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30. John D. Kermath (LGB 1975)

Posted By Alumni Office, lundi, 29 septembre 2014
John D Kermath1. How long did you spend at Ecolint?
Nine years – 1st grade through 9th grade.

2. How did you come to attend Ecolint in the first place?
Ultimately as a result of a recommendation from my father’s work colleagues when we first came to Geneva in 1959.

3. Which teacher had the biggest impact on you and how?
There were many great teachers, but Pierre Gras, my Latin teacher, may edge out the competition. He brought an air of knowledge and scholarship to the classroom that encouraged us to strive for achievement in our studies.

4. What was your favourite spot on campus and why?
The Greek Theatre -  in fact it has become a symbol for me of the school.

5. What was your favourite place in the wider region, and why?
Le Bout-du-Monde - it was the scene of Saturday baseball and American 4th of July celebrations. Close second would be anywhere lakeside.

6. Describe your life today, where you live and what you do.
I live in Chicago. I run a series of hedge and private equity funds and co-manage a small sports and media company.

7. What should be Ecolint's top priority as it approaches its 100th anniversary?
To prepare students to strive for excellence and achievement in a global environment.

8. What "words of wisdom" would you pass on to today's Ecolint students?
Remember that you are part of something bigger than yourself – call it a “community”, and find a way to give back to it however you can or may choose. You will achieve more in your life and live better life as a result.

9. What has been the biggest impact of your Ecolint education on your life?
Ecolint exposed me to students and people of diverse backgrounds and beliefs. That exposure allowed me to understand and respect the differences among us and yet appreciate that those were generally different shadings on the theme of ‘goodness’ common to us all.



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