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11. Lori Lieberman (LGB 1970)

Posted By Alumni Office, jeudi, 4 septembre 2014
Lori Lieberman1. How long did you spend at Ecolint?
I was at Ecolint from 5th grade until I graduated from there.

2. How did you come to attend Ecolint in the first place?
My father brought his paint business to Geneva, and the school was close to where we were living.

3. Which teacher had the biggest impact on you and how?
There were two teachers who changed my life: one was Mr Findlay, from Scotland, who encouraged me to write poetry and awakened within me a desire and a need to express myself that way. The other was Mr Lugg, my music teacher, who saw something in me.

4. What was your favourite spot on campus and why?
My favourite spot was sitting on the windowsill outside the cafeteria. A place we gathered as friends.

5. What was your favourite place in the wider region, and why?
I loved the fields and the apple orchards on dark winter mornings. A far cry from my former home in Los Angeles, the sense of peace and tranquillity was something I’d never known.

6. Describe your life today, where you live and what you do.
Today I live in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. I’m a singer-songwriter, best known for the poem I wrote which became the foundation for the song, “Killing Me Softly”. I’ve recorded over 17 CD/LPs, and have toured quite a bit, with an upcoming concert at Carnegie Hall in November, to celebrate my nearly four decades in the music industry. I have three children in their twenties who are busy with their varied careers, and I’m married to Joseph Cali, an actor best known for “Saturday Night Fever”. Together we have seven blended children. I hope to perform in concert in Geneva when I visit next year!

7. What should be Ecolint's top priority as it approaches its 100th anniversary?
Bring back the jelly donuts! And more seriously, to continue to treat others with compassion.

8. What "words of wisdom" would you pass on to today's Ecolint students?
It’s difficult to pass on any words of wisdom, as I felt terribly un-wise during my years in Geneva. However, it is in the looking back that the sights and the feelings are treasured. My words of wisdom would be this: to take everything in, to pursue your passion, to treat others with respect, and to have courage.

9. What has been the biggest impact of your Ecolint education on your life?
I made deep friendships that have lasted all these years, and truly found my heart there.


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