Born in China where his father was a medical missionary, Lawrence Siddall grew up in Oberlin, Ohio. He is a 1952 graduate of Oberlin College, and subsequently earned an M.S.W. from the University of Connecticut and an Ed.D from the University of Massachusetts. He retired as a psychotherapist in 1996, and lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.
In 2008, Siddall published a memoir entitled “Two Years
in Poland and Other Stories”, in which he describes his late-life adventure as a Peace Corps volunteer in Poland where he taught English in a high school from 1997 to 1999 following his retirement.
As a 67-year-old grandfather, Siddall was one of only 450 senior Peace Corps volunteers out of 6,500 worldwide.
He vividly describes the challenges he faced in his classroom, his struggle to learn the language, his initial feelings of isolation in adjusting to a new culture, and the close friends he eventually makes.