (June 2010)

SUNDAY, MAY 8, 1994, THOMAS BARAKATT, Peace Corps Volunteer in Western Samoa, died in a swimming accident while visiting other Volunteers on the island of Savai'i. Tragically, the accident occurred the evening of Mother's Day. Thomas had spent the earlier part of the day visiting his home-stay Samoan family, where he had given a gift to his Samoan mother. Later in the day, Thomas had prepared a dinner of pumpkin soup for other Volunteers who had gathered together on this weekend.

Thomas, a native of San Jose, California, began his Peace Corps service in January of 1993. He was a teacher at Avele College, an all boys high school outside of the capital city of Aoia. where he taught accounting and economics. The commitment Thomas gave went far beyond his school. At a memorial service at Avele College for Thomas, his pre-service training host father from the village of Samatau stated, "During the new Peace Corps cross-cultural training I chose Thomas as my 'son', thus making my aiga as his Samoan family. I chose him because he was humble. Last weekend, he gave my wife and my sister Mother's Day presents before he went to Savai'i. Every time he came 'home', he wanted to greet everyone in the family, and when he left, he said good-bye to each one of the family. It was his usual way of coming and leaving home."

His first year in Samoa, Thomas bicycled the coastal road all the way around the big island of Savai'i with his friend and fellow Volunteer Fritz Kuhlman. Together they snorkled and dove the reefs and volcanic pools of the islands.

These are the types of adventures that Peace Corps Volunteers throughout the world seek out in an attempt to enjoy life to the fullest. Thomas lost his life in his last adventure. There are those who think adventures of this sort are foolish. Those like Thomas could simply never live any other way.

Written by Larrie Warren. Published in the Peace Corps Times, Fall 1994

Larrie Warren is/was the Country Director in Western Samoa.

Wiki updated by Thomas' younger brother, Michael Barakatt--We miss you Tom and look forward to the day we will see you again in Glory.

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