In Honor of Peace Corps Volunteer Nicholas Castleby Representative Sam Farr
Posted on 2013-03-04
in the house of representatives
Monday, March 4, 2013
Mr. FARR. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to mourn the loss of Peace Corps
Volunteer Nicholas Castle. Nick died on February 7th at a hospital in
Chengdu, China after a brief illness. By all accounts, Nick exemplified
the best of what both America and Peace Corps has to offer the world.
He was a bright young man from Brentwood, California who brought a
sense of humor, creativity, and a willingness to say yes to his life.
Service played an important role in the all too brief arc of Nick's life. Growing up in Brentwood, he worked with the city Youth Commissioner to support community service events that raised money for annual scholarships for college-bound students. As an undergraduate at the University of California, Berkeley, Nick was equally as invested in service as the Director of Global Outreach Week, a week of activities demonstrating the actions and benefits students and faculty can have around the world. He also worked with the local Peace Corps campus recruiter to encourage students to apply to serve.
In August 2012, Nick was sworn in as a Peace Corps Volunteer in China where he taught university-level English in Guizhou Province. In his short time there, Nick left a big impression, through the English classes he taught, community office hours he hosted, and ping-pong and badminton games he played. It is no surprise that his students called him ``Mr. Sunshine.'' I offer my profound condolences to Nick's parents, David and Susan Castle, and to his three brothers. There is no deeper pain for a parent than the loss of a child. But Nick leaves behind a legacy of accomplishments that have forever made this world a better place.