About the Author
Ford Foundation, Pakistan advisor team, 1968-1972
Colorado State University, Assistant to Professor, 1972-2006.
University of Stellenbosch, Department Head, 2002-2005.
Development Bank of Southern Africa, Senior Research Fellow, 2001-2005
University of Arizona, B.Sc., 1962
Stanford University, MA, 1963
Michigan State University, Ph.D, 1970
Long-term (≥1 yr) Residence in:
Mexico, Costa Rica, France, Germany,
Vietnam, Lesotho, South Africa
Married to Betty; four children, Erin, Scott, Traci and Todd.
Avid hiker, recovering hunter, wild life enthusiast and gardener
Recent News and Events
“Weeping Kings and Wild Boars: Moments of Magic and Sorrow in 40-Years Trying to Save the World”
First Place Winner, 2015 Top of the Mountain Book Award for best unpublished nonfiction book presented by Northern Colorado Writers.
Somehow they trusted me. This book recounts the kaleidoscope that is my life, filled with remarkable people, powerful moments of change, tragic loss, and glimpses into age-old cultures.
Readers will join in my work in Pakistan=s remote villages where I come face to face with abject poverty. Despite their precarious lives, these individuals have powerful life lessons to tell. Yet I lived in Lahore surrounded by affluence, an obscene contrast in my view. My passionate focus became income inequality. I took Pakistan=s lessons into southern Africa. But the ugly fact of apartheid overshadowed that entire region before 1995. For 15 years, I worked to peacefully abandon that system. These essays detail efforts to redistribute incomes, to create a black middle class and to set the ethical framework for a new Bill of Rights.
“Fire in the Grass”:
First Runner-Up, 2014 Top of the Mountain Book Award for best unpublished fiction book presented by Northern Colorado Writers.
Set on a farm in the heart of Afrikanerdom in 1990, this historical novel follows members of black and white races through the agonizing process of rethinking their basic values toward each other. A terrorist act kills the region’s favorite daughter and forces all parties into their individual cathartic moments of rebirth and renewal. The novel is anchored in true events in that the author lived through these times and these events and knew many of the actors personally.
Award Winners and Other Essays
A teenage village girl in Lesotho tells this “foreign expert,” in a single sentence, of the true meaning of poverty and human dignity. Winner: 2011 Nonfiction essay contest, Northern Colorado Writers
“Requiem for the Night Sky”
What types of light reach earth from beyond and what might we lose in our inner selves when light pollution blots out the night sky. Weber – The Contemporary West, (Fall 2012) – Winner: 2012 O. Marvin Lewis Essay Award. On page 107 http://www.weber.edu/WSUImages/weberjournal/JournalPDFs/Fall%202012%20bookmod.pdf
Exploring the sterility of “life” in a bedroom community. First place winner, one thousand words or less class. The Searcher, Vol 51, No 3 (Summer 2014): . First place winner, one thousand words or less class. Find at: http://www.scgsgenealogy.com/geneii/media/2013/GENEii2013Cat2JerryEckert-Ground Zero.pdf