In honor of Andrew (“Andy”) Zuckerman, who died March 1, 2009, as a result of injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident in Huay Xai, Bokeo Province, Laos, where he taught English at the Dream Center through the Volunteers in Asia (VIA) program. He was 24.
Andy was born Oct. 4, 1984, in Bedford, Mass. and graduated in 2008 with high honors from Marlboro College in Marlboro, Vermont, with a Bachelor of Arts in Asian & Developmental Studies. He had keen interests in ecology, sustainable agriculture, bio-medicinal chemistry as well as psychology and eastern religion.
His interests first took him to wildlife conservation projects in the Ecuadorian Amazon Basin then eastward to Vietnam, northeast Thailand, southern India and eventually Laos. Also an enthusiast of languages, Andy spoke Lao fluently and was learning some of the ethnic minority tongues in Laos.
Andy is survived by his parents Disty Pearson and Phil Zuckerman of Bedford, Mass. and his brother, Chip. Andy grew up in Bedford and loved the Bedford Library, so his family asked that in lieu of flowers, that donations be made to establish this special collection in the hometown library Andy loved.
The Library is focusing its collection on topics that were particularly meaningful to Andy, such as: