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2. Larry Heinzerling (LGB 1963)

Posted By Alumni Office, mardi, 19 août 2014

Larry Heinzerling1. How long did you spend at Ecolint?
I attended Ecolint from 1952 to 1957, when I left Switzerland with my parents for South Africa.

2. How did you come to attend Ecolint in the first place?
My father, Lynn Heinzerling, served as chief of bureau for The Associated Press in Geneva between 1948 and 1957. I attended a Swiss school at Coppet for a time. One reason my parents decided I should switch to Ecolint was their concern I was becoming more fluent in French than in English.

3. Which teacher had the biggest impact on you and how?
There was a teacher on the French side known as “Manguère” but I no longer remember her formal name.* She taught classes in French in a small building down the hill to the right of the football field. She was a motherly figure but also stern and expected strong student participation in class.

4. What was your favourite spot on campus and why?
I enjoyed sitting in the greek ampthitheatre, a beautiful and peaceful venue, which my fellow students and I helped build.  

5. What was your favourite place in the wider region, and why?
I loved living in Coppet, on Lac Léman, where my parents rented one of the five homes we lived in while in Geneva. Living to the rhythms of a small Swiss village on the lake was a very enjoyable way to grow up as a child.

6. Describe your life today, where you live and what you do.
I retired in 2009 from The Associated Press, where I worked for 41 years as a foreign correspondent and news executive in Africa, Europe and then New York. I am now an adjunct assistant professor at the Graduate School of Journalism and at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University in New York.

7. What should be Ecolint's top priority as it approaches its 100th anniversary?
It should continue to focus on producing multi-lingual students with an international perspective of the world, acting as a sort of educational United Nations.

8. What "words of wisdom" would you pass on to today's Ecolint students?
Your years at Ecolint are likely to be among the most memorable of your life, so live them well and enjoy every minute you are there.

9. What has been the biggest impact of your Ecolint education on your life?
I think it gave me a broad, world outlook at a very young age that made me appreciate other cultures throughout my life.

* A note from Donate Dobbernack provides valuable background:

Cher Larry, concernant ta réponse au point 3: “Manguère“, de son vrai nom Mme Gertrude Gareis (née Dannegger), était la maîtresse des deux premières classes de primaire (Primaire A et B), côté français. Elle partageait le fameux Chalet avec “Alouette”, alias Mlle Joz-Roland, qui était la maîtresse des classes Primaire C et D (voir ma contribution No 7). Elle était une vieille dame absolument charmante, pleine de bienveillance, tout en exigeant de la discipline et la participation active des élèves. Suissesse, née en 1886 à Schaffhouse, veuve après seulement un an de mariage avec Karl Gareis, politicien allemand, assassiné en 1921. Elle a fait la connaissance de Marianne Ferrière, sœur de Adolphe Ferrère (co-fondateur de l’Ecolint), en suivant un cours de formation Montessori à Barcelone. C’est donc par cet intermédiaire qu’elle est arrivée à l’Ecole internationale. Elle a pris sa retraite en 1962 à l’âge de 76 ans et est décédée en 1985. Voir cet extrait d’un livre en allemand sur les cent ans de la pédagogie Montessori.
Donate Dobbernack / LGB 1962

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