Calvin H. Raullerson, 87; Official for Aid Groups

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Calvin H. "Hank" Raullerson, 87, a former official with the Peace Corps and other international aid organizations, died Feb. 9 of a heart ailment at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Washington. He lived in Bethesda.

Mr. Raullerson was born in Utica, N.Y., and graduated in 1943 from Lincoln University of Pennsylvania. He served in the Army during World War II. He received a master's degree in public administration from New York University in 1949 and did additional graduate study at Harvard University.

He came to Washington in 1944 as a research analyst for the president's Fair Employment Practices Committee. In 1950, he moved to New York to work as research director for a consulting firm.

From 1952 to 1961, he worked at the United Negro College Fund as assistant to the executive director and later as director of education services.

Mr. Raullerson then spent several years in Lagos, Nigeria, as director of African programs for the American Society of African Culture. In this position, he worked as a cultural liaison with writers and artists from Africa and the United States. He also became friends with several African leaders, including Nelson Mandela.

In 1967, Mr. Raullerson became an administrator with the Peace Corps, managing programs in eastern and southern Africa. He served as country director in Kenya from 1969 to 1971 before returning to Washington as African regional director.

After a brief stint with the Phelps Stokes Fund, a foundation primarily serving the needs of African Americans, Mr. Raullerson moved to Lubbock, Tex., in 1973 as an administrator of international programs at Texas Tech University. He was also taught courses on health organization management at the university's medical school.

He returned to Washington in 1978 as an administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development. From 1981 until his retirement in 2001, Mr. Raullerson worked at or directed several organizations involved in international development, including the Africa-America Institute in New York, KMA & Associates of Middleburg and Labat-Anderson Inc. in McLean.

He was a fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and served on the board of directors of the African Wildlife Foundation.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Olive Raullerson of Bethesda; a son, Kevin G. Raullerson of Hanover, Pa.; two stepchildren, Earl H. Jones of Hampton, Va., and Cheryl Harp of Estero, Fla.; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

-- Matt Schudel

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