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William Speer Kuhn III
Summer Internship Fund
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John O'Connor
Anne & Peter Rogers
Patricia Scroggs ( DC85)
Laura Siena
Alison Von Klemperer (BC86 / DC89)
William Wulsin ( DC84)
William Speer Kuhn III (Bologna '82, Washington '83) died of hypothermia on May 21, 1995 at the age of 39 while he and a friend were hiking in the mountains near Almaty, in Kazakhstan. Bill had always been adventurous. Perhaps it was because he had been raised in a Foreign Service family and had become a citizen of the world. He received half of his education in France, half in America, and spent his school years in Italy and Switzerland.

After SAIS, Bill began his career by working as an escort interpreter in French at the State Department, then served as a Foreign Service Officer in Madagascar, Chile and Washington D.C. and as an election observer in Africa. He then left State for the excitement of the "Wild West"; he was team leader with CARE's humanitarian assistance program in Armenia, Georgia and Russia and worked with Deloitte & Touche as a team leader of USAID's privatization program in Almaty and Akmola, Kazakhstan.

Bill's professors, friends and family members remember him as an independent character with a strong mind of his own: a man well ahead of his time. Following his premature death, his family decided to set up the William Speer Kuhn III Summer Internship Fund at SAIS. The Fund was established to continue his commitment to understanding Central Asia and supports a SAIS student internship or study trip in the 15 countries of the former Soviet Union (FSU). Ideally, the selected student should have little/no direct prior experience in the country of destination, and the funds should be used for him/her to gain exposure to and understanding of Central Asia and other countries of the FSU.

Since its inception, the William Speer Kuhn III Summer Internship Fund has enabled 45 students to follow their passions via summer internships. View list of summer internships.

In 2020, which marked the 25th anniversary of Bill's passing, his family and friends decided to bring the value of the Fund to $150,000 by raising additional $60,000. Today, they are just $10,000 short of the goal.

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© 2022