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Bob Preston

Board of Directors

"I have lived off and on in Laos since 2017.  My partner is Lao.  A friend of mine from Xiengkouan province was only 6 years old when his elder brother (10) went out to play, picked up a bombie and died.  Fortunately, my friend was not feeling well that day so was spared.  I met his mother a year ago on her deathbed.  She shared her anguish at losing her child.  It hit home.

 

I was only 12 when the Vietnam War ended.  I recall heated conversations between my father and elder brothers, but it was distant.

 

Moving to Laos has been a revelation.  The Lao people are gentle, welcoming, lovely and few harbor grudges.  I have personally witnessed the work that the UXO teams do and admire them.  I feel compelled to act as an American.  We must do what we can to fix the damage and help victims. 

 

I am honored to be on the board of Legacies of War.  My heart lies with the people of and UXO victims in Laos."

My Story

Over the past 4 years, Bob has split his time between Luang Prabang, Vientiane, and Paris. He currently operates a local charity in Luang Prabang providing relief to local families hit by job losses from Covid-19. Bob also owns a travel agency in the USA, and has traveled to 111 countries and worked on 6 continents. Bob holds Bachelor’s degrees in Biophysics and Engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign, a Master’s in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin Madison, and a MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.