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Honorary Degree Recipient Works on Relief Effort in East Asia

Thomas Tighe LL.D. '03, chief executive officer of Direct Relief International and recipient of an honorary degree at the HWS 2003 Commencement ceremonies, is involved in the relief efforts underway in East Asia.

According to a release on the Direct Relief International Web site, the organization is working in cooperation with the U.S. government and other relief agencies to send medical and food supplies to the areas hit by this weekend's earthquakes and tsunamis.

“As in any such natural disaster, the first priority is on search and rescue of victims,” said Tighe. “Direct Relief will provide medical material aid that is needed, but we recognize that shelter, food, water, and other basic needs also are essential, so we will work with the other response agencies to ensure that the response is properly targeted.”

Tighe served in the Peace Corps in Thailand, under then-director HWS President Mark D. Gearan.

For more information on the efforts, visit Direct Relief International's Web site at “Response to Earthquake and Tsunami in Southeast Asia”.