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8. Alphonse (Alfonso) Crespo (LGB 1962)

Posted By Alumni Office, mardi 2 septembre 2014
Alphonse Crespo1. How long did you spend at Ecolint?
Nine years (1953 to 1962 at LGB).

2. How did you come to attend Ecolint in the first place?
My parents made the wise choice.

3. Which teacher had the biggest impact on you and how?
Almost every single teacher influenced me in one way or another. I would probably never have been an MD without Mr Unitt´s outstanding biology classes. I learnt the virtues of discipline and accuracy with Miss Bown & Madame Briquet. Mr Quinn's latin classes helped me understand the importance of grammatical logic and of our ancient roots. History with Mr Leach was a treat and taught us as much about the future as it did about the past. Mr Buffle made me love sports and due respect for your opponent. Chef Schaller demonstrated that teachers had kindness and music in their hearts. And I could quote many more names and lessons learnt at Ecolint.

4. What was your favourite spot on campus and why?

Le Château when we attended "Middle school"; it's architecture offered us space, cosiness and as I realised much later, incomparable elegance.

5. What was your favourite place in the wider region, and why?
The tea room at Grange-Canal, where we learned more about friendship and fun.

6. Describe your life today, where you live and what you do.
As an MD (based in good old Switzerland) I'm involved in an international battle to promote liberty in medical care.

7. What should be Ecolint's top priority as it approaches its 100th anniversary?

Pursue its mission of destroying barriers between cultures, languages, races and nationalities.

8. What "words of wisdom" would you pass on to today's Ecolint students?
Learn from your teachers, learn from one another, and don't forget to look outside the window to identify the virtues that make Switzerland such an outstanding country.

9. What has been the biggest impact of your Ecolint education on your life?
Ecolint, helped me feel at home in many different parts of the world. Though above all the open-mindedness and respect for intellectual independence that came through the spirit of Ecolint (and not only at the Student United Nations) probably helped me find my own way in my professional life.

 


 

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