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40. Richard Bruland (LGB 1965)

Posted By Alumni Office, mercredi, 8 octobre 2014
Richard Bruland1. How long did you spend at Ecolint?
A total of six years – from 1957 to1961, and 1963 to 1965.

2. How did you come to attend Ecolint in the first place?
My father was the director of the Geneva office of Collins Radio.

3. Which teacher had the biggest impact on you and how?
A few were unforgettable. Mr. Mawson, Mme. Poirel, and Mr. Holmes all had a major impact on me, but it was Mr. Uzzell who had the greatest impact on my life –  I feel his influence even today.

4. What was your favourite spot on campus and why?
The bookroom above the Library. I worked there one summer, and became very close friends with Secretariat staffers Alicia Hogg (later Rowe) and Nicole Bobillier.

5. What was your favourite place in the wider region, and why?
Stop 12 (a very cozy hangout / pizza place on the Route de Chệne), a little bar called ‘Chez Joe’ (also on the Route de Chêne) where a few of us would play poker every afternoon after classes, the Île Rousseau (very romantic!), Mövenpick, and the Plage.

6. Describe your life today, where you live and what you do.
I live with Dori, my wife of 38 years, in Los Angeles, California, where we have raised two wonderful children. Thanks to art teachers Mr. Holmes and especially Mr. Uzzell, I left Geneva with a certainty that I was destined to spend my life as an artist. Amazingly – that is exactly what has happened – I am a full-time contemporary painter, exhibiting in various galleries and venues around the country. I do a bit of teaching and lecturing on art, and am an enthusiastic music lover, especially country, folk, R&R, and blues. From 1982 to 1990 I owned and operated Bebop Records & Fine Art, a combination record store / art gallery / performance place that became well known in L.A. primarily as a club.

7. What should be Ecolint's top priority as it approaches its 100th anniversary?
Continuing to prove that it is indeed possible for us all to get along – no matter where we are from.

8. What "words of wisdom" would you pass on to today's Ecolint students?
Pay attention – especially to your surroundings. Years later, you will be glad you did.

9. What has been the biggest impact of your Ecolint education on your life?
Two things – an ongoing curiosity about the world – and a very natural and unforced ease in dealing with people from different cultures, backgrounds, and experiences.



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