Christopher C. Thurber

First Name Christopher C.

Last Name Thurber

Died While Serving? yes

Photo string(4) "3722"


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  • Team Work Volume III no. 6 - Smith - June 1924
  • The Story of Near East Relief - Barton - 1930

was serving in the U. S. Public Health Service Hospital in Greenville, S. C., when he signed with Near East Relief. He sailed July 23, 1921, and was assigned to Sivas as Director to succeed Miss Graffam. His work with orphans and refugees was hampered by difficulties with the Turks and by his own illness with typhus. He brought out the children through Samsoun at the time of the evacuation of the Near East Relief orphans. In Constantinople he was Director and personally took charge of the Selimie Barracks. His interposition in behalf of an abused refugee woman brought on him the punishment of the bastinado ordered by the authorities of Scutari. By way of compensation he was later made Mayor of Scutari. Mr. Thurber reached America, February 19, 1924, and has been speaking for Near East Relief. He may be addressed care Near East Relief, 151 Fifth Avenue, New York City.