F. Himmelmann, active in AFS, Peace Corps

April 06, 1993

Freda Irene Jones Himmelmann, who helped create training programs in the early days of the Peace Corps, died of respiratory failure Feb. 25 at the Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis. She was 78.

Mrs. Himmelmann, who had lived in Maryland since 1976, devoted much of her life to fostering goodwill abroad, with the Peace Corps and the American Field Service.

While living in Milwaukee in the early 1960s, she helped set up training programs for people entering the newly created Peace Corps.

While working with the American Field Service, she helped foreign students in Milwaukee and worked in countries around the world, including China, the Soviet Union, Japan, India and Pakistan.

The Roane County, W.Va., native moved with her family to Mount Pleasant, Mich., in 1930. She attended Lansing Business College in Michigan and lived in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois before settling in Milwaukee in 1952 with her husband, Dr. Frank M. Himmelmann, who was associate dean of the University of Wisconsin's School of Education there.

From 1963 to 1965, they lived in Lehore, Pakistan, where Dr. Himmelmann was setting up a graduate school in education. After returning to Milwaukee, Mrs. Himmelmann became the foreign student adviser at the university there.

Mrs. Himmelmann retired in 1976 and moved to Columbia's Long Reach village, where she lived until moving to Annapolis in 1983.

Her husband died in 1968.

She is survived by a son, Thomas Martin Himmelmann of Annapolis; her mother, Hattye Belle Thomas Jones of Mount Pleasant; a sister, Olga Denison of Mount Pleasant; and a granddaughter.

Services will be held Saturday at the Mountain Methodist Church in Mount Pleasant.

The family suggested contributions to the American Field Service, 313 E. 43rd St., New York, N.Y. 10017, Attention: Robert Hoshour.

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