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53. George Satterthwaite II (LGB 1953)

Posted By Alumni Office, mardi, 28 octobre 2014
George Satterthwaite II1. How long did you spend at Ecolint?  
LGB 1952-1953 in the Internat.
2. How did you come to attend Ecolint in the first place?   
My father was in the diplomatic service and posted to Ankara, Turkey. I could not stay at the school in Washington and there were no high schools in Ankara so a classmate, Robert Asher, had attended Ecolint and suggested I look into it. I did and wow what a time I had as an internat at LGB. Even for my high school senior year.
3. Which teacher had the biggest impact on you and how?
Mrs Fitzmaurice, my English teacher who took a keen interest in all of us and not only taught us well but arranged trips for us to take around Switzerland, with her as our guide. She had a lot of energy and wanted our Ecolint experience to be the best. She was right.
4.What was your favorite spot on campus and why?

Living there all the time the Internat lounge was the best, where there was a football table and we could all gather and interact, as the internat was such an amazing assemblage of interesting students from all over the world.
5. What was your favorite place in the wider region, and why?
The Pâtisserie de Grange Canal just outside the front gate and across the street. What super Swiss food and great pastries and goodies.
6. Describe your life today, where you live and what you do.
Today I am a retired Colonel from the US Army having completed thirty-five very successful years, mostly in the intelligence analysis business, at some very interesting posts around the world. I live in the Washington DC area, alone as my second wife succumbed to cancer nearly three years ago. I am currently involved with four volunteer organizations to keep active. I have four grown happily married children, three step children and 13 grandchildren which also keep me very busy and very proud.
7. What should be Ecolint's top priority as it approaches its 100th anniversary?
Instilling in the student body the tremendous necessity and value of learning about the global cultures from the very diverse and select group who come to the school from all over the world. Take advantage of the four courses of academic study available--the Swiss, the French, the British and American approaches to entrance to colleges.
8. What words of wisdom would you pass on to today's Ecolint students?
You are in a unique academic and social environment; become integrated with it and learn how to live with all types of cultures and be at ease with all of them. You all make up the world and must be able to get along with one another, so there can be a better peace for us all.
9. What has been the biggest impact of your Ecolint education on your life?
The development of two great friends who are still with me today. Dave Lyman in Bangkok and Doug Brice in Columbia MD, and the tremendous memories of the collection of those who lived in the Internat that year. Plus look at the Yearbook that I and Doug and Dave and Burma published for the internat, called Le Reflet: that tells the seeds of the impact, fantastic!!!



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