Donovan Gregg

Peace Corps Press Release:

Peace Corps Response Volunteer Donovan Gregg, 31, of Beaverton, Oregon, died following a car accident July 23 in Rwanda.

Donovan, who trained English teachers at a university in Kigali, served in Peace Corps Response with his wife of eight years Jessica Gregg. The Greggs were also Peace Corps Volunteers together in Ethiopia from 2014 to 2016.

The couple began work in Rwanda in January 2019.

“Donovan Gregg was an extraordinary volunteer who, with his wife Jessica, devoted his life to service, education and learning about new cultures,” said Peace Corps Director Jody Olsen. “We are heartbroken by this tragic news, and we send our condolences to Jessica, his mother Debbie, and their families. Donovan will always be remembered by the Peace Corps and the many people whose lives he touched around the world.”

Donovan, a TEFL-certified English teacher, graduated from Western Oregon University in Monmouth and earned a master’s degree from the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy in Erfurt, Germany. He also completed an internship with the Department of Commerce at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin.

During his time in Ethiopia, Donovan provided classroom instruction for five public school English classes, led training sessions for Peace Corps trainees and managed budgeting and logistics for youth summer camps, among other projects.

Earlier in his career, Donovan was an English teacher in Busan, South Korea, where he worked with 700 students from 2012 to 2014. He also worked for the German Engagement Prize Foundation in Erfurt and taught Afghan students and teachers with the American Councils for International Education in Mumbai, India.

Donovan was fluent in German and spoke Oromifa and Amharic.

“Donovan was a person with an easy smile who personified the Peace Corps spirit of development through cultural exchange,” said Peace Corps Rwanda Country Director Keith Hackett.

In addition to his wife Jessica Marie Macaulay Gregg, Donovan is survived by his mother Deborah Jean (Porter) Gregg, father Donnelly David Gregg, grandmother Esther Gregg, parents-in-law Shirley Anne Hauge and Gregory Dale Harris, half-siblings Cameron, Erica, Benjamin and Jonathan Gregg, step-sister-in-law Chloe Harris and her husband Terry Parker, aunt Rebecca Tevis and her husband Ken and cousin Casey Tevis.

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6 Responses to Donovan Gregg

  1. Marie Fitzsimmons August 21, 2019 at 5:58 am #

    How beautiful to have lived such a life. How sorrowful to pass so young. We send our condolences and prayers for peace. Thank you for your kind and generous service of teaching and learning -the sweetest gifts.

  2. Assefa Gebre M July 28, 2019 at 8:48 am #

    Cooperative Chris B!

  3. Bruce Hansen July 27, 2019 at 10:16 am #

    Rest In Deserved Peace Donovan 🙏. Peace be with you Jessica. The world will not be the same without Donovan

  4. Sue Strickland July 26, 2019 at 3:54 am #

    Thank you for your generous and unstinting service, Donovan. Rest In Peace.

  5. Stacy Cummings July 25, 2019 at 12:16 pm #

    My deepest condolences to Jessica and Donovan’s friends and family. I’m sorry for your loss.

  6. Paul Gallagher July 25, 2019 at 11:39 am #

    Condolences to his wife and family. Having served abroad with PCV’s in some of the most challenging places on the planet I can truly say they are some of the most heroic folks serving America. This tragic death underlines the risks they take every day living outside the “bubble” and promoting US interests. It takes a special person to serve as a volunteer. I’m grateful we have people with what it takes to do the important work they do. Thank you for your service Donovan.

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