Phil Liston 1941-2014

Last Update: 7/9/2014 11:26 PM

Phil Liston (Colombia 64-66) passed away suddenly on June 30. Phil was a founding member of NorCal, a past president and an active, long-time member of our Grants Committee.

Phil was a Co-ops PCV in the early days of Peace Corps and remained connected to his Peace Corps Colombia group, helping organize their reunions in recent years. His involvement with the local RPCV movement began during the 20th anniversary of Peace Corps conference at Stanford. After that successful event NorCal was officially founded in 1981, and Phil was on the board up through the early 1990s, serving as president when the national conference took place in 1993 at UC Berkeley. He has been on the NorCal Grants Committee for years providing sage advice on how to support overseas projects.

After his retirement from a career with Wells Fargo, Phil worked as a Peace Corps recruiter in the late 1990s. This was a rather unique situation, as a 60s PCV was involved in recruiting for Peace Corps with an emphasis on senior Americans.  His retirement years included many hours at the Alameda County Food Bank and other local groups. He and his wife Joan Liston lived as retirees in Walnut Creek.

Donations may be made to the NorCal Grants Program in his memory. If you would like to join the effort, checks labeled “Grants-Phil Liston” may be mailed to NorCal PCA, P.O.Box 2547, San Francisco, CA 94126. You can also donate online via the NorCal website at The donation button is on the right.

Phil was a valued friend to NorCal and the many who knew him over the years. A funeral and celebration of life will be held on July 17 in Walnut Creek, CA. As eConnection readies for publication, the time and final details are not complete. If you wish to attend please contact us at

Pete Johnson and Susan Neyer

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