RPCV Mourned

So many friends and admirers showed up Sunday to mourn Dr. Bob LeBow that several had to stand outside in drizzling rain just to be near his funeral service.

More than 200 people jammed into every corner of Boise´s Relyea Funeral Chapel to honor LeBow, 63, a nationally renowned health-care activist for the poor. They hugged and cried silently during and after the service for LeBow, who died Saturday from complications related to a 2002 bicycle accident, which left him a quadriplegic.

"Bob was the antithesis of the doctor in the ivory tower," said Rabbi Daniel B. Fink of Congregation Ahavath Beth-Israel, as he lauded LeBow´s life-long fight to provide medical services to those who could least afford them. "If it was a matter of right and wrong, he would have his voice heard."

LeBow´s wife, Gail, and his son, Ted, sat in the front row, holding hands and alternately comforting each other. Ted LeBow had to fight back tears as he read a note his daughter, Jess, wrote to honor her grandfather. His mission was

satisfied, as well as his duty," Ted LeBow read from the note.

Mourners were silent and somber throughout much of the service. But Fink drew laughs when he pointed out that LeBow was so stubborn and true to his beliefs that he ran for the Legislature in 1994 as a liberal Democrat in Canyon County, one of Idaho´s most Republican territories.

By Jewish custom, a funeral is held as soon as possible. But the short notice didn´t stop a huge crowd from showing up, including many legislators and local politicians. The burial will be today at Morris Hill Cemetery.

LeBow first began working at Terry Reilly Health Services in Nampa in 1971 and also served a stint for the Peace Corps in his effort to bring health care to those least able to afford it.

Fink described LeBow as a man who had a thirst for knowledge and the rare ability to turn it into wisdom. Even after he was paralyzed, his dedication did not waver. On Aug. 12 he held a news conference in Philadelphia to advocate a national health-insurance program.

Bob LeBow could forget more than most of us will ever know," Fink said.   He noted that Jess LeBow once said her grandfather "had so much knowledge it could build a bridge to the moon."

LeBow was paralyzed on July 25, 2002, when he was thrown from his bicycle while riding from his Boise home to work in Nampa.

The accident occurred shortly after his book, "Health Care Meltdown," was released. In the book he criticized the American health-care system, which is built on the ability to pay. LeBow was an advocate for universal health care and national health insurance.

by Patrick Orr,
The Idaho Statesman,
December 1, 2003. 

Retrieved from http://www.idahostatesman.com/story.asp?ID=55145 on January 6, 2004.

Also see related story from the August 5, 2002 issue of the
Idaho Press Tribune at http://newspapers.
/public/news340802.html also retrieved on January 6, 2004.

Son of Bolivian RPCV Sends Message

Dear Friends,

I have been looking for pictures of Bolivia on the internet and stumbled over the
Amigos website. My father, Charles T. Snow, was in Bolivia, in the late 60's.....'67-'69 maybe?

I wanted to let you know that he passed away in '95. He left my mom

and I with some amazing stories about his days in the Peace Corps. He was so proud of all the time he spent, and all the people he met. I remember him speaking of the experience as if they were the greatest days of his life!

I would like to ask that his name be on the deceased list on your

website. I am not sure if he was a member of your organization, but I know that he would have been a very proud participant. I hope to carry on some of his love and passion of the betterment of the rural peoples of Bolivia and also hope to send in a donation in his name soon.

Andrew Snow

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